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.

Madison Public Library History

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Tuesday, October 14, 2008 in Carnegie libraries
On Wednesday, October 15, 5 - 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, Terrie Goren, Director of the Madison Public Library Foundation, will be presenting the video "The History of the Madison Public Library", written and narrated by local author and historian Stuart Levitan. This event is a part of the Wisconsin Book Festival.

The Madison Public Library also has one of the most comprehensive histories on the web that I've seen. It was written by Dr. Bob Kann in 2001 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Madison Public Library. To see the history click here.

Every library should have at least a brief history of the library accessible from its website. Examples of Wisconsin library web histories can be found here.

The City of Madison was one of three Wisconsin communities to receive a second Carnegie grant for a branch library (the other communities were Racine and Superior).  The Carnegie branch library of the Madison Public Library is no longer used as a library.  It now houses the offices of Yahara Builders.  The building is located at 1497 Williamson St. near the corner of Williamson and Baldwin.  It is located at the east end of the Williamson Street Co-op grocery store. The Central Library building funded by Carnegie was razed.



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

Leave your comment

Guest Sunday, September 23, 2018


Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo