Researching at the Museum
The History Museum welcomes researchers, and can also perform research on an individual's behalf. Please read the following for more information about the research process:
On-site Research Appointment fees:
$25.00 per hour for non‐members
Free for members of the History Museum
Off-Site Research on your behalf fees:
$25 per hour for non-members
$15 per hour for members of History Museum
If you would like a staff person to perform research on your behalf, please contact a curator (see below), and read and fill out the following form:
Our collections research and use policy can be found here, please review it before your research appointment.
For inquiries, image use, or to schedule a research appointment contact:
Chief Curator Dustin Mack
920-735-9370 x. 112.
The Museum holds artifacts and archival materials that document the social, cultural, economic and technological history of Appleton, 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.Click here for more information about donating items to the collection.
Image 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.
The History Museum has limited family history resources. Researchers are encouraged to start with other organizations. Below is a list of resources that may be useful:
We do have a selection of tax rolls from Outagamie County, a selection of county and city maps, and city directories. Some of these materials may also be available at Appleton Public Library.