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About Visual Materials and Films in Our Collections

Explore our Visual Materials collection of nearly 3 million images in more than 6,000 collections. Over 80,000 images are available online.
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Visual Materials Subject Overview

Learn about the wide range of visual materials subjects available to view both online and in our Archives
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The Wisconsin Thematic Panels by Paul Vanderbilt

Photographs and Poetic Texts
Explore this online image collection from one of the country's most respected scholars in the field of photography and archives.
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Wisconsin Photographers Index 1840-1976

Information on over 7,000 photographers who were active in Wisconsin from about 1840 to 1976.
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FAQs About Buying Historical Images

Common questions about purchasing historical images from the Wisconsin Historical Society.
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Terms of Use for Historical Images

Defining Permission, Copyright and Terms of Use
Learn about obtaining permission and the copyright laws that apply to images purchased from the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Guide or Instruction

Buy a Historical Image for Commercial or Non-Profit Use

Learn how to purchase digital files and prints and receive permission for commercial and non-profit projects.
Historical Essay

Menu Gallery: Image Gallery Essay

A Wisconsin Historical Society Menu Sampler
View menus selected from the collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Historical Essay

Wisconsin’s Historical Markers: Image Gallery Essay

The Early History of Wisconsin’s Historical Markers Program
The Early History of Wisconsin’s Historical Markers Program.
Historical Essay

Early American Civilian Aircrafts: Image Gallery Essay

The Early History of Civilian Aircraft: 1925-1930
The Early History of Civilian Aircraft: 1925-1930
Historical Essay

Otto Ansorge: Image Gallery Essay

Jewelry and Postcard Publisher
Discover the History of Winnecone, Wisconsin through Otto Ansorge's photographs
Historical Essay

Willy Street: Image Gallery Essay

Study of a Neighborhood
Discover the history of Madison, Wisconsin's Willy St. neighborhood through the Wisconsin Historical Society's image gallery
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Documenting Political Campaigns in the Moment - Image Gallery Essay

Candidates on the Road
Documenting Political Campaigns in the Moment - Image Gallery Essay
Historical Essay

Charles Van Schaick and Wisconsin Death Trip

The work of Charles Van Schaick (Van Scoik) in the Wisconsin Historical Society collection includes over 8,000 images...
Historical Essay

The Great Outdoors

Mid-Century Photographs from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
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Exploring the Eclectic Harold Gauer Collection - Image Gallery Essay

The Many Varied Photographs
Read about the diverse career of photographer Harold Gauer, who is perhaps best known for his humorous photographs.
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From Water to Power - Image Gallery Essay

The Prairie du Sac Dam
Read about the conception and inspiration behind the dam that provides electric power to Sauk and Columbia counties. Includes links to photographs.
Historical Essay

Sky High - Image Gallery Essay

A Century of Aviation
Browse by category through aviation images drawn from the image collections of various archives including the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Historical Essay

Alfred A. Bish - Image Gallery Essay

Life and Lumbering in Chippewa Falls
Read about the life and career of photographer Alfred Bish who documented the lumbering industry and daily life in the Chippewa Falls area.
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American History Through Christmas Cards - Image Gallery Essay

Learn about the history of Christmas cards and their various uses during World War I and II, and in postwar America.

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