Historical sources about the Fairwater area and its residents, listed in chronological sequence. Additional reference materials and extensive collections are also maintained in the Brandon Historical Society and Markesan Historical Society museums and in the Fairwater Historical Society collections. The Village Board retains its records from 1921 to the present. Tax rolls for the town of Metomen and the village of Fairwater are located in the archives of the State Historical Society Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Polk Library.
G. M. West, Metomen, Springvale, Alto and Waupun During the War, Brandon: Times Office, 1867.
Rev. W. G. Miller, Thirty Years in the Itinerancy, Milwaukee: I. L. Hauser & Co., 1875
The History of Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1880.
Portrait and Biographical Album of Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, Chicago: Acme Publishing Company, 1889.
Kate Asaphine Everest, "How Wisconsin Came by Its Large German Element," from Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Volume XII, 1892.
Kate Everest Levi, "Geographical Origin of German Immigration to Wisconsin," from Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Volume XIV, 1898.
James B. Pond, "A Pioneer Boyhood," from The Century Magazine, 1899.
The Fairwater Register, Fairwater: Register Office, 1903-1905.
A. T. Glaze, Incidents and Anecdotes of Early Days and History of Business in the City and County of Fond du Lac from Early Times to the Present, Fond du Lac: P. B. Haber Printing Company, 1905.
Maurice McKenna, ed., History of Fond du Lac County, Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912.
Joseph Schafer, Wisconsin Domesday Book: The Winnebago-Horicon Basin, Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1937.
Zion Lutheran Church, Fair Water Wisconsin: 75th Anniversary, Sunday October 36, 1947, Fairwater: Zion Lutheran Church, 1947.
Fairwater Study Club, Village of Fair Water History (1961, unpublished manuscript).
Zion Lutheran Church, Fair Water Wisconsin: Centennial Celebration 1872-1972, Markesan, Wisconsin: Markesan Herald Co., 1972.
Florian Laper, Fair Water: Its History (1998, unpublished manuscript).
Florian Laper, Jesse Walther Laper: 1892-1956 (1998, unpublished manuscript).