Dietz Typewriter Collection

Carl Petrius Dietz (1875-1957) came to Milwaukee with his German immigrant parents in 1881. He was educated in Milwaukee, San Francisco, and Rochester, New York schools. Dietz returned to Milwaukee and worked in various business endeavors before his election as justice of the peace in 1902. A well known socialist party member, he later served as an acting judge and City comptroller. He left office in 1912 to develop an insurance agency and was again elected to public office (10th Ward Alderman) in 1918. Dietz served on the board of the Milwaukee Public Library, was a Mason, a Knight of Pythias, and a member of the Old Setter’s Club of Milwaukee. He was greatly interested in history and the development of the typewriter and built a collection of over 100 machines. The core of the Museum’s Dietz Collection was the 113 machines of his personal collection donated to the Museum in 1936. Carl P. Dietz worked with the Milwaukee Public Museum from the 1920s until his death to build a collection of typewriters memorializing the work of Sholes and to place the typewriter squarely in Milwaukee and American history. 

 

The Carl P. Dietz Collection of Typewriters by George Herrl (pdf)

 

Note: The PDF provided of The Carl P. Dietz Collection of Typewriters by George Herrl is of the original 1965 publication and is for reference. It is known to have pictorial and textual errors. Please refer to the MPM Typewriter Collection website for current MPM reference information for specific objects.

Typewriter, Underwood No. 6
Name: Typewriter, Underwood No. 6
UA639.1
UA639
Underwood No. 6

Typewriter, Underwood No. 6.

Typewriter, Bar-Lock No. 4
Name: Typewriter, Bar-Lock No. 4
E41634
12045
Bar-Lock No. 4

Typewriter, Bar-Lock No. 4.

Typewriter, Triumph
Name: Typewriter, Triumph
E50272
14889
Triumph

Typewriter, Triumph.

Typewriter, Merritt
Name: Typewriter, Merritt
E49764
14714
Merritt

Typewriter, Merritt.

Typewriter, Hammond No. 2
Name: Typewriter, Hammond No. 2
E40689
11418
Hammond No. 2

Typewriter, Hammond No. 2.

Typewriter, Smith Premier No. 10
Name: Typewriter, Smith Premier No. 10
E46876
13752
Smith Premier No. 10

Typewriter, Smith Premier No. 10.

Comptograph
Name: Comptograph
E44846
13309

Comptograph.

Typewriter, Picht
Name: Typewriter, Picht
E44222a-b
13086
Picht

Typewriter, Picht (for blind people).

Typewriter, Stenograph
Name: Typewriter, Stenograph
E45893
12859
Stenograph

Typewriter, Stenograph

Typewriter, Remington No. 9 (Greek)
Name: Typewriter, Remington No. 9 (Greek)
E41787
12107
Remington No.9 (Greek)

Typewriter, Remington No. 9 (Greek).