Racine Heritage Museum Research Center

The Racine Heritage Museum’s Research Center provides the community with a wealth of information spanning from the 1830’s to the present. Archive staff members are available during hours of operation to answer questions and guide you in your research.

Hours of operation:

Tuesdays 1pm – 4:30pm
Saturdays 10am – 1pm

Fees for reproduction and use may apply.

Appointments for individual research assistance can be scheduled outside of regular hours of operation by advance appointment with the Archivist for a fee. Contact our Archivist at (262) 636-3926 or inquire@racineheritagemuseum.org.

Before visiting the Research Center, please review our Policy & Procedures and F.A.Q. pages.

Archive Resources:

Cemetery Records

Tombstone information for most county cemeteries

Census Records

Territorial Censuses (1836, 1840, 1842, and 1846). Federal Censuses (1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880). Mortality schedules (1850, 1860, and 1870).


Complete collection of City Directories (1850-2004), most telephone books (1953-present), County or Farmers Directories (1876, 1916-1917, 1918-1919, ca. 1940s, 1957).

Documentary Collection

This includes but is not limited to advertisements, company records, in-house publications, miscellaneous histories, and product manuals from institutions, businesses, families and organizations.


Photographs, negatives, and prints of the people, places, and businesses of Racine County. Collection spans the 1860s to the present.


Some plat maps (1878-1970), and fire Insurance maps (1933-1961, 1908-1930, 1908-1921).


Century Family histories, diaries, letters, memoirs, and scrapbooks.

Marriage Card File

Indexes County vital records from 1838-1879; has some later events.


County residents who served in the Civil War, WWI and WWII, veterans cemetery cards, Civil War company histories, WWI participant photographs, WWII participant clippings.

Milwaukee Sentinel Card File

Indexes Racine County individuals, events, and businesses from 1837 to the 1880s.

Naturalization Card File

Most declarations of intent and naturalizations 1838 -1906.


Compiled obituaries in the county. Not complete, strongest from 1942 to the present.

Racine Journal Times Collection

News clippings and photographs spanning from the 1950s to 1990s. Not complete, and does not include the sports photo collection.

Vertical Files

Newspaper clippings, articles, and other information sources. Extensive information on businesses, organizations, individuals, and families.