New Glarus Historical Society

Collections: Access & Use Policy

The New Glarus Historical Society (NGHS) maintains collections housed at the Swiss Historical Village and Museum that are a valuable resource for the study of local history. The NGHS is committed to granting the public reasonable access to these collections. The Society does, however, reserve the right to refuse or maintain limited access to any specific piece in our collection at the discretion of the NGHS Board of Directors.

A portion of these collections have been made available to the public online as part of the New Glarus and Green County Local History section of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections (UWDC). The UWDC was created to provide quality digital resources to UW faculty, staff and students, citizens of the state, and scholars at large.

This policy addresses both the in-house collection and the online UWDC collection.



Please contact us via email by using the contact page on this website or by calling the number below! We are delighted you are interested in our history and resources, and we look forward to helping support your project.

Swiss Historical Village & Museum
612 7th Ave
New Glarus, WI

(608) 527-2317



Research Onsite at the Swiss Historical Village

As the Society is charged with preserving and protecting the materials in our collections, we must regulate access to them. We request that the following rules be observed.

Obtaining Materials

  • Appointments are required for onsite research.
  • Appointments will be made during regular operating hours of the Swiss Historical Village Museum, May 1 through October 15. Requests for onsite research during times that the Museum is not open will be accommodated to the extent feasible.
  • Research materials may not be borrowed or removed from the Swiss Historical Village Museum.
  • Materials must be kept in the area designated by staff.
  • The researcher is responsible for asking a staff person for the materials he or she wants to see and returning all materials to a staff person. Staff will refile the materials.

Handling Materials

  • If you have any questions on how to handle materials, please ask the staff person.
  • All materials should be handled as little as possible and with extreme care.
  • All materials should be kept as flat as possible.
  • All materials must be kept in the order and condition in which they are found.
  • No smoking, eating, drinking or gum chewing is allowed in the research area.
  • Use clean hands when handling materials. Staff may require you to wear cotton gloves when handling certain materials. Cotton gloves will be provided.
  • Only pencils may be used in the research area; no pens.
  • Archival materials must not be marked, damaged or altered in any way. This includes the use of self-adhesive post-it notes, paper clips, pens, highlighters, etc.




Reproduction of Materials


Reproduction of Materials Maintained Onsite in the Museum Archives

Materials may be duplicated if duplication does not injure the materials and does not violate donor agreements or copyright restrictions. However, the NGHS does not currently have equipment to duplicate materials or objects at the Historical Village or Museum. Photography is allowed, but the use of a flash is not allowed for documents, photographs, or fabrics.

Requests by any person to bring scanning or photocopying equipment to the Museum to duplicate photographs or documents will be directed to the Board of Directors.



Reproductions from the UWDC Website

These photos and documents are managed by the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center (UWDCC). The UWDCC will provide a high-resolution TIFF digital file upon request. The UWDCC charges a retrieval fee, which can be found on the UWDC website.

Use of photos and documents from the UWDC website are subject to the rules under Use of Reproduced Materials on the UWDC website, and the terms of use described below.


Terms of Use of All Duplicated Materials

Copyright and “Fair Use”

Images, text, or other content from the NGHS collection downloaded from the UWDC website or duplicated from onsite Museum archives may be freely used for non-profit educational and research purposes or private study, or any other use falling within the purview of “fair use”, as specified in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Law. “Fair use” of copyright-protected works does not require the permission of the copyright owner provided that the use meets the standard specified in the law.

While many documents may be in the public domain and no longer under copyright, some may be subject to copyright restrictions. The user is responsible for determining whether the material is copyrighted if intending to use the material beyond the “fair use” provision. It is also the user’s responsibility to obtain required permissions and pay required fees, prior to publication or distribution, for the use of copyrighted material beyond the “fair use” provision.