The Milwaukee Art Museum will be moving its art library, archives and related programs to the historic Judge Jason Downer mansion on Prospect Avenue. In preparation for this transition, the Museum library and archives is now closed and will reopen as the newly named Milwaukee Art Museum Research Center in Fall 2018.

Brooks Stevens Archives History


As one of the country’s first industrial designers, Brooks Stevens – acutely aware of his own place in history – began documenting the activities of his design firm in 1935. The Milwaukee Art Museum acquired the Brooks Stevens Archive in 1997, as a gift from the designer’s family and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. The archive is composed primarily of audio visual materials.