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View photographs taken by Dr. Joseph Smith in the early 20th century in and around Marathon County, Wisconsin.

Photographs and Poetic Texts

Learn about the experimental style of one of the country's most respected scholars in the field of photography and archives.

View an extensive image collection about this early social leadership center that focused on labor organization, and later, civil rights.

Harry and Roy Aitken

View the photographic stills from early silent film producers and Waukesha natives Harry and Roy Aitken.

Underground Newspapers of the 1960s and 1970s

Images of the Wisconsin Historical Society's collection of underground newspapers.

Browse a gallery of cigarette advertising trade cards from the 1870s to 1940s.

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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

Learn about the exploits of the U.S. Army National Guard's Red Arrow Division during World War II.

Explore history and images of beekeeping in Wisconsin.

Learn the inside story of the Teasdale Vice Committee Investigation of 1913 in Wisconsin and their crusade against "social evil."

An Inventive and Imaginative Photographer

Learn about H.H. Bennett, the 19th-century photographer of Wisconsin Dells landscapes.

The "Teenie Weenies" cartoons enchanted readers of all ages for more than 50 years. View this selection of cartoons by William Donahey.

Harry Ellsworth Cole

Cole's photographs show scenic views of the Dells and Devil's Lake area as well as geological features throughout Sauk County.

Doctor and Amateur Photographer

Discover the career of amateur photographer and doctor Edward Bass who surprised people with his near-overnight success and natural talent.

Images of a Milwaukee Manufacturing Powerhouse

Read about one of Milwaukee's most successful manufacturing companies and view vintage photographs of the corporation.

The Early History of Civilian Aircraft: 1925-1930

The Early History of Civilian Aircraft: 1925-1930

Civil War Envelopes

View the culture and politics of a country at war with itself through envelopes produced by publishers and printers.

The 1849 Sketches of James F. Wilkins

View this selection of drawings by James F. Wilkins, created on his journey on the Overland Trail from Missouri to Califonia in 1849.

View these 19th-century panoramic, detailed maps of Wisconsin communities.


Photographs of political campaign techniques of the past.
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