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About Our Paintings

Wisconsin Historical Museum Collections

Explore our collection of paintings, many of which can be viewed online.

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

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The Society owns many small groups of published and unpublished records from churches and from public and private cemeteries around Wisconsin.

Search digital records on more than 133,000 historic buildings, structures and objects throughout Wisconsin.

Learn how Civil War Records are organized and how to purchase copies.

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

The richest resource about Sen. William Proxmire's life and times. Unpublished papers fill over 200 boxes, more than 7,500 pages are available online.

See an overview of the Society's Draper Manuscript Collection.

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.

Photographs and Poetic Texts

Explore this online image collection from one of the country's most respected scholars in the field of photography and archives.

Exquisite examples of significant maps related to New France and French Great Lakes exploration, early maps of Florida and Mexico, later maps of Wisconsin.

Access Information

View original documents, lesson plans, classroom activities and background essays on key events in Wisconsin history.

More than 2,000 feature articles totaling more than 30,000 pages are online.

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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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Local Government Records

Learn about our local government records holdings and how to access them.

All Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places listings are searchable on our website.

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About Reference Maps of Wisconsin

Access approximately 200 modern maps of basic cultural and geographical data about Wisconsin and its history. Perfect for teachers, students.

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About Our Birth Records

Pre-1907 Vital Records Collection

Explore this index of over 1 million pre-1907 state-level birth records to locate full records on microfilm reels.

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