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Search digital records on more than 140,000 historic buildings, structures and objects throughout Wisconsin.

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

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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.

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.

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Local Government Records

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

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About Our Paintings

Wisconsin Historical Museum Collections

Explore our collection of paintings, many of which can be viewed 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.

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

All Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places listings are searchable on our website.

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

Among the Top Five Institutions for Genealogy Research in the U.S.

Search the Wisconsin Historical Society's vast family history collections, which are among the top five for genealogy research in the U.S.

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About Our Social Action Collection

See an overview of the Society's Social Action holdings.

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

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

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