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Common questions about purchasing historical images from the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Defining Permission, Copyright and Terms of Use

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

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Borrow Materials

See the Library's borrowing policies and interlibrary loan services.

These consultants are available to help you research historic buildings and archaeological sites.

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Area Research Center Network

14 Locations Statewide

Learn about the Area Research Center Network in Wisconsin, which includes fourteen regional research centers.

Learn about interlibrary lending of Society materials.

Find out more about the McCormick-IHC Collection.

Free access to selected Wisconsin records to help you with your family history research

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Purchasing Copies

Copy fees and policies for the Society's Library and Archives.

Follow the progression of key events before, during and after Freedom Summer. Contains links to original documents

Learn about the various online and physical catalogs you can use to search the Society's collections.


Explore the wide range of subjects collected by the Wisconsin Historical Society Library-Archives.

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

Help recover artifacts stolen from the Wisconsin Historical Museum.

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For Headquarters, Library, Archives and Program Offices

See information about the accessibility of the building and the services provided to visitors with disabilities.

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

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

Winter 2016 Issue, Volume 100, Number 2

Explore the contents of the current issue of the Wisconsin Magazine of History.

Information on over 7,000 photographers who were active in Wisconsin from about 1840 to 1976.

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Collections Overview

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