William George Bruce papers, 1843-1960

Bruce, William George, 1856-1949

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Microforms; Photos, Drawings, Prints
  • Contributors
  • Physical Details
    • 14.0 c.f. (2 record center cartons, 19 archives boxes, and 10 flat boxes) and
    • 8 reels of microfilm (35 mm); plus
    • additions of 0.4 c.f
    • 148 photographs
    • 15 drawings, and
    • 1 poster
  • OCLC ocn173712048, ocm28004436
  • Finding Aids
    • Register to the processed portion


  • COLLECTION STORED AT ARC: Collection can be requested for transfer through the Area Research Center (ARC) Network, consult Reading Room Staff.


  • Papers of a Milwaukee businessman primarily documenting the many civic involvements of his retirement years (1918-1949), especially his general interests in education, the Catholic Church, Milwaukee history, and Milwaukee business conditions. Included are correspondence; subject files concerning specific involvements such as the Milwaukee Board of Harbor Commissioners, the St. Lawrence Seaway, and the 1948 Corporation; minutes; reports; numerous biographical clipping scrapbooks (on microfilm), testimonials, and other biographical information; and writings and speeches.
  • The large file of writings and books by Bruce includes works on education and commercial organizations and draft chapters of an unpublished book on the Jewish question in the United States. Bruce's autobiography and other published writings are held by the SHSW Library. Pertaining to the early history of the Bruce Publishing Company are financial ledgers and journals and examples of advertising materials. Later operations of the firm are documented by religious manuscripts published by the company (some by Fulton J. Sheen) and by runs of the "Bruce Buzzer" and "Bruce Cooperator," employee newsletters, in the SHSW Library.
  • The processed portion of this collection is summarized above, dates 1843-1960, and is described in the register. Additional accessions date circa1929 and undated and are described below.


  • Scrapbooks are available only on microfilm.
  • Presented by William C. Bruce and Joan Korsemeyer, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1965-1988.
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