Our program offers access to Wisconsin vital records and local government records; manuscripts, maps; and a research library. We also provide researchers access to information about collections stored at all of the Wisconsin Historical Society repositories through our online catalog, ArCat . Many collections can be transferred to the History Center for researcher use. This unique arrangement enables us to make the Society's archives accessible to local historians and the general public in Northern Wisconsin.
Typical collections include the letters of early missionary Father Iraneus Frederic Baraga; watchbooks from the La Pointe lighthouse; corporate records of the Penokee Veneer Company; records of the Wisconsin Colonization Company, a Sawyer County land company; historical records from Campo Fiesta, a girls camp near Boulder Junction; records of the Land O' Lakes Chamber of Commerce; and oral histories documenting the 50 year history of the Wisconsin Extension Homemakers Council.
Local Government Records
The History Center and Archives serves as the repository for historically important local government records from the nine county service region. These records include county board proceedings, circuit court case files, naturalization records, vital records, tax rolls, and land records.
A Growing Collection
The State Historical Society is committed to the growth of History Center collections. In addition to the ongoing acquisition of manuscript collections and local government records, the HCA purchases microfilmed records important to local historians. In particular, the History Center and Archives acquires local newspapers and census microfilm not already available locally, such as the Ashland Daily Press, Bayfield County Press, Iron County Miner, Phillips Bee, Sawyer County Record, the Rhinelander Daily News, as well as Native American Census rolls for Bad River, Red Cliff, Lac du Flambeau, and Courte d'Oreilles. These materials are purchased gradually as funds become available. The Society is committed to long-term growth of the collections to serve the people of Northern Wisconsin.