Artifacts in the Archives: Material Culture Curated Within Milwaukee County Coroner’s Inquests

Author(s): Brooke L. Drew

Year: 2018

Summary

Historical archaeologists expect to encounter artifacts in the field or lab, but may not anticipate uncovering them in the library. While conducting research on individuals buried in the Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery, the author came across a diverse assortment of material culture associated with the coroner’s inquests curated at the Milwaukee County Historical Society Research Library.  This paper will describe the various items uncovered including photographs, clothing samples, personal items, and handwritten letters as well as discuss how this material culture contributes to burial identification and the construction of personal narratives for the disenfranchised and forgotten individuals buried in this potter’s field. 

Cite this Record

Artifacts in the Archives: Material Culture Curated Within Milwaukee County Coroner’s Inquests. Brooke L. Drew. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441933)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 368