Wisconsin Municipal Records Manual
The Little Orange Book
The Wisconsin Municipal Records Manual is designed to assist public officials in Wisconsin's cities, villages, and towns in the administration of current public records and in the disposition of non-current materials. It provides an overview of records management practices and recommendations for the retention and disposition of public records.
This is an electronic version of what is popularly known as "the little orange book." The Manual was first published in 1980. It is now out of print, however, it still may be used. In particular, the retention and disposal schedules found in Part II have been approved by the Public Records Board and are still valid. Be aware that local governments are required to notify the Wisconsin Historical Society prior to the destruction of any record, including those listed in this manual. For more information on the notification procedure, see The Administration of Local Government Records.
To use the Manual, begin by consulting the Table of Contents below. Each chapter is a separate Adobe Acrobat PDF file. You may also download the complete manual at the bottom of this page. Government entities may reproduce all or part of the Wisconsin Municipal Records Manual for their records management use. Note: Appendix D through F have been removed due to out-of-date material.
Wisconsin Municipal Records Manual Table of Contents
- See Part II to find current, valid retention and disposal schedules approved by the Public Records Board.
Local Government Records Technical Publication Series
from the National Association of Government Archives and Record Administration (NAGARA)
If the Wisconsin Municipal Records Manual does not provide the information you need, or if you need additional information, see Chapter V, "Sources for Additional Assistance." Chapter V was updated in 2000 to ensure that citations and contact information are current.