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.

WI State Law Library 175th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Friday, September 16, 2011 in Special libraries

 



wsll-bookmark-paper-72.jpg


wi-law-library-label-72.jpg



wsll-bookmark-metal-72.jpgEarlier in the week I was privileged to participate in the culminating event of a year long celebration of the 175th anniversary of the founding of what is now the Wisconsin State Law Library (WSLL). As I indicated in my presentation at the event, it doesn't get any better than that for a library history buff. The WSLL's approach to its 175th anniversary could be used as a model by other libraries approaching a significant anniversary.  The WSLL's 175th anniversary activities are recorder on its website.  The library, originally designated as the State Library, was established as part of the Congressional act which established the Territory of Wisconsin.  A $5,000 appropriation was made to purchase books for use by the Territorial Legislature.  This set a precedent for later territorial legislation that followed.  The library narrowly escaped a disastrous fire in the Capitol where it was located in 1904. The WSLL's long serving librarian Gilson Glasier will be inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame in November. The WSLL staff has put together a very nice timeline of the library's history. At the reception this week the staff had assimilated a number on neat artifacts from their history that were displayed for the guests. I'm the proud owner of five sections of iron shelving that were in the library when it was located in the Capitol (it moved out in 1999). Before most of the iron shelving was discarded, the library managed to salvage some very nice label holders that were reused on the attractive shelving the library has now.  Their 175th anniversary logo is based on these label holders.


This article is being jointly posted on the Library History Buff Blog and the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center blog.


Comment disabled by author.

Categories

Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo