M.E.C.C.A. Collection

Title: M.E.C.C.A. Collection

Reference Code: Mss-1985

Inclusive Dates: 1907 – 1997

Quantity: 002.0 cu. ft.

Location: WC, Sh. 047

Abstract: This collection contains a variety of materials pertaining to the Milwaukee Auditorium, which opened in September, 1909, and the Milwaukee Arena, which opened on April 9, 1950.  It includes a file on MECCA, Milwaukee’s convention complex, which was opened in May 1974.

Scope and Content: The collection contains newspaper clippings, reports, & programs of events.

Access and Use: No restrictions

Language: English and German

Notes: The collection was originally processed by Ellen Aussem, July, 1993.  Material added in 1995 & 1996 by Steve Daily and in 1999-2003 by Kevin Abing.

Arrangement:  

Folder Heading Box # Folder #
Auditorium.  Booklets: “The Story of the Auditorium,” 1907 1 1
Booklets: “The Auditorium.” (2 copies) 1 2
Dedication and Opening: September 21, 1909.  Contains invitations, floor plan copy of Auditorium, and a booklet, “Milwaukee Auditorium,” undated. 1 3
Auditorium – Miscellaneous: booklets, “Dedication of the Walker Hall” and “Guide to Milwaukee Auditorium”; diagram and image of Main Hall; 2 ticket stubs, 1940. 1 3A
Miscellaneous correspondence; financial & written reports (1905-1930, not inclusive); rules & by-laws: 1907 and 1914; purchase of stock by Peter J. Murphy correspondence and certificate, 1908; Lease Agreements, 1910. 1 4
Manager’s Reports – including audits: 1910; 1911 (2 copies); 1912. 1 5
Reports of the Governing Board – no audits: 1913; 1914; 1918 – 1925; 1927; 1934; 1937; List of past and present members, 1907-1959. 1 6
Auditorium audits: 1913; 1914; 1918; 1920; 1922 1 7
German newspaper clippings: 1906-1911. 1 8
Newspaper clippings re Auditorium activities, financial problems, management difficulties: 1913-1915. 1 9
Newspaper clippings re President Wilson’s visit, January 31, 1916. 1 10
Correspondence re President Wilson’s visit, January 31, 1916.  Materials focuses on complaints received concerning inadequate handling of crowds. 1 10A
Proceedings, Reports, & Minutes re President Wilson’s visit, Jan. 31, 1916 1 10B
Newspaper clippings, 1916-1946: Auditorium activities/management problems. 1 11
Newspaper clippings: 1947-1964. Activities, expansion, & refurbishing work. 1 12
Programs of events: 1907-1913. 1 13
Programs of events: 1914-1916. 1 14
Programs of events: 1917-1919. 1 15
Programs of events: 1920-1924 1 16
Programs of events: 1925-1929 1 17
Programs of events: Miscellaneous 1920s 1 18
Programs of events: 1930-1939 2 19
Programs of events: 1940-1942 2 20
Programs of events: 1943-1949 2 21
Programs of events: 1950-1971 & Undated 2 22
Typescript: Condensed history of Milwaukee Auditorium/Arena: 1965. (3 copies); History of Bechtner’s Skating Rink-Auditorium site. 2 23
Arena: newspaper clippings (1946-1950). Plans to build; getting ready for dedication; brochure. 2 24
Arena. Opening and dedication: April 9, 1950.  Newspaper clippings, articles. Souvenir ticket & program. 2 25
Arena: newspaper clippings, 1950-1985, covering activities, management, financial dealings, remodeling proposals. 2 26
Auditorium/Arena: 50th Anniversary Celebration, October 24, 1959. Programs (2) from anniversary show. Script: “The Milwaukee Auditorium Story.” Condensed, typescript history of Aud./Arena.  2 Xerox copies Milwaukee Journal, Sept. 21, 1909, announcing dedication of Auditorium. 2 27
Arena.  Programs of events: 1962-1977. 2 28
Arena.  Resolution: May 4, 1971, feasibility study of offering to lease county-owned land on bid basis to private developers for construction of indoor sports arena for basketball. Report: April, 1972, feasibility study of expansion of Arena. Resolution: April, 1973, evaluation of the

proposed three sites for a new sports complex re the newly proposed Federal air pollution regulations; diagrams, 1997; tickets, 1981-82; diagrams, 1950.

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MECCA.  Milwaukee’s convention complex, May, 1974. Special reports: Milwaukee Journal, May 19, 1974; Milwaukee Sentinel, May 23, 1974. Various booklets, pamphlets advertising Mecca. Schedules of events. Invitations. Correspondence re: handicapped facilities, 1971.  Diagrams, 1973, 1991.  18 tickets to various events, 1997-1998 2 30
Programs: ice and roller skating shows, 1940(?)-1966.
– Skating Vanities program, 1943

Milwaukee On Ice Holiday on Ice Show clipping
– directory of Wisconsin Hobby Exposition at Milwaukee
Auditorium, Nov. 20-23, 1941

– program of 1965 Products of Industry Exhibit Showcase of

Tomorrow at Milwaukee Auditorium, Oct. 5-7, 1965

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