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If the Library does not have material which you need, we will be happy
to try to obtain it for you through interlibrary loan (ILL). We also lend
our materials to other libraries around the world when they are requested
How to Obtain Material We Don't Own
||Check the card catalogs (here and at Memorial Library) and the computer
catalog to verify that there is no copy on campus. Call the Madison Public
Library at (608) 266-6300 to see if any local libraries can quickly provide
||If no copy is available locally, request an ILL application from the
microforms or circulation staff. Fill it out as completely and accurately
as possible and return it to the microforms or circulation desk.
||We'll contact you when the material arrives. Although policies vary
with lenders, most requests take 2-3 weeks and items can be kept for 14
days. Pick up books in room 221 and microforms in the Microforms Room.
||Fees: we charge you nothing to obtain material unless the lending institution
imposes a fee. If the lender charges a fee or will only provide photocopies
for a cost, we will notify you before proceeding.
||Restrictions: some institutions may designate items "for library use
only" or impose other restrictions on how their materials can be used.
You are expected to abide by those restrictions.
||Return ILL books directly to room 221, not to the main circulation
desk. Return microforms to the Microforms Room.
How to Have Our Material Sent to Your Local Library (we urge
visitors from outside Madison not to borrow materials while here, but to
use the ILL program of their local library instead).
Internet addresses for our library and archives catalogs (note that
the online catalog is far from complete) http://www.wisconsinhistory.org
||Fill out an ILL application at your local public or academic library,
and they will communicate with us via computer or mail.
||Fees: there is no charge for loans to Wisconsin libraries. Non-Wisconsin
libraries will be charged $15.00 per title. There is a limit of 6 volumes
of a printed work or 6 reels of a microfilmed title. [Librarians please
note: mailed requests require prepayment.]
||Restrictions: we will not loan family histories, local histories which
are substantially genealogical or contain substantial lists of names, out
of state censuses, pamphlets under 50 pages, fragile material, oversized
volumes (including bound newspapers) or rare books. We will loan almost
everything else, including government documents and microfilm.
||Materials obtained through ILL may be kept up to 30 days after they
are received in your local library. Return the items to your local ILL
office, not directly to us.
LARGE SHSW COLLECTIONS ON MICROFILM THAT ARE OBTAINABLE THROUGH ILL
|Newspapers/Periodicals-All Wisconsin newspapers
are on microfilm and available through ILL.
||Many of the non-Wisconsin newspapers are on microfilm and
available. Newspapers that are in bound condition are not available through
ILL. Periodicals also circulate, as long as they are not genealogical titles.
|Federal Census-only Wisconsin 1820-1880, 1900-1920 is
available through ILL (index also).
||To request a federal census: note the year, state (WI),
county and ED# (if applicable). To request an index: note the year, state
(WI) and name of person. (There is no index for the 1910 Federal census
|Wisconsin State Census-circulates. 1836, 1838, 1842,
1846, 1847, 1855, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895 and 1905. 1905 index circulates.
||To request a state census: note the year and county. To
request a 1905 index: note the year, county and name of person.
|Mortality Schedule (WI 1850-1880)
||Special schedules taken with the federal census that note
deaths that occurred in the 12 months preceding the day the census was
taken. To request a WI mortality schedule: note the year, state (WI) and
|Agricultural Schedule (WI 1850-1880)-special schedules
that were taken to enumerate information about farms.
||There are found at the end of each county in the federal
census. To request a WI agricultural census: note the year, state (WI)
|Wisconsin Local Office Tract Books
||These ledger books record the first sale of land in Wisconsin
by the federal government to the original purchasers. To request: note
the volume number, township/range/section description.
|Civil War Compiled Service Records (WI)
||These records contain information on soldiers who fought
for Wisconsin. There are 2 groups of these records and it is best to ask
for each type of book (red or blue) because each gives slightly different
catagories of information. To request: note the type of unit (infantry,
cavalry, artillery), unit number and company letter.
|Wisconsin County History Microfilm Collection
||This is a collection of pre-1910 county histories and plat
maps. Check the computer catalog (MadCat) to find holdings in this collection.
To request: note the title, author, reel and number. (Also the call number,
|Draper Manuscripts-Lyman Copeland Draper collected information
pertaining to Trans-Allegheny America, ca. 1750-1820.
||Most of his collection is not fully indexed. Therefore,
you may want to consult Guide to the Draper Manuscripts by Josephine L.
Harper. To request: note the series and volume.