URLs to browse or search the collections

READ – Browse stories, chronologies and histories written by local authors.

SEE – View images, photos and postcards of Janesville through the years.

FIND  –  Search Janesville directories and walking guides

    • Janesville city Directories
1857 1859-60 1862 1866 1870 1876 1878-79 1880 1884-85 1889 1889-90
1892-93 1894-95 1896-97 1898-99 1900-01 1902-03 1903 1905 1907 1909 1911
1913 1915 1917 1919 1921 1923 1925 1927 1929 1931



Digitization of Janesville’s Past is a collaborative project completed by the UWDCC and the Hedberg Public Library and was funded, in part, through matching grants from the Hedberg Public Library Foundation, Janesville Firefighters Union Local # 580, a 2005 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, a 2008 LSTA grant, and a 2011 LSTA grant. LSTA grants provide 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 https://dpi.wi.gov/pld/lsta.

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