Kenosha and Racine Historic Photos

This collection of glass plate negatives captures the daily life of people in the Midwest between the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Many of the subjects in this collection are from the Baldwin family who were prominent in the coal industry. The Baldwin Coal Company, founded by George Smith Baldwin (1835-1923), was the first of its industry in Kenosha. His son Harry Merrill Baldwin (1862-1950), the owner of the Baldwin house, was the father to Drew and Lawrence Baldwin, whose photos show up often in this collection. 

In addition to photos of human subjects, prominently featured in this collection are marine vessels ranging from schooners, to warships, to yachts. Browse the images using the index on the left.

This collection was donated to the UW-Parkside Archives by the Carthage College Archives in 2012. For more information contact us at


Liz Antaramian