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About the State of Wisconsin Collection The State of Wisconsin Collection brings together, in digital form, two categories of primary and secondary materials: writings about the State of Wisconsin and unique or valuable materials that relate to its history and ongoing development.

The collection includes published material as well as archival materials. The materials were digitized from a variety of formats including books, manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs, maps and other resources deemed important to the study and teaching of the State of Wisconsin.

The materials included in this rich and growing collection are selected by librarians, scholars, and other subject specialists. A number of factors are considered when selecting items for inclusion in our digital collections. Copyright, format, physical condition of original material, existing descriptive information, and significance of archival collection resources all factor into the equation as we make our decisions about what to make available online.

Due to the variety of formats in which these materials are presented, you may find yourself using a number of search interfaces as you explore the collection. The search interface is dependent upon the structure of the materials in question, and each interface provides different options for searching, retrieving and displaying the material. It is our goal that the search features of the collection will be a convenient aid to scholarship, study and teaching about the State of Wisconsin.
























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Ada James papers and correspondence (1915-1918)
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.AJames

Ada James papers and correspondence (1915-1918) This collection is comprised of selected folders from the larger Ada James Papers (Wis Mss OP) housed at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Ada James (1876-1952) was a leading a social reformer, humanitarian, and pacifist from Richland Center, Wisconsin and daughter of state senator David G. James. The Ada James papers document the grass roots organizing and politics required to promote and guarantee the passage of women's suffrage in Wisconsin and beyond. Three out of thirty boxes of the popular Ada James papers were digitized in 2006 as an experiment in making the process of digitizing archival manuscript materials more efficient. As such, the organization of the materials varies from other archival collections in the UWDC.

Appleton Public Library Local History Collection
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.AppletonPlats

Appleton Public Library Local History Collection The first title in this group is a unique gem for genealogical researchers. Record of the Pioneers of Outagamie County is a wonderful collection of information, often including photos, about the people living in Outagamie County in 1898 and their families. The introduction explains how this book came to be, and how it grew to include "over 1200 names, including the children of the pioneers." The record was intended to be useful "in settling estates, as many people are very neglectful in keeping their family records." An earlier edition provides biographical sketches of about 100 of the earliest settlers of the County, and their families, their children, and grand-children, as well as the records of the Pioneer Association from 1875 to 1895. Land ownership records are also useful tools for genealogical research. This collection includes four Outagamie County plat books representing dates from 1889 to 1942. Some indexes are included within the plat book itself, and a separate name index to the 1889 Outagamie plat book is available at the Appleton Public Library. Those not available yet online are in the process of being made accessible from the Library's homepage at www.apl.org. Many more local history resources, including historic photographs and postcards, are available at www.foxvalleymemory.org.
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Belgian-American Research Collection
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.BelgAmrCol

Belgian-American Research Collection One of the country's largest concentrations of Walloon-speaking Belgians is found in northeastern Wisconsin, resulting in a unique cultural and social flavor. The largest wave of Belgian immigration to Wisconsin occurred in the mid-1850s. While the 1850 U.S. Census lists only 45 persons of Belgian nativity in the state, by 1860 the number had increased to 4,647. The 1890 U.S. census also shows that 81% of Belgians in the state lived in the northeastern counties of Brown, Kewaunee, and Door. The Belgian immigration into northeastern Wisconsin came to an abrupt halt in about 1858, when word reached the homeland of the physical and economic hardships and the cholera epidemic sweeping the settlement.

Brittingham Family Lantern Slide Collection
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.BrittinghamImgs

Brittingham Family Lantern Slide Collection

This collection consists of the personal and travel photographs of the Brittinghams, a prominent and influential Wisconsin family. Spanning the years 1897-1922, these images capture the private lives of a wealthy family at the turn of the century, and document their travels to 22 states and 32 countries.

The subjects of this collection range widely from informal pictures of children at play to detailed interior shots of the Brittingham homes. Scenic landscapes, cityscapes, and street scenes from around the world are in abundance. The Brittinghams traveled from the Grand Canyon to Eastern Asia, and everywhere captured particulars of dress, architecture, and locomotion.

Bunny Berigan, Fox Lake's Own
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.BunnyBerigan

Bunny Berigan Although born in Hilbert, Wisconsin, on November 2, 1908, Bernard “Bunny” Berigan, acclaimed as one of the most prominent jazz trumpeters of all times and unexcelled for his intricate embellishments and lip vibrato, is considered Fox Lake’s own. He moved here with his parents, William and Mayme Schlitzberg Berigan, when he was only a few months old. In Fox Lake the little family, consisting of Bunny’s brother Donald and parents, were welcomed with open arms by their parents, relatives and friends.

Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Oconto and Shawano Counties: Historical Atlases, Directories, Plat Maps & High School Yearbooks
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.NicoletLocHist

Brown, Door, Kewaunee & Shawano Counties: Historical Atlases, Directories & Plat Maps This collection of historic materials includes atlases, directories, and plat books providing accessibility to early information about Northeastern Wisconsin, specifically Brown, Door, Kewaunee and Shawano counties. A variety of plat books and atlases were chosen because of their frequent use and fragile condition. They are widely used by the public for local history and genealogy. They assist persons seeking the origin of street names and trace neighborhoods that were once farmland or heavily forested lands.

Early Fond du Lac County People and Places
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.FdlLocalHist

Early Fond du Lac County People and Places This digital collection of four published books provides accessibility to early information about Fond du Lac County. Two city and county directories were chosen because of their historical value. Our earliest city directory is the Brigham & Co.'s Fond du Lac City Directory and Business Advertiser of 1856-57. Our earliest county directory is the Fond du Lac County Gazetteer: Containing Directories of Fond du Lac, Ripon and Waupun, and Historical and Descriptive Sketches of the Several Townships of the County, published in 1868. The directories list residents with their addresses and occupations and include advertising for local businesses. They present a glimpse of Fond du Lac at specific points in its history. Fond du Lac Illustrated 1898 presents photographic views of the city. Photos of many public buildings, parks, streets, schools and factories show the city at that time. A large section provides photos of many notable residences.

Great Lakes Maritime History Project
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.GreatLakes

Great Lakes Maritime History Project The state of Wisconsin has a proud and colorful history. One of its richest and most romantic chapters is its maritime history, staged on the waters of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, on hundreds of smaller lakes and a whole network of rivers. Much of that fascinating story has been captured in photography and art and this material brings to the public eye some of its highlights.

Historic Fort Atkinson
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.FortAtkinsonLocHist

Historical Fort Atkinson Documents (Dwight Foster Public Library) The photograph collection contains images of citizens and businesses along Main Street beginning about 1880 and progressing through the early 1970's. They are part of the historical photograph collection at the Hoard Historical Museum in Fort Atkinson. <more>

Historical County Plat Maps from South Central Wisconsin and Early Madison City Directories
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.MadisonLocHist

Historical County Plat Maps from South Central Wisconsin and Early Madison City Directories This digital collection of historic plat books and city directories 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.
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A History of Agriculture in Wisconsin. Schafer, Joseph (1867-1941).
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.HistAgSchaf

A History of Agriculture in Wisconsin. Schafer, Joseph (1867-1941). This volume constitutes the general introduction to the Town Studies of the Wisconsin Domesday Book. It also presents a tentative sketch of the history of agriculture in this state, at the time of publication (1922).

History of Wisconsin Agriculture and Rural Life
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.USAIN

History of Wisconsin Agriculture and Rural Life The History of Wisconsin Agriculture and Rural Life collection is based on a bibliography compiled as part of the National Preservation Project for Agricultural Literature. Items in the bibliography, primary and secondary materials published through 1945, were initially ranked by a review panel for preservation microfilming. Now, through funding from the Council of University of Wisconsin Libraries, you will have access to a growing subset of this material through our digital collections.

Link to bibliography: http://steenbock.library.wisc.edu/subjectguide/wisagbib/index.htm

The Home Front: Manitowoc County in World War II
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.HomeFront

The Home Front: Manitowoc County in World War II The Home Front: Manitowoc County in World War II is a digital collection of photographic images, oral histories, published sources and documents, artifacts, and other resources which help to document and explain the history of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin during the period from 1939 to 1947—both the more universally shared home front experiences and activities as they played out in this specific county, and those more unique activities which especially defined the area during the War.

Images of Lake Geneva
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.LakeGenImg

Images of Lake Geneva Reminisce about historic Lake Geneva by browsing this collection of over 500 souvenir-quality photographs and postcards selected from the Lake Geneva Public Library local history collection. Evoke memories of the grandeur of Lake Geneva in its heyday when it came to be known as the "Newport of the West." Enjoy vintage images of elegant summer homes, picturesque shoreline, city parks, and downtown businesses from every decade of the 20th century.

Janesville's Past
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.JanesvillesPast

Janesville's Past Janesville, located in southern Wisconsin near the Illinois border, was settled in 1835, making it one of the earliest communities in the state. In 2005, it was Wisconsin's 11th largest city and one of the fastest growing in the 1990s. Its 2000 population was 60,200. Thirty-nine percent of the total Rock County population lives in Janesville. The photographs digitized on this Web site present views of Janesville from its earliest days in the 1840s to the 1980's.

Kenosha County History: Images and Texts, 1830s-1940s
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.KenoshaLocHist

Kenosha County History Kenosha County is situated in the most southeastern part of Wisconsin adjoining the Illinois State border. In 1830, Kenosha County was a remote corner of the largely unsettled Michigan Territory. Beginning in 1835 settlers arrived from New York and New England, making Kenosha County and City the southernmost settlement in the state. From 1835 through the 1880s the region's main commercial activity was agriculture. In the 1870s the County and City barely survived a local depression, which stifled industrial growth. By 1890 industrial expansion had greatly improved in the City and County with continued growth until the Great Depression of the 1930s. The C.E. Dewey Lantern Slide Collection contains images of this time period from the 1830s to the early 1940s.

The eight books chosen for this collection represent the early days of European-American settlement in Kenosha County, document the history of Racine and Kenosha Counties, and profile prominent residents. Kenosha landscapes, parks, public buildings, residences, businesses, and industries from the early 20th century are described and photographed.

Kenosha's Lost Industries: Photographs and Corporate Materials, 1850s-1990s
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.KenoshaLocHist3

Kenosha County HistoryKenosha’s industrialization allowed inexpensive production of wagons, tanned leather, bicycles, foundry products and machine tools. The natural groundwork was laid for the production of automobile, rail, and transportation components such as industrial wire and tools. For nearly a hundred years this work, accompanied by rapid population growth, created and supported the manufacture of products and commodities demanded by American workers and the world market. The photographic prints and archival supplements selected for this digital collection represent local industrial history and demonstrate the impact these companies had on the global economy. Profiled industries were an integral part of Kenosha County’s economic and social life and connected the residents to the rest of Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.

The Ku Klux Klan in Northwestern Wisconsin, circa 1915-1950
http://digital.library.wisc.edu.1711.dl/WI.WiscKKK

Kenosha County History The Ku Klux Klan in Northwestern Wisconsin, circa 1915-1950 is a digital collection of records, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, ephemera, and artifacts. These materials document a popular movement that most Americans would rather forget - a so-called "reform" movement driven by xenophobia and bigotry. In the post World War I era, however, the Klan was a popular and widely accepted organization that played a significant role in the social life of some American communities.

The KKK advocated patriotism, nativism, and anti-Catholicism. Although largely gone from Wisconsin by the late 1920s, the Klan persisted through the 1940s in northwestern Wisconsin. As evidenced by these materials, areas of Klan activity included Chippewa, Clark, and Pierce counties. Material for this collection has been drawn from the Wisconsin Historical Society, the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire, and the University of Wisconsin--River Falls.

Libraries and Schools in Marathon and Lincoln Counties
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.EducationFacilities

Libraries and Schools in Marathon and Lincoln Counties Libraries and Schools in Marathon and Lincoln Counties contains historic images representing central Wisconsin schools and libraries in Marathon and Lincoln Counties.

Libraries and Schools in Marathon and Lincoln Counties is collaborative project completed by the UWDCC and the Marathon County Public Library with support and contributions from the following Central Wisconsin Ditigization Project members: Marathon County Historical Society, Merrill Historical Society, TB Scott Library and the University of Wisconsin Marathon County.

Log book of Preston Reynolds: one of the 4 river rovers on a trip down the Wisconsin, Mississippi, and up the Rock and Yaharra Rivers
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.ReynoldsP

Log book of Preston Reynolds: one of the 4 river rovers on a trip downthe Wisconsin, Mississippi, and up the Rock and Yaharra Rivers This log book kept by Preston ("Pick") Reynolds documents a canoe trip he made with three other young men from Madison, Wis. in 1903. The trip began in what is now Wisconsin Dells and proceeded down the Wisconsin River to the Mississippi as far as Rock Island, Ill., and then started up the Rock River. The trip was supposed to continue up the Rock and Yahara Rivers to Madison. Instead, the "4 River Rovers" completed the trip by train from Coloma, Ill. Reynold's companions included "Pucks" Anderson, "Chub" Fowler, and Sid Jackson (later a founder of the Jackson Clinic in Madison). In addition to colorful descriptions of their adventures, Reynolds has illustrated the volume with many pen and ink and wash drawings.

Manitowoc Local History Collection
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.MTWCImage

Manitowoc Local History Collection Explore the history of Manitowoc and surrounding communities through more than 1,400 searchable images dating from the late 19th century through 1995. Most of the images were taken between 1890 and 1930. Peruse these images when you are doing historical or genealogical research, school assignments, business or civic presentations, or just for the fun of it!

Maps and Atlases of La Crosse County, Wisconsin, and the Upper Mississippi River
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.LaCrosseLocHist

Maps and Atlases of La Crosse County, Wisconsin, and the Upper Mississippi RiverThis group of material includes maps and atlases of La Crosse County of a variety of types, including plat (rural land ownership), highway, soil, topographic; city of La Crosse (Wisconsin) including zoning, parks, and street; other La Crosse County municipalities; and representative pre- and post-lock and dam charts and maps of the Upper Mississippi River. The date range of this map collection is approximately 1854-1987 and explores the rich history of the area from the days of logging to the post-lock and dam system on the Mississippi River.

Marathon County Local History
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.MarathonLocHist

Marathon The Marathon County Public Library provides historical information and resources concerning the history of Marathon County. Marathon County, which was officially organized in 1850, is the largest county in Wisconsin. This digital collection focuses on the rich local history of the towns, villages, and cities of Marathon County. It includes centennial histories written by local residents, with many illustrations documenting family life and economic development in central Wisconsin. The Marathon County Public Library’s goal is to preserve and make widely accessible to all generations these irreplaceable historical resources.

Menasha Local History Collection
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.MenashaLocHist

Menasha Public Library Local History CollectionMenasha is located at the mouth of the Fox River on the north end of Lake Winnebago. Menasha, with settlers as early as 1835, became a village in 1849 and was incorporated as a city in 1874. Mrs. Doty, wife of Judge James Doty, used the Indian word Menasha, meaning The Island, to name the site. The city became a center for wooden ware industries using water power provided by the river. The Menasha Wooden Ware Company became known as the world’s largest producer of turned wooden ware products. In 1871, the Wisconsin Central Railway was established here. In later years, companies switched from wood products to paper manufacturing.

Neenah Public Library Local History Collection
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.NeenahLocHist

Neenah Public Library Local History Collection Neenah, a city of 25,000, is a part of the Fox Cities and located in east-central Wisconsin, on the northwest shore of Lake Winnebago. Originally known as Winnebago Rapids, Neenah was incorporated as a village in 1856 and had a population of 1,296 in 1860. Thanks in part to its location on the Fox River, in the mid-1800's Neenah attracted flourmills and the lumber industry. By the 1870's paper mills began to take over the industrial landscape of the area and has continued to play an important role in the city's economy.

New Glarus and Green County Local History
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.NewGlarus

New Glarus and Green County Local HistoryThis collection focuses primarily on the first 100 years of New Glarus’s history. It includes narratives about the settlement and early history of the village, family records from the first church in New Glarus, tax rolls of the Town of New Glarus, old maps and plat books of Green County, the first yearbook of the New Glarus High School, and photographs of individuals and families, school groups, community organizations, events, street scenes, businesses, and agriculture. The New Glarus Public Library, the New Glarus Historical Society, and the Swiss United Church of Christ of New Glarus have collaborated to make available to the public these selected materials documenting the history of New Glarus and the surrounding area.

Oshkosh and Winnebago County, Wisconsin - Atlases and Histories
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.OshkoshAtlases

Oshkosh and Winnebago County, Wisconsin - Atlases and Histories The Fox River led early French-Canadian explorers and later American settlers to the west shore of Lake Winnebago. In the 1840 census Winnebago County had 135 inhabitants; by 1850 about 10,000 had been added to that number. In addition to Yankees, there were communities of Swiss in Town of Black Wolf, Welsh in Towns of Nekimi and Utica, and Norwegians in the Towns of Winchester, Wolf River and Clayton. German settlers were scattered throughout the county.

Public Documents of the State of Wisconsin
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.WIPublicDocs

Public Documents of the State of Wisconsin Public Documents of the State of Wisconsin, commonly known as Wisconsin Public Documents (WPD), consists of the annual and biennial reports of all important Wisconsin state agencies from 1852 through 1914. It was issued annually for 1852 to 1881/82 and biennially for 1882/84 through 1912/14. WPD is by far the most important collection of documents issued by the state of Wisconsin during this time period. In addition to the annual and biennial reports of various state officers, departments and institutions, WPD is a source for Wisconsin statistical tables, financial charts, vintage photographs, supplementary documents, maps, other graphics and research monographs on specific topics. Virtually all aspects of the social sciences in Wisconsin during the 1852-1914 timeframe are represented in this collection of 118 volumes which occupies nearly thirty linear feet in the paper format.

The Reminiscences of Lucien B. Caswell (1827-1919) — Wisconsin pioneer and civic leader
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.CaswellRem

The Reminiscences of Lucien B. Caswell (1827-1919) — Wisconsin pioneer and civic leader Lucien B. Caswell was born in Swanton, Vermont in 1827. Drawn by the rich farmlands just opened to settlement, he and his family, stepfather, mother, and siblings, arrived in frontier Wisconsin in 1836 and settled along the Rock River, just south of Lake Koskonong, in what is now Fulton Township, Rock County, where they built the third house in the county. Young Caswell was ambitious, attending Milton Academy and Beloit College and studying law. He moved to Fort Atkinson and opened a law practice in 1851. By 1855, he had served as district attorney for Jefferson County, married a teacher, Miss Elizabeth H. May, and been elected to the school board, a post he would hold for over sixty years. During the Civil War years, he served as a state representative and a draft commissioner and was with Governor Harvey on his fatal trip south to visit Wisconsin troops. Between 1875 and 1891, he served seven terms in the United States House of Representatives, where he was active in establishing the Federal appeals court system and construction of the Library of Congress. In his later years, he became involved with banking and the Northern Pacific Railroad. He also traveled extensively to Europe and the American West. Caswell published his memoirs in 1900 in the Jefferson County Union. He died in 1919 in Fort Atkinson.

His legacy in business and education continues in the Rock, Jefferson, and Walworth County area. The bank, he founded in 1883, is still in operation in Fort Atkinson. The Arthur G. McGraw Jr. Computing Center of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is named for Caswell's great-grandson who was a Whitewater native and member of the faculty for thirty-six years.

Lucien Caswell's life in Wisconsin ran from the beginnings of settlement to the Progressive Era. Even in his last years, the politicians in Madison would come to Fort Atkinson and ask him for advice.

Sheboygan County Historical Documents
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.SheboyganLocHist

Sheboygan County Historical Documents This collection provides snapshots into the social, economic, and political history of Sheboygan County. The Sheboygan Centennial and Homecoming Souvenir booklets provide historical information from the period of the early Native American settlements to the mid-twentieth century. In addition, these items, along with a number of other titles, include historical photographs of the county with an emphasis on the City of Sheboygan. Sheboygan County Plat Maps from 1875 to 1920 also offer unique glimpses into the development of this county.

Taylor Brothers Photographs
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.TaylorBros

The Taylor Brothers Photographs The photographic images in this collection were taken by the Taylor Brothers photographic studio of Adams County, Wisconsin, circa 1910-1930. In 2001, Murphy Library, UW-La Crosse received the collection as a donation from a private estate. There were 665 glass plate photographic negatives in the donation. Most of the negatives have multiple images on them so there are actually 934 separate photographs. The physical condition of the glass plates was generally high resulting in crisp images with striking detail and clarity.

Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.Transactions

Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters is an independent, nonprofit membership organization. It was chartered by the state legislature in 1870 with the mission of gathering, sharing, and acting upon knowledge in the sciences, arts and letters for the benefit of the people of Wisconsin.

The foundations of the modern day Transactions lay in the very first publication of the Academy: the Bulletin of April 1, 1870. Written by ex-governor of Wyoming Territory John Hoyt, a founder of the Academy and its first president, this document argues the need for a publication like Transactions. Essential to the Academy's central goal of uniting scientists, humanities scholars, and artists together to stimulate learning and exchange of research was that "each member . . . devote as much time as possible to the investigation of such subjects as have special attractions for him, and in the preparation of papers thereon, to be published in its volumes of Transactions." Transactions was of key importance because it would enable the Academy to participate in research exchange with other academies and societies beyond the boundaries of Wisconsin. The Academy's constitution, also contained in the Bulletin, further emphasized the need for Transactions in its goals to form a general library and to "disseminate correct views of the various departments of Science, Literature, and the Arts."

Two Rivers History: Hubert R. Wentorf Photo Collection and Fisher-Hamilton Industries Product Catalogs
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.TwoRiversLocHist

Two Rivers History

This charming glimpse into Two Rivers’ past is a unique blend of photographs selected from the collection of Hubert R. Wentorf (circa late 1800s to mid 1950s), and vintage product catalogs from the Fisher-Hamilton Company, a major employer in Two Rivers since 1880 (now known as Thermo-Fisher Scientific).

Mr. Wentorf was both a local photographer and a collector of historical photographs. His images focus on local landmarks, industries and institutions, and people going about daily life in Two Rivers. Many of his photographs include group shots of organizations and civic groups. The Fisher-Hamilton catalogs document the products manufactured by the company and the evolution of these products (and the company itself) over the years. In addition to their historical interest and nostalgic appeal, these catalogs frequently serve as a valuable resource to antique hunters as they attempt to identify their treasures.

Walworth County Plat Map of 1857
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.Walworth1857

Walworth County Plat Map of 1857 The Walworth County Plat map of 1857 is the oldest and one of the most frequently used map in the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater Archives collection. The 1857 Walworth County Plat map is frequently consulted by students, local historians and genealogists researching the area. This digitized and interactive map allows users to click a township within Walworth County and view the database results for all residents and properties within that township, as documented in 1857. 10 color village maps and 12 color illustrations of houses and structures border the map. Walworth County is the only perfectly square county in Wisconsin and contains 16 townships.

Waterford Area Local History
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.WaterfordLocHist

Waterford Area Historical Digitization Project Western Racine County pioneer families began staking their claims in the Waterford area in the fall of 1836. The early years of settlement are documented here by a collection of historical artifacts digitized from a variety of formats including books, manuscripts, photographs, maps and newspapers. This collection is a collaboration of many Waterford area agencies including Waterford Public Library, the Village of Waterford, Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce and the personal collections of many of the descendents of pioneer families.

A Williams Bay Treasure: "Bay Leaves," 1933-1940
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.CommunityTreasure

A Williams Bay Treasure: Western Barrett Memorial Library is the main repository of the photographs, scrapbooks, yearbooks, newsletters and other historical artifacts that document the village of Williams Bay's rich history. The "Williams Bay Treasure: 'Bay Leaves' 1933-40" digitization project makes available to the public Williams Bay’s historic recreational camps; world-famous Yerkes Observatory; the Belfry Theater, Wisconsin’s first summer stock theater; and the names and activities of both the year-round and summer residents who have influenced the appearance, culture and tourism of the village.

Wisconsin Academy Review 1954-1989 | 1995-2000

Wisconsin Academy Review 1954-1989 | 1995-2000The Wisconsin Academy Review is a quarterly publication of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters that has been published since 1954. It includes articles covering a broad range of styles and content, from scientific or literary, to short works of fiction and poetry, to reviews of recent publications, as well as numerous illustrations. Contributors to the publication all have a "Wisconsin connection."

Wisconsin Blue Books
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.WIBlueBks

Wisconsin Blue BooksThe State of Wisconsin Blue Book remains the primary one-volume reference source about the state, documenting the organization of the state’s three branches of government (legislative, executive, and judicial). Typically, each volume includes extensive description and statistics on virtually all aspects of life in Wisconsin, including major sections on the state’s population, geography, history, election data, educational resources, social services, finance, agriculture, industry, transportation system, etc. Various useful lists are also provided, such as of statewide associations, news media, local governmental units, post offices, political parties, etc.

Wisconsin Goes to War: Our Civil War Experience
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.WIWar

Wisconsin Goes to War: Our Civil War Experience Wisconsin Goes to War: Our Civil War Experience is a collection of first person narrative accounts of Wisconsin soldiers and citizens. Through their letters, diaries, poems and other records, we learn about the state's contributions to the Union victory that cost the lives of over 12,000 of the state's men. The collections were originally selected for digitization among those of the Wisconsin Historical Society for use by Civil War history courses taught at UW Oshkosh. These records were chosen based on the subject matter and legibility of the documents. The original UW Oshkosh digital project has now been reconceived and enhanced by the UWDC to provide for greater operability and discovery.

Wisconsin Local Histories
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.WILocalHists

Wisconsin Local Histories Wisconsin Local History documents the early history of Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green, Portage, Sauk, and Wood Counties.

Wisconsin Pioneer Experience
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.wipionexp

Wisconsin Pioneer Experience The Wisconsin Pioneer Experience is a digital collection of diaries, letters, reminiscences, speeches and other writings of people who settled and built Wisconsin during the 19th century. The project has been made available through the partnership of the Council of University of Wisconsin Libraries (CUWL) and the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS).

The historic papers included in the Wisconsin Pioneer Experience were drawn from the collections of the Area Research Centers (ARC), as well as the headquarters of the Wisconsin Historical Society. The ARC system is a joint venture of the WHS and CUWL member libraries designed to collect, preserve and place historic and important archives relating to Wisconsin in repositories located within the communities where those records originated. There is an ARC located in each four-year UW system school (except Superior) and WHS owned institutions in Ashland (the Northern Great Lakes Center) and the Superior Public Library, providing convenient access to many of the state's greatest historical treasures. Today, through digitization technology and the Internet, selected historic papers of the WHS and CUWL member libraries are more accessible than ever.

The Wisconsin State Capitol Historic Structure Report
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.WICapitol

The Wisconsin State Capitol Historic Structure Report The Wisconsin State Capitol Historic Structure Report presents the architectural history of the state's capitol building in 6 volumes published between 1995 and 2005.

The first volume describes the Capitol Building as a whole and details its history, use, and alterations. This volume also documents the building's restoration and rehabilitation projects occurring between 1998 – 2000. The subsequent volumes address specific areas of the Capitol, including the north wing (v.2); west wing & northwest pavilion (v.3); south wing, southeast & southwest pavilions (v.4); central portion, dome and rotunda (v.5); and east wing and northeast pavilion (v.6).

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