Online Collections

These collections of manuscripts, images, oral histories, and rare books are owned and hosted by the Wisconsin Historical Society . Michael Edmonds led the teams that built them and produced much of their editorial content, 1998-2014.

1964 Freedom Summer Project
40,000 original documents on the 1964 effort by civil rights activists to integrate Mississippi’s segregated political system. Winner of American Library Association Reference and User Services Association’s “Best Historical Materials” award in 2015

American Journeys
180 eyewitness accounts of early American exploration, 1492-1850, from the WHS rare books and manuscripts collections.

Dictionary of Wisconsin History
9,000 brief essays on people, places, events, and topics in the state’s history.

G.I. Press Collection
88,000 pages from anti-war newspapers published by or for soldiers during the Vietnam War era. Assembled by bibliographer James Lewes and mounted online by the Wisconsin Historical Society, which provided about a third of the content.

Wisconsin Magazine of History
More than 2,000 feature articles and essays, 1917-2017.

Turning Points in Wisconsin History 
1,800 primary sources on key historical events, with essays, lesson plans and reference tools for teachers, 1650-2015.

Wisconsin Maps and Atlases
More than 15,000 maps and atlases on Wisconsin, the Great Lakes and North America, 1582 to the present.

Wisconsin Survivors of the Holocaust: Oral Histories 
Interviews, transcripts, photographs and biographies of 22 Holocaust Survivors who settled in Wisconsin after World War II.

Senator William Proxmire Collection
More than 7,500 pages of manuscripts, articles, press releases, and photos, plus audio and transcripts of 40 oral history interviews.

Wisconsin Historical Collections 1855-1915
Thousands of pioneer memoirs, archival records, original journals, explorers’ narratives, interviews etc. first published in the WHS volumes of the same title.

Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles
55,000 pages of historical and biographical articles published in hundreds of Wisconsin newspapers, 1860-1940.

Wisconsin in the Civil War 
25,000 pages of soldiers’ letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs, with supporting regimental histories, biographies and battle summaries, 1861-1865.