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

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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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American Indian Language Materials

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

Learn how to access and explore the McCormick-International Harvester Collection.

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About Our Obituaries

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

Learn about our Mass Communications History collections and how to access them.

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

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.

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.

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About Our Microfilm Collection

Access Information and Sales Service

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