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

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

See an overview of the Society's Draper Manuscript Collection.

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About Our Maps in Books

Digitally Reproduced Maps of Wisconsin and American History

Features hundreds of digitally reproduced maps from rare books, manuscripts, magazines and journals covering all aspects of Wisconsin and American History.

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

Access Information

See fees and registration information for the Wisconsin Historic Preservation Database (WHPD).

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

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

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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.

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

These maps identify local landowners within each Wisconsin county and provide information about cultural and topographical features.

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

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About Our Microfilm Collection

Access Information and Sales Service

Learn how to access the extensive microfilm collection at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

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About Our Wisconsin Name Index

Use the Wisconsin Name Index to browse obituaries, newspaper clippings and biographical book excerpts.

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Draper Manuscripts

Brief explanation of the importance of the manuscripts of Lyman Copeland Draper.

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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.

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

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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.

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About Our Immigration Records

Explore our physical and digital collection of naturalization records for Wisconsin and passenger lists for the U.S. and Canada.
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