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.

An enjoyable get-together, WLA's first conference

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Friday, March 11, 2011 in Events

wla-wilcox-bk2-72.jpgOn March 11, 1891, 120 years ago today, twenty-nine people gathered in Madison for the first conference of the Wisconsin Library Association. Benton H. Wilcox in his history of The Wisconsin Library Association 1891-1966  described the first conference: "The program appeared rather hastily prepared. F. A. Hutchins spoke first on the conditions and prospects of town libraries, and later on the manner of establishing free city libraries under the state law.  Dr. Birge talked informally on the proper conduct of free city libraries, while Mr. Thwaites gave a short address on the work of city libraries and local history.  The only business transacted was to elect to their respective offices for another year the temporary officers chosen by the founding meeting on February 11.  If there was any discussion concerning "the future course of the association," as proposed in the call for the meeting, it is not mentioned in the minutes.  No future program was outlined, discussed or even proposed.  Nevertheless the minutes assure us that it had been an enjoyable get-together of library interested people.  There was not another until July, 1884." Although there was not another conference until July, 1884, there was a "get-together" of Wisconsin library folk in Chicago on July 13, 1893 in conjunction with ALA's World's Congress of Librarians which was held at the World's Columbian Exposition. The logo shown here is from the Wilcox history written in 1966 on the 75th anniversary of WLA. That book is now 45 years old and in great need of updating. Perhaps this can be done by WLA's 125th anniversary.

Comment disabled by author.


Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo