Manitowoc Local History CollectionIn the Collection

Searching the Collection

In addition to the pre-selected searches available at the top of the page you can search by keywords for items in the collection.
There are many different topics headings to search by in the collection. These would include:

  • Subjects, for example: Carriages & coaches
  • Family names, for example: Torrison family
  • Business names, for example: Schuette Brothers
  • Street names, for example: South Eighth Street (Manitowoc, Wis.)
  • Places, for example: Washington Park (Manitowoc, Wis.)
  • Decades, for example: 1890s
  • Oral History Recordings: personal narratives

Full Text Histories:

Get a more in-depth look into Manitowoc's history through the Manitowoc Public Library's historical texts. Learn more about different aspects of the county's history, from farming and education to the impact of World War II. You can view any of the books simply by clicking on the title.

Plat Books and Maps:

Each of the links below allows you witness the growth of Manitowoc County since 1851.

Oral History Recordings

In the 1970's, Wisconsin Public Radio, along with a local group, interviewed over 40 Manitowoc County residents. Copies of those interviews have been digitized to preserve this interesting personal history of Manitowoc County.