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

Find out more about the McCormick-IHC Collection.

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.

Summer 2016 Issue, Volume 99, Number 4

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

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Collections Overview

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

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Borrow Materials

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

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Library Acquisitions Areas

See a list of the Society's Library acquisitions areas collected at a research level.

Learn about the Wisconsin Historical Society's award-winning, full color, quarterly magazine. Published since 1917.


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

Learn about interlibrary lending of Society materials.

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

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Donating an Item or Collection

Learn the process for donating an item or collection to the Society.

Brief descriptions and links to original documents created by CORE, SNCC, COFO, local residents, volunteers and opponents. Organized by topic

See links to helpful websites offering tips on caring for and maintaining family treasures.

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.

Help recover artifacts stolen from the Wisconsin Historical Museum.

Eligible properties must retain the essential physical appearance of the period in which they were important, and meet one of four criteria.
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