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McCormick - International Harvester Collection

Access a fraction of over 12 million pages and items dating from 1753 to 1985, including documents, publications, photographs and films related to Cyrus Hall McCormick and the International Harvester Company. These items document the history of  the agricultural equipment industry, the McCormick family, and many other topics in fields …

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McCormick - International Harvester Collection

Turning Points in Wisconsin History

Learn about the most important historic events in Wisconsin through hundreds of eyewitness accounts, pictures, archaeological sites, rare books, museum objects, early engravings, handwritten manuscripts, essays, lesson plans and reference tools. From early native peoples, geography, Indian Mounds, Aztalan, and Iroquois Wars through …

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Turning Points in Wisconsin History

Wisconsin in the Civil War

Read dozens of diaries, regimental histories and book-length memoirs, thousands of soldiers letters, hundreds of newspaper articles, and more than 1,000 photographs, maps and other images, totaling more than 20,000 original documents. The Civil War (1861-1865) was one of the bloodiest and most tragic, with over 600,000 soldiers killed. …

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Wisconsin in the Civil War

Freedom Summer Digital Collection

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Freedom Summer Digital Collection

Maps and Atlases in Our Collections

View hundreds of historic maps here. Examples of nearly every type of traditional cartographic medium can be found — from elaborate maps of Renaissance explorations to simple outline maps suitable for classroom use. These maps are an invaluable resource for researching the history of North American exploration, economic and social …

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Maps and Atlases in Our Collections

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The Wisconsin Historical Society has the largest collection of published and unpublished materials documenting the history of North America outside of the Library of Congress. The world-class collections of the Society contain an extraordinary range of topics about our American past from early westward expansion to modern mass media.

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