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Digital Collections

Library-Archives Digital Collections

The Library-Archives attempts to share its collections by digitizing and indexing them on the Web. Digital collections made and hosted by the Society or through projects with partners are listed below. In all, more than 100,000 pages from the Society's books, manuscripts, newspapers, photographs, and other primary sources are available here.

Turning Points in Wisconsin History
Rare books, pictures, manuscripts, museum objects and other original sources about pivotal events in our state's history. More than 15,000 pages in all.

Wisconsin Historical Collections
Twenty volumes of pioneers' memoirs archival records, interviews and other primary sources, originally published 1855-1915.

Wisconsin Historical Images
Thousands of Wisconsin photographs taken between 1870 and 1970, as well as historical engravings, postcards, prints and posters from other regions. New images are added monthly. Search by keyword or by broad categories. Order high quality reproductions.

Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles
50,000 pages taken from Wisconsin newspapers published between 1850 and 1950. These describe local people, organizations and events through biographical sketches, interviews, obituaries, reminiscences, and similar short articles. Search by name, community, headline or drop-down lists of topics.

Wisconsin Pioneer Experience (Univ. of Wisconsin System)
Diaries, letters, reminiscences, speeches and other writings of people who settled and built Wisconsin during the 19th century. Most of the original materials are owned by the Society and housed at the Area Research Centers on University of Wisconsin campuses around the state.

Charles F. X. Goldsmith Papers (Univ. of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)
Papers, 1821-1923, about the Wisconsin frontier collected by Father Goldsmith, an early settler of Chippewa Falls; includes correspondence from the Cadotte, Ermatinger, and Warren families and legal documents regarding the Chippewa Indians.

Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion 1861-1865
3,000 pages listing the 90,000 soldiers who served in Wisconsin units. Browse the alphabetical index by name to identify regimental affiliation, and then by regiment and company to see personal information. Order a search of more detailed archival data on any soldier through the Wisconsin Genealogical Research Service.

Wisconsin Goes to War: Our Civil War Experience (University of Wisconsin Digital Collections)
Manuscripts from Wisconsin soldiers and citizens documenting the Wisconsin Civil War Experience. Some non-Wisconsin manuscripts are also included due to their usefulness to students studying the Civil War.

Great Lakes Maritime History Project
This collaboration between Wisconsin academic and public libraries contains more than 1,000 images of ships, harbors, lighthouses, and other Great Lakes marine history resources. About 200 are from the Society's Visual Materials Collections.

The Wisconsin Electronic Reader (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison)
Stories, essays, letters, poems, biographies, journals, and tidbits from Wisconsin history, including many first-person accounts and illustrations. A cooperative project of the Univ. of Wisconsin General Library System and the Society to celebrate the sesquicentennial of Wisconsin statehood in 1998.

International Harvester Paint Committee Decisions
Information on the original color schemes of hundreds of tractors, agricultural implements and other products manufactured by the company between 1924 and 1957.

American Journeys
18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts by North American explorers. Includes the complete journals of Lewis & Clark, reminiscences of Daniel Boone, reports of Jesuit missionaries, diaries of Renaissance sea captains, and other rare books and manuscripts from the Society's collections. Search by keyword or by drop-down lists of topics.

Freedom's Journal
The complete text of the first African-American periodical, published in New York, 1827-1829.


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