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University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Area Research Center

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Archives Research Center.

Area Research Center and Special Collections Cofrin Library, Room 705
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001

Phone: 920-465-2539

Hours: Contact Special Collections for current hours of operation.

Contact: Debra Anderson

The ARC is a cooperative project of the University and the Wisconsin Historical Society to preserve historical records from: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, and Shawano counties.

University students and faculty, genealogists, local history writers, and other researchers are encouraged to use the Center.


More than 450 series of local government records including Circuit Court records for Brown, Manitowoc, and Oconto counties; records of rural school districts in Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, and Shawano counties; proceedings of the Green Bay Common Council and of the Brown County Board of Supervisors; and records of the Town of Preble and Scott, Brown County; Village of Luxemburg and Town of Lincoln, Kewaunee County; and Town of Brussels, Door County.

The ARC holds over 180 collections of papers and records produced by private organizations and individuals. Among them are the records (1839-1944) of the Holt Lumber Company of Oconto; records of twelve local labor unions and sixteen religious groups; papers of the Beno, Tourtillott, and other families; papers (1833-1929) of Joseph G. Lawton, a De Pere businessman; records (1954-1976) of Menominee Enterprises; papers (1822-1965) of Arnold W. Zander, Two Rivers socialist; and records (1946-1979) of the Ecological Society.

Finding Aids

Holdings are described in a printed Guide available from the ARC. More detailed research tools at the ARC include registers and inventories for large collections and a card catalog listing of all holdings. The ARC also has all published guides to the holdings of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Network Transfer Provision

This feature makes available in Green Bay one of the nation's richest collections. Requests for temporary transfer of collections from Madison or other ARCs should be made to the Green Bay ARC archivist.

Other Research Resources

Related collections available for use in the ARC include: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay archives; the Belgian-American ethnic resource collection; materials for genealogical research; photographs; maps; books; newspapers; and other printed sources for local and regional history of northeastern Wisconsin.

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