Wisconsin Resources

Looking for resources about Wisconsin government, economics, geography, or history? 

Please note:  All links to outside resources are free to public use.  Any links those sites may have to resources for purchase are not reviewed or endorsed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. 
A Diigo list of Wisconsin historical societies, museums, and historic sites. 

The University of Wisconsin Digital Collections has The State of Wisconsin Collection with many original documents such as older Blue Books, historical state atlases, and local history links. 

Found in Wisconsin is an index of digital collections hosted by Wisconsin libraries, museums, historical & genealogical societies, and educational institutions.  We link not only to the majority of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, the Wisconsin Historical Society collections, etc. but also to smaller and less advertised digitized content from such places as the Seymour Historical Society (great image collection) and the Crandon Public Library (digitized yearbooks and more).  Almost every day they add new content and are always trying to find ways to make the site easier to navigate.  Users can browse by subject or location, or perform a search based on the resource type (image or sound for example) or institution name. 

The Wisconsin Digital Archives has a TON of primary source documents related to Wisconsin government.  Overwhelmed by the site at first?  (I was!) -- take a look at the section for teachers

The Wisconsin State Government portal is a wealth of information on our state's system of government. 

The Wisconsin Historical Society has links to all of their historical sites and museums, information for teachers, and searchable primary source databases

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum also has many resources for teachers, including their traveling trunk program

The Wisconsin Local History Network has links to many local historical societies and cemeteries. 

The Wisconsin Blue Book is an almanac of Wisconsin facts, such as biographies of current state legislators, descriptions of state government, and the text of the Wisconsin Constitution.  Editions of the Wisconsin Blue Book can be found online..  Also online are the high school study guide and the elementary introduction.     (The Answer Key for the electronically distributed Study Guide and elementary introduction has been deleted for student use.  To receive an electronic copy of the Answer Key, email the LRB at
 lrb.reference@legis.wi.gov ).  These are available free online, or for purchase.  Your local state representative also has copies that are meant to be distributed to schools. 

Wisconsin Stories from Wisconsin Public Television and the Wisconsin Historical Society. 

Wisconsin songs and ballads are also available on the Legislative Reference Bureau's site!

Information on the geographical areas of Wisconsin are available online at wisconline. 

The State Cartographer's Office is "the" place for information on maps in Wisconsin!

Maps for Wisconsin counties can be found at the Department of Transportation. 

A list of zip codes, geographical codes, metro zones, place listings and municipalities can be found at the state Department of Administration. 

At the website for the Wisconsin State Park System, you can download a visitor's and field trip guide.  There's also a list of all the state parks and links to their websites for more information. 

Wisconsin also has four national park units.  This site has a layered, interactive map showing historic areas of preservation (and many other things!) in Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin Economy-at-a-Glance is on the Bureau of Labor and Statistics website. 

And the Wisconsin Department of Revenue updates this site with the Wisconsin Economic Outlook.

The state Department of Workforce Development Office of Economic Advisors keeps track of Wisconsin economic indicators