Research Help - Links

Archives A to Z

Archives A to Z is a glossary explaining archives and special collections terms and tools. Take a crash course in different types of records (and find out  what a "record" is). What is a finding aid? What are vital statistics? How did the naturalization process work? Where can I find Native American materials? Read about tools like ArCat,, BLM/GLO homestead patents, and SSDI. Learn about genealogical research, how to conduct house history, local history tools, and much more.

Research Portal

Below are links to web pages on our website and to a wide variety of other websites that you may find useful for your research. They are grouped by subject and some links may appear under more than one subject.

How Do I See the Links?  The red plus (+) sign means there is more information; click to open that section.

River Falls ARC map
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Catalogs and Finding Aids
  • UWRF online cataloglink, which includes both university materials and Area Research Center materials
  • ArCatlink (Archives Catalog of the Wisconsin Historical Society), which includes our Area Research Center materials
  • Archival Resources in Wisconsin: Descriptive Finding Aidslink (includes our Area Research Center finding aids—what's a finding aid? See Archives A to Z at the top of this page)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison/Wisconsin Historical Society Library Cataloglink (formerly MadCat)
Collections by Type of Material
Online Exhibits & Featured Collections

Online Exhibits

Featured Collections

Copyright Information

The nature of historical, archival collections means that copyright or other information about ownership may be difficult to determine. Whenever possible, information about copyright or other restrictions is included. This information is provided as a service to aid patrons in determining the appropriate use of an item, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the patron. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with laws of libel, privacy, and copyright which may be involved in his/her use of photographs, manuscripts and all other records. The user is liable for any violation of copyright or donor agreement. Individuals may request permission to use items for singular, non-profit, educational/research purposes. Express written permission from the Archives is required; other conditions of use may apply. Please contact the Archivesmail to inquire.

Civil War
Digital Collections
Genealogy and Local History
UWRF Resources
  • See our Archives A to Z page for details about what UWRF has, such as Cemetery Records, Census Records, Naturalization Records, Vital Records, etc.
Wisconsin Resources
Statewide Resources
National Resources
Land Records/Places
National History Day



UWRF Archives

Other Useful Resources and Tools


State Historical Society Journals Online

UWRF History

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Check out the Hours-Contact-Visit page for hours, location and links to campus maps, contact information, and things you should look at before coming.

Contact Us

University Archives and Area Research Center
170 Chalmer Davee Library
(715) 425-3567

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