The Wisconsin Historical Society Library is the official depository for all State of Wisconsin publications and, with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a regional depository for United States government publications. It is also a selective depository for Canadian national and provincial documents and holds official state publications from many states outside Wisconsin.
Items in the following collections may be requested in-person at the Library's crculation desk or via interlibrary loan.
The Society Library, with the University of Wisconsin, is a regional depository for United States government publications. Particular subject area strengths are labor, foreign relations, census information, legislative branch activities, and civil rights.
Wisconsin Government Publications
The Society Library became one of three state-level depositories for Wisconsin state government publications in 1992. The other two state-level depositories in Wisconsin are the Legislative Reference Bureau and the Reference and Loan Library. Of these three, the Library's collection is the most complete. It serves as the permanent collection for all Wisconsin state government publications (except for University of Wisconsin publications, which are held at university libraries.)
The Society's Library also has a sizable collection of Wisconsin county and municipal government publications. It is particularly strong in publications for the City of Madison, the City of Milwaukee, Dane County and Milwaukee County.
Wisconsin County Publications
The Society's Library has a sizable collection of Wisconsin county and municipal government publications. It is particularly strong in publications for the City of Madison, the City of Milwaukee, Dane County and Milwaukee County.
The Society's Library has a large collection of state and territorial government publications for many states throughout the United States. For the period through 1819, holdings for virtually every state or territorial government are represented. From 1820 to the early 1930's, the Library, in conjunction with UW-Madison campus libraries, holds a high percentage of government publishing output of state and territories.
The Society's Library is a selective depository library for Canadian federal government publications. Its collections date to 1841 and constitute in conjunction with the holdings of libraries on the UW-Madison Campus a large collection of Canadian federal government publications. Records for a few of these publications can be found in the library catalog. Contact the Reference Staff for assistance.
Until 1978, the Society's Library also actively collected blue books, agency reports and legislative journals from all the Canadian provinces and territories. Since that time the emphasis has been on acquiring blue books, statistical abstracts, legislative journals and histories.
Visiting the Library and Archives
To discover if the library owns a particular title, search the library catalog. Because records for many publications will not be found in the library catalog, please contact the Society's Government Publications staff at 608-261-2460 or by email below if you need assistance.
Federal Regional Depository Librarian: