Wisconsin Historical Society Visit Tips
The Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) in Madison, Wis., has an outstanding family history collection with emphasis on the U.S. and Canada. It is considered one of the nation’s finest historical institutions and has the second largest newspaper collection after the Library of Congress. Located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, a visit to the WHS also affords access to many of the university’s specialized libraries.
The Society’s world-class collections contain an extraordinary range of artifacts and information about American history, from the remote archaeological past to current events. North American genealogy and Wisconsin history are particular collection strengths.
If this is your first visit to the WHS, CAGGNI believes you will find the following tips and suggestions helpful. Additionally, since knowledge of what to expect and preparation in advance promises a rewarding experience, we hope these tips will make your visit less stressful and even more successful.
Most of the information you will need is on the society’s website at https://wisconsinhistory.org. From the home page, scroll down to “Visit Us,” which will get you to links on accessibility, directions, copies, amenities and planning as well as the catalogs. Some information is more readily available on the library’s website at https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Article/CS15325.
What to bring
Of course you will bring your personal research tools along with notepaper and writing utensils, but what else might be helpful?
Things to know – electronic resources
Unique and special collections at WHS
Preparing for the visit from home
The WHS has created an excellent online presence and provides multiple ways to prepare for your visit from home. Take the time to explore each of these resources prior to your trip.
If you take time to prepare in advance, you will have a more enjoyable visit. You will also have a much better chance of success. Good hunting!Additional resources: