Preserving the Past: Old Bucyrus Employee Photos Available

Work continues to raise money for the South Milwaukee Industrial Museum, a celebration of Bucyrus’ rich tradition and strong legacy in South Milwaukee.

Learn more here. Please consider a donation to this important project!

As part of their work in preserving artifacts from the Bucyrus collection, the museum organizers have come across hundreds of employee photos from the 1960s-1980s, and are offering them to family members.

From Bob Jelinek, who is leading museum effort …

The South Milwaukee Industrial Museum LLC  (SMIM) has obtained roughly 400 employee portrait type photographs taken by the company photographer during the late 1960’s through the early 1980’s. (Samples in this post.)

It’s not a complete collection of employee photos, only small part of the archives that Caterpillar moved to Peoria, IL.  We requested that they be returned to SMIM as part of the Bucyrus Heritage archives. We’ve scanned them for our files, and would now like to provide the original negatives and photos to the employees, or any of their family members who may want them, on a first come- first served basis.

The photos were used mainly for Scoop Magazine.  Articles that the photos appeared in include the Quarter Century Club and Forty Year Club recognitions, job promotion announcements, and human interest articles. We even have a few passport or ID type photos.  Each folder has one or more negative and a proof shot or two.  All photos and negatives are in black and white.

Maybe it’s you, or Mom or Dad, Aunt, Grandfather, or other family member that worked at Bucyrus during those years.  To find out if a portrait folder is available, just mail a note or send an email to SMIM at  with the full name of the employee. We’ll let you know if there is a match, and if there is, we’ll ask that you fill out a short request/release form for us. We’ll then provide you with the original folder and its contents, all for free!

We’re still working diligently toward re-opening the former Bucyrus Heritage Museum to display more than 135 years’ worth of company and local history.  Stop by the South Milwaukee City Hall to see one of our traveling displays though April 30th.

We’re always looking for donations of company artifacts to add to the collection, and for our fundraising efforts through our GoFundMe at

Direct donations can also be mailed to South Milwaukee Industrial Museum, PO Box 84, So. Milw., WI 53172-0084

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  1. Gene Gerbasi

    I worked at BE in ’55 ’56. Was a machinist trainee, then a fork lift driver and finally worked tracking jobs being worked on. I was hired by Norm Rothe. I then went over to Propulsion Engine on South 5th before going to school at MIT in Milwaukee for commercial art. Retired after 31 years at The Milwaukee Journal. I always liked South Milwaukee .

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