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. 


Collection Features

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


Stories from our Archives

Learn about the people and places of our local history through articles written from our archives materials.