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Wisconsin Historical Society Web Archives

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At the end of 2010, the Wisconsin Historical Society began working with the Internet Archive (a non-profit organization founded in 1996 to create an internet library) to harvest selected websites: state agencies and local governments, political campaigns for gubernatorial or U.S. Senate races and related social media, topical issues such as mining and organic agriculture and selected online publications. 

This effort aims to provide permanent access to websites and other digital materials for researchers and the general public. By harvesting the content of these websites through the "Archive-It" subscription service, the Wisconsin Historical Society collects, preserves, and makes accessible these electronic publications and records for public use.

Search the Wisconsin Historical Society's Archived Websites

Use the link below to begin searching the Society's archived websites and to read our collection overview:

Browse by Collection

Our most active collections include:

    • Online Newsletters
      Online publications covering a broad range of topics including (but not limited to) agriculture, military affairs, politics, labor, religion, genealogy, local history, and Native American news.
    • Wisconsin County Government
      Websites of county governments and regional planning commissions; generally captured annually.
    • Wisconsin State Government
      Websites of state agencies, boards, commissions, related projects, and official sites and social media accounts of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor. The sites in this collection are scheduled to be captured on either a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual basis. Websites of Wisconsin cities and towns
    • Wisconsin Municipal Government

Websites from Wisconsin cities and towns.

Note: Some collections are in development.

      • Mining in Wisconsin
        Websites related to mining and mineral resources, particularly sand mining for the hydraulic fracturing industry and taconite mining in northern Wisconsin.
      • National Manuscripts Collection
        Websites related to selected manuscript collections held by the Library-Archives Division, including the Highlander Research and Education Center and the United States Pharmacopeial Convention.
      • Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Collection
        Websites related to organic and sustainable agriculture in Wisconsin and nationally.
      • Wisconsin Budget Bill Controversy and Recalls
        Websites, blogs, and other social media sites related to the 2011 budget controversy and the 2012 recall elections for Governor Scott Walker and some State Senate seats.
      • Wisconsin Legislative Collection
        Archived websites of Wisconsin legislators, including Senators Russ Feingold and Herb Kohl, and Representatives Tom Petri, Tammy Baldwin, and Reid Ribble.
      • 2014 Wisconsin Gubernatorial Campaign
        Websites and social media sites of Republican Governor Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke.
      • 2012 Wisconsin Senatorial Campaign
        Websites and related social media sites of Republican candidates Jeff Fitzgerald, Eric Hovde, Mark Neumann, and Tommy Thompson and Democrat Tammy Baldwin for the Senate seat of retiring Senator Herb Kohl.
      • 2010 Wisconsin Gubernatorial Campaign
        Websites and social media sites related to Democratic candidate Tom Barrett and Republican candidate Scott Walker.
      • 2016 Wisconsin Electoral Campaigns

        Websites relating to 2016 Wisconsin electoral campaigns, including those of Democrat Russ Feingold and Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, candidates for the United States Senate, and Justice Rebecca Bradley and Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg, candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

      •  The Water Council:

        Websites maintained by The Water Council, a Milwaukee-based organization created by business and education leaders, which convenes the region’s existing water companies and research clusters, develops education programs to train talent and builds partnerships that cut across all sectors and geographic boundaries.

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