This collection of over 5000 volumes consists of non-fiction works on state or local topics in Wisconsin. Many of these works are histories of Wisconsin towns, villages, and communities. The La Crosse area is especially well represented. There are, for example, complete sets of La Crosse city and telephone directories, as well as church and organization histories, maps, Sanborn atlases, company histories, and pamphlets.
The map collection includes nearly 500 maps, most of them relating to Wisconsin and the midwest, and most dating after 1830.
Supplementing these catalogued titles are files on La Crosse architecture, portraits, and biographies.