See the Society's policies and procedures for purchasing copies by selecting from the menu below.
Most Library and Archives materials may be copied unless their physical condition or legal constraints prohibit it. We reserve the right to deny photocopying of materials for either reason above. Rare, fragile, and large format items such as bound newspapers may not be photocopied. Most other printed or microform items may be photocopied.
How to Place an Order
Researchers who cannot visit the Library-Archives may order copies by mail, fax or e-mail. We do not accept orders by phone. See the List of Fees.
In your request, please be sure to include a specific reference to title, author and page numbers.
Place an order by email:
Please note: Requests that do not include a specific reference to title, author and page numbers will be treated as requests for research assistance. The Library and Archives can only provide limited research service and we reserve the right to turn down research requests on a case-by-case basis.
List of Fees
The Library-Archives can only provide limited research assistance to those who cannot visit the Historical Society. If you need assistance conducting your research, please contact us, and we will advise you regarding whether we can undertake the work. Normal turn-around time is approximately two to four weeks, but may be longer.
Out of State
|Information about holdings, hours and services||free||free||free|
|Copies ordered by mail or email||$10 Service Charge per order* plus 25¢/page||$15 Service Charge per order* plus 25¢/page||$20 Service Charge per order* plus 25¢/page|
|Sound Recordings||$10 Service Charge plus $20/hour of original audio, choice of CD or MP3 file||$15 Service Charge plus $20/hour of original audio, choice of CD or MP3 file||$20 Service Charge plus $20/hour of original audio, choice of CD or MP3 file|
*Each discrete question is a separate order. A single email requesting three obituaries will be billed as three orders. A request for copies from two books or two collections will be treated as two orders. Orders for extensive copying from archival collections (more than 300 pages) may incur additional charges.
Fees below are applied in addition to any fees for providing the services listed above.
Out of State
|Rush Fee: within 7 working days||$25 in addition to all other fees||$25 in addition to all other fees||$25 in addition to all other fees|
|International Postage (Credit Card Payment Required)||$5 in addition to all other fees; may be increased for large orders||$5 in addition to all other fees; may be increased for large orders||$5 in addition to all other fees; may be increased for large orders|
|Fax Delivery of More than 20 pages||$10 in addition to all other fees||$10 in addition to all other fees||$10 in addition to all other fees|
|Document Certification||$10 in addition to all other fees||$10 in addition to all other fees||$10 in addition to all other fees|
Wisconsin Genealogical Research Service
This service provides copies of birth, death, and marriage registrations, compiled Civil War service records and biographical information.
Out of State
|Pre-1907 Birth Records||10% discount||$15 per record||$15 per record|
|Pre-1907 Marriage Records||10% discount||$15 per record||$15 per record|
|Pre-1907 Death Records||10% discount||$15 per record||$15 per record|
|Civil War Service Records||10% discount||$20 per name searched||$20 per name searched|
|Wisconsin Name Index (Biographical Information)||10% discount||$12.50 per record provided||$15 per record provided|
Methods of Payment
Credit card (Visa or MasterCard) payment is preferred, and is required for international orders. When confirming the order, provide your credit card number, expiration date, 3-digit security code, name as it appears on the card and your billing address. If you are unable or unwilling to pay via credit card, contact staff to discuss other methods of payment. See the List of Fees.
On-Site Copying / Self-Service Copying
In the Archives:
Visitors may use self-service machines to copy most archival material. Cash ($.15) or copy card ($.10) may be used. Copy cards may be purchased from a machine near the Library Circulation Desk (2nd floor).
Additionally, we do allow the use of digital photography in the archives. There is a fee for using a camera and researchers wanting to take photos should bring their own equipment. The fee for camera use is a minimum of $15.00 or $0.07 per image whichever is more. Researchers must sign a photography agreement form before taking any photographs (Photography Agreement, 98 KB, PDF).
In the Library:
Visitors may use self-service machines to copy printed materials and microforms or save images to a flash drive. Copies cost ($.07) from printed materials and ($.25) from microforms. Saving images to a flash drive is free. Copiers do not operate with cash but rather with a copy card, which may be purchased from a machine near the Library Reference Desk.
Note: To purchase a copy card you must use a $1 bill. The Library and Archives can neither break bills nor provide bills in exchange for coins. Staff will be happy to assist you with the copying equipment as necessary.
In 1941 the Society secured funding for an on-site microfilm lab which has operated without interruption ever since and now holds over 120,000 master negatives. Search our catalog of over 12,000 titles to purchase single pages, sections, whole microfilm reels or digital files of directories, newspapers, organizational newsletters, research journals, trade publications and other publications.
See access information and sales service information About Our Microfilm Collection.
Image Price List (PDF)
More than 80,000 photos, drawings, paintings and other materials are available for purchasing and viewing online at Visual Materials in Our Collections.
List of Fees
The Historical Society has millions of images in its collections. We will conduct limited research into our holdings. More extensive research assistance may be possible on a case-by-case basis by contacting the visual archives. Normal turn-around time is approximately two to four weeks, but may be longer.
Contact the visual archives by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visiting the Library and Archives
Contact our Library and Archives staff at 608-264-6535 or by email below: