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

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.

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

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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.

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

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.

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

Discover Our Collection of Over 300 Years of U.S. Newspapers

Newspaper Resources at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

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About Our Social Action Collection

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

Learn how Civil War Records are organized and how to purchase copies.

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About Our Birth Records

Pre-1907 Vital Records Collection

Explore this index of over 1 million pre-1907 state-level birth records to locate full records on microfilm reels.

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

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About Our Labor Collection

See an overview of the Society's Labor Collection.

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

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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.

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