This digital collection of historic plat books, city directories, and atlases provides accessibility to early information about South Central Wisconsin, specifically Columbia, Dane, Portage and Wood counties. A variety of the oldest plat books, atlases and city directories were chosen because of their frequent use and delicate condition. They are widely used by the public for local history and genealogy and even for those trying to find out why a street got its name. The historic plat books help people to trace neighborhoods and streets from what was once farmland.
The early city directories for Madison provide helpful historical information on the early years of the state capital in addition to helping those looking for information on specific people and businesses in the area in the 1800s and early 1900s. The directories provide an alphabetical list of citizens with their addresses and occupations, a classified business directory, lists of city and county officials, churches, schools, societies, streets and wards.
Mary Clark at Dane County Historical Society
Molly Warren at Madison Public Library
McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids
Andy Barnett at Portage County Public Library
Jack Faulkner-Becker at Portage Public Library
Hans Jensen from South Central Library System
This collection is currently in the process of being migrated from an older website. Some content may be found only at our legacy site.