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Photographs of Public Libraries in Wisconsin

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Date: 1870 ca.

Description: Elevated view of Main Street looking east toward the Fox River and the boat landing. Lake Winnebago is visible in the distance.

Date: 1872 

Description: Shows landowners, buildings, lot numbers, roads and railroads. Includes Menasha business directory.

Date: 1955 

Description: Aerial view of "the island" with the Marathon Corporation paper mills. The Fox River flowing out of Lake Winnebago separates the two cities, Neenah and Men...

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Nicolet Monument

Date: 1906 ca.

Description: The Nicolet Monument

Date: 1870 ca.

Description: The corner of Main Street and Tayco Street looking south towards Doty Island. The slanting timbers controlled the primitive draw bridge across the canal.

Date: 1899-08-24 

Description: Pen-and-ink and color on paper. Also shows probable routes of the French explorers Constant le Marchand de Lignery in 1728 and Louis de la Porte de Louvign...

Date: 1887 

Description: Sanborn-Perris fire insurance maps for city of Menasha.

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Description: Interior view of the Elisha D. Smith Library. The library opened in 1898 funded with a gift of $20,000 from E.D. Smith. Lower left of photograph reads: "Va...

Date: 1955-10-03 

Description: The Wisconsin Central Railroad marker on the wall of the Hotel Menasha. The men at the dedication are (left to right) Edgar F. Zelle, President Wisconsin C...

Date: 1920 ca.

Description: A Menasha postcard showing the river at night.

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Nicolet Monument

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: The Nicolet Monument, erected by the Women's Clubs and unveiled in 1906.

Date: 1870 ca.

Description: A stereograph of the Menasha Wooden Ware factory.

Date: 1963-09-29 ca.

Description: View across water of a railroad bridge along the side of a strip of industrial buildings. Railroad cars are stopped in front of the buildings.

Date: 1920 

Description: Shows lot and block numbers. Includes manuscript annotations showing original Wisconsin Central Railway line in red which reads: "Original W.C. Line in Men...

Date: 1891 

Description: Sanborn-Perris fire insurance maps for city of Menasha.

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City Square

Date: 1870 ca.

Description: Elevated view of City Square, where the Bank of Menasha is seen on the corner and Little Lake Butte des Mortes is in the distance.

Date: 1888-08-24 

Description: The George A. Whiting Paper Mill after a fire on August 24, 1888. Sixteen men were killed by the explosion of a bleacher; the bleacher exploded as the nigh...

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Description: Left side view of Chicago,Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway locomotive engine no. 901, class J2, built by Borrks Locomotive Works in 1887. Engineer Jake Rhyner...

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Description: Interior view of the Elisha D. Smith Library. The library opened in 1898 funded with a gift of $20,000 from E.D. Smith. Throughout the room in the foregrou...

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