Online Research Materials

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WI Local History Collection

The State of Wisconsin Collection brings together, in digital form, two categories of primary and secondary materials: writings about the State of Wisconsin and unique or valuable materials that relate to its history and ongoing development.The collection includes published material as well as archival materials. The materials were digitized from a variety of formats including books, manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs, maps and other resources deemed important to the study and teaching of the State of Wisconsin.The materials included in this rich and growing collection are selected by librarians, scholars, and other subject specialists.

This online collection contains a treasure trove of publications relating to Manitowoc County History. 


UW-GB Archives & Area Research Center

The collections at the Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center are a rich resource for anyone interested in researching family history; their community; historic buildings; area businesses; ethnic groups; schools AND MORE! As a regional repository (Area Research Center) of the Wisconsin Historical Society, the archives cover eleven Wisconsin counties, including Manitowoc.


Historical Name and Place Index

Search for people places, businesses and events from the past. Research your family tree or the history of Manitowoc County.  Availble in partnership with the Manitowoc Public Library. 



The Manitowoc Public Library features a collection of digitized city directories from the late 1800s.


Manitowoc County Genealogy

Organized by the Manitowoc County Genealogical Society, this site includes cemeteries, censuses, marriages, births, military and land records, family histories, town, church and school histories. 


The Home Front: Manitowoc County

The Home Front: Manitowoc County in World War II is a digital collection of photographic images, oral histories, published sources and documents, artifacts, and other resources which help to document and explain the history of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin during the period from 1939 to 1947—both the more universally shared home front experiences and activities as they played out in this specific county, and those more unique activities which especially defined the area during the War.