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 Madison Day 1901

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Monday, December 15, 2008 in Library buildings

The 1901 Conference of the American Library Association took place in Waukesha. In the early Monday morning hours of July 8, 1901 the entire group of attendees went by train to Madison. As reported in the magazine Pulic Libraries, "They were met on their arrival by a local committee, carriages were provided and the party was taken to various points of interest about the city and through the beautiful drives adjoining the university grounds."  Later that afternoon "... the party was led through the new Historical library building... There was but one opinion of the entire party in regard to the beauty and arrangement of the building, and that was satisfactory to the highest degree. The beautiful reading-room was greatly admired by everyone, and even those who are wont to think that Bates hall [in the Boston Public Library] and the halls of the Congressional library at Washington are beyond compare, were willing to admit that the enthusiasm and praise of the room were merited." Madison Day ended with a group picture on the steps of the Historical library. "The party returned to Waukesha well pleased with its trip and delighted with the hospitality of the Madison people."

Plans are underway to restore the Reading Room of the State Historical Society to its original grandeur.

The image of those attending Madison Day is from the Wisconsin Historical Image collection of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Image ID: 45544.


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

Leave your comment

Guest Friday, July 20, 2018


Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo