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The history, the people and the stories of the Upper Midwest

Jack D. Michaels Resource Center

The Jack D. Michaels Resource Center is currently closed and undergoing some exciting changes. Scheduled to potentially open in early fall, the room will feature brand new family-friendly activities including Civil War era games, a dollhouse, children’s books, dress-up, a play schoolhouse class room, cabin and kitchen, and more.

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The Jackson D. Michael’s Resource Center is also home to many research materials for the casual visitor and Civil War enthusiast. Staff and volunteers are happy to assist you in your Civil War research. The Resource Center’s materials are for reference only and cannot be checked out. Most items can be photocopied for a nominal fee.


Click here for a current list of resources available in the Resource Center



More than 2,200 bound volumes are available to visitors by request. We recommend calling us at 262-926-5727 in advance of your visit so that a staff member can have the books you wish to browse ready upon your arrival.

African American History Book Collection


Our magazine collection is available for visitors to browse within the Resource Center and includes:

  • American Civil War (1988-present)
  • American History Illustrated (1966-1997)
  • Blue & Gray (1983-present)
  • Camp Chase Gazette (2005-2008)
  • Civil War Society (1987-2008)
  • Civil War Times (1960-present)
  • Confederate Veteran (bound by year, 1893-1932)
  • North & South (1998-present)
  • Military Images (index)


The resource center holds 85 rolls of rare Wisconsin microfilm. This includes the Wisconsin Red and Blue books, as well as an assortment of Wisconsin newspapers from the Civil War era.

Copies of Primary Source Materials

Our copies of primary source materials are available for visitors to browse within the Resource Center. For a listing of letters, diaries, pension records, and photos from soldiers and civilians of the Upper Middle West, click the links below:

Links to Finding Aids

The links below will lead you to finding aids for the copies of primary source materials held in the Resource Center. If you wish to see a specific collection, we recommend that you call us at 262-925-5727 in advance.

Simon Wolf’s Wisconsin Roster
How to use Simon Wolf’s Wisconsin Roster

We have room for more. If you are interested in donating any books or materials to the Resource Center, please contact us at 262-653-4141.