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About Our Newspapers

Full Newspapers, Name Index, Local History and Biographical Clippings

Explore our physical and digital collections of newspapers, which is the second largest collection of newspapers in the U.S.

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About Our Paintings

Wisconsin Historical Museum Collections

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

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About Our Civil War Collections

Explore our physical and online collections of Civil War materials including Wisconsin regimental histories, maps, casualty lists, lettters and more.

See an overview and learn how to access the state archives and government records.

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

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 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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Local Government Records

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

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

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.

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

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.

Access Information

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

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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 Census Records

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

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

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

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About Our Social Action Collection

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

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

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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