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Wisconsin Records Assessment Project

The Wisconsin Historical Society has been awarded a grant by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to conduct an 18 month effort to assess archival documentation on and about recent Wisconsin history. This project was an outcome of the 2006 Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board's (WHRAB) strategic plan whose stated goals included the "collection of historical records that document the diverse history of Wisconsin, from 1945 to the present."

The first goal of the project was to conduct a survey (PDF, 33 KB) of selected Wisconsin historical records repositories to determine the depth and breadth of existing manuscript collections documenting post-1945 state history and to identify perceived gaps in documentation.

The survey data and information gathered from a series of site visits to selected records repositories in the state was then compiled and published in an analytical report, Documenting Change and Diversity in Wisconsin, 1945-2000 (PDF, 975 KB), and shared with all the participants of the project.

The report on the survey provided the core information for a one-day symposium held in Madison on April 29, 2009. The symposium reviewed the findings of the project and encouraged discussions about future collecting goals and collecting strategies. View the symposium's proceedings (PDF, 239 KB) and recommendations for future collecting strategies.

Finally, the project has developed an online directory listing Wisconsin repositories and basic information about their historical records. This directory has been created by the WRAP staff and is maintained by a representative of the WHRAB.

Jennifer Graham has been the Wisconsin Records Assessment Project Archivist and main contact person during the course of the project. Helmut Knies, Coordinator of Collection Development for the Wisconsin Historical Society Library-Archives Division, served as project director and Peter Gottlieb, State Archivist and Deputy Coordinator of WHRAB, served as project coordinator.

More about the project and its stated goals:

Jennifer Graham, Project Archivist


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