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Common questions about purchasing historical images from the Wisconsin Historical Society.

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

General Information

Borrow Materials

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

These are static lists and may not convey the most current information about a property.

Common questions about the Wisconsin Historical Society Web Archives collection.

See links to helpful websites offering tips on caring for and maintaining family treasures.

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Donating an Item or Collection

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

Learn about interlibrary lending of Society materials.

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.

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

Do you have a three-dimensional object that relates in a significant way to the history or prehistory of Wisconsin? See the other criteria needed to donate

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Purchasing Copies

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

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Library Acquisitions Areas

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

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

Help recover artifacts stolen from the Wisconsin Historical Museum.

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

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

Brief descriptions and links to original documents created by CORE, SNCC, COFO, local residents, volunteers and opponents. Organized by topic

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

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