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Archives and ARC

Other Collections


The Archives Department collects and maintains a non-circulating book collection mainly about the history of Northeastern Wisconsin.

All books can be found using the Cofrin Library Catalog.

Some of the subjects represented are:

  • County Histories
  • Community Histories
  • Church Histories
  • Published Family Histories
  • Wisconsin Historical Collections
  • Wisconsin Blue Books
  • Local Industries
  • Sports
  • Ethnic Studies
  • City Directories
  • Private and Local Laws of Wisconsin
  • Laws of Wisconsin
  • Genealogy Resource & How-to-Books
  • Statistical Federal Census Summaries
  • Wisconsin Native Americans
  • Baedeker's Travel Guides (date from the 1800s)

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Fort Howard Company Archives

Records, product samples, photographs, video recordings, and artifacts of a prominent Green Bay, Wisconsin paper manufacturer. Fort Howard Company, founded in 1919, was one of the nation's largest producers of disposable paper products such as: toilet paper, paper toweling, napkins, placemats, and wipers.

Documented are Fort Howard's innovations in the use of recycled paper and other environment issues, inventions and patents of paper making and paper folding machines, expansions, acquisitions, mergers, employee activities, and company philanthropy. Biographical information on the Cofrin Family and other company leaders is also present.

The many aerial photographs of the company property document the development of the west side Green Bay from the 1930s-1980s.

For a detailed inventory of the holdings of the Fort Howard Archives, view the descriptive finding aid.

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Green Bay / Fox River Water Quality Collection

Over 1400 publications about all aspects of Green Bay and the Fox River accessible through the Cofrin Library Catalog, including: Flora, Fauna, Pollution, Natural History, Geology

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The Archives department collects and maintains a non-circulating map collection mainly about the geography of Northeastern Wisconsin.

All maps can be found using the Cofrin Library Catalog.

Search 1875 Brown County plat map index.

Some types of maps represented are:

  • Plat maps
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance maps
  • Highway maps
  • Soil & topography maps
  • City and town maps
  • Railroad maps
  • Cemetery plats
  • Atlases

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Newsletters, magazines, and other publications of Northeastern Wisconsin genealogical & historical societies, and several other groups.

Specific titles and holdings of periodicals are available through the Cofrin Library Catalog.

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We house a collection of approximately 2,000 photographic images which include:

  • Historic street scenes from Green Bay and other northeastern Wisconsin communities
  • Photos from the Belgian-American Collection
  • Homes, businesses, schools, churches, and other buildings
  • Individuals, families, and other group shots (clubs, bands, etc.)
  • Events
  • Waterways

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Vertical file

This file is the place used to collect and preserve small pieces of valuable information in a variety of formats: pamphlets, news clippings, lists, commemorative booklets, programs, etc.

Arranged alphabetically, the un-cataloged file contains these types of subjects:

  • Cities and towns
  • People
  • Buildings
  • Churches and cemeteries
  • Events
  • Ethnic groups
  • Research papers

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Town and City Records

The Green Bay Area Center has the records for numerous municipalities within northeastern Wisconsin. Records are held for towns, cities, and villages.

Document types includes:

  • Ordinances
  • Board or council proceedings
  • Election records
  • Highway records
  • Subject files
  • Financial records

Town and City records can be located by using ArCat (

Do a Guided search, using the name of the city, town or village as one keyword, and the word “records” as another.

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