10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
All other times by reservation only.
Reservations can be made by
calling 414-774-8672 during office hours, Monday through Thursday,
9 am - 3 pm.
Researchers must be
12 or older.
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Want to find out more about Wauwatosa’s history?
Want to discover your own home's or family's history?
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 email@example.com.
Provide as much detail for the researcher 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.
The Judith A. Simonsen Research Library is located
on the second floor of the Kneeland-Walker House
7406 Hillcrest Drive
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53213
The Kneeland-Walker House is not handicapped accessible.
Initial assessment of email, telephone or mail request is complimentary.
- In-person research, $5.00 per session (non-members only).
- Waived research fees are a benefit of membership.
Extensive research performed by volunteer, $20 per hour.
Reproductions of historic photos are available for purchase.
Please contact us for more details.
Can you identify this man who served as a Baptist minister in Wauwatosa for 38 years beginning in 1849?
Enoch Underwood. Elder Underwood came to Wauwatosa from Virginia in 1836 and was ordained to the ministry in 1849. It is reported that he kept an "underground railroad" station in his home to assist slaves in reaching Canada. Some of the churches invited to participate in the ordination service of Elder Underwood failed to answer the request because of their disagreement with the strong anti-slavery position of his church.