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

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.

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

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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 Labor Collection

See an overview of the Society's Labor Collection.

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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.

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

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

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

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About Our Social Action Collection

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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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

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

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

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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