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Access Information

Learn how to access the archival collections of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research.

Oral Histories

Explore this online oral history collection to hear firsthand accounts from Holocaust survivors who settled in Wisconsin.

Original, meticulously detailed street-level maps for 325 Wisconsin communities, 1883-1930, originally used to determine a property's fire hazard.

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 Unpublished papers fill over 200 boxes, more than 7,500 pages are available online.

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About Our Marriage Records

Pre-1907 Vital Records Collection

Browse our online index of over 1 million pre-1907 marriage records and see full marriage records on microfilm at the Society's library.

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.

We have over 200 original bird's-eye-view maps of Wisconsin cities and villages dating from the 1860s to the early 1900s.

See an overview of the Society's Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture Collection.

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

Learn how to access and explore the Henry and Elizabeth Baird Papers.

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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.

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

Start your own local historical society or group.

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About Our Obituaries

Explore our physical and digital collections of thousands of Wisconsin obituaries.

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

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About Our Paintings

Wisconsin Historical Museum Collections

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

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

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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.

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

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