Wauwatosa Public Library Special Collections

Local History File

Collection of primary and secondary source material on Wauwatosa history.

On Microfilm – Newspapers:

Wauwatosa News – March 18, 1899 – April 1, 1948

Wauwatosa Times – August 29, 1940 – October 24, 1947

Wauwatosa News -Times – April 8, 1948 – March 30, 2007

Wauwatosa Now – April 5, 2007 – August 24, 2017

West Now – August 30, 2017 – Present

Online -Newspapers

Wauwatosa Now  Search full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and more from archived issues of Wauwatosa Now (August 2009-August 2017). This resource is available remotely 24/7 on any device.

West Now  Search full-text articles on Wauwatosa news, issues, events, people and more from current and archived issues of West Now (August 2017 – Present).  This resource is available remotely 24/7 on any device.

Wauwatosa News (1,135 issues between March 24, 1900 and December 28, 1922).  From 1908 to 1939, the Wauwatosa News was the town’s only newspaper and covered a lot of local news in columns such as “Local Happenings,” “Local & Personal,” “Church Announcements,” and “Curious Condensations.”  Search and see full images from the Library of Congress’ digital collection of newspapers.

CITY DIRECTORIES:

Wauwatosa:

Wright 1926 – 1983 (various years)

Polk 1984 – 1994 (missing 1990)

Milwaukee Directories:

Wright 1927 – 1982 (various years)

Polk 1983 – Present

Bresser’s 1988 – 2006

Metropolitan Milwaukee Cross-Index Directory

YEARBOOKS:

Wauwatosa High School Yearbooks from 1924 – 1961. (Missing 1929)

Wauwatosa East (Cardinals) from 1962 – 2019 (Missing 1978 – 1983, 1988, 2001)

Wauwatosa West (Olympians) from 1962 – 2019 (Missing 1969, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1979, 1981, 1983-1985, 1990, 2003)

Wauwatosa Middle School (formerly Hawthorne School) – (Oriole) – 1928, 1929 & 1930.

The Milwaukee Journal Newspaper – On Microfilm

January 1979 – April 1997

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Newspaper – On Microfilm

April 1997 – December 2008

Wisconsin Collection

Collection of books related to Wisconsin history, description and travel

As a designated depository library through the Wisconsin Document Depository Program, you have access to:

Wisconsin Digital Archives

For additional digital access to historic issues of United States Newspapers see: Chronicling America.

Business Center

Collection of business materials supporting the needs of the Wauwatosa business community.

Art Print Gallery

Collection of framed art prints available for check-out

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