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Mission Statement

The mission of the Archives of the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) is to maintain, preserve and make available the records, manuscripts, and other items of historical significance that document MSOE’s past. The collection includes records from administrative offices, academic departments, and student organizations. Student newspapers, photographs and artifacts are also represented. The collection also includes the records of the Milwaukee County General Hospital Alumni Association (MCGHSN-AA), which now incorporates graduates of MSOE’s nursing program into its organization.

Reference Services

The Milwaukee School of Engineering provides reference services for our archival collections. Requests for this service can be made by sending an email to archives@msoe.edu. Requests will be completed as time allows; because of the nature of research, some requests may take longer. Requests from MSOE affiliates will take precedence. After a request is made, a member of our staff will contact you with an estimated time frame for when the request will be filled.

Fees may be charged for archival research, archival document copying and photographic reproductions. Contact the MSOE archivist for more details.

Digital Collection: History of Radio at MSOE

The “History of Radio at MSOE” digital collection includes documents related to radio education at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, articles from University publications, documentation of WMSE’s history, as well as items from MSOE’s Amateur Radio Club.

Digital Collection: School of Engineering Photographs

The images in this collection are from the early years of the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Many of these photographs have been carefully preserved in albums and keepsake books from the early 20th century.

Milwaukee County General Hospital School of Nursing Archival Collection

The MCGHSON collection is a significant collection in MSOE’s Archives. It offers insight to the history of the School and to the history of the nursing profession in the Milwaukee area.

Manuscript Collection

Milwaukee County General Hospital, School of Nursing
Papers, 1888-[ongoing].


The Milwaukee County General Hospital School of Nursing Web Exhibit displays items from the MCGHSON Archival Collection. It includes photographs from the school, class portraits, uniforms, and artifacts.


The digital display of The Centennial History of Milwaukee County Medical Complex School of Nursing, 1888-1988 was created in response to interest from faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

It was published by the Milwaukee County Medical Complex School of Nursing in 1988 to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the nursing education program. The pamphlet takes a look at the Milwaukee County General Hospital School of Nursing (MCGHSON) through a variety of different resources, anecdotes, and historical documents.