Family History/Genealogy 

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:

Appleton Public Library

Fox Valley Memory  

Wisconsin Historical Society Library and Archives

Recollection Wisconsin

Outagamie County Register of Deeds 

​​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.

Research & Collections

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. 

Donating to the Collection

Thanks for considering the Museum as a location to preserve your collection or heirloom. 

Click here to learn more about this process. 

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:

  • Please contact a curator (see contact info below) with your research topic or question, so we can assess if we have relevant research materials.  
  • We cannot accept drop-ins. Please schedule a research appointment at least 1 week in advance.
  • Because of the number of requests we receive and our limited staff resources, we must charge a fee for our services. You may either schedule an appointment to come and do research on-site, or you may contract with us from off-site to do research on your behalf.


             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.

Open Friday - Sunday

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

330 E. College Ave., Appleton, WI