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Milwaukee Metro Sewage District (MMSD) collection

Identifier: MSS 426 large

Scope and Contents

The Milwaukee Metro Sewage District (MMSD) collection contains serials, advertisements, monographs, articles, research data, and photographs pertaining to the research and activities of the sewage district.


  • 1912 - 1978


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact MSU Libraries Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

The Milawaukee Metropolitan Sewage District was founded in 1921, as an effort with the Sewerage Commission of the City of Milwaukee to recognized and bring solutions to the Milwaukee polluted rivers. The issues on how to protect the waterways began in 1913, when the Sewerage Commission of the City of Milwaukee was established due to politics surrounding pollution in the rivers. In 1914, the sewerage commission experimented with a new approach for wastewater treatment involving micrscopic organisms-the activated sludge method. In 1926, Milogranite was created in Milwaukee, that is a slow realease of Nitrogen Fertilizer. Milogranite recycles the wastewater captured by the district than uses the nutrient-rich microbes to turn into fertilizer that works on lawns, gardens, flowers, trees, and shrubs. The Milwaukee Metro Sewage District collection includes experiments and offical documents transferred from Milwaukee on the activation of sludge and Milogranite.


2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated in approximately 2002.

Processing Information

Brianna Thomas processed this collection in 2019.
Finding Aid for the Milwaukee Metro Sewage District collection
Brianna Thomas
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48824 USA