La Crosse Public Library Archives Department


The La Crosse Public Library Archives is full of resources for anyone interested in the history of the La Crosse area, as well as anyone researching their ancestors. Archives staff are available to assist with any questions you may have.



The La Crosse Public Library Archives is looking for community members to share their stories to add to our local historical record. The ongoing public health crisis due to the spread of COVID-19 impacts La Crossians as much as the rest of the world.  

How has your daily life changed? What precautions are you taking? How are you coping? This survey is meant to act as a journal entry. We invite you to use it cathartically, or for documentation purposes; it is up to you. You do not have to identify yourself, it can be completely anonymous if you would like. 

If you don’t wish to submit a survey at this time, the Archives staff encourages you to keep diaries and journals during this tumultuous time. Write letters to yourself. Create documents that can last into the futureAnd later, you can consider donating a copy to the Archives. 

Thank you for contributing to our local history. 

Survey link:




Khaws zej zog cov lus   |   Qhia txog koj zaj dab neeg   |  Koom tes ntxiv (dab neeg) rau peb lub zos cov keeb kwm

Lub tuam tsev qiv ntawv thiab khaws ntaub ntawv keeb kwm hauv La Crosse (The La Crosse Public Library Archives) tab tom nrhiav pej xeem los qhia lawv zaj dab neeg mus ntxiv rau peb lub zos cov keeb kwm. Tus kab mob COVID-19 nov ua kev txhawj xeeb rau lub zos La Crosse ib yam li lwm cov teb chaws.  

Koj lub neej puas pauv txawv tom qab tus kab mob COVID-19 tshwm sim? Koj ceev faj tiv thaiv tus kab mob nov li cas xwb? Koj tswj koj tus kheej li cas? Peb caw koj sau txog koj kev nyob teb cov lus noog sauv tuaj rau peb. Nyob ntawm koj pom zoo los tsis pom sau koj lub npe tsis ua cas.  

Yog tias koj tsis xav teb cov lus hauv daim ntawv noog tam si no, cov neeg ua huaj lwm tim La Crosse Public Library Archives txhawb kom koj sau koj cov lus tseg cia kom koj txhob hnov qab lub sij hawm txhawj xeeb nov. Khaws cov ntaub ntawv koj sau cia es seb lwm hnub koj xav no, koj mam muab luam pub rau La Crosse Public Library Archives. 

Ua tsaug koj koom tes ntxiv koj zaj dab neeg rau peb lub zos cov keeb kwm. 

Daim ntawv noog:




Documentando las voces de la comunidad   |   Compartir sus historias   |   Contribuir a nuestro registro histórico local

Los archivos de la Biblioteca Pública de La Crosse están buscando miembros de nuestra comunidad que nos compartan sus historias, para luego ser agregadas a nuestro registro histórico local. La actual crisis de salud pública a causa de la propagación del COVID-19 afecta tanto a los La Crossians como al resto del mundo. 

¿Cómo ha cambiado su vida diaria? ¿Qué precauciones está tomando? ¿Cómo lo está enfrentando? La encuesta está diseñada para usarse como un diario. Le invitamos a usarlo catárticamente (descarga de emociones y/o pensamientos) o con fines de documentar información; depende de usted el uso que le dé. Usted no tiene que identificarse, puede ser completamente anónimo, si así lo desea. 

Si en este momento usted no desea realizar y/o enviar una encuesta, el personal de los archivos le invita a mantener diarios durante este tiempo agitado. Escriba cartas para usted mismo y cree documentos que puedan ser usados en el futuro. Más adelante, podrá considerar la posibilidad de donar una copia de estos a los archivos de la biblioteca. 

Muchas gracias por contribuir a nuestra historia local. 

El enlace de la encuesta es:





Reopening After COVID-19

The La Crosse Public Library Archives will remain closed during Phase 1 recovery from the COVID-19 shutdown which began May 26, 2020. During this time, those who wish to use the Archives can call, email or mail your request to staff who will assist you as best as they are able. Patrons are encouraged to check the main library website ( and social media for updates.


The mission of the Archives and Local History Department of the La Crosse Public Library is to develop and promote a vital connection within the community between the past, present, and future by collecting, maintaining, and providing and promoting access to local historical and genealogical records.


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Explore the Layered History of La Crosse

This September, LPLA is launching a History Club. Functioning similar to a book club, each month the club facilitators will announce two small activities that will explore our city's layered history.

The Green Bay & Western Railroad Legacy

Behind the scenes deals were already in place between the Green Bay railroad and the Chicago and Northwestern, arch rival of the CM&StP, to form a partnership as a way for both lines to get into La Crosse and cross over the existing railroad tracks.

LPL Archives' Hidden Treasures: Using La Crosse History Unbound

In collaboration with the UWL Murphy Library Special Collections & Area Research Center, the La Crosse Public Library Archives has launched an upgraded version of the La Crosse History Unbound site, which has new resources and features to help researchers.