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.
"Let's Play Dolls.......1940s" Dolls and doll furniture from several area families.
"The Roaring Twenties: A Decade of Unique Women's Fashions." Dresses, Hats, and Popular Music from the Society's Collection.
DISPLAY CASE IN THE LIBRARY (left of the Gallery entry door)
"Storage Boxes for Many Uses." Including boxes for cigars, stationery, recipes, candy, and more. All from the Society's Collection