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Date: 1930 ca.

Description: Original map made with watercolor and inkwash. Includes a legend of buildings, roads, natural features and other details of the lodge. Inset at bottom has...

Date: 1857 

Description: This map depicts the township survey grid in Wisconsin, Michigan, northern Illinois, eastern Iowa, and southeastern Minnesota. Counties, named towns, citie...

Date: 1932 

Description: Group portrait of a group of Wisconsin Land Economic Inventory workers. John Bordner is in the center of the top row. Stanta Bordner is beside him. Uppe...

Date: 1836-11 

Description: This map is pen-and-ink on paper and is a plat of a paper city on the Wisconsin River, in what is now the Town of Dekorra. The map shows lot and block numb...

Map or Atlas

Village of Dunbarton

Date: 1882 

Description: Plat map of the village of Dunbarton, received by the Lafayette County Register's Office on September 22, 1892. Certification by the surveyor, Albert Pool,...

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Date: 1966-08 

Description: Front cover of a report by The Wisconsin Survey Research Laboratory on their public opinion research regarding Wisconsinites' attitudes toward the Vietnam...

Historical Object

Burt's Solar Compass

Date:  date unknown

Description: A brass solar compass, invented by William Austin Burt and built by William J. Young. It was used to survey lands in Wisconsin and surrounding areas during...


Description: Wisconsin Land Economic Inventory mapping crew starting out in the snow for instruction.

Date: 1859 

Description: This map, which includes eastern Iowa and northern Illinois but omits the northern and northwestern tiers of counties in Wisconsin, shows the township surv...

Date: 1945 

Description: A group of men lay rails at Hawkins Mine while a man in the background uses surveying equipment.

Historical Essay

Burt's Solar Compass

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Solar Compass used to survey lands in Wisconsin and surrounding areas during the 1840s and 1850s. (Museum object #1962.60.2,A)


Compass Training

Date: 1937 

Description: Probably Native Americans receiving instructions on compass use for Wisconsin Land Economic Inventory.

Date: 1950-03-16 

Description: Map of locations by blocks or areas of dwelling units in which violations of ordinance were apparent as part of the Madison Housing Authority Survey of Sub...

Map or Atlas

Map of Milwaukee

Date: 1876 

Description: Made from U.S. Surveys and from minutes furnished by Jos. S. Buck and Dr. C. Chase. Scale 20 CHs to an inch.

Date: 1950-03-16 

Description: Map of areas surveyed by block number as part of the Madison Housing Authority Survey of Substandard Housing.


Description: Series 698, General Land Office Survey Plats, vol. 1.

Date: 1966-08 

Description: Compiled data regarding attitudes about the United States' involvement in Vietnam in 1966 broken down by gender, age, education level, household income, po...

Date: 1958-07-14 

Description: This is a Tellurometer, a microwave surveying instrument. The operator is Don Reed, field man for Alster and Associates, Washington, D.C., which completed...

Date: 1950-03-16 

Description: Map of locations by block of dwellings rated as blighted as part of the Madison Housing Authority Survey of Substandard Housing.

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