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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

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

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

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

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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.

Learn how Civil War Records are organized and how to purchase copies.

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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.

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

Access Information

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

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About Our Wisconsin Name Index

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

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

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

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Wisconsin Newspapers

Discover Our Collection of Over 300 Years of U.S. Newspapers

Newspaper Resources at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

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About Our Obituaries

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

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American Indian Language Materials

Follow online links to rare American Indian language primary documents, including early dictionaries, textbooks, spelling books and firsthand accounts.

The Society owns one of the nation's richest collections of Civil Rights movement records, including more than 100 manuscript collections on Freedom Summer

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About Our Paintings

Wisconsin Historical Museum Collections

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

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

Oral Histories

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

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