The Wisconsin Coastal History Collection shares historical documents on the human and environmental history of Lakes Michigan and Superior, particularly their physical geography, ports, harbors, and business activities.
It will include manuscripts, maps, photographs, public records, government reports and other materials that document the growth of Wisconsin's lakeshore communties from the earliest European contact through the end of the 20th century. It does not contain modern scientific data or information about inland lakes or rivers, nor does it include materials on shipwrecks or maritime history, which are well-documented in other digital collections.
We hope it will be useful to local historians, members of the Great Lakes Water Council, students of climate change, environmental historians, recreational boaters, shoreline residents, tourists, and anyone else interested in Wisconsin's rich coastal history.
The collection launched early in 2015 and will grow steadily in months to come.