Research, Archives and Collections

Historic Photographs

The Oshkosh Public Museum’s collection includes over 300,000 artifacts and archival materials that represent the people and history of Oshkosh and the Lake Winnebago Region. Digital images of the collection items are available for purchase for personal and non-profit/for-profit commercial use.  Photographic Duplication & Use Fees

All requests will require an agreement form to be filled out. For publication uses a letter of indemnification will also be required. Once payment is received, requests will receive an invoice and permission form with the release of the image(s).

For personal requests:

Fillable Personal Request Agreement Form (complete form, save, then email.)

For non-profit/for-profit commercial use and distribution:

Fillable  Photograph Reproduction Agreement Form   (complete form, save, then email.)

 Fillable Letter of Indemnification Form  (complete form, save, then email.)

Historic Photograph Research and Requests

Thousands of images within the Museum's collection are accessible online for research or reproduction request. The online gallery offers search functionality by keyword, creator, person, place, subject and more. It's a wealth of knowledge at one's fingertips. Start your research here>>>

If you would like to request a digital copy of one of the historic photographs from the online gallery, please click on the image thumbnail and then the small camera icon “Request Image” to take you to the online form or contact the following Museum staff for assistance.

To inquire about historic photographs that may not be represented online or additional questions or concerns please contact the following Museum staff for assistance with your request.

Amy Fels, Archivist
920-236-5773, afels@ci.oshkosh.wi.us

Artifact Image Requests

The Museum’s collection of artifacts is not available online. To inquire about images of artifacts in the Museum’s collection or additional questions or concerns please contact the following Museum staff for assistance with your request.

Assistant Director/Curator of Collections, Anna Cannizzo
920-236-5765, acannizzo@ci.oshkosh.wi.us

Or

Registrar, Emily Rock
920-236-5766, erock@ci.oshkosh.wi.us

Donations and Collections Requests or Inquiries

The Oshkosh Public Museum owns a diverse collection of objects and images representing the people and environment of Oshkosh and the Lake Winnebago Region of East Central Wisconsin. More than 300,000 items are held in trust by the Museum including fine, folk and decorative arts, textiles, toys, natural history specimens, Native American objects, historic artifacts, including an outstanding archival collection.

Visitors are always welcome to stop in and request to meet with staff to explore our collections or to make donation and collection inquiries. Please schedule an appointment in advance to ensure staff is available and prepared to assist with your inquiry. If we are unavailable when you visit, please leave your contact information and a brief description of your inquiry with the Museum Store staff and we will gladly follow-up on your request.

If you own something that you believe the Museum might be interested in acquiring, or have inquiries or requests regarding our collections and exhibitions, please contact us. To help guide you in your inquiry, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

For Artifacts:
Curator of Collections, Anna Cannizzo
920-236-5765, acannizzo@ci.oshkosh.wi.us

For Photographs and Paper Materials:
Archivist, Amy Fels
920-236-5767, afels@ci.oshkosh.wi.us

For Exhibitions:
Curator of Exhibitions, Debra Daubert
920-236-5767, ddaubert@ci.oshkosh.wi.us

Appraisals:
The Oshkosh Public Museum staff does not appraise items. To establish the value of an antique or painting, please contact the following organizations:
American Society of Appraisers
International Society of Appraisers
Appraisers Association of America