About Special Collections
Special Collections is located in the lower level of the College of Menominee Nation Library.
Special Collections is an archive and rare materials repository that contains non-circulating materials about the Menominee Indian Tribe and other Native peoples of Wisconsin. Materials cover topics that include culture, history, language, treaties, and government. Special Collections holds rare books, maps, microfilm, art, recordings, and more!!
Special Collections materials are continually being cataloged and organized, so be sure to visit us in person as well as looking at the online catalog. Finding Aids for archival materials will be added to this guide as they are completed.
Many items from Special Collections have been digitized. Click the link in the middle column to visit the Digital Collection.
(Image courtesy of CMN S. Verna Fowler Academic Library/Menominee Public Library Special Collections / http://content.mpl.org/cdm/compoundobject/collection/cmnlsc/id/3592/rec/23)
Some Materials Available in Special Collections
Here is a sample of books and other materials you can find in Special Collections. Visit us downstairs in person to find more!
You can also find more lists of Special Collections materials about the Menominee here.
Access American Indian Genealogical Information through Ancestry.com
Ancestry.com just added a number of documents to help with American Indian genealogical research. Click the above link to go to ancestry.com. You can get started with a free trial, but maintaining an account requires a subscription fee.
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CMN Special Collections and Digitized Collections
Chief Sam Frog, Johnson Awohnopay, and Wayne Martin pose with Menominee men in traditional and modern dress, original print.
Special Collections is currently building a Digital Collection online. This digital collection of Menominee history contains news articles, letters, photographs, pamphlets, and much more. You can see a few of the Special Collections items which have already been digitized on this guide.
(Image courtesy of CMN S. Verna Fowler Academic Library/ Menominee Public Library Special Collections / http://content.mpl.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/cmnlsc/id/3499/rec/28)
Special Collections Reading Room
The Special Collections Reading Room is located in the lower level of the Library, next to the Children's Area. The Reading Room is where you can explore Special Collections materials--from maps to photos to recordings!
Before visiting, please take a moment to peruse policies and guidelines for the Special Collections Reading Room. Our materials require special care!
Wisconsin Public Television: "Menominee History"
The following video was created by Wisconsin Public Television Documentaries, and first aired August 26, 2014. In the video, Menominee Historic Preservation officer, Dave Grignon, shares the story of the Menominee people.
(Video courtesy of Wisconsin Public Television / http://video.wpt.org/video/2365306294/)
Carlisle Indian Industrial School Project
Do you have relatives or loved ones who endured the boarding school experience at Carlisle? The Community Studies Center at Dickinson College, in partnership with the Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections Department, has been working on a project digitizing resources related to the Carlisle Indian School.
Follow the above link to explore student files, images, publications, and collections related to Carlisle and its students. The search engine has the ability to filter materials by tribal affiliation.
(Image courtesy of Carlisle Indian Industrial School Project / http://carlisleindian.dickinson.edu/)
Tell Us What You Think!
Special Collections Reading Room Hours
Mon 8 am-11 am
Wed-Thur 1 pm - 4:30 pm
Fri 9 am - 4:30 pm
and by appointment,
please call: (715) 799-6226,
Check out our blog to see what we're up to!
A quick guide to your research with contact information can be found on our Handout document.
To start your research with items in the lab or vault, please fill out Appendix A: Researcher Application.
If you would like digital copies of available items, please fill out Appendix B: Request for Reproduction.
Forms can be returned via in person or email
Much like a card catalog in a library, a finding aid is a tool used by researchers to access materials in an archive. These finding aids will assist you in understanding what exists in Special Collections, and in identifying what you should look at for your research.
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- Ben Grignon Collection of Menominee Postcards
- Brian Hosmer Menominee Logging Industry Papers
- Carol Dodge Collection
- Collection of Legend Lake Smoke Signals
- Collection of Menominee Nation News newspapers
- Collection of News From Indian Country newspapers
- College of Menominee Nation Photo Collection
- Dr. Verna Fowler Collection
- Irene Boerst Scrapbook on the Novitiate Takeover
- Joseph F. Preloznik Papers on Menominee Termination and Restoration Collection
- Lucille B. Chapman Papers
- Map Drawer Finding Aid
- Media Cabinet Finding Aid
- Menominee Historical Collections Clippings and Scrapbooks
- Milwaukee Public Museum Collection of Sioux Indian Drawings
- Nalonnee VanGunten Collection
- Nancy and Bill Alderman Collection of Neopit Postcards
- Nancy Oestreich Lurie Library
- O'Kimosh Family Papers
- Paula Bhala Photographs
- Phillip and Faith Sealy Collection on Menominee Arts
- President's Office Collection
- SDI Land of Menominee Postcards
- Sister Marita Gilsdorf Jesuit Relations Collection
- St. Joseph Boarding School Records
- Steven L. Raymer’s “Wisconsin’s Menominee Indians” Photographs
- Stockbridge-Munsee Band Papers
- Susan Waukau Collection of Forest Management Plan Dispute and Kenosha Casino Project Papers
- Tourism Pamphlets
- Waupochick Family Papers
- WIEA Archives