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Visual Materials Subject Overview

Learn about the wide range of visual materials subjects available to view both online and in our Archives

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 Unpublished papers fill over 200 boxes, more than 7,500 pages are available online.

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.

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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.

Remembering the Events from 100 Years Ago

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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.

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

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

Access Information

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

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

More than 2,000 feature articles totaling more than 30,000 pages are online.

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About Our Social Action Collection

See an overview of the Society's Social Action holdings.

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About Our Paintings

Wisconsin Historical Museum Collections

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

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About Reference Maps of Wisconsin

Access approximately 200 modern maps of basic cultural and geographical data about Wisconsin and its history. Perfect for teachers, students.

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

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

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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.

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

All Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places listings are searchable on our website.

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