Manitowoc County is home to many amazing public libraries and a host of enthusiastic local history organizations. Our Research Library contains fantastic resources for genealogists and researchers. You may be looking for the burial site of a Civil War soldier, a photo of an ancestor, information on your property, or want to learn about aluminum or ship building.  

Researchers are welcome to use the Museum's library and collections, including the photograph and document archives, by appointment. 


On-Site Research

The McAllister House Welcome Center Library Room is open for research by prior appointment during the Museum's regular operating hours, and is subject to staff and volunteer availability. An appointment to do research must be made with at least one week advance notice. Appointments on evenings or weekends will be granted when possible, but must be made at least two weeks in advance. Please arrange an appointment by contacting the Archives by email at or by phone at (920) 684-4445.

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Off-Site Research Requests

Are you not able make an appointment to visit our archives? You can submit a written research request. Research requests may take as long as 4 weeks to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Staff are able to assist with research for those unable to visit the archives in person with a completed research request form. Please contact our Archives volunteers using the form below and provide as much detail as possible regarding your research request.

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Research Policy

Up to 30 minutes of research will be performed free of charge. If requested, additional research can be conducted at a rate of $15 per hour, plus reproduction rates for documentation and images. Reproduction fees for additional photocopies and image reproduction can found on the FAQ About Historical Images Reproduction page.

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