About the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives

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The Wisconsin Historical Society was founded in 1846, two years before Wisconsin became the 30th state, and it ranks as one of the largest, most active, and most diversified state historical societies in the nation.

The WHS Archives provides access to collections of unpublished materials about the history of Wisconsin and a wide array of topics related to North American history. These collections include letters, diaries, organization records, state and local government records, photographs, films, oral histories and many other kinds of unique materials documenting American history. The Historical Society's extensive map collection also is available through the Archives. In addition to being a major manuscript repository, the Historical Society is the Wisconsin State Archives housing original state and local government records. The Archives provides centralized management for a unique regional network of Area Research Centers based on most of the campuses of the university of Wisconsin System. Collections may be borrowed for use throughout the Network.

Contact for WHS queries

For more information, visit the Wisconsin Historical Society on the web at or contact:

Harold Miller
Wisconsin Historical Society
816 State Street
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 264-6459