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Primary and Archival Sources

This guide provides a brief overview of the UWRF Archives and Area Research Center.

Area Research Center Network

River Falls ARC map

The Area Research Center Network is a cooperative venture between the Wisconsin Historical Society, 12 University of Wisconsin campus libraries, and the Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center. 

The network's 13 Wisconsin Local Area Research Centers (ARCs) serve specific geographic regions around the state. ARCs provide access to records created by county offices and other local government units, original manuscript collections of regional interest and other resources for their specific regions.  Each ARC can borrow materials from the other ARC collections for local use as well.

ARCs are perfect for local history researchers, genealogists, business people, historic preservationists, schoolteachers, faculty and students, or historians who can’t or don’t want to travel far to do research.


Wisconsin Historical Society


Archival Resources in Wisconsin, Search Finding Aids to Wisconsin Archival Collections. 

Library catalog - UW Madison Library Catalog

Topics in Wisconsin History

Photographs (Wisconsin Historical Images)

Wisconsin Magazine of History (online index and digitized articles

Minnesota Historical Society

Research portal/Research resources

Research Tools

Duluth Lynchings Online Resource: Historical Documents Relating to the Tragic Events of June 15, 1920

Photographs (Visual Resources Database)

Minnesota History (online index and digitized articles)