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
Digital copies of SMHS yearbooks between 1926 and 2010. Please note that the yearbook was not published between 1933 and 1935.   


South Milwaukee City/Telephone Directories
Directories contain both residential and business listings and range from 1911 to 1980. Please note that there are many gaps in this collection and that directories were not produced every year. If you have a directory not included in our collection and are interested in having it added to our digital collection, please contact the library. Please note that we are still in the process of uploading this collection.


Bucyrus-Erie “Scoop” Magazines
The Bucyrus-Erie Company’s official employee magazine, published between 1919 and 1983. Includes content about all B-E activities, but with a focus on the happenings at their South Milwaukee plant. Courtesy of the South Milwaukee Industrial Museum. Please note that we are still in the process of uploading this collection.


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.