Otto Schroeder Archives and Records Center

The Dane County Historical Society manages the Otto Schroeder Archives and Records Center, located in the lower level of the Lussier Family Heritage Center. The LFHC is in Dane County’s Lake Farm Park at the southern edge of the City of Madison at 3101 Lake Farm Road.

In 2002 when the DCHS was searching for a new home, a fundraising effort was undertaken. The major donor to that effort was Amy Gillibrand, Otto Schroeder’s granddaughter. Her gift made it possible to move into our current home, the Otto Schroeder Archives and Records Center.

Appointments can be made by contacting the Dane County Historical Society by email (danecountyhistory@gmail.com) or by phone (608 224 3605). Please be aware that website inquiries usually get a quicker response.

Our Namesake Otto Schroeder

Otto Schroeder was born in the small farm town of Elben, Germany September 26, 1899. At sixteen he served in the military during World War I, assembling Folher tri-planes for the Red Baron’s squadron. He served as a non-combatant because he had two older brothers living in the United States. After the war, he received a degree in mechanical and began employment in a steel manufacturing plant at Kassel, Germany.

In 1926, Otto married and moved with his wife to San Francisco where he worked for the Soule Steel Company. The Schroeders moved to Napa, California in 1941 where Otto worked in the Basalt Rock Company’s Napa Shipyard. While there, Schroeder invented a manufacturing process that revolutionized steel pipe production world-wide. After World War II, Schroeder worked as an international consultant, supervising the establishment of pipe manufacturing plants around the globe. Schroeder died at 92.

Online Resources

The Dane County Historical Society offers several online resources:

  • To view the digitized collection of Tychoberahn, Madison Central High School’s yearbooks, visit Recollection Wisconsin, Tychoberahn
  • To view The Madison Mirror, the student newsletter of Madison’s Central High School, visit the website YUMPU by clicking here. Please note that you may have to register for a new account, but doing so is free.
  • To view the 1873 Dane County Plat Map, click here.

For more information about our other online mresources, visit the Online Resources page.

Genealogy

Genealogists seeking specific family or ancestor information will not usually find much family information in our archives. Here are some other resources that may be more useful.

The Dane County Register of Deeds has records for births, deaths, and marriages, as well as land records specific to Dane County.

The Dane County Area Genealogical Society might also have the type of information genealogists are often looking for.

It might also be useful to contact a local historical society that might have information specific to your search. A list of local historical societies in Dane County can be found by clicking here.