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May 14, 2019

Agency histories in the UW Catalog

State agencies can change names over time, merging or splitting into new entities. When you're doing historical research, this can get confusing. There are a few sources you can use to research past agencies. One such source is the UW-Madison Library Catalog.

Search the catalog for the the agency's current or historical name, plus the keywords "agency history record" to pull up a list of related agency records. Each record has a description of the agency in the notes field, with older or related agency names and the agency's responsibilities. 

Huge thanks to Eileen Snyder from the Wisconsin Historical Society for the tip!

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