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.

Eau Claire's Early Public Library Buildings

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Sunday, April 25, 2010 in Carnegie libraries





The public library in Eau Claire (now named the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library) has benefited from the generosity of several benefactors over the years. An online history of the early years of the public library can be found HERE. In 1894 the library was given rent free space in the new Ingram Building by lumberman Orin H. Ingram. The Ingram Building is shown in the first postcard above. In 1902 a grant of $40,000 was obtained from Andrew Carnegie for a new library building and the grand opening of the building was held on April 21, 1904, just over 106 years ago. A copy of the letter requesting the grant from Andrew Carnegie is located HERE. The second postcard shows the exterior of the Carnegie building and the third postcard shows the interior.


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

Leave your comment

Guest Sunday, May 28, 2017


Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo