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University of Wisconsin-Stout

Area Research Center

University of Wisconsin-Stout Archives Research Center is located in the Swanson Learning Center.

Area Research Center
Library Learning Center
University of Wisconsin-Stout
315 Tenth Avenue East
Menomonie, WI 54751

Phone: 715-232-2300


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

Contact: Heather Stecklein, Archivist

The Area Research Center is a cooperative project of the University and the Wisconsin Historical Society to preserve historical records in Barron, Dunn, and Pepin counties.

The general public, school children, genealogists, local history writers, university students and faculty, and other researchers are encouraged to use the Center.


More than 150 series of local government public records including Dunn County tax rolls (1868-1949), naturalization records for Barron, Dunn, and Pepin counties; work book (1884-1887) of Barron County Sheriff Silas Speed, papers (1918-1963) of the Menomonie City Clerk, and records of many Dunn County school districts.

The ARC holds over 130 collections of papers and records created by private businesses, organizations, and individuals. Among them are records (1841-1932), of Knapp-Stout & Co.; records (1911-1952) of G. L. Lyle Furniture and Undertaking, Rice Lake; a record book (1904-1938) of the Menomonie Improvement Association; records (1907-1961) of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Chetek; and papers of politician Alvin Baldus (1965-1980).

Finding Aids

Detailed research tools at the ARC include registers and inventories for large collections and a computer catalog listing of all holdings. The ARC also has all published guides to the holdings of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Network Transfer Provisions

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

Other Research Resources

Related collections available for public use include local photographs, maps and plat books, local newspapers, published histories and genealogies, federal and state census records, genealogy reference books, and the University of Wisconsin-Stout Archives.

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