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.

ALA Meets in Waukesha in 1901

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 in WLA 125
pc-wi-waukesah-fountain-spring-72
 
ala-waukesha-medal-72The American Library Association held its second conference in Wisconsin in Waukesha, WI in July of 1901 (the first was held in Milwaukee in 1886). As reported in the magazine Public Libraries: "The twenty-third annual meeting of the A. L. A. was held at Waukesha, Wis., with an enthusiasm and interest that has not been equaled more than two or three times in the history of the association."  The conference was held at the Fountain Spring House, Waukesha's premier resort (see postcard above). The Public Libraries article concluded: "A large majority of the people present attended their first conference of American librarians at Waukesha, and the interest, enthusiasm, and evident progress made at this meeting is due largely to that fact.  For months the local associations in the middle west were at work to interest the librarians of their different states in the importance of being present at Waukesha.  Their efforts were successful, and there was but one note sounded in regard to the meeting, and that was satisfaction."  One day of the conference was designated as “Madison Day” and conference attendees made the trip to Madison to see the new combined building of the Wisconsin Historical Society and the University of Wisconsin Library. More about that in a later post.
 
At early ALA Conferences, mementos were routinely given to participants. At the Waukesha conference, the attendees were given an elaborate medal and a book about Shakespeare. The image of the medal (at left above) is courtesy of the American Library Association Archives which has several examples in its collection. The book (see below) Shakespeare the Man by Walter Bagehot was published by McClure Phillips and Company of New York and 450 of the 1,000 copies published were designated specifically for distribution at the ALA conference.
 
book-ala-waukesha-72 wla125logo-small
 
 

Comments

Ginny Moore Kruse Thursday, March 31, 2016

What a treat it was to read about this ALA conference in Wisconsin. The event described strikes me as quaint, but it also seems so civilized and the opposite of hectic. Of course those librarians would appreciate receiving a book about Shakespeare in a limited distribution and a medal, too. Just think! A medal and a book for showing up!

Leave your comment

Guest Friday, May 24, 2019

Categories

Popular Tags

Wisconsin Free Library Commission Hall of Fame 2014 S. Janice Kee Academic Libraries Ripon Public Library 28 ca Hall of Fame 2009 Special libraries World War I CCBC COLAND Manitowoc Public Library James Huff Stout Milwaukee Public Library Parcel post Robert Bocher campaign American Library Association Library War Service Milwaukee Public Library Postcards Postcards WHCLIS School of Library and Information Studies Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Campaign Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Portage Public Library Dorothea M. Krause Gilbert H. Doane buil Postcards 23 state historical society WWI Library War Service Pewaukee Public Library Library Systems Hall of Fame 2011 Lucy E. Smith Morris Frank Avery Hutchins Louise S. Robbins Hall of Fame 2015 John Miller Chancellor UW-Milwaukee Libraries Katharine MacDonald Jones presentations Wisconsin Library Association Wisconsin Literary Travel Guide Hall of Fame 2017 Dianne McAfee Hopkins Library e Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Zona Gale Tower Hill Wisconsin Public libraries 27 20 Anniversaries Public library systems Hall of Fame 2012 Nolan I. Neds Wisconsin State Law Library Middleton Public Library Wisconsin Federation of Women's Clubs William J. Wilson cam library legislation Carnegie libraries Bernard Schwab Oshkosh Public Library Hall of Fame 2016 Public libraries Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians Library Artifacts Library People Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies Library Trustees Hall of Fame 2015 School libraries Exhibits Hall of Fame 2013 Academic Librarians Digital Collections library education American Library Association archives campaign Hall of Fame 2015 Bob Bochfer Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Matthew S. Dudgeon Wisconsin Historical Society caly film Inform Wisconsin Sandra Friedman Dolnick Library History 22 membership libraries Beaver Dam Public Library bookworm caly film library memorabilia Appleton Public Library Milwaukee Art Museum Wilbur Lyle Eberhart Pinback buttons Black River Falls Association of Library Trustees Advocates and Friends Hall fo Fame 2012 Library people Postcards Cornelia Marving Pierce Buttons Sarah Janice Kee Suring Area Public Library hall of Clinton Public Library T. B. Scott Free Public Library Madison Public Library Eratus Swift Wilcox John J. Jax Gertrude Thurow I Love Libraries Carl Spitzweg Hall Edward Asahel Birge Campaing for Wisconsin Libraries J. D. Witter Library celebrations Library people Amer Brown Deer Public Library Delia Ovitz Rusk County Community Library background Hall of Fame 2015 McMillan Memorial Library Helen Adams Beloit Public Library Increase A. Lapham Wisconsin Rapids Marketing-Publicity Lutie Eugenia Stearns WLA 125 Clarence Brown Lester Hartford Public Library trav Richard E. Krug DeForest Area Public Library White House Conference on Library and Information Services WAAL books-by-mail UW-Madison school of library and information studies Council on Library and Network Development anniversaries Wisconsin State Normal School-Milwaukee 21 Hall of Fame 2015 traveling libraries 14 National Bookmobile Day Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Hall of Fame 2012 Gerald A. Somers campa State Law Library 10 Campaign Library Buidlings Klaus Linderfelt Evansville Wisconsin Anniversaries Ruby Roeder Woman's Congress Wisconsin Library Bulletin Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Hall of Fame 2018 Historical Register Irene W. Newman Peter G. Hamon Orrilla Blackshear Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library Uncategorized Brown County Library WLA 125 Campaign Meter mail slogans Events & Meetings Hall of Fame 2008 National Library Week Black River Falls Public Library Eager Free Public Library Library Buildings Ruth Ann Montgomery Cam Publications Wisconsin Free Library Commission Charles Bunge Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends bed and breakfast Ice Storm caly film Hall of Fame 2010 Marjorie Sornson Malmberg Lowell W. Wilson 11 Hall of Fame 2012 Capitol Fire 1904 Brown Deer Public Library Jane K. Billings Events & Meetings WLA 125 Centennial 24 Jerome P. Daniels Cooperative Children's Book Center Bookmobiles Elroy Public Library People James Duane Doty Events Hall of Fame 2018 WLA 125 campaign Soughton Public Library library exhibit Wayne A. Wiegand Larry T. Nix Lutie Stearns Superior Carnegie Libraries

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo