Did you know? Nearly 2 million items in the Wisconsin Historical Society Library exist on some sort of microform, including 35mm and 16mm film, microfiche, and microcard, and these represent virtually all the subject areas in which the Library collects.
During the last 160 years, the Historical Society built one of North America's premier genealogical collections. The Library collection consists of published and microfilmed family histories, church and cemetery records, birth, death and marriage registrations, federal and state census, local histories, and military information covering the United States and Canada. The Society's Archives houses original land, court and military records that are useful to researchers studying Wisconsin families.
Also on microform is the Library's second largest collection of newspapers in the United States, surpassed only by that of the Library of Congress. In addition to newspapers, you will also find in large numbers on microform:
- manuscript collections
- vital records
- PhD dissertations
- pre-1820 American books
- archival series
- pre-1850 American magazines
Many of these holdings may be found by searching the Library Catalog (formerly MadCat), although currently you will have to use the card catalogs at the Library to locate a complete list of our newspaper holdings. To reach the Reference Staff, call 608-264-6535.
How to Access Wisconsin Historical Society Microfilm
Many Wisconsin Historical Society microforms may be checked out for home use, but some heavily used materials (including genealogical resources) do not circulate. Library has duplicate circulating copies of some Wisconsin county histories and Wisconsin censuses on microfilm. The duplicate copies can be sent via interlibrary loan. Photocopies of non-circulating resources can be obtained through interlibrary loan (depending on copyright compliance and/or physical condition).
Research by Mail/Fax:
For more information on requesting for microfilm by mail or fax, visit Library Services page.
You may search for and purchase Wisconsin Historical Society microfilm of newspapers, magazines, and other material in the Society's collections. Our sales catalog currently lists 12,000 titles of newspapers and periodicals, with more added monthly. In the future you will be able to purchase microfilm of manuscripts, archival collections, or monographs.
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