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General History Sites


The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.


Learn about history through this A&E Television web site supporting The History Channel programming. Includes video and commentary on hundreds of American history topics including history of cultural groups, eras & decades, and historic events.


Discover history through video and online exhibits from PBS. A great resource for teachers, students, or anyone interested in learning more about American history.


American history materials digitized by the Library of Congress. A great resource for teachers, students, or anyone interested in learning more about American history through interactive exhibits and primary source documents

 

Biography


"Remember whats'er name? She played the girl in that dumb movie with whoziss. What ever happened to her? Specifically, is she dead yet? Here's where to find out." Maintained by Laurie Mann.


Find biographies of millions of movie and television celebrities, directors, and producers.


Brief and readable biographies of historic and contemporary figures. Mostly focuses on American culture and "classic" figures in history.

 

Genealogy see also Genealogy Resources at the Library


A collection of around 100,000 links that have been organized and cross-referenced in over 100 categories, this site is one of the richest resources for genealogy studies.


Includes links, DCGS newsletters, and upcoming events.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' (aka Mormon or LDS) genealogical site.


Includes records of births and deaths in Wisconsin prior to 1907, information about cemetery records , Wisconsin Name Index , a Civil War roster, and much more.


Search the digital archives of municipal records by counties and cities housed at the Secretary of State of Wisconsin. Some records go back to the mid-1800s.


This website is a directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by state and county. Included are death records, death certificate indexes, death notices & registers, obituaries, probate indexes, and cemetery & burial records. You can also find information here about searching the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) online.


How and where to obtain vital records for each county of each state. An official certificate of every birth, death, marriage, and divorce are usually filed in the county where the event occurred. How to obtain birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates provides this information for states.


Offers a number of links (under Archives) to sites of historical interest in Wisconsin. For the holdings of the State Historical Society, use the University of Wisconsin-Madison's card catalog.


Image files of historical and biographical articles preserved in scrapbooks at the Wisconsin Historical Society, mainly between 1860-1940. Searchable by headline, subject, newspaper, location, date, and name.


Joint oral history project from the Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Public Television.

 

Wisconsin History and Genealogy


A collaborative project of the Wisconsin Historical Society and National History Day, this site contains accounts of early North American exploration and settlement.


This photo exhibit is designed to capture the multinational character of children who have come to Wisconsin in successive waves of immigration throughout the state's history. By focusing specifically on children, this project vividly uncovers a rarely-told chapter in the history of Wisconsin's immigrant tradition. The medium of photography gives voice to a group that has been and continues to be rarely recorded in the printed word. This exhibit was especially created for the...


An outgrowth of the Turning Points in Wisconsin digital project, "this Dictionary explains more than 8,000 terms (people, places, things, and events) used in writings about Wisconsin history." Search by keyword or term. Browse by people or place.


Search for digitized books, photographs, videos, and other resources available on the websites of libraries, historical societies, and museums statewide.


A list of publicly-accessible Frank Lloyd Wright architecture organized geographically. Developed in 1997 in conjunction with a library program.   Quick Guide Bayside | Beaver Dam |...


This site is a presentation of the Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin Heritage Tourism Program giving information on Wright buildings in Wisconsin. For another look at Wright, see the Frank Lloyd Wright site from PBS or find Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture in Wisconsin (page developed in conjunction with a program in 1998).


Includes records of births and deaths in Wisconsin prior to 1907, information about cemetery records , Wisconsin Name Index , a Civil War roster, and much more.


Collection of some 225 historic photos of Milwaukee area buildings and places with subject tags and short descriptions.


The Milwaukee Public Library now offers "Remember When", a digitized collection of newspaper columns from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. This feature ran from 1963-1994 and is enhanced by the library's historic photo collection.


Search the digital archives of municipal records by counties and cities housed at the Secretary of State of Wisconsin. Some records go back to the mid-1800s.


By Burr Angle, Dolores Kester, and Ann Waidelich pt. I. The origins of some northside Madison, Wisconsin street names -- pt. II. The origins of some northside Madison, Wisconsin street names : more street name facts -- pt. III. The origins of some northside Madison, Wisconsin street names : the airport and Truax field -- pt. IV. The origins of some northside Madison, Wisconsin street names : sketches of some northside developers -- pt. V. The origins of some eastside Madison, Wisconsin...


Portrays the states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century through first-person accounts, biographies, promotional literature, local histories, ethnographic and antiquarian texts, colonial archival documents, and other works drawn from the Library of Congress's General Collections and Rare Books and Special Collections Division.


"A point of entry to Wisconsin's vibrant history, humanities and arts communities, complete with comprehensive listings of events" and including a list of Wisconsin's historical sites.


An expanding digital collection featuring thousands of historic photos, postcards, maps, letters, diaries, books, artifacts, oral histories and other digital collections from dozens of Wisconsin libraries, archives, museums and historical societies. Users can search across all content, browse sub-collections based on subject categories and types of material, or explore a map of content contributors.


"Hundreds of eyewitness accounts, pictures, and museum objects, new ones added daily. Dozens of essays, educational activities, and reference tools. Created [by the Wisconsin Historical Society] with support from the Wisconsin Historical Foundation, CESA 6, and UW Oshkosh's Teaching American History Grant from the U.S. Department of Education."


Links to online exhibits, many featuring aspects of Wisconsin history including a full collection of Wisconsin Blue Books, as well as materials from all University of Wisconsin campuses and many Wisconsin public libraries.


Information on Wisconsin history which includes the texts of stories, essays, letters, poems, biographies and journals. Sponsored by UW-Madison General Library System and the Wisconsin Historical Society.


Offers a number of links to sites of historical interest in Wisconsin. For the holdings of the Wisconsin Historical Society library, use the University of Wisconsin-Madison's card catalog for books or the Archives Computer Catalog (ArCat) for archival material.


"Wisconsin historical tidbits arranged by day. Links to related Web sites, suggested readings, vocabulary, study questions and more."


Image files of historical and biographical articles preserved in scrapbooks at the Wisconsin Historical Society, mainly between 1860-1940. Searchable by headline, subject, newspaper, location, date, and name.


Music collections from 1850s forward at UW-Madison's Mills Music Library.


"A digital collection of original sources documenting 19th-century Wisconsin history. Discover Wisconsin's pioneer voices through diaries, letters, and other personal narratives." From the UW Digital Collections.


Joint oral history project from the Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Public Television.


"The mission of the Wisconsin Uprising Archive (WUA) is to collect and preserve materials related to the democratic uprising that started in Wisconsin in February 2011. Examples of materials include, but are not limited to, videos, photographs, pamphlets, and audio." - From web site.


The purpose of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum is to commemorate, acknowledge, and affirm the role of Wisconsin veterans in America’s military past by means of instructive exhibits and other educational programs.