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

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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.

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About Our Church Records

Learn how to search and access our Church Records Collections.

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About Our Census Records

Explore our physical and digital collections of census records for the U.S., Wisconsin, Canada and special U.S. Federal Schedules.

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.

We have over 200 original bird's-eye-view maps of Wisconsin cities and villages dating from the 1860s to the early 1900s.

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Local Government Records

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

Original, meticulously detailed street-level maps for 325 Wisconsin communities, 1883-1930, originally used to determine a property's fire hazard.

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

Learn how to access and explore the Henry and Elizabeth Baird Papers.

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

Learn how to access and explore the McCormick-International Harvester Collection.

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About Our Maps in Books

Digitally Reproduced Maps of Wisconsin and American History

Features hundreds of digitally reproduced maps from rare books, manuscripts, magazines and journals covering all aspects of Wisconsin and American History.

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

See original maps from this Depression-era project that documented Wisconsin's land resources between 1929 and 1949.

Learn about our Mass Communications History collections and how to access them.

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About Our Microfilm Collection

Access Information and Sales Service

Learn how to access the extensive microfilm collection at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

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.

The Society owns one of the nation's richest collections of Civil Rights movement records, including more than 100 manuscript collections on Freedom Summer

Search digital records on more than 140,000 historic buildings, structures and objects throughout Wisconsin.
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