Wisconsin Historical Society

State Archives & Government Publications

Photograph of the State Office Building, 1 West Wilson Street, ca. 1954.


The State Archives and Wisconsin Government Publications programs collect, catalog and make available records and publications of permanent value created by Wisconsin state agencies and local units of government.

What's New

The NHPRC Electronic Records Grant team has released two new tool guides to aid in electronic records management:

Architect's rending of SAPF facade.

State Agency Records

The State Archives collects records of permanent value created by Wisconsin state agencies. Please visit the state agency records section for information regarding the administration of records, retention schedules and guidelines, and how to transfer records to the State Archives.

Close-up view of a computer microprocessor.

Electronic Records

Visit the electronic records section to find resources for managing electronic records and for transferring electronic records to the State Archives.

Stereograph view of the Vernon County Courthouse, ca. 1885.

Local Government Records

Local government records include those created by Courts, Counties, and Municipal Districts. Please visit the local government records section for information regarding statutory requirements, records schedules, notification and destruction, and general guidance for public records care.

Historical Society Library Reading Room, 1908.

Government Publications

The Wisconsin Historical Society Library is one of the three official state-level depositories for State of Wisconsin publications participating in the Wisconsin Document Depository Program (WDDP). In addition to publications from Wisconsin state government agencies, our collections include U.S. Federal government publications, as well as publications from Wisconsin county and local governments, other state governments, and Canada. Please visit the government publications section for information regarding WDDP and our collections.


NHPRC logoIn 2015, the Wisconsin Historical Society received a three-year grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to implement a sustainable electronic records workflow from state agencies to the society.


Additional Resources

Learn about the records facilities and resources available to state agencies and local units of government.

Web Archives

The Wisconsin Historical Society harvests selected websites of state agencies, local governments, political campaigns for gubernatorial or U.S. Senate races, topical issues and online publications. These websites are preserved using the Internet Archive's "Archive-It" web harvesting tool.