Marathon County Public Library

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Resources: Local History

On-site Resources

A variety of helpful equipment, archives and services are available at your local Marathon County Public Library! Some resources are only available at certain MCPL locations, as noted below.

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Wisconsin Collection

The Wisconsin Collection at MCPL Wausau includes nonfiction items related to Marathon County and Wisconsin. This includes nonfiction books, microfiche, family genealogies, maps and more. MCPL On-site Genealogy Wisconsin Local History Marathon County

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.

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

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

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.

Found in Wisconsin

Found in Wisconsin is a searchable index of bibliographic records to digital collections hosted by over 500 libraries, museums, historical societies, genealogical societies, schools, and various cultural organizations around Wisconsin. Search or browse the index for links into websites containing historic photographs, video & sound clips, written... Web Wisconsin Genealogy Local History

Marathon County Genealogical Society

A group of professional and amateur genealogists who regularly meet to share research strategies, discuss local history, plan research projects, and assist others in their research. Web Genealogy Local History Marathon County

Marathon County Historical Society

The purpose of the Marathon County Historical Society is to collect, preserve and exhibit materials relating to the history of Marathon County. The museum library collects and catalogs printed materials and documents to aid the public in historical and genealogical research. Members of the museum staff initiate and carry out general research projects, site... Web Local History Marathon County Genealogy

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

Wisconsin 101: Our History in Objects

Wisconsin 101 is a collaborative public history project that includes both an interactive online exhibit and programming on Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR). Students, amateur historians, and other Wisconsin residents nominate objects of interest or importance to their communities, then research, write, and illustrate histories of those objects for... Web Wisconsin Local History

Wisconsin Historical Societies Directory

This directory provides information about more than 350 local affiliates of the Wisconsin Historical Society. It lists museums, archives, hours, directions and contact information.   Web Wisconsin Genealogy Local History