Research, Archives and Collections

Historic Photographs

Thousands of images within the collection are accessible online. 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>>

World War I - Oshkosh Centennial

100 years ago the United States joined allied forces to fight in the First World War. You can explore World War I and some of the Museum’s collection through the links on this page. Learn more>>

Virtual Exhibitions

A number of virtual exhibits containing historic photographs, documents and artifacts from our collections are accessible online. These exhibits are meant to be used as standalone virtual experiences as well as accompanying experiences to our in-person permanent exhibitions. Each exhibit offers an inside look at the Museum's collections and the interesting people, artifacts and events that they represent. Discover more>>

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, Scott Cross
920-236-5773, scross@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

Own a Museum Masterpiece

A strikingly beautiful or unusual painting reflects the owner's interests, sets a room apart, and is often a conversation starter. If you're looking for a special piece or unique gift, the Museum provides a way for you to own a distinctive painting. High quality reprints on canvas of paintings in the Museum's collection are available through www.requestaprint.net/oshkosh. 

The web site includes the Museum's holdings by eminent artists, such as George Inness, Louis Ritman, Sara Hess, Emile Gruppe, Marie "Mietzi" Bleck, and Nile Jurgen Behncke, a well recognized artist whose watercolors captured scenes around Lake Winnebago and other locations in Wisconsin and across the nation. Not only are they beautiful and unique, the art expresses your support of the Museum. The Museum benefits financially from every reprint ordered.

Archives
Sampling of materials available in the Museum archives.

 
Decorative Arts
Sugar bowl, 1849-1900, gift of Marie Metternich.
 
Folk Art
Wildlife figurine by John Lemberger, gift of the Roma Bauman Estate.
 
Historic Photographs
Victory Arch on Main St. in 1919.
 
History
Steam pumper, 1898-1925, used by Oshkosh Fire Department Brooklyn No. 4.
 
Native American
Reconstructed Marion Thick jar found near Omro c.1927.
 
Paintings
Stone Bridge at Menominee Park by Rev. Kuhlmann c.1920.