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National History Day Research Portal : Primary sources: Digital Archives

Wisconsin Digital Collections

Below are several digital collections from the Wisconsin Historical Society. For a full list click here.

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This page provides links to online archival collections. 

Image shows an archival box opened on a table.

But what, exactly are archives? Unlike materials held in libraries, which have all been published (meaning, they were created with the intention of making many copies available to many people), archives are unpublished material. They are evidence of everyday life and business created for a purpose other than having them used by outside people. Archives can be any format of material, such as letters, diaries, meeting minutes, photographs, or tweets. Archival collections are kept together in groups based on their creator.

National Digital Collections