Wisconsin Area Research Center Network

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Wisconsin Area Research Center Network

A collaborative system of thirteen area research centers in Wisconsin hold public records transferred by counties, towns, cities, and other local governments and collections of papers and records from private individuals and organizations. The goal of each center is to build comprehensive collections documenting the history of its region. The collections include photographs, newspapers, maps, and family histories. Many of the centers are enhanced by the contributions and volunteer hours of local genealogy groups. Newspaper indexes to vital records, cemetery readings, and original local church records can be located in some of the centers. Centers vary considerably in their collections and, therefore, in their value to genealogists. Archival collections usually located at the Wisconsin Historical Society or at one of the centers may be transferred temporarily within the network to accommodate local researchers (some exceptions apply, particularly for materials heavily used onsite). All archive and manuscript materials at the centers are cataloged centrally online at http://arcat.library.wisc.edu/. Write or call the appropriate center before visiting since hours vary by center, the calendar, staffing, and university schedules. Area Research Centers and the counties they serve are:

Wisconsin Historical Society Archives

Serves Columbia, Dane, and Sauk counties.

Wisconsin Historical Society History Center and Archives

Northern Great Lakes Center
29270 County Highway G
Ashland, WI 54806-9339

Serves Ashland, Bayfield, Forest, Iron, Oneida, Price, Sawyer, Vilas, and Washburn counties.

University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire

William D. McIntyre Library
Special Collections Dept.
Eau Claire, WI 54702-5010

Serves Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Eau Claire, Rusk, and Taylor counties.

University of Wisconsin–Green Bay

Library-Learning Center
2420 Nicolet Dr.
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001

Serves Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, and Shawano counties.

University of Wisconsin–La Crosse

Eugene W. Murphy Library Resource Center
Special Collections
1631 Pine St.
La Crosse, WI 54601

Serves Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau, and Vernon counties.

University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Division of Archives and Special Collections
Golda Meir Library
2311 E. Hartford Ave., Rm. W250
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Mailing address:
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Golda Meir Library–Archives
P.O. Box 604
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0604

Serves Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Washington, and Waukesha counties.

University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh

Forrest R. Polk Library
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Serves Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, and Winnebago counties.

University of Wisconsin–Parkside

Wyllie Library/Learning Center
900 Wood Rd.
Box 2000
Kenosha, WI 53141-2000

Serves Kenosha and Racine counties.

University of Wisconsin–Platteville

Elton S. Karrmann Library
Southwest Wisconsin Room
One University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818

Serves Crawford, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, and Richland counties.

University of Wisconsin–River Falls

Chalmer Davee Library
120 E. Cascade Ave.
River Falls, WI 54022

Serves Burnett, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix counties.

University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point

James H. Albertson Library, Room 506
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Serves Adams, Juneau, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Waupaca, Waushara, and Wood counties.

University of Wisconsin–Stout

Library-Learning Center
Menomonie, WI 54751

Serves Barron, Dunn, and Pepin counties.

University of Wisconsin-Superior

Jim Dan Hill Library
PO Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880

Serves Douglas County.

University of Wisconsin–Whitewater

Harold W. Anderson Library
800 W. Main St.
Whitewater, WI 53190

Serves Jefferson, Rock, and Walworth counties.