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Resources: History

Online Resources

The following are databases to which the library has subscribed and websites that are affiliated with the library or host library-owned content. For an A-Z listing of all online resources, click here.

History of Marathon County, Wisconsin and representative citizens

History of Marathon County, Wisconsin and representative citizens

Written by Louis Marchetti and published in 1913, this is an often-cited work used for researching the early days of Marathon County. Genealogy Local History History Marathon County MCPL Online
Central Wisconsin Digitization Project

Central Wisconsin Digitization Project

Digitized original sources and historical artifacts published online by a consortium of Wisconsin libraries, historical societies, genealogical societies and museums committed to preserving the history of Marathon County and Lincoln County. History Wisconsin Marathon County MCPL Online
History Reference Center

History Reference Center

The world's most comprehensive full text history reference database suitable for high school and college-level research. Features over 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers, plus articles from more than 150 leading history periodicals. BadgerLink History Online
Sandborn fire map

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Wisconsin Communities

Meticulously detailed, color-keyed street maps created for all sizes of cities and villages, Sanborn Maps helped insurance agents in the late 19th and early 20th centuries determine the degree of fire hazard associated with a particular property. Most maps date between 1883 and 1930. Physical maps are held at MCPL Wausau, but online versions are accessible... (read more) Local History History Marathon County Wisconsin MCPL Online
Marathon County Local History

Marathon County Local History

An online archive of the rich local history of the towns, villages, and cities in Marathon County, including centennial histories written by local residents, with many illustrations documenting family life and economic development in central Wisconsin. History Local History Marathon County MCPL Online

Web Resources

The following are third-party websites suggested by library staff for your consideration. Use at your own risk; these sites are not controlled or monitored by the library.

Digital Public Library of America

The DPLA offers a single point of free, open access to millions of items — photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images and more — from libraries, archives and museums around the United States. Users can browse and search the DPLA’s collections by timeline, map, format and topic. Web History Music Newspapers and Magazines

National Archives: Veterans' Service Records

Request military service records online, by mail or by fax. Military personnel records can include DD 214s/Separation Documents, service personnel records found within the Official Military Personnel File (OMPF), and medical records. Military personnel records can be used for proving military service or as a valuable tool in genealogical research. Web Genealogy History Government

Oyez Project

A multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete source for all audio recorded in the Court since October 1955. The Project also provides information on all justices and a virtual reality tour of portions of the Supreme Court building, including some justices’ chambers. Web History Government Laws and Legal Issues

The Wisconsin Historical Society

This site hosts many digitized collections of historical photos, maps, documents, genealogical data and more, all related to Wisconsin and its history. Web Wisconsin Genealogy History Local History