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The Society’s museum collections include 110,000 historical objects and about 500,000 archaeological items that document the history of Wisconsin.

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About Our Paintings

Wisconsin Historical Museum Collections

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About Our Maps and Atlases

Explore our physical and digital collections of more than 25,000 maps and atlases, which focus on Wisconsin, the Midwest, the U.S. and Canada.

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About Our Cemetery Records

The Society owns many small groups of published and unpublished records from churches and from public and private cemeteries around Wisconsin.

Architecture and History Inventory

Tips on finding records for urban, rural and unusual properties

Find out what the difference is between a 'Contributing' and 'Non-Contributing' property to a Historic District.

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Wisconsin Supplementary Manual

For Nominations to the National Register of Historic Places

Find guidance for preparing a typical Wisconsin nomination to the State Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

Learn who serves on the Wisconsin Historic Preservation Review Board and when they meet.

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About Our Civil War Collections

Explore our physical and online collections of Civil War materials including Wisconsin regimental histories, maps, casualty lists, lettters and more.

Search this digital collection of 16,000 historical newspaper articles on notable Wisconsin people and communities.

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About Our Immigration Records

Explore our physical and digital collection of naturalization records for Wisconsin and passenger lists for the U.S. and Canada.

Explore millions of pre-1907 Wisconsin Vital Records. Copies are also available for purchase.

Among the Top Five Institutions for Genealogy Research in the U.S.

Search the Wisconsin Historical Society's vast family history collections, which are among the top five for genealogy research in the U.S.

Eligible properties must retain the essential physical appearance of the period in which they were important, and meet one of four criteria.

Explore our Visual Materials collection of nearly 3 million images in more than 6,000 collections. Over 80,000 images are available online.

These consultants are available to help you prepare your National Register of Historic Places nomination.

Explore our physical and digital collections of local and county histories for Wisconsin, the U.S. and Canada.

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About Our Marriage Records

Pre-1907 Vital Records Collection

Browse our online index of over 1 million pre-1907 marriage records and see full marriage records on microfilm at the Society's library.

Research your ancestors using our physical and digital collections of over 40,000 U.S. and Canadian family histories.

Help recover artifacts stolen from the Wisconsin Historical Museum
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Have Questions?

If you didn't find the material you searched for, our Library Reference Staff can help.

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