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Local Government Records

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

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About Our Paintings

Wisconsin Historical Museum Collections

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

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

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

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

Search digital records on more than 133,000 historic buildings, structures and objects throughout Wisconsin.

Photographs and Poetic Texts

Explore this online image collection from one of the country's most respected scholars in the field of photography and archives.

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About Our Immigration Records

Explore our physical and digital collection of naturalization records for Wisconsin and passenger lists for the U.S. and Canada.

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

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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.

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

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 Census Records

Explore our physical and digital collections of census records for the U.S., Wisconsin, Canada and special U.S. Federal Schedules.

See an overview of the Society's North American History Collection.

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About Our Labor Collection

See an overview of the Society's Labor Collection.

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 Reference Maps of Wisconsin

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

Among the Top Five Institutions for Genealogy Research in the U.S.

Search the Wisconsin Historical Society's vast family history collections, which are among the top five for genealogy research in the U.S.

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

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