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

View the online collection of Photo Copy Service photographs taken in Madison from the 1920s through 1960s.

Mississippi River Town

View 19th century photographs of life on the Mississippi River logging town of Alma, Wisconsin.

James T. Potter's Photos

View this image collection of architectural details of places in Madison, Wisconsin.

Jim Widmer's "Spirit of Rural Wisconsin," Part II

Explore Jim Widmer's photographs of the Friday fish fry dinner tradition in Wisconsin.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Back, front, and inside front cover of the menu from The Restaurant at Baron's department store, with "A Historical Map of Madison" focusing on the isthmus...

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Jim Widmer's "Spirit of Rural Wisconsin," Part I

Explore Jim Widmer's photographs of Theresa, Wisconsin.

Snapshots of Daily Life

Study this collection of family photos and see a natural, simple view of everyday life in early 20th-century Randolph, Wisconsin.

Glimpses of African-American Life in the Midwest, 1865-1934

Read about three generations of a Midwestern African-American family.

View a pictorial review of the Wisconsin State Fair from 1851 when it began.

View Edmund Eisenscher's photographs of the personal and work life of Milwaukee union members from 1938-1956

Architectural photographs of the restored opera houses of Wisconsin.


Christian Church

Date:  date unknown

Description: View down unpaved road towards the left side and front of the wood clapboard sided church. There are six arched windows along the side and in the front of...

Madison's Settlement House

Images of Madison's only settlement house, Neighborhood House, from 1916 until the 1960s.

View images produced by the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, while they were challenging a white, supremacist delegation.


State Bank

Date: 1914 

Description: Corner view from unpaved street of the State Bank. A meat market is next door on the left. Flyers on the power poles are for an upcoming fair. A metal and...

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