Milwaukee County Transit Collection, 1890-ongoing

Title: Milwaukee County Transit Collection, 1890-ongoing
Call Number: Mss-2080
Bulk: 4.5 cu. ft.

Historical Note:

Material includes histories which span the entire era of public transportation.  The earliest item is a ticket from the Milwaukee Street Railway Co. ca. 1890.  The materials represent The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Co., Wisconsin Motor Bus Lines, Interurban operations, The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Transport Co., The Milwaukee & Suburban Transport Corp., and The Milwaukee County Transit System.  See note at end of listing for additional collections related specifically to public transportation.

Administrative Note:

The collection was processed on February 18, 1994 by Judith A. Simonsen.  Video cassettes were added to the collection in 1995 and were processed by Steve Daily.  The collection was revised on March 19, 2002.  Material was added to the collection on April 27, 2000; Oct. 17-18, 2001, and was processed by Kevin Abing.  In 2001 Bobby Tanzillo donated Weekly Bus Passes, MCTS.

Contents

Box Number

Envelope Number

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Railway Guides 1902, 1908, 1912, 1917, 1927 1 1
Tickets:  Milwaukee Street Railway Co. and early public and employee, and strike ticket 1 2
Spoiled transfers, TMER&L 1 3
Complete books of transfers/fares/tickets. TMER&L & M&STC 1 4
Employee ticket book and clergy fare book, TMER&L & TMER&T 1 5
Miscellaneous transfers 1 6
Fare box cards/signs at driver’s seat 1 7
Passes & holders, regular, school, employee 1 8
Miscellaneous tickets, TMER&T, M&STC, MCTS 1 9
Miscellaneous interurban tickets 1 10
Rapid Transit timetables, Interurban timetables, leaflets for car racks, calendar/maps 1 11
Complete ticket books, TMER&L – each missing 2 tickets 1 12
Timetables Wisconsin Motor Bus Lines 1 13
Miscellaneous operator “hint cards” and instruction cards, TMER&L, TMER&T, MCTS 1 14
Interruption cards, TMER&T 1 15
Miscellaneous company cards & slips 1 16
Early timetables & schedules TMER&L 1 17
TMERL weekly pass stubs 1931-32 1 17A
TMERL weekly pass stubs 1933-34 1 17B
TMERL weekly pass stubs 1934-35 1 17C
TMERL weekly pass stubs 1936-37 1 17D
Milwaukee County Transit Guides 1968-ongoing 1 17E
Histories, 150 years and others 1 18
Street railway deed book, 1878-1897 1 19
Time records books, 1912-July 1916, TMER&L 1 20
TMER&L first issue “Bargain News” March 1932 1 21
TMER&L miscellaneous

– Booklet, “The Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Co. Lakeside Plant,” ca. 1926

1 22
Wisconsin Motor Bus Lines Operator’s Manuals 1 23
Employee Grade Books/Union booklets 1 24
Operator’s Manuals 1 25
Operator’s Manuals 1 26
Operator’s Instruction Booklet 1933 1 27
Operator’s Instruction Binder 1980 1 28
Employee items: EMBA Meeting Program 1929; “The Veteran” 1952; Operator’s Songs; EMBA Meeting Invitation, 1916; .EMBA Newsletters, 1921-1922; Examination of Accounts & Records of TMER & L, 1918

-Rail & Wire Veterans’ Reunion Supplement, November 1925

1 29
Miscellaneous ad copies, The Transport Co. 1 30
Milwaukee & Suburban Transport Corp. Annual Reports, miscellaneous 1 31
Employee Christmas cards, operator’s license, M&STC 1 32
Schedule/fare/route change information 1 33
Trackless trolley brochure and copies 1 34
Tour bus brochures & business card 1 35
Special service flyers & brochures 1 36
Condensed timetables 1 37
Advertising on transit equipment 1 38
Metrolink 1 39
Magazine/newsletters, MCTS 2 40
Employees 1992 Yearbook, 1987 & 1993 Handbooks, MCTS 2 41
Downtown Transit Center 2 42
Downtown Transit Center

– List of Bus Signs in MCHS Museum Division

– Cardboard Bus Bank

– Brochure, “Public Transit Moves Milwaukee,” 1985

– Article on Milwaukee’s Route 13 Streetcar, Scale Model Traction & Trolley Quarterly, 1982

– Midwest Transit Bus Museum Newsletter, 2002

2 43
Transit studies & reports, 1950s – Ongoing (Including light rail study by Anton Acker.)

-Newsletter, Milwaukee Connector, June 2000

2 44
Miscellaneous clippings 2 45
MOTOR COACH AGE – 6 issues. (Bus histories) 2 46
East Troy Railroad Museum “Trolley Talk” and other miscellaneous material 2 47
Non-Wisconsin railway museums 2 48
Donation inventories for Milwaukee County Historical Society Collection 2 49
Milwaukee Companies licenses, contracts, and mortgages 2 50
Wisconsin Electric Railway Historical Society, Inc. 2 51
Greyhound Bus Lines 2 52
Miscellaneous Wisconsin Bus Lines 2 53
MCTS – News Releases 2 54
Metro 2020 2 55
MCTS – Annual Reports 2 56
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Contents

Location

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Rail and Wire issues Jun. 1913 – Dec. 1940 (not inclusive) MC – bottom shelf
Rail and Wire issues Jan. 1941 – Jan. 1953 (not inclusive) MC – bottom shelf
Rail and Tire issues Jan. 1953 – Dec. 1954 MC – bottom shelf
Rail and Wire assorted issues, some duplicates, 54 items MC – bottom shelf
Wisconsin Electric Lines issues Jan. 1969 – Jun. 1979 (not inclusive) MC – bottom shelf
2 –  Binders:  Employee portraits from Milwaukee & Suburban Transport Co. – indexed by name in published portrait cards MC – bottom shelf
2 –  Binders:  Pass collection MC – bottom shelf
1 – Small Hollinger box – “Transit Guides” for schedules and timetables MC – bottom shelf
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Reports

Location

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1971, Milwaukee County Dual-Mode Systems Study, Vol. l, Summary MC – bottom shelf; Loose on Sh. 2
1977 April, CARPOOL Final Report MC – bottom shelf; Loose on Sh. 2
1977 August, Development of an East Side Bus Rapid Transit way in the Former Chicago and North Western Railroad Corridor, Draft, DeLeuw Cather & Co. MC – bottom shelf; Loose on Sh. 2
1977, Request for Bid Transit Type Coaches, Milwaukee County MC – bottom shelf; Loose on Sh. 2
1977, Request for Proposal Transit Type Coaches, Milwaukee County MC – bottom shelf; Loose on Sh. 2
1978, Bus Stop Informational Sign Demonstration Project, Milwaukee County MC – bottom shelf; Loose on Sh. 2
1978, Downtown Transportation Center Study for Milwaukee County W. C. Gilman & Co. MC – bottom shelf; Loose on Sh. 2
1979, Milwaukee County Transit Service Analysis Study MC – bottom shelf; Loose on Sh. 2
1981, Study of Milwaukee County Park-Ride Lots… MC – bottom shelf; Loose on Sh. 2
1983, Hillside Transit Administration Facility Project, Polytech, Inc. MC – bottom shelf; Loose on Sh. 2
1983, Hillside Transit Administration Facility Project, Polytech, Inc. (2) vol. of Addendum.  – 1971, Transit Plan for Milwaukee Area, Barton-Aschman Assoc. MC – bottom shelf; Loose on Sh. 2
1977, Downtown Milwaukee Shuttle Bus Demonstration Project, Dept. Public Works MC – bottom shelf; Loose on Sh. 2
Scale Model Traction and Trolley No. 1-45 (1-26 inclusive) MC – bottom shelf
East>West Spring 1995, Milwaukee East-West Corridor Transportation Study

Transit Choices Spring 1992 – Spring 1993, Milwaukee Transit Associates.

East Troy Traction News 1988-1995 (not inclusive)

MC – bottom shelf
Hi-Lites 1958-1999 (not inclusive) MC – bottom shelf
Veteran 1926-1988 (not inclusive) MC – bottom shelf
Hi-Lites 1958-1999 (not inclusive) MC – bottom shelf
Veteran 1926-1988 (not inclusive) MC – bottom shelf
Live Wires 1999 (ongoing) MC – bottom shelf
Bus Lines 1979-ongoing (not inclusive) MC – bottom shelf
1 – Folder:  Milwaukee County Transit System Headways sheets, Route 30, August 31, 1980 and miscellaneous from Routes 67, 18, 12, 57 MC – bottom shelf
Magazines and newspapers

– METRO MAGAZINE 1904-1979, Jan.-Feb. ’79.

– STREET RAILWAY JOURNAL, July 7, 1900

– THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SUPPLEMENT, October 12, 1975, County Government Report

– PASSENGER TRANSPORT, May 16, 1983

MC – bottom shelf
Unused transfer pack WH  – WS Sh. 8
Vehicle interior signage:

. Bus Following

. Reg. Fare Plus 10cents

. Cash Fares Jan. 1, 1982

. Cash Fares Jan. 1, 1983

. 5 Rates of Fare: June 28, 1858, Jan. 23, 1970, May 18,

1975, Sept. 4, 1977, Sept. 1, 1976

WH  – WS Sh. 8
Carcards:

Downtown Shuttle

Downtown Shuttlebug

The Most Liberal Transfer Anywhere

Reward $50 Cash

Transport Co. General Offices moved…

Please Hold On

WH  – WS Sh. 8
Milwaukee Street Railway, Trackless Trolley, & Motor Bus Guide, 1939, 1949 WH  – WS Sh. 8
WESTSIDE NEWS May, 1984 Mezzanine Vault F12-Flat Newspaper Storage
IN TRANSIT September, 1967 Mezzanine Vault F12-Flat Newspaper Storage
THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL July 1, 1975, 2 sections Mezzanine Vault F12-Flat Newspaper Storage
USA TODAY March 30, 1989 Mezzanine Vault F12-Flat Newspaper Storage
29 Transparencies of Various Streetcar/Trolley Lines, Substations, & Power Plants, 1950s MV, F21
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Oversize Photos

Location

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24 board mounted photos of Downtown Transit Center under construction WH (west)
1 board mounted photo of Mill Road Transit Station under construction WH (west)
1 board mounted photo of Northridge Park-Ride lot N. 85th & W. Beatrice Court WH (west)
2 pkgs. of board mounted photos of O’Donnell Park WH (west)
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Video Cassettes

See Video Cassette Finding Aid

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Ribbon cutting at 76th and Mill Road, 1/12/92
Transit Center topping out
Downtown Transit Center ribbon cutting, 10/7/91
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Magazine Inventory

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Rail & Wire
June 1913 – Dec 1916
Feb 1917 – Aug 1918
Oct 1918 – March 1920
April 1920 – Jan 1922
March 1922 – Jan 1923
July 1923 – May 1924
June 1924 – Sept 1924
Oct 1924 – July 1927
Sept 1927 – Oct 1928
Dec 1928 – Feb 1929
April 1929 – May 1930
Jun, Aug, Oct, Nov 1930
Jan – Oct 1931
Dec 1931 – Oct/Nov 1932
June 1934
Sept 1934 – Dec 1934
Feb – April 1935
June 1935 – Dec 1936
Jan 1937 – Dec 1940
Jan 1941 – Dec 1945
Feb 1946 – June 1946
Aug 1946 – Dec 1949
Jan 1950 – May 1951
July 1951 – Jan 1953
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Rail & Tire
Jan 1953 – Nov/Dec 1954

MCHS
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