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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.

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

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).

Search this digital collection of 16,000 historical newspaper articles on notable Wisconsin people and communities.

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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.

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

See an overview of the Society's Draper Manuscript Collection.

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

Explore millions of pre-1907 Wisconsin Vital Records. Copies are also available for purchase.

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

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About Our Maps in Books

Digitally Reproduced Maps of Wisconsin and American History

Features hundreds of digitally reproduced maps from rare books, manuscripts, magazines and journals covering all aspects of Wisconsin and American History.

These maps identify local landowners within each Wisconsin county and provide information about cultural and topographical features.

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Indian Language Manuscripts Guide

Follow links to documents by missionaries, traders, Indian agents, linguists and anthropologists which help preserve more than 20 endangered languages.

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About Our Wisconsin Name Index

Use the Wisconsin Name Index to browse obituaries, newspaper clippings and biographical book excerpts.

Search digital records on more than 133,000 historic buildings, structures and objects throughout Wisconsin.

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

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

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About Our Cemetery Records

The Society owns many small groups of published and unpublished records from churches and from public and private cemeteries around Wisconsin.

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View original documents, lesson plans, classroom activities and background essays on key events in Wisconsin history.
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