Manitowoc County Historical Society Archives


Discovering your family’s history is an amazing journey.

Census records, newspaper articles, photographs, and other artifacts hold the keys to a past we can only imagine. Our local history archives may be able to help you in your search. Download and print our Local History Archives Guide.

  • Compiled written history of Manitowoc County

  • Manitowoc County plat books for family owned land

  • Manitowoc County immigration dates and declarations from 1848 to 1929

  • Manitowoc County cemetery lists

  • Manitowoc County Civil War veterans biographies

  • Compiled village and town histories

  • Various church records including: St. Wendel, St. Isidore, St. Fidelis, St. Patrick

  • City and county directories beginning in 1864

  • Various one-room school materials, attendance records, and yearbooks. 

  • A collection of early Manitowoc newspapers is also available for limited examination and referencing.

  • Thousands of images and documents for our County's cities, towns, and rural villages.

  • Local business records and documentation

  • Donated scrapbooks

  • Oral histories have also been collected and are available in various formats on a wide-range of subjects. 

Looking to do research?

Please contact us at (920) 684-4445 to make a research appointment or go to our research request page.  Our library is staffed through volunteer effort and we appreciate your understanding in letting us know you would like to plan a visit.

Online Collection

The Manitowoc County Historical Society collects and preserves thousands of artifacts, documents, and images to help us share Manitowoc County’s stories and help you connect to the community and its history. The vast majority of the collection is not yet online, but through this portal you can access many of the most significant, exciting, and popular materials in the Museum's collection.

Have Questions?

Looking for a research or a historical photo but you don’t know where to start? Email our research volunteers and MCHS staff at and we'll help to point you in the right direction.


Collection Features

Click on and then hover over the images below for descriptions of our featured collections.