Kohler family papers, circa 1830-1970s

Kohler family

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Microforms
  • Contributors
  • Physical Details
    • 35.0 cubic feet (21 record center cartons, 19 archives boxes, 4 card boxes, 17 flat boxes, 3 volumes, and 4 oversize folders)
    • 2 reels of microfilm (35 mm)
    • 11 disc recordings
    • 5 tape recordings
    • 78 films (8 mm)
    • 1 film (16 mm) and
    • 9 DVDs viewing copies of films
    • 2.2 cubic feet of photographs and negatives (4 archives boxes and 7 negative boxes); plus
    • additions of 3.2 cubic feet (1 archives box and 3 volumes)
  • OCLC ocn173700295
  • Finding Aids
    • Case file


  • RESTRICTED: Collection is closed to researchers until June 9, 2028.


  • The Kohler Family Papers date circa 1830-1970s. They pertain primarily to the Walter J. Sr., and Charlotte Schroeder Kohler branch and to the John Michael III and Julilly Kohler branch. There are lesser quantities of material relating to John Michael Kohler II, founder of the Kohler Company, and to Riverbend, the home built on the Sheboygan River, occupied initially by the Walter Kohler Sr., family, and later by the John Michael Kohler III family. Landscaping at Riverbend was done by Frederick L. Olmstead.
  • Materials relating to Walter Kohler Sr., include papers on his campaign and election as Wisconsin governor (1929-1931) as well as his family life before and after the governorship, and to a few aspects of his business life as the chief executive of the Kohler Company. Papers pertaining to John Michael Kohler III are mainly family papers; a substantial portion also relates to Julilly Kohler's career writing children's literature. John Michael Kohler III worked in an executive position at the Kohler Company; he was a Vice President at the time of his death in 1968.
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