Wisconsin Citizen Petitions, 1836-1891

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This collection comprises citizen petitions written to the legislatures of the Wisconsin Territory and later the State of Wisconsin, from 1836 to 1891. At the time, petitions were the only direct means for citizens to communicate with the government.

From requesting dams, roads, and money to build schoolhouses, to recording views on slavery, suffrage, and statehood, these petitions reveal what settlers wished to achieve for their communities, and the ways in which they hoped to connect Wisconsin to the expanding commerce and intellectual life of the United States. These petitions are mostly handwritten in blue and iron gall ink; most petitions comprise a title page, the petition itself, and signature pages.

For more information about this Collection, visit its Online Finding Aid and View the Online Collection.

The work of flattening, scanning, and describing these petitions was funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC) of the National Archives.

Works

All works are fully transcribed.
Petition for abolishing county commissioners

Petition for abolishing county commissioners

3 pages: 100% complete (100% transcribed)
Petition for abolishing current law on county organization

Petition for abolishing current law on county organization

6 pages: 100% complete (100% transcribed)
Petition for abolishing state government

Petition for abolishing state government

2 pages: 100% complete (100% transcribed)
Petition for abolishing the county supervisor system in Metomen

Petition for abolishing the county supervisor system in Metomen

3 pages: 100% complete (100% transcribed)
Petition for abolishing the county surveyor office

Petition for abolishing the county surveyor office

3 pages: 100% complete (100% transcribed)
Petition for abolishing the county system of government

Petition for abolishing the county system of government

3 pages: 100% complete (100% transcribed)
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