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Defining Permission and Copyright

Learn about obtaining permission and the copyright laws that apply to images purchased from the Wisconsin Historical Society.

See links to helpful websites offering tips on caring for and maintaining family treasures to ensure they are available for future generations to enjoy

Learn about working with and finding professionals to conserve or preserve your family heirlooms and art

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Arts and Artifacts Appraisers

See a list of professional appraisers in Wisconsin and nearby areas of Minnesota and Illinois

Do you have a three-dimensional object that relates in a significant way to the history or prehistory of Wisconsin? See the other criteria needed to donate

See a list of reliable preservation and conservation resources for museums, historical societies, libraries, other cultural collecting institutions

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Government Publications

Learn how to access the Government Publications collections at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Eligible properties must retain the essential physical appearance of the period in which they were important, and meet one of four criteria.

These are static lists and may not convey the most current information about a property.

Brief descriptions and links to original documents created by CORE, SNCC, COFO, local residents, volunteers and opponents. Organized by topic

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Collections Overview

Learn about the collection areas of the Wisconsin Historical Society's Library-Archives.

These consultants are available to help you prepare your National Register of Historic Places nomination.

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Donating an Item or Collection

Learn the process for donating an item or collection to the Society.

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For Headquarters, Library, Archives and Program Offices

The Library and Archives are open Monday - Saturday. Librarians and archivists are available to help you and to make your visit productive.

Find out more about the McCormick-IHC Collection.

The Wisconsin Archictecture and History Inventory will tell you if your property is listed, individually or contributing to a historic district

Common questions about ordering images from the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Do you want to see if anyone from your state or community participated in the 1964 Freedom Summer Project? Search over 1,600 names.

Learn about the Wisconsin Historical Society's award-winning, full color, quarterly magazine. Published since 1917.
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