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University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Area Research Center

Researchers at work in the Archives

University Archives and Area Research Center
University Library, Room 506
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
900 Reserve Street Stevens Point, WI 54481

Phone: 715-346-2586


Hours: Contact the University Archives and Area Research Center for current hours of operation.

Contact: Ruth Wachter-Nelson, Archivist

The ARC is a cooperative project of the University and the Wisconsin Historical Society to preserve historical records in a nine-county region. These counties are: Adams, Juneau, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Waupaca, Waushara, and Wood.

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


More than 250 series of county and local public records including tax and assessment rolls, rural school district records, probate records, county board proceedings and justice dockets.

Also in the holdings are naturalization records for the following counties and dates:

  1. Adams (1853-1949)
  2. Juneau (1849-1957)
  3. Langlade (1881-1957)
  4. Lincoln (1876-1950)
  5. Marathon (1851-1991)
  6. Portage (1844-1956)
  7. Waupaca (1853-1948)
  8. Waushara (1852-1949)
  9. Wood (1858-1991)

The ARC also maintains pre-1907 birth, death and marriage registrations; state and federal population censuses; and genealogical files (98 boxes with card index) compiled at the time of the Wausau Centennial (1972).

The ARC holds over 50 collections of papers and records produced by private organizations and individuals. Among them are records (1900-1955) of the Wisconsin Cranberry Sales Company, Wisconsin Rapids; papers (1857-1860) of Burton Millard, a Wausau millwright; records (1854-1946) of the East Lemonweir Lutheran Church; and tape-recorded interviews by Malcom Rosholt.

Finding Aids

Many holdings are described in a mimeographed 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 some of the published guides to the holdings of the State Historical Society, and all guides to other ARCs.

Network Transfer Provision

This feature makes available in Stevens Point one of the nation's richest collections. Request for temporary transfer of collections from Madison or other ARCs should be made to the head of the Stevens Point ARC.

Other Research Resources

Related collections available for use in conjunction with the ARC include: University archives; the Portage County Historical Society's newspapers, books, maps, clippings, and other local history sources; and extensive government documents and special collections.

View the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point University Library website for more information their holdings.

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