Local History Collection

Welcome to the South Milwaukee Public Library Local History Collection. This digital resource was launched in 2021 with support from the South Milwaukee Historical Society, the South Milwaukee Industrial Museum, Recollection Wisconsin, and Alex & Meta Stosick.


South Milwaukee High School “Bay Mist” Yearbooks
Browse digital copies of SMHS yearbooks between 1926 and 2010. Please note that the yearbook was not published between 1933 and 1935.   


South Milwaukee City Directories
Contains residential and business listings – please note that this collection is growing and only a limited number of directories are currently available


World War I Military Portraits – South Milwaukee, Wis.
From the Milwaukee Public Library’s WWI Portrait Collection, browse a selection of military photographs and service records from South Milwaukee residents who served in the First World War. 


South Milwaukee in the Roman Kwasniewski Collection
Browse more than 100 portraits of South Milwaukee residents in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Roman Kwasniewski photography collection. Kwasniewski ran a south-side studio which catered to a largely Polish-American customer base. His photos of South Milwaukeeans mostly date to the 1920s.