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The Society’s museum collections include 110,000 historical objects and about 500,000 archaeological items that document the history of Wisconsin.

See an overview of the Society's Draper Manuscript 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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View original documents, lesson plans, classroom activities and background essays on key events in Wisconsin history.

Original, meticulously detailed street-level maps for 325 Wisconsin communities, 1883-1930, originally used to determine a property's fire hazard.

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American Indian Language Materials

Follow online links to rare American Indian language primary documents, including early dictionaries, textbooks, spelling books and firsthand accounts.

Explore our physical and digital collections of local and county histories for Wisconsin, 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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About Our Obituaries

Explore our physical and digital collections of thousands of Wisconsin obituaries.

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

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

See an overview of the Society's Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture Collection.

See an overview and learn how to access the state archives and government records.

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

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About Our Microfilm Collection

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Learn how to access the extensive microfilm collection at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

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

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About Our Death Records

Pre-1907 Vital Records Collection

Browse our online index of over 400,000 pre-1907 state-level death records and see full death records on microfilm at the Society's library.

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About Our Labor Collection

See an overview of the Society's Labor Collection.

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About Our Civil War Collections

Explore our physical and online collections of Civil War materials including Wisconsin regimental histories, maps, casualty lists, lettters and more.
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