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Free access to selected Wisconsin records to help you with your family history research

Find out more about the McCormick-IHC Collection.

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

Eligible properties must retain the essential physical appearance of the period in which they were important, and meet one of four criteria.

Learn about the Wisconsin Historical Society Web Archives (Archive-It) collection.

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

Do you have a three-dimensional object that relates in a significant way to the history or prehistory of Wisconsin? See the other criteria needed to donate

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Library Acquisitions Areas

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

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

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

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Donating an Item or Collection

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

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

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Arts and Artifacts Appraisers

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

Learn about interlibrary lending of Society materials.

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.

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

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Collections Overview

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

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

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Government Publications

Learn how to access the Government Publications collections at the Wisconsin Historical Society.
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