Archive Visit I

After visiting the Milwaukee Public Library in February and finding the newsletters from the Wisconsin State Old Cemetery Society, I was curious to take a look at their graveyard records at the Wisconsin State Historical Society in Madison. I finally made it over there in April and spent the day sifting through boxes and folders of field notes, newspaper clippings, and spreadsheets. An index of what can be found in this collection–all 28 boxes containing the records of 4,000 cemeteries–can be found here.

To take a look at them, you can visit the fourth-floor archives of the Wisconsin State Historical Society located at 816 State Street in Madison. Their hours are Monday-Friday 8am-5pm and Saturday 9am-4pm. Be prepared with the call number for the material you wish to view, a pencil, a notebook, and possibly a camera. They also have a scanner available for use. More about the Wisconsin State Historical Society’s Library, Archives, and Museum Collections can be found here.

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