Wisconsin Library Heritage Center

The Wisconsin Library Heritage Center is a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation promoting understanding and appreciation of the history of libraries and librarianship in Wisconsin.

Some WI Library Buildings 1904

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Thursday, March 19, 2015
in Publications
Wausaukee Free Library
In 1904 the Wisconsin Free Library Commission (WFLC) published a book titled Some Wisconsin Library Buildings. The book was comprised primarily of photographs of selected Wisconsin library buildings but also included a tabulation of all library building projects completed or in the process. The book notes that when the WFLC was organized in 1895 there were only three libraries in the state occupying their own buildings, but by 1904 there were 52 buildings either completed or provided for. Included in the tabulation were 29 buildings that had received Carnegie grants totaling $627,000. Other private individuals had made library building grants of $418,500 for a total of $1,045,500 from this source. By far the largest projects listed were the State Historical Society building which cost $620,000 from state funds and the Milwaukee Public Library building which cost $512,000 from municipal funds. The State Historical Society building was designed to house both the Historical Society’s library and the library of the University of Wisconsin. The most unusual library listed and pictured was the Wausaukee Free Library (see image above). The Wausaukee Free Library was established in 1901 and was part of a “social hall” that included the library and reading room, a lunch and dining room, and an amusement room. The building was donated by State Senator Harland P. Bird, a strong library supporter who served as President of the Wisconsin Library Association in 1904-1905. A digitized copy of this book can be found on the Hathi Trust website. 

Wisconsin Library Bulletin 1905-1984

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Sunday, February 22, 2015
in Publications
wi-lib-bulletin-1909-72In January, 1905, just over 110 years ago, the Wisconsin Free Library Commission (WFLC), the predecessor to the Wisconsin Division for Libraries and Technology, published the first issue of the Wisconsin Library Bulletin (WLB). The new monthly publication was described as "A Magazine of Suggestion and Information" and was devoted to the improvement of Wisconsin's libraries. It reported on library activities and development within the state and provided a wealth of  practical information primarily for public libraries. The WLB was edited by WFLC Secretary Henry E. Legler. The first issue of the magazine can be found on the Hathi Trust website. That issue contained a summary of library progress in Wisconsin and a variety of articles and news items written by leaders in public library development and extension in Wisconsin. These included Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame members Lutie Stearns and Cornelia Martin. The WLB ended with a special issue in 1984. A complete file of the WLB can be found on the Hathi Trust website but not all issues are available in "full view". Efforts are being made by the Division for Libraries and Technology to rectify that situation. The image to the left shows the cover of the Sept.-Oct. 1909 issue.

 

Demcourier, Magazine for Librarians

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Tuesday, August 31, 2010
in Publications

demcourier-72.jpg


In 2005 DEMCO, the well known library supply company headquartered in Madison, WI, celebrated its centennial.  As part of that celebration it published a book entitled Honoring A Century of Service - The Story of Librarians & DEMCO 1905-2005 by Raymond M. Olderman. Far from being a boring corporate history, the book does indeed tell the story of both librarians and DEMCO during this hundred year period. One of the stories in the book is about Norman Bassett who became owner of Demco Library Supplies in 1931 and the free magazine for librarians he created in 1932. The magazine's name Demcourier came from two librarians who won a contest to name the magazine and as a result received $10 each.  Initially the focus of the magazine, was on practical information for librarians but it evolved more and more into a literary magazine with each issue devoted to a single literary figure. I recently acquired the Autumn 1939 issue (cover shown above) and it is devoted to Louis Untermeyer.  In this issue, Bassett, who edited the magazine, apologetically tells readers that the magazine has become so popular that DEMCO is going to have to limit its distribution to those who purchase at least $10 in library supplies each year from the company and those who pay a subscription fee of 50 cents a year (returned if $10 is spent with the company).  Bassett was a model of the best in relationships between library vendors and the library community.  He became active in both the Wisconsin Library Association and the American Library Association.  In 1932 at the conference of the Wisconsin Library Association he arranged an auction of autographed copies of books to raise funds for scholarships for library school students. As a result a Scholarship Committee (which continues today) was established with Bassett as its chair. During World War II the cost of paper forced the suspension of the magazine in 1943 and its publication was never resumed.  This article was published simultaneously in The Library History Buff Blog.


Traveling Libraries Publication

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Thursday, December 10, 2009
in Publications
traveling-libraries-wi-1897-72.jpgIn 1897 the Wisconsin Free Library Commission published a 39 page booklet entitled Free Traveling Libraries in Wisconsin: The Story of Their Growth, Purposes, and Development; With Accounts of a Few Kindred Movements. The cover of the publication is shown here. The cover includes the statement: "It is after all, not the few great libraries, but the thousand small ones, that may do most for the people". This philosophy is consistent with that which is discussed in the previous post. Also on the cover is an illustration of a traveling library bookcase similar to the one used by the Stout traveling libraries in Dunn County. The booklet has been digitized by the Wisconsin Historical Society and can be viewed here. Many of the images of traveling libraries in the booklet are also part of the Digital Images Collection of the Wisconsin Historical Society and can be seen here. There is also a page on this site devoted to traveling libraries.
Tags: Publications

Evansville History Book Published

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Thursday, September 10, 2009
in Publications


montgomery-book.jpg
Congratulations to WLHC Steering Committee member Ruth Ann Montgomery on the publication of her new book on the history of Evansville, Wisconsin. The book is part of the Images of America series published by Arcadia Publishing. Ruth Ann is Director of the Arrowhead Library System in Janesville and is a longtime Evansville historian. Many of the images in the book are from her personal collection assembled over many years. Ruth Ann also has also written a history of the Eager Free Library Public Library which is on the web. The Janesville Gazette has written an article about Ruth Ann and the publication of the book.


 


 


Recent comment in this post Show all comments
  • Gordon Glass says #
    Congratulations to Ruth Ann for her new book. Ruth, I am proud to say is a high school classmate an an old friend of mine....

Wisconsin Library Bulletin

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Friday, July 24, 2009
in Publications

The Wisconsin Library Bulletin was begun in 1905 by the Wisconsin Free Library Commission under the leadership of Henry E. Legler. It continued publication through 1984. It is the most comprehensive account of Wisconsin’s library history for that period. It includes a wealth of information which can be utilized by libraries and those interested in local and state history to tell the story of Wisconsin’s libraries. Although the primary focus of the bulletin was initially public library development, the magazine includes information about libraries of all types. It documents a wide variety of library related activities and events which occurred during that period including staff appointments and changes, building projects, library association meetings, library education and continuing education events, legislation, gifts and appropriations, and grant programs including the Library Services Act and the Library Services and Construction Act. Through the involvement of the University of Wisconsin - Madison General Libraries in the Google Books project, the Wisconsin Library Bulletin has been scanned and many early issues of the magazine are now appearing in Google Books.  Locating and accessing periodicals through Google Books is often a difficult process. I have been able to locate the compilations for 19051907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1917, and 1922. You can search these compilations by keyword and an interesting exercise would be to search for your library in them. I will continue to keep looking for additional yearly compilations.


Tags: Publications
Recent comment in this post Show all comments
  • John DeBacher says #
    thanks, Larry--I hope they get 1911-16 done soon, since it's a good way for libraries to track centennial information. And I found...

Wisconsin Magazine of History Articles

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Sunday, August 10, 2008
in Publications
whs-magazine-current.jpg

Two members of the WLHC Steering Committee have articles in the Summer issue of the Wisconsin Magazine of History.  Michael Edmonds is the author of "On the Trail of Paul Bunyan" and Christine Pawley is the author of "The Wisconsin Idea in Action: Reading, Resistance & the Door-Kewaunee Regional Library, 1950-52".  Congratulations to both of them.


Although the Paul Bunyan article by Michael is wonderful, it is Christine's Pawley's article that will be of most interest to the library history buff. Obtaining state funding for the 1950-1952 Door-Kewaunee Regional Library demonstration was one of the Wisconsin Library Associations greatest legislative victories. Pawley's article provides insight into why the county funding referendums which followed the demonstration in Kewaunee and Door counties failed and passed respectively. Passage in both was required for continuation of what was primarily bookmobile service in the rural areas of the counties. The article is well illustrated with some great bookmobile photographs including one of the bookmobile being loaded on the ferry to go to Washington Island.


The Wisconsin Historical Society makes available freely online its archive of the back issues of the Wisconsin Magazine of History from 1917 up through the 2006-2007 volume year. Only the current volume year is not available online. By searching the archive using the terms "libraries" and "librarian" several articles of interest to the library history buff can be found.


Tags: Publications
Recent comment in this post Show all comments
  • Kitty Tiner says #
    Have always wanted to talk to someone about demolishing those beautiful buildings should be a sin........I lived 1 block from on...

Categories

Popular Tags

Library people Delia Ovitz Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends Louise S. Robbins 10 Milwaukee Public Library Campaign Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries COLAND Pinback buttons People Parcel post Library people Postcards Peter G. Hamon Special libraries Events & Meetings Marjorie Sornson Malmberg Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services Middleton Public Library Rusk County Community Library Academic Librarians James Duane Doty Superior Carnegie Libraries Tower Hill Wisconsin Campaing for Wisconsin Libraries Centennial Public library systems Lowell W. Wilson T. B. Scott Free Public Library White House Conference on Library and Information Services Ice Storm Larry T. Nix Library History Library celebrations library exhibit UW-Milwaukee Libraries membership libraries trav Clarence Brown Lester Hall of Fame 2015 background Exhibits Hall of Fame 2010 National Library Week Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library Hall of Fame 2013 Hall of Fame 2015 hall of Jane K. Billings Richard E. Krug Klaus Linderfelt Marketing-Publicity Matthew S. Dudgeon Campaign Portage Public Library WHCLIS Library Trustees Orrilla Blackshear caly film American Library Association Library Buildings campaign Wisconsin Literary Travel Guide Hall of Fame 2009 Oshkosh Public Library anniversaries Beloit Public Library Meter mail slogans Ruby Roeder Bookmobiles Hall of Fame 2016 Dorothea M. Krause School of Library and Information Studies Brown County Library Postcards Council on Library and Network Development books-by-mail Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Carnegie libraries campaign J. D. Witter Charles Bunge Hartford Public Library Wisconsin Free Library Commission Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Wisconsin Historical Society Wisconsin Rapids Wayne A. Wiegand Library Buidlings Wisconsin State Law Library Elroy Public Library Anniversaries WLA 125 Ruth Ann Montgomery Historical Register Association of Library Trustees Advocates and Friends Gertrude Thurow Beaver Dam Public Library Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Woman's Congress WWI Library War Service caly film Public libraries WAAL campaign Amer Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries 11 Library Systems Hall National Bookmobile Day Capitol Fire 1904 Library e Milwaukee Art Museum DeForest Area Public Library Black River Falls Inform Wisconsin Brown Deer Public Library Library Artifacts Edward Asahel Birge library education library memorabilia Cooperative Children's Book Center Postcards Increase A. Lapham James Huff Stout 24 John J. Jax Sandra Friedman Dolnick Gerald A. Somers Nolan I. Neds Hall of Fame 2015 William J. Wilson Dianne McAfee Hopkins Pewaukee Public Library Campaign Wisconsin State Normal School-Milwaukee Hall of Fame 2017 27 traveling libraries State Law Library WLA 125 Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Academic Libraries bookworm ca Lutie Eugenia Stearns Wisconsin Library Bulletin Hall of Fame 2008 Clinton Public Library School libraries Events & Meetings Wilbur Lyle Eberhart Cam Black River Falls Public Library Hall of Fame 2014 Ripon Public Library 28 bed and breakfast caly film Hall of Fame 2012 McMillan Memorial Library Manitowoc Public Library Wisconsin Free Library Commission Lutie Stearns 20 Cornelia Marving Pierce presentations Evansville Wisconsin Bernard Schwab American Library Association Library War Service Sarah Janice Kee Anniversaries Publications WLA 125 14 Eratus Swift Wilcox Buttons Events Irene W. Newman Frank Avery Hutchins Brown Deer Public Library archives I Love Libraries Hall of Fame 2015 cam UW-Madison school of library and information studies Public libraries Appleton Public Library Zona Gale 21 Hall fo Fame 2012 Jerome P. Daniels campa Gilbert H. Doane Digital Collections 23 John Miller Chancellor Soughton Public Library Carl Spitzweg Eager Free Public Library library legislation state historical society Library People S. Janice Kee WLA 125 Hall of Fame 2012 Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians buil World War I Postcards Hall of Fame 2012 Katharine MacDonald Jones Uncategorized UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies 22 CCBC Milwaukee Public Library Wisconsin Library Association Hall of Fame 2011 Suring Area Public Library Hall of Fame 2015 Madison Public Library

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo