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Free access to selected Wisconsin records to help you with your family history research

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Library Acquisitions Areas

See a list of the Society's Library acquisitions areas collected at a research level.

Learn about the various online and physical catalogs you can use to search the Society's collections.

Help recover artifacts stolen from the Wisconsin Historical Museum.

Common questions about the Wisconsin Historical Society Web Archives collection.

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Hours

For Headquarters, Library, Archives and Program Offices

The Library and Archives are open Monday - Saturday. Librarians and archivists are available to help you and to make your visit productive.

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Borrow Materials

See the Library's borrowing policies and interlibrary loan services.

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Collections Overview

Learn about the collection areas of the Wisconsin Historical Society's Library-Archives.

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Visitor Amenities

For Headquarters, Library, Archives and Program Offices

The Society offers large, comfortable work spaces, wireless access, lockers and many other amenities to visitors.

Learn about interlibrary lending of Society materials.

Follow the progression of key events before, during and after Freedom Summer. Contains links to original documents

Information on over 7,000 photographers who were active in Wisconsin from about 1840 to 1976.

The Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory will tell you if your property is listed, individually or contributing to a historic district.

Learn about working with and finding professionals to conserve or preserve your family heirlooms and art.

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Donating an Item or Collection

Learn the process for donating an item or collection to the Society.

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Area Research Center Network

14 Locations Statewide

Learn about the Area Research Center Network in Wisconsin, which includes fourteen regional research centers.

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Purchasing Copies

Copy fees and policies for the Society's Library and Archives.

Learn about the Wisconsin Historical Society Web Archives (Archive-It) collection.

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Parking and Transportation

For Headquarters, Library, Archives and Program Offices

See parking and transportation options for visiting the Wisconsin Historical Society headquarters building.

Defining Permission, Copyright and Terms of Use

Learn about obtaining permission and the copyright laws that apply to images purchased from the Wisconsin Historical Society.
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Have Questions?

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

Call our reference desk at 608-264-6535 or email us at:

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