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Wisconsin Historical Society Area Research Center


Special Collections

University of Wisconsin-Superior

JDH Library 218
Belknap and Catlin
P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880

ph. 715-394-8359

Special Collections

Wisconsin Historical Society Area Research Center

The UW-Superior ARC is one of 14 Centers statewide and provides access to numerous local interest collections of historical material owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society. The Superior Area Research Center serves the geographic regions of Washburn and Douglas Counties and holds records only from that region. There are two parts to the ARC collection: local government records and manuscripts.

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Local government records

Local government records comprise the largest part of the ARC's holdings. Local government records are those created by various elected officials or governmental units representing counties, towns, municipalities and special districts while executing their official duties. Local government records at the Superior ARC include among others: county and circuit court files, municipal government records, tax rolls and many others. For a complete list, consult ArCat, the on-line catalog of the Wisconsin Historical Society. The smaller, but certainly no less significant, part of the Superior ARC's collection are manuscripts.

Manuscript collections

Manuscript collections are historically significant papers and records created by individuals, businesses, and other organizations throughout the course of their activities. The materials include letters, diaries, legislator's papers, business records, records of social clubs, and many other type of materials. The ARC Manuscript collections are distinct from the manuscript collections of the JDH Library.

Transfer system

All of the Superior ARC's local government and manuscript collections are cataloged in ArCat, the on-line catalog of the Archives Division of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Although the Superior ARC provides immediate access to collections kept here, much of the network's historical material can be temporarily borrowed for research use. With some important exceptions (genealogical collections, for example, do not transfer), any collection found in ArCat can be sent to the Superior ARC on request. The borrowed collection can be used for up to a month before being sent back to the lending institution.

Service is limited in northern Wisconsin: Contact the archivist for information.ARCmap[1] compressed

For more information about each local center, refer to the list of ARC locations below:


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