Manuscripts cover a wide range of documents. The WHS collection includes memoirs, the personal papers of individuals, such as correspondence, receipts and memorabilia. It also includes the official records of a business or organization, its incorporation and by-laws, minutes, membership lists and financial material. The following abstracts are examples of some of the manuscripts we hold. There are over a hundred additional smaller files. These primary materials offer a wealth of historic information, much of which is not found elsewhere. These manuscripts are not digitized at this time, but contact us to find out more.

Community Histories and Memoirs

Reminiscences of Early Wauwatosa by Emma Clapp Watner (1902) and Sketches of Wauwatosa compiled by Elizabeth Foley (1932) are a good starting point for research.

Twentieth-Century Topic Club

Records from the TCTC include the constitution and by-laws, minutes, programs, scrapbooks and club notes from 1900-2015, when the club disbanded.

Wauwatosa Council of PTAs (1944-1981)

Activities of this group are represented in a council history, scrapbooks with photographs and clippings and yearbooks for the participating Wauwatosa public school. WHS has additional collections on Hawthorne and Longfellow Junior High PTA organizations.