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General Information

Collections Overview

Learn about the collection areas of the Wisconsin Historical Society's Library-Archives.

Common questions about purchasing historical images from the Wisconsin Historical Society.

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Donating an Item or Collection

Learn the process for donating an item or collection to the Society.

Do you want to see if anyone from your state or community participated in the 1964 Freedom Summer Project? Search over 1,600 names.

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Visitor Amenities

For Headquarters, Library, Archives and Program Offices

The Society offers large, comfortable work spaces, wireless access, lockers and many other amenities to visitors.

Learn about interlibrary lending of Society materials.


Explore the wide range of subjects collected by the Wisconsin Historical Society Library-Archives.

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Arts and Artifacts Appraisers

See a list of professional appraisers in Wisconsin and nearby areas of Minnesota and Illinois

Help recover artifacts stolen from the Wisconsin Historical Museum.

Common questions about the Wisconsin Historical Society Web Archives collection.

These are static lists and may not convey the most current information about a property.

Learn about the various online and physical catalogs you can use to search the Society's collections.

Information on over 7,000 photographers who were active in Wisconsin from about 1840 to 1976.

Brief descriptions and links to original documents created by CORE, SNCC, COFO, local residents, volunteers and opponents. Organized by topic

Learn about working with and finding professionals to conserve or preserve your family heirlooms and art.

Defining Permission, Copyright and Terms of Use

Learn about obtaining permission and the copyright laws that apply to images purchased from the Wisconsin Historical Society.

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Library Acquisitions Areas

See a list of the Society's Library acquisitions areas collected at a research level.

See links to helpful websites offering tips on caring for and maintaining family treasures.

See a list of reliable preservation and conservation resources for museums, historical societies, libraries and other cultural collecting institutions.
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