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

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

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.

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.

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About Our Labor Collection

See an overview of the Society's Labor Collection.

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

Learn how Civil War Records are organized and how to purchase copies.

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 Unpublished papers fill over 200 boxes, more than 7,500 pages are available online.

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

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

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About Our Paintings

Wisconsin Historical Museum Collections

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

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

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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.

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

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About Our Social Action Collection

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

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

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