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See an overview of the Society's North American History Collection.

U.S. General Land Office Surveyors' Field Notes and Plat Maps

Hand-drawn township plat maps and surveyors field notes about tree cover, soils, streams, rock outcroppings, villages, trails and roads from 1833-1866.

Exquisite examples of significant maps related to New France and French Great Lakes exploration, early maps of Florida and Mexico, later maps of Wisconsin.

Explore our Visual Materials collection of nearly 3 million images in more than 6,000 collections. Over 80,000 images are available online.

Societies and Museums Affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical Society

Find contact information for the local historical societies and museums affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical Society.

More than 2,000 feature articles totaling more than 30,000 pages are online.

Research your ancestors using our physical and digital collections of over 40,000 U.S. and Canadian family histories.

The Society owns one of the nation's richest collections of Civil Rights movement records, including more than 100 manuscript collections on Freedom Summer

Learn how to access and explore the Henry and Elizabeth Baird Papers.

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About Our Immigration Records

Explore our physical and digital collection of naturalization records for Wisconsin and passenger lists for the U.S. and Canada.

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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

Explore our physical and digital collections of local and county histories for Wisconsin, the U.S. and Canada.

See original maps from this Depression-era project that documented Wisconsin's land resources between 1929 and 1949.

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About Our Labor Collection

See an overview of the Society's Labor Collection.

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About Our Maps and Atlases

Explore our physical and digital collections of more than 25,000 maps and atlases, which focus on Wisconsin, the Midwest, the U.S. and Canada.

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See fees and registration information for the Wisconsin Historic Preservation Database (WHPD).

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Learn how to access the archival collections of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research.

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About Our Newspapers

Full Newspapers, Name Index, Local History and Biographical Clippings

Explore our physical and digital collections of newspapers, which is the second largest collection of newspapers in the U.S.

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Local Government Records

Learn about our local government records holdings and how to access them.
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