How this site works

Behind this website is a powerful tool that enables you to search all of our contributors’ digital collections at one time. When you enter a search term or terms in one of the boxes at the right, you’ll be taken out of this website and into our search engine, where you’ll see a list of your search results. To view any item more closely, click on its thumbnail or title. The item record will open in a new browser window. Remember to click back to our search engine to continue browsing your search results or to start a new search.

What if I don’t find what I’m looking for?

Recollection Wisconsin brings together dozens of digital collections from around the state, but not all Wisconsin history materials available online can be discovered through our search engine. Moreover, not everything you may need for your research is available online–there are vast amounts of non-digital materials housed in libraries, archives, museums and historical societies across the state. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, we have a few suggestions:

  • Try a Guided Search to narrow your search parameters and get more precise results
  • Check out Found in Wisconsin, a searchable index of digital collections created in Wisconsin, from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning
  •  Contact your local library, archive, museum or historical society to find out more about their holdings
  •  Contact us to suggest a resource you’d like to see online

Video tutorial: Searching

Tutorial transcript (pdf).