VILAS, William Freeman, 1840-1908



Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

Guide to Research Collections

Indiana State Library
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: Correspondence in Austin H. Brown papers, 1830-1901.


Knox College
Seymour Library
Galesburg, IL
Papers: 1 letter (June 1, 1888) in Post family papers, 1857-1895.


Stanford University Libraries
Special Collections
Stanford, CA
Papers: Correspondence in John Franklin Miller papers, 1848-1886.


State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: 1827-1958. 84 boxes and 27 volumes. Correspondence, memoranda, a diary, legal and business papers chiefly relating to state and national politics, postmaster general, and Department of the Interior. Topics include political appointments, Democratic party affairs, pension and land claims, Indian depredations legislation, Madison Gas and Electric Company, the Northern Electrical Manufacturing Company, U.S. General Land Office in the 1890s, the Deep Waterways Commission, the Farmers’ Alliance, Vicksburg National Military Park, and the Madison Hotel Company. Ca. 500 family letters provide insights into social life in Washington, DC, in the 1890s. Finding aid.

Additional Papers: In Julius Emil Olson papers, 1871-1941; 1 box of correspondence concerning business and politics in Thomas E. Nash papers, 1889-1907; and correspondence in Richard Theodore Ely papers, 1812-1963.


University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 19 letters to Vilas in Donald McDonald Dickinson papers, 1867-1906. Photostats of originals in State Historical Society of Wisconsin.