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Special Collections & Archives

Local Government Records

The Eau Claire Area Research Center (ARC) in the Special Collections Department of McIntyre Library includes both public records and manuscript collections for six counties of the Chippewa Valley. The ARC houses county, municipal, and township records, including:

  • Pre 1907 vital records
  • state and federal censuses
  • naturalization records
  • circuit and county court case files
  • probate records
  • assessment and tax rolls
  • county board minutes
  • city council minutes
  • bounty records
  • school records (censuses, school board, grade books)

Post 1907 vital records should be requested through the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Servicesor the county register of deeds.

This chart provides information about some of our most requested local government records.

Buffalo Chippewa Clark Eau Claire Rusk Taylor
Naturalization
Declarations 1853-1950 1850-1959 1907-1951 1854-1980 1901-51 1875-1952
Petitions 1858-1950 1870-1963 1895-1954 1906-1991 1885-1954 1865-1955
Certificates 1907-1929 1871-1923 1907-1927 1857-1928 1885-1954 1877-1927
Probate
Cases 1854-1901 1860-1900 1873-1918 1856-1953 none 1878-1946
Circuit Court Cases
Criminal none 1854-1918 none 1857-1970 1901-17 1877-1925
Divorce none 1854-1950 none 1857-1972 1901-17 1877-1925, 1931-1934
Civil none 1854-1951 none 1857-1970 1901-17 1877-1925
Vital Records
Birth 1852-1907 1852-1907 1852-1907 1852-1907 1852-1907 1852-1907
Marriage 1860-1907 1869-1907 1858-1907 1864-1907 1901-1907 1875-1907
Death 1874-1907 none 1879-1907 1876-1907 1901-1907 1877-1907
Population Censuses
Federal 1860-1930 1850-1930 1860-1930 1860-1930 1910-1930 1880-1930
Wisconsin 1855-1905 1855-1905 1855-1905 1875-1905 1905 1875-1905
Property Tax Records
Assessment rolls 1858-1906 none 1859, 1861, 1870 1855-1879 none none
Tax rolls 1856-1870 none 1861-1975

1864-1890,
1965, 1970, 1975,
1998

1901-04,
1930, 1940, 1950, 1980
none
Land Records
Deeds 1854-1887 1854-1888 none 1856-1886 none 1872-1929
Grantor/grantee 1854-1892 1856-1885 none 1856-1889 none 1875-1899
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