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Wisconsin Genealogy Resources


  • A History of Agriculture in Wisconsin

  • History of Wisconsin Agriculture and Rural Life

  • Janus, Edward. Creating Dairyland: How Caring for Cows Saved Our Soil, Created Our Landscape, Brought Prosperity to Our State, and Still Shapes Our Way of Life in Wisconsin. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2011. He explores the profound idea that led to the remarkable "big bang" of dairying in Wisconsin a century and a half ago. He helps us understand why there are cows in Wisconsin, how farmers became responsible stewards of our resources, and how cows have paid them back for their efforts. And he introduces us to dairy farmers and cheese makers of today: men and women who want to tell us why they love what they do.

  • McCormick-International Harvester Digital Collection. The McCormick-International Harvester Company Collection contains documents, publications, photographs and films related to Cyrus Hall McCormick and the International Harvester Company. The collection includes more than 12 million pages or items dating from 1753 to 1985.  These items document the history of  the agricultural equipment industry, the McCormick family, and many other topics in fields as diverse as the history of advertising, technology, labor, business, rural life, philanthropy, architecture, Virginia and Chicago.