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About Our Maps and Atlases

Explore our physical and digital collections of more than 25,000 maps and atlases, which focus on Wisconsin, the Midwest, the U.S. and Canada.

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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.

The Society’s museum collections include 110,000 historical objects and about 500,000 archaeological items that document the history of Wisconsin.

See an overview of the Society's North American History Collection.

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

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

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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About Our Obituaries

Explore our physical and digital collections of thousands of Wisconsin obituaries.

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

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

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

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

More than 2,000 feature articles totaling more than 30,000 pages are online.

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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 Paintings

Wisconsin Historical Museum Collections

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

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

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Local Government Records

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

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

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