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Home Collections The State of Wisconsin Collection Historical County Plat Maps from South Central Wisconsin and Early Madison City Directories

About the Collection

This digital collection of historic plat books, city directories, and atlases provides accessibility to early information about South Central Wisconsin, specifically Columbia, Dane, Portage and Wood counties. A variety of the oldest plat books, atlases and city directories were chosen because of their frequent use and delicate condition. They are widely used by the public for local history and genealogy and even for those trying to find out why a street got its name. The historic plat books help people to trace neighborhoods and streets from what was once farmland.

The early city directories for Madison provide helpful historical information on the early years of the state capital in addition to helping those looking for information on specific people and businesses in the area in the 1800s and early 1900s. The directories provide an alphabetical list of citizens with their addresses and occupations, a classified business directory, lists of city and county officials, churches, schools, societies, streets and wards.

LSTA Funding

Historical County Plat Maps from South Central Wisconsin and Early Madison City Directories is a collaborative project completed by the University of Wisconsin Digital Collection Center and the Madison Public Library.

Historical County Plat Maps from South Central Wisconsin and Early Madison City Directories was funded through a 2006 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant. This grant provided financial support for public libraries to digitize and make available online, their local library resources. For more information about LSTA grants in Wisconsin, contact the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Division for Libraries and Technology or visit the LSTA grant Web site at http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/pld_lsta.

Additional historic city directories have been added to the collection, funded by 2007 and 2010 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants, and 2008 and 2009 Friends of the Madison Public Library grants.



Contact Information

  • Dane County Historical Society
    http://www.danecountyhistory.org
    Mary Clark
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  • Madison Public Library
    http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org
    Molly Warren
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  • McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids
    http://www.mcmillanlibrary.org
    Andy Barnett
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  • Portage County Public Library
    http://library.uwsp.edu/pcl/
    Jack Faulkner-Becker
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  • Portage Public Library
    http://www.scls.lib.wi.us/por/
    Hans Jensen
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