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

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

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

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About Our Cemetery Records

The Society owns many small groups of published and unpublished records from churches and from public and private cemeteries around Wisconsin.

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About Our Wisconsin Name Index

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

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

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Indian Language Manuscripts Guide

Follow links to documents by missionaries, traders, Indian agents, linguists and anthropologists which help preserve more than 20 endangered languages.

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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.

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

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About Our Death Records

Pre-1907 Vital Records Collection

Browse our online index of over 400,000 pre-1907 state-level death records and see full death records on microfilm at the Society's library.

Explore our physical and digital collections of local and county histories for Wisconsin, the U.S. and Canada.

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Local Government Records

Learn about our local government records holdings and how to access them.

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

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

Societies and Museums Affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical Society

Find contact information for the local historical societies and museums affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical Society.

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

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View original documents, lesson plans, classroom activities and background essays on key events in Wisconsin history.

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

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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.

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