The internationally-renowned American Geographical Society Library, formed in the early 1850s to promote the collection and diffusion of geographical and statistical information, contains over 1.3 million items dating from 1452, including maps, atlases, globes, books, periodicals, and photographs. During Doors Open Milwaukee, the AGSL will have a variety of cartographic treasures from their collections on display.
The UWM Archives documents the history of the city of Milwaukee and southeast Wisconsin. Explore unique collections that tell the story of Milwaukee from the 1800s to the present, including the city’s diverse communities, social movements, and industrial achievements. Visit the Archives in its beautiful new home on third floor of the library during Doors Open Milwaukee for an insider’s view of local history through photographs, letters, audio and video, and more.
Special Collections, the region’s premier public rare book collection, holds over 130,000 printed materials from the 15th century to the present, covering a wide range of disciplines and topics. During Doors Open Milwaukee they will offer a sampling from the collection, from early printed books to contemporary publications, and from fine press and artist’s books and to comic books and zines.
Also on view will be a selection of materials from our Slovenian music collection—the largest such collection outside of Slovenia.