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Phone: 715-346-2586

Room 506, University Library

Archives Hours:

Monday - Friday, 7:45-noon & 1:15-4:30

Due to a small Archives staff and unanticipated eventualities, patrons are urged to call ahead to verify public hours for a given day or week.

The Nelis R. Kampenga University Archives & Area Research Center


  • The UWSP ARC maintains the naturalization records for the following counties: Adams, Juneau, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Waupaca, Waushara, and Wood.
  • There is no statewide index for naturalization records. Determine the county the applicant resided in. In addition, keep in mind that the applicant did not have to apply for citizenship in their county of residence. If the applicant is not found in the county they resided in, check neighboring counties. Applicants could also file the declaration of intent in one location and the petition in another location including a different state.
  • If the applicant’s papers are not found in the county of residence, or in neighboring counties, contact the National Archives and Records Administration Regional Center in Chicago. The records of Wisconsinites that were naturalized in federal courts, rather than county courts, are housed here.
    Address: 7358 South Pulaski Road
    Chicago, IL 60629-5898
  • The amount of information found in naturalization records varies greatly before 1906. The process was standardized in 1906 when the federal government established the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Generally, the post-1906 records contain more information than earlier records.
  • Before 1908, under the Wisconsin Constitution, men were allowed to vote and to acquire government land by purchase or under the Homestead Act of 1862 once they filed a declaration of intent. Before 1908, many applicants took advantage of this, filed only a declaration of intent and did not petition for citizenship.
  • Until 1922, women were automatically naturalized when their husbands were or if they married a citizen. Since women could not vote until about 1919, many single women did not bother to seek citizenship. Children were also automatically naturalized when their fathers were.
  • Beginning in 1862 military service could be substituted for the declaration of intent.
  • Visit the Wisconsin Historical Society website for additional information:

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