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Civil Rights Resources at the Wisconsin Historical Society : Home

A guide to the Civil Rights Movement collections and resources available through the Wisconsin Historical Society

About Our Collections

The Wisconsin Historical Society is one of the preeminent places in the US to research the American Civil Rights Movement. The materials in our collection range from the papers of large organizations to collections from individual activists. Combined with our library newspapers, library holdings, and database subscriptions, the Society allows for unparalleled access to primary and secondary sources from and about the movement.

How To Access

All materials are findable via the UW-Madison Libraries catalog. Archival collections with electronic finding aids are linked at the bottom of the library catalog record, or search across all finding aids here

Search Tips
Combine search terms in the linked search bar. Examples that may be helpful include individual names (Vel Phillips, Daisy Bates, etc), organizations (SNCC, CORE, etc.), and keywords (freedom summer, fair housing, segregation, etc.).

Contact Us


Call the library: 608-264-6535

Email the library: 
asklibrary@wisconsinhistory.org