The collection includes photographs, paper materials, maps, atlases, library materials, and artifacts related to:
- Businesses (Area)
- Churches (Area)
- Community Activities
- Community Organizations
- Families (Obituaries/Family Histories)
- Government (Selected materials from the villages and the area townships)
- Postal Service
- Publications (Selected books, magazines, newspapers, sound and video recordings)
- Schools (Area)
- Sports Activities
- Toys, Games and Dolls
Current Displays in the Gallery of the DeForest Area Public Library:
(First Floor, southeast of the Circulation Desk) and the Foyer
“DeForest: A Story of Growth and Change" - Full gallery display created to commemorate over 150 years of Village existence, including vintage photographs, documents, and text which chronicle the history of DeForest. Presented in eight time periods.
In the Wall Display Case of the Gallery - "Let's play dolls." Featuring dolls and doll furniture from the 1940s.