MarkForBlogToday, I want to make a mention of two special collections we have available at the Salzmann Library. One is the St. Francis Collection, which is filled with material about Saint Francis de Sales Seminary, here in Milwaukee, or books or material written by people associated with the seminary – those who went to school here or are connected in some other way.

Somewhat interesting to look through are several yearbooks in the collection, mostly from the ’50s and ’60s. Histories of the seminary are also very interesting reads.

The other collection is broader in scope, the Wisconsin Collection. This collection deals, as the name implies, mainly with books that are on the subject of Wisconsin. This ranges from religious books with Wisconsin topics, to many historical books throughout Wisconsin (indeed, a good portion of our local American historical section is housed in this collection.)

A lot of these books are older, but sometimes these are the most interesting, as they have a perspective completely different from ours today. A book about the history of Washington County written in 1900, for example, will have a wealth of information that would not be found in a history book written today, when there is more than another century of information to include. These books are available, and invaluable for local research.

As always, if you have any ideas and comments for things I could change, please let me know. These are always appreciated, anything I can do to make this better I will strive my best to accomplish.

Here is some of the basic information about the library:

  • Our standard hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays, 12 to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Our address is 3257 S. Lake Dr. St. Francis, WI 53235, right next to Henni Hall, due west of the South Parking Lot.
  • The library’s phone number is (414) 747-6479. If you would like to contact me through email, it is
  • There is free Wi-Fi available.

So, come in and check us out – everybody is welcome.