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.
Current Display in the Library Society Gallery: "The Great War: 1914-1918."
Commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, featuring photographs, artifacts, sheet music, and information from the society's collection and collections of society patrons.
Current Display in the Library Display Case: "100 years of John Deere Tractors". Features models and related memorabilia from the collection of Mary Wendt, including newspaper ads from a local DeForest implement dealer.