What We Offer
The collection at the Historical Research Center contains more than 1,000,000 documents and more than 500,000 images. It is comprised of things like scrapbooks, research books on genealogical topics and history, school yearbooks, State of Wisconsin blue books, church histories and anniversary books, tax records, diaries and biographies, local history books written by local authors about many of Sheboygan County’s villages, Garton Toy catalogs, Phoenix Chair and other furniture company catalogs and Sheboygan Press newspapers.
The entire collection is made up of hundreds of smaller collections. The main library and first floor of the Research Center house the following: General information files (alphabetical files on everything from families to churches to businesses to events and organizations. The library has church history, obituaries, Plymouth Post entries, yearbooks, marriage license applications, vital statistics, marriage and anniversary clippings, genealogies, biographies, land records, assessment and tax records, maps and plat books, cemetery records and listings.
Archival collections are stored in SCHRC’s basement. They are smaller collections organized by donor or subject. Examples include: Sheboygan Redskins and Redwings, Road America statistics and programs. All are available to researchers.
The photo collection at the Research Center surpasses the 500,000 mark; they’re prints of all sizes, tin types, slides, negatives.
Organization is key to the success of research. Collections and new information must be processed daily and entered into the main collection. Volunteers are key to these processes. Be aware that volunteer jobs center around office skills.