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Introduction to General Records Schedules

Records Retention Schedules for the Register of Deeds and County Treasurers were compiled by staff of the Wisconsin Historical Society and advisory committees of the Register of Deeds Association and the Wisconsin County Treasurer's Association. You may confidently follow the retention periods listed in the schedules because they have been reviewed by each of the Association's Executive Board's and approved by the Public Records Board.

We believe the schedules accurately reflects the primary records of each office, defines an appropriate retention period for each record, and provides clear guidance on notifying the Wisconsin Historical Society of destruction. The schedules attempt to provide a comprehensive listing of each office's records, although we may have missed a few obscure records. We hope the schedules will simplify the process of notifying the Wisconsin Historical Society about disposition of historical records and will enable you to dispose of non-historical records in a timely fashion.

The Register of Deeds Association, the Wisconsin County Treasurers Association, and the Wisconsin Historical Society encourages each county to adopt the Records Retention Schedules as a tool to more easily manage its records. To adopt the schedule as your records policy, request the appropriate (Register of Deeds, County Treasurers) "Notification of Adoption" form(s) from:

Virginia Fritzsch
Public Records Archivist
Wisconsin Historical Society Archives
816 State Street Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608/264-6469
Fax: 608/264-6486

Complete the "Notification of Adoption" form and return it to the State Historical Society.

If you have any questions about the schedule feel free to contact Virginia Fritzsch, Public Records Archivist at the Wisconsin Historical Society (608/264-6469). The contact for the Register of Deeds is Larry Eckert, Jefferson County Register of Deeds (414/674-7235) and the County Treasurer contact is Pat Karcher, Waukesha County Treasurer, 414/548-7033.


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