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Help for the Baird Manuscript Collection

This digital collection reproduces the arrangement and contents of the original Baird Manuscript Collection at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Browse it by series, select a folder of documents to examine, and then turn pages the same way you would handle the original manuscripts. Individual documents have been carefully digitized in color, but they are not indexed, annotated, or transcribed.


From the overview page, click any series title to browse descriptions of its individual folders. Or click "See all items in this collection" below the series titles to view all 29 folder descriptions.


Search by keyword from the overview page. Please note that full text of individual documents or viewing typed transcripts is not available. Instead, browse the collection by series, select a folder to examine, and then turn pages the same way you would handle the original manuscripts.


To see the contents of any folder, click the document title. This opens the first page of the folder in a new window, using the CONTENTdm interface. Once in CONTENTdm, navigate the folder by using the links in the "Content" box in the righthand frame.

To zoom in, use the + and - icons in the Image Toolbar above the image. At high resolutions, use the other icons in the Image Toolbar to move around the page.


To save PDFs to your own computer, use the blue "Download" drop-down menu in the upper right side of your screen. Select "All (PDF)" to save the entire folder. Select "small" or "medium" to save individual pages as JPEG images.


The "Print" drop-down menu in the upper right side of your screen allows you to print an individual page, all pages, or a subset of pages. To print, select the option you'd like ("This Page" for the individual page, "All" for all pages, and "Subset" for a section of the folder). If choosing a subset, a popup will appear allowing you to specify which pages you'd like to print.

Once you make your print selection, a popup screen will appear with the page(s) you selected in a PDF screen. Next click the grey printer icon in the upper left of the PDF menu to print the page(s).


Citations in a footnote or bibliography should refer first to the specific document, followed by the box and folder numbers, the collection name, the web address, and the date viewed. Below is a sample citation in the proper format:

Baird, Henry. Notes on the 1830 trial of Menominee chief Oshkosh. Box 6, Folder 2, Henry and Elizabeth Baird papers, 1798-1937 (Wis Mss V at the Wisconsin Historical Society); viewed June 21, 2012, at

Rights and Permissions

Any document may be printed or downloaded to a computer or portable device at no cost for nonprofit educational use by teachers, students, and researchers. Nothing should be reproduced in any format for commercial purposes without prior permission from the Wisconsin Historical Society.


Archival pigment print reproductions and high-resolution scans can be purchased on request. All sale proceeds directly benefit the acquisition, preservation and maintenance of the Wisconsin Historical Society's physical and online collections. See Wisconsin Historical Images for more information.

Access to Documents Omitted from the Digital Collection

About 30 percent of the original documents were not scanned and are omitted from the digital collection because they were deemed of little interest to most researchers. To see the complete box-by-box inventory of the collection, see the Finding Aid to Henry and Elizabeth Baird Papers (1798-1937). You can see the entire collection at the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives Research Room in Madison, WI. If you are unable to travel to see the originals in person, contact us to explore other options.

Technical Data

Manuscripts were scanned in color at 300 dpi, saved as TIFF files, and arranged to mirror the original physical collection. The files were imported into CONTENTdm, which generated JPGs for viewing onscreen and PDFs for downloading. This capture and conversion work was performed between September 2009 and February 2010 by Library and Archives staff at the Wisconsin Historical Society. The user interface was built in 2010 and redesigned in 2012 by the Society Web Services team.

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