Wisconsin Historical Society

Wisconsin Local and County Histories

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Wisconsin Local and County Histories

The Society has an extensive collection of local and county histories for Wisconsin, the United States and Canada, most from 1850-1920, with rich information on communities and prominent citizens.READ MORE >

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There are histories for nearly all 72 Wisconsin counties. Most are several hundred pages long and include detailed accounts of individual cities, townships and villages, as well as biographical stories of prominent residents.

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If you have questions about historical research, please contact our Library Reference Services staff by phone at 608-264-6535 or by email.

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  • Search the University of Wisconsin Library Catalog

    Only a small portion of our local history collection is available online. Thousands of other publications are located in the Society's library in Madison. Search the University of Wisconsin Library Catalog (formerly MadCat) for titles and call numbers. Then visit the library in Madison to consult the volumes you need.

  • Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles

    contains 16,000 historical newspaper articles on notable Wisconsin people and communities. The entire collection is available digitally, displays the actual clipping and is downloadable. Most articles were published 1860-1940.

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