Museum Archives

The South Wood County Historical Museum has a wealth of research materials pertaining to local history. If you would like to use our research library, we would be glad to arrange a time for you to utilize our materials. To schedule an appointment, or to find out more information on available research materials, call us at 715-421-1580 or e-mail lori@swch-museum.comOur library is open by appointment only.

We have the following materials, and more, for research purposes:

Photograph Collection:

Our photo collection includes, but is not limited to; local area logging, paper and railroad industry, early city buildings, schools, churches and businesses. 

School Yearbooks:

Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School: 1913-1964, 1967-1971, 1973 – 2001, 2003 – 2010

Assumption High School: 1962, 1970, 1975-1978, 1988-1993, 1995-1996, 1998-2007

Nekoosa: 1924-1932, 1938-1944, 1946-1966, 1968, 1975-1979. Nekoosa Library has a complete collection of Nekoosa yearbooks.

Port Edwards: 1938, 1944, 1948-1958, 1960, 1962-1963, 1970-1980, 1982, 1985-1986, 1988, 1991, 1994-2011

Rudolph: 1943, 1946-1948, 1950, 1952-1959, 1962

Wood County Normal School: 1938-1942, 1946-1951, 1953-55

Wood County Teachers College: 1956-1958, 1964

The State of  Wisconsin Blue Books: (The primary one-volume reference source about the state, describing the organization of the state’s three branches of government) Hard copies of the following years can be viewed at SWCHC: 1861/62, 1885, 1903, 1909, 1911, 1919, 1923, 1925, 1927, 1931, 1935, 1937, 1940, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979/80, 1981/82, 1983/84, 1985/86, 1989/90, 1991/92, 1993/94, 1995/96, 1997/98, 1999/2000 Or additional years or information can be viewed electronically at: http://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/collections/WI/WIBlueBks

Business, City, and Farm Directories:

Wood County Telephone Directory: 1916, 1918, 1929, 1937, 1940 -42, 1944, 1946 – 48, 1950-56, 1958 -77, 1979 -2006

 Wisconsin Rapids City Directories: 1921, 1955, 1961, 1969 -70, 1972 -73, 1975- 80, 1982 -84, 1986-1990, 1992/3, 1994-95

 Tri-City Directories: 1937, 1941, 1964 -65, 1967

 Wood County Directory: 1962, 1966, 1971, 1977-78, 1984, 1986

 Wood County Farm Directory: 1930

 White & Yellow Pages: 1987, 1991, 1997, 1999, 2000-2009, 2011 – 12

Plat Books: We have the following counties available: Adams, Ashland, Barron, Brown, Burnett, Calumet, Clark, Columbia, Dane, Door, Dunn, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, Kewaunee, LaCrosse, Lafayette, Lincoln, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marinette, Marquette, Monroe, Oconto, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Racine, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Shawano, Sheboygan, St. Croix, Taylor, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago, Wood