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The Extinction of a Species

Read about how the species of passenger pigeons became extinct. Follow links to short essays on the topic and view a collection of images.

Increase Lapham's Cartes-de-visite Collection

View this magnificent collection of 19th century famous scientists collected by Wisconsin naturalist Increase Lapham.

A Wisconsin family's photography of their life, pets, parades and other festivities from the late 19th through the early 20th century.

Milwaukee's First Photojournalist

Read about the life and career of photojournalist John Robert Taylor, who captured the spirit of Milwaukee through photographs in the early 20th century.

James T. Potter's Photos

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

Architectural photographs of the restored opera houses of Wisconsin.

Photographs by Richard Quinney

Discover the photographs of Richard Quinney from his book "Things Once Seen," containing more than 40 years of photos documenting his life.

View images of regional singers and musicians from the Helene Stratman-Thomas folk music project.

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

Madison's Soap Box Derby

Learn about the history of Madison's Soap Box Derby, a popular racing sport amongst young boys nation-wide in the early to mid-1900s.

Promotions on Paper, 1850s-1975

Custom-designed letterheads were a universal way of proclaiming who you were. Historical letterheads are prime examples of early branding.

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

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.

An album of 32 unusual photographs taken in 1905 of graduates of Menomonie High School in Dunn County.

Civil War Envelopes

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

Photographic portraits of Native Americans dating from 1898.

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

Larger Than Life Images of Animals and Produce

Learn about the tall-tale postcard industry and the career of photographer Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr.

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

View the International Harvester Glass Negative Series featuring images of farmers, animals, factory workers, tractors, small-town life and more.
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