Digital Image Collections

University of WI Digital Collections

Selected local history resources, including four historical Outagamie County plat maps, five city directories from the late 1800s, two historic building surveys and two compilations of early pioneer biographies. There are also two historical overviews, one from Appleton's 75th Anniversary celebration in 1932, and one marking the 100 year period of 1857 - 1957.  (full description)


Fox Valley Memory

The Fox Valley Memory Project began in 1999, initiated by the Appleton Public Library and the Outagamie County Historical Society. The Project’s mission is to increase local history resources and awareness through collaboration, communication and web publishing.


McNamee's "Appleton, WI, Illustrated, 1892"


This book was published in 1892 by George McNamee to showcase buildings in Appleton and the surrounding area.
Appleton, Wis., published under the auspices of the Advancement Association of Appleton, 1892.
This volume is primarily a collection of original photographs by the commercial photographer J. E. H. Stimson, of Appleton. It includes all of the major structures of the time: schools (municipal and Lawrence University), churches, manufacturing facilities, and businesses. Also represented are a large number of private homes belonging to prominent residents and photos of the leaders of the city and local political scene. Finally, as you would expect from the Advancement Association of Appleton, there is a snapshot of the area extolling the virtues of its physical location and attributes, vigorous manufacturing productivity, modern progressive views, and excellent educational opportunities. This provides a wealth of information about exactly what it was like to be living, or making a living, in Appleton at the time.
This online collection has been compiled in CONTENTdm.


Outagamie Pioneers - Spencer, 1895


The pioneers of Outagamie County, Wisconsin : containing the records of the Outagamie County Pioneer Association, also a biographical and historical sketch of some of the earliest settlers of the county and their families, their children, and grand-children.
This volume was intended to record the early history of the pioneer settlers of Outagamie County. The Outagamie County Pioneer Association requested this task be undertaken due to concerns that the stories and exploits of the earliest generations were already in danger of being lost. The compiler, Elihu Spencer, served as the secretary of the Outagamie County Pioneer Association for over twenty years. Each of the families provided biographical information; their submissions were felt to be as accurate as possible. Although not every pioneer family is represented, the majority appear somewhere. Of special interest to genealogists is the focus on listing as much of the family as is known. Parents, children, grandchildren, multiple marriages, and military service are widely reported. A second edition of similar form was compiled in 1898 and can be found at along with some other historical resources.
(Find this book in the InfoSoup Online Library Catalog.) This online collection has been compiled in CONTENTdm.


Appleton Mayors


Photos of 37 Appleton mayors with descriptions including key events during their terms as reported by the Post Crescent.