Local Government and Court Records

Learn how we assist local governments with the management and transfer of records of historic value.

How to legally dispose of obsolete records and notify the Wisconsin Historical Society before destruction.

The Little Orange Book

An overview of records management practices and recommendations for the retention and disposition of municipal records.
Records Retention Schedules

Explanation of the Records Retention Schedules and instructions on how to adopt them.

Definitions, terms and abbreviations used in General Records Schedules.

A list of primary records created by county clerks, the retention period for each record type and guidance on notifying the Society before destruction.

A list of primary records created by county treasurers, the retention period for each record type and guidance on notifying the Society before destruction.

A list of records to be kept permanently by the Register of Deeds.

The primary records created by county clerks, the retention period for each record type and guidance on notifying the Society before destruction.

Have Questions?

For Local Government Records Program procedures, contact our helpful staff by phone at 608-264-6469 or by email:

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