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See an overview of the Society's Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture Collection.

Access Information

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

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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.

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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.

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

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Visual Materials Subject Overview

Learn about the wide range of visual materials subjects available to view both online and in our Archives

These maps identify local landowners within each Wisconsin county and provide information about cultural and topographical features.

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About Our Labor Collection

See an overview of the Society's Labor Collection.

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

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

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

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 Church Records

Learn how to search and access our Church Records Collections.

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About Our Wisconsin Name Index

Use the Wisconsin Name Index to browse obituaries, newspaper clippings and biographical book excerpts.

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.

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Local Government Records

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

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About Our Social Action Collection

See an overview of the Society's Social Action holdings.

U.S. General Land Office Surveyors' Field Notes and Plat Maps

Hand-drawn township plat maps and surveyors field notes about tree cover, soils, streams, rock outcroppings, villages, trails and roads from 1833-1866.

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