Recollection Wisconsin includes digitized primary sources from many historical societies, museums, and libraries. 

Research From Home!

Visit Fox Valley Memory
for digitized collections from
the Museum, Appleton Public
Library, and private collections. 
Find photographs, city directories,
county histories, and manuscript
collections. 

 

Research and Collections


Rights, Reproduction, and Use

Images from the collection are available for personal or commercial uses.  All use of Museum collections are regulated through use agreements and a fee structure.  

Donating to the Collection

Thanks for considering the Museum as a location to preserve your collection or heirloom.  The Museum accepts donations by appointment only.  This allows ample time to interview about item’s history and complete required paperwork.  Museum staff does not appraise items.  To offer a donation, please contact Curator Emily Rock at 920-735-9370 x 115.


Researching at the Museum

An advance appointment is required for research at the Museum.  Fees are associated with accessing the collection, photograph use, and photocopies.  


Researchers are encouraged to start at Fox Valley Memory.  Genealogists are encouraged to visit the Appleton Public Library and the Wisconsin Historical Society Library and Archives where family history is most available.


​To schedule a research appointment, inquire about fee structures (or see below), and request a use agreement for images, please contact Curator Emily Rock at: emily@myhistorymuseum.org or 
​920-735-9370 x. 115.

The Museum holds artifacts and archival materials that document the social, cultural, economic and technological history of the Lower Fox River Valley and Outagamie County.  International and national figures with ties to the area, such as Harry Houdini, are also represented with materials that shed light on their lives. 

Altogether, the collection includes 20,000 3-D artifacts, 800 cubic feet of manuscripts, 2,000 volumes of published works, 350 maps, and 35,000 photographs 
that document regional history. Appleton has the 
strongest representation in the collection.

Tuesday - Sunday

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

330 E. College Ave., Appleton, WI

920-735-9370