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Special Collections and Archives: Digital Resources
Roughly 25,000 pages of original documents about Wisconsin in the Civil War are available online including soldiers' letters, diaries, and memoirs; regimental histories and rosters; photographs, maps, biographies and battle summaries.
Extensive regional, historical maps, including: Panoramic and Birds-eye views; Surveyor's notes and plat maps; WI exploration and economic, land ownership, and reference maps; and Kaysen Railroad Maps. WHS is currently digitizing its collection of Sanborn Perris Insurance maps; Superior Sanborn maps from 1887, 1889, 1892, and 1914 have already been digitized and are available.
The Wisconsin Historical Society has one of the richest collections of Civil Rights movement records in the nation, which includes more than 100 manuscript collections documenting the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of 1964.
More than 25,000 pages from the Freedom Summer manuscripts are available online.
The watercraft described in this website are some of the vessels that have made Wisconsin's history so rich. They also represent a sampling of the maritime resources in Wisconsin's libraries and universities.
Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1925 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.