Types of Archival Materials

What types of materials are at the archives?

It depends on where you go! Every archives has a unique set of collections. Sometimes materials at one archives overlap with another and other times, resources at one repository are the only versions available. Each and every research path to finding materials is different.

Look at the listings below to learn about some of the most requested resources of two La Crosse area archives. Please note that this listing is not extensive. If you are looking for research advice or specific materials, please feel welcome to contact the archives!

La Crosse Public Library Archives (LPLA)

LPLA materials:

UWL Murphy Library Special Collections and Area Research Center (ARC)

Special Collections:

The Area Research Center (ARC) generally holds the following materials for five area counties (Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau, and Vernon):

  • Vital records pre-1907 (birth, marriage, and death)
  • Probate cases
  • Deed records
  • Court records and books
  • County-level local government records
  • Naturalization papers
  • Tax rolls (excluding City of La Crosse, which are at LPLA)
  • Archival manuscript collections from individuals, businesses, and local organizations

To find out more about the ARC Network, go to the Wisconsin State Historical Society's website.

map of Wiscons Area Research Centers