Research Center & Archives
More Than 17,000 History Images and Historical Records
The Research Center and Archives at The Tower Heritage Center collects, preserves and shares history images and historical records that tell the story of Washington County and the people who have made it their home. Our physical and online archives are open for public research. They contain more than 800 cubic feet of historical records and over 17,000 history images from agencies, organizations, businesses, and individuals throughout Washington County. Our Archives staff is always on hand to happily assist you.
Browse Our Most Popular Original And Online Collections
Family and Genealogy Research
We have an extensive collection of church and cemetery records, probates, obituaries and family histories.
Property and Residence Inquiries
We have Washington County land records, historical plat maps, Sanborn Fire map, tax records, bird’s eye view images, and community directories to aid your real estate or property research.
Local Business and Organizations
The Tower Heritage Center Archives have a rich collection of business, organization, and community files that can assist in your research.
View Collections Online (Member exclusive benefit)
An increasing portion of The Tower Heritage Center’s individual objects and photos can also be viewed online. Washington County Historical Society members may browse or search the artifacts in this digital resource.
Plan Your Research Visit
By appointment only, Wednesday through Friday, 11 am – 5 pm.
Daily Use Fees
Fee is paid in the Research Center
There is an additional charge for photocopies.
The Research Center and Archives is located on the third floor of the 1889 Courthouse Museum at 320 S. 5th Avenue in West Bend, WI.