City Club of Milwaukee Records, 1909-1975

Summary Information

Title: City Club of Milwaukee Records
Inclusive Dates: 1909-1975

  • City Club of Milwaukee
Call Number: Milwaukee Mss AS; Milwaukee Micro 69; Micro 1196; PH 3894; PH 3894 (3)

Quantity: 55.9 c.f. (16 record center cartons, 101 archives boxes, and 1 oversize folder), 3 reels of microfilm (35 mm), 505 photographs, and 106 negatives

Archival Locations:
UW-Milwaukee Libraries, Archives / Milwaukee Area Research Ctr. (Map)
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Records of the City Club of Milwaukee (Wisconsin), a civic organization formed to study and promote better social, civic, and economic conditions. Minutes, correspondence, subject files, scrapbooks, and photographs document the club's activities. The bulk of the collection consists of background materials collected by study groups on many civic topics, including public finance, city and regional planning, transportation, public education, and health and social services. Also included are the personal papers of the club's civic secretary from 1917 to 1974, Leo Tiefenthaler, and files on the Outdoor Life Group and the Milwaukee Civic Alliance. Among the civic projects in which the club was involved are consolidation of city and county government, annexation of adjoining areas, establishment of the pay-as-you-go principle for financing public improvements, opposition to repeated attempts to introduce political considerations into school administration through school board representation by districts rather than at-large, enactment of the county civil service commission, defense of civil service principles, passage of the drivers' license law, and advocacy of Milwaukee's scientific street lighting, street naming, house numbering, and playground systems.

Language: English

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