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

Jack D. Michaels Resource Center

Resource CenterThe Jack D. Michaels Resource Center is ideally suited for casual visitors, students working on papers, and the Civil War enthusiast. Resource Center staff and volunteers are happy to assist you in Civil War research.

The Resource Center is a non-circulating library. A computer, printer, and photocopier are available for research. You may bring your personal laptop. Most items may be photocopied for a nominal fee. Children are welcome.


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



Over 2,200 bound volumes are available to visitors in open stacks for browsing. Resource Center materials are for reference only and cannot be checked out.



Our collection of periodicals 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)

Maps and Charts

We have maps of specific battlefields, the United States in the 1860s, and routes of the Underground Railroad. Our chart collection includes famous Union and Confederate generals, uniforms, and arms of the war.


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

A listing of letters, diaries, pension records, and photos from soldiers and civilians from the six states of the Upper Middle West.

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.