Archives materials

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. 

The library houses city and county directories from 1864 to the present. Indexes of cemeteries and ghost parishes are also preserved. A proper name index card file of people named in local newspapers and other important publications are maintained from about 1850 to 1970.

Our archives also includes various one-room school materials, attendance records, and yearbooks. 

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

Also available are county plat maps dating from 1872 to present.

The Manitowoc County Historical Collection is also home to thousands of images and documents. Archive materials can be accessed for our County's cities, towns, and rural villages.

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

While there is not a charge for research requests, donations are very much appreciated so we are able to continue the great work of preserving our local heritage.

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