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.

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.


Comments

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

Leave your comment

Guest Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Categories

Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo