Consider contacting other institutions for secondary and primary sources. Don't forget public libraries as a source for locating information. Some of them have existed for decades and collect not only secondary sources, but also primary sources of local interest. If you are looking for information outside of Wisconsin, try searching the Web for resources that are similar to those listed here.
Make these contacts during the early stages of your research. Many local historical societies depend on volunteers to provide reference assistance, and public institutions such as archives and libraries are usually understaffed.
Local Historical Affiliate Directory This directory provides information about more than 390 local affiliates of the Wisconsin Historical Society. It lists museums, archives, hours, directions, and contact information.
Wisconsin Public Library Directories Lists basic information about the state's public libraries and regional public library systems.
Library of Congress Subject Headings After searching, make sure that the "Type of Heading" column identifies your word as a "Library of Congress subject heading."