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Reference Requests

General Information

Amount of assistance available

Staff cannot undertake extensive reference or research, but will, within reasonable limits, provide information about or from the Archives holdings.

Reference (defined as giving suggestions and advice, and providing information from catalogs and other finding aids) is available free of charge. Research (defined as going into the collections themselves to provide information or copies) generally requires payment of a service fee in advance. We will notify you if your request requires advance payment.

Limited photocopying is also available at a charge of 25 cents per page plus a service charge: Historical Society members -- $12.50; non-member Wisconsin residents -- $15.00; non-member out-of-state residents -- $17.50. To take advantage of the member discount, supply your member number with your order. You can become a member online.

Turn-around time

Mail and e-mail requests are generally answered in the order they are received and it may take 2-4 weeks for you to get a response, depending on backlog and the complexity of your request.

Reminder to genealogists and other researchers
Census population schedules, Wisconsin vital records (births, deaths, and marriages), and newspapers, are all administered by the Society Library. Do not submit requests to Archives for these items. See Library Services information about accessing such items.

To Submit a Reference Request

Mail Wisconsin Historical Society
Archives Research Room
816 State St., Madison, WI 53706
E-Mail Reference Services Request Form
Fax 608-264-6486
Phone 608-264-6460
(Only requests for general information such as clarification of hours and policies, and availability of specific collections will be answered by phone.  All other requests must be submitted by mail, fax or e-mail)


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