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BOTANY 211: Changed Landscape of Wisconsin (Spring 2022) : Archival records

Digital Collections

How to Find Archival Material in the Catalog

Start at and use the default search bar. Enter keywords such as the name of a neighborhood, landmark, or organization's name. On the results screen, click the "Libraries" tab under the filter options.

All of the results will now be housed in  the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives.



Tip - you can also use this same filter for other locations, which will give you different kinds of sources in the results.


On This Page

This page provides guidance on finding archival material pertinent to your research area both online and in-person.

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published (meaning, they were created with the intention of making many copies available to many people), archives are unpublished material.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.

Wisconsin Historical Society Archival Collections

You're invited to visit the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives without an appointment to access sources such as:

  • Maps
  • Tax records
  • Court records
  • Personal letters & diaries
  • Oral histories
  • Business and organization records

Archives Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm