Judith A. Simonsen Research Library


Wednesdays: 10 am to 2 pm
All other times by reservation only.

Researchers must be 12 or older

Reservations can be made by emailing the office or calling (414) 774-8672 during office hours, Monday through Thursday, 9am-3pm.

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Are you curious about Wauwatosa’s history?
Do you want to discover the history of your own home or family?

The Wauwatosa Historical Society's Judith A. Simonsen Research Library contains historical photographs and documents from Wauwatosa families, schools, churches and businesses.

For research inquiries, email jasrl@wauwatosahistoricalsociety.org.
Please provide as much detail as possible, including dates, address or location, and full names (indicate birth or married names).
Research volunteers are in the library on Wednesdays, and will reply to inquiries as soon as possible.


Thanks to our volunteers, generous members, and donations from the public, we are currently able to provide these services to WHS members and the community free of charge.
The Judith A. Simonsen Research Library is maintained by donations only. Your donations help to ensure the continued availability of these resources.

If many relevant materials are available and you are unable to view them in person (e.g., you live out of state), a librarian will perform your research for a fee determined on an individual basis.

Reproductions of historic photos are available for purchase. Photocopies or scans of materials are available for additional fees.
Please contact us for more details.


The Judith A. Simonsen Research Library is located on the second floor of the  Kneeland-Walker House (7406 Hillcrest Drive, Wauwatosa).

The Kneeland-Walker House is not handicapped accessible.

Interested in Donating Materials?

We are especially interested in family histories, historic photos, blueprints or abstracts of title from area homes, and records from closed/closing businesses.

Please go to our web page for view a brief overview of donation requirements, or contact the WHS for more information.

The library is named for the late Judy Simonson. A retired archivist from the Milwaukee County Historical Society, Judy generously established professional policies for the library and collections.

Additional Resources

The WHS does not maintain vital records, probate records, or tax records.
These are likely available at the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

Wauwatosa City Hall:
- City Assessor Office
- Permit Office
- City Engineer

Wauwatosa Public Library:
- Newspapers on microfilm
- Atlas microfiche

Milwaukee County Historical Society:
- Naturalization records
- Civil Court cases
- Coroners' inquests

Milwaukee Public Library:
- Vital records pre-1912
- Local History Room (geneaology)

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