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The La Crosse Area Research Center (ARC) is located within the Special Collections area in Murphy Library at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The ARC is a regional repository for Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) material, and it is part of a network of fourteen archives located across the state of Wisconsin. This collection totals over 1,000 linear feet of public records, manuscript collections, and 450 reels of microfilm. Unlike other materials in Special Collections, ARC materials may (in most cases) be transferred to other ARCs within the network and the WHS located in Madison, Wisconsin. For more information on the ARC network see: Area Research Center Network.
The La Crosse ARC holds public records and manuscript collections for five area counties: Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau, and Vernon. Public record holdings include: vital (birth, marriage, and death) records pre-1907, probate cases, deed records, naturalization papers, and tax rolls. Manuscript collections include materials from individuals, businesses, and local organizations. Some examples of manuscript holdings at the La Crosse ARC include the papers of the Hixon family, prominent business owners in La Crosse, the papers of Elizabeth Comstock, a physician in Trempealeau County, and the collection of Henry Bliss, a surveyor in La Crosse.
To search for manuscript collections and public records in the ARC network use ArCat, the online archives catalog.
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Tours start in the library lobby at 12:00 noon every day of opening week, September 2, 3, 4, and 5.
The tours last about 20 minutes and cover the basic layout of the library, useful services, library collections, and tips to effectively use the library. Everyone is welcome to participate in these informal tours.
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