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.

Wisconsin's Library Lions

Posted by Larry T. Nix
Larry T. Nix
Larry T. Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Friday, October 26, 2012 in Library buildings

Oshkosh postcard

By far the most famous library lions are those that grace the front entrance of the New York Public Library's building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The Oshkosh Public Library in Wisconsin also has a pair of library lions and, like those in New York, they have provided an important visual symbol of the public library. Also like the lions of the New York Public Library, the library lions in Oshkosh are named. They were named Harris and Sawyer in 1977 for two of the prominent early donors to the library.  Earlier this month the Oshkosh Public Library celebrated the 100th anniversary of the installation of the lions in front of the library in 1912. The celebration included a variety of activities including a "Lion's Pride" mini sculpture contest. The lions sit in front of the library that was built in 1900. A major expansion and renovation of the building took place in 1994. The Oshkosh Public Library has a commemorative history of the lions as well as an overall history of the library on its website. The website of the New York Public Library has a page on its lions. There is also a good printed history of the New York Public Library lions titled Top Cats: The Life and Times of The New York Public Library Lions by Susan G. Larkin (Pomegranate, 2006).

 This post was previously published in The Library History Buff Blog.



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

Leave your comment

Guest Monday, October 14, 2019


Popular Tags

White House Conference on Library and Information Services Brown County Library WLA 125 Lutie Stearns T. B. Scott Free Public Library Wisconsin State Normal School-Milwaukee James Duane Doty Hall of Fame 2014 Appleton Public Library Wisconsin Free Library Commission 28 campaign Jerome P. Daniels Cam Wisconsin Library Bulletin Library Buildings Nolan I. Neds Campaign state historical society Beloit Public Library Gerald A. Somers 23 WAAL Hall of Fame 2015 presentations caly film Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library Academic Libraries Evansville Wisconsin Cornelia Marving Pierce Meter mail slogans Black River Falls Hall of Fame 2015 Library Systems Public libraries School libraries National Bookmobile Day Library Artifacts Hall of Fame 2008 trav Gertrude Thurow Hall fo Fame 2012 Hall of Fame 2018 Ice Storm Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends Hall of Fame 2012 Hall of Fame 2013 14 WHCLIS Milwaukee Public Library Elroy Public Library Campaign Oshkosh Public Library Brown Deer Public Library Sandra Friedman Dolnick Brown Deer Public Library campaign WWI Library War Service Publications Centennial ca 10 campa Marketing-Publicity Jane K. Billings Dianne McAfee Hopkins Special libraries WLA 125 21 Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Lucy E. Smith Morris Peter G. Hamon Woman's Congress Cooperative Children's Book Center Orrilla Blackshear COLAND Exhibits Lowell W. Wilson James Huff Stout Ruth Ann Montgomery Delia Ovitz Library Trustees Wilbur Lyle Eberhart Hall of Fame 2015 20 Louise S. Robbins cam S. Janice Kee Bernard Schwab J. D. Witter Increase A. Lapham Wisconsin Free Library Commission State Law Library Library Buidlings Public libraries Manitowoc Public Library Wisconsin Historical Society caly film Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians Rusk County Community Library Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Wisconsin State Law Library Suring Area Public Library bed and breakfast Katharine MacDonald Jones Wisconsin Library Association library education Irene W. Newman People Milwaukee Art Museum Postcards Marjorie Sornson Malmberg background WLA 125 WLA 125 Eager Free Public Library Tower Hill Wisconsin School of Library and Information Studies Events & Meetings Library e Hall of Fame 2010 Campaing for Wisconsin Libraries Hall of Fame 2016 Anniversaries Library celebrations John J. Jax Gilbert H. Doane I Love Libraries Anniversaries buil CCBC campaign 27 11 Lutie Eugenia Stearns Superior Carnegie Libraries Hall of Fame 2017 books-by-mail Robert Bocher Eratus Swift Wilcox Council on Library and Network Development Hartford Public Library Library People library exhibit John Miller Chancellor William J. Wilson Library History Library people UW-Milwaukee Libraries Hall of Fame 2009 Association of Library Trustees Advocates and Friends Helen Adams Madison Public Library Wisconsin Literary Travel Guide library memorabilia American Library Association Library War Service Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries archives Events & Meetings Frank Avery Hutchins UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies Wisconsin Rapids Historical Register Beaver Dam Public Library Ruby Roeder American Library Association Matthew S. Dudgeon Zona Gale Larry T. Nix Campaign Ripon Public Library Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Postcards Academic Librarians Amer Edward Asahel Birge library legislation Wayne A. Wiegand membership libraries Pinback buttons Milwaukee Public Library traveling libraries Sarah Janice Kee Hall of Fame 2011 Carl Spitzweg Clarence Brown Lester 22 DeForest Area Public Library McMillan Memorial Library Buttons World War I Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Pewaukee Public Library Bob Bochfer Wisconsin Federation of Women's Clubs Hall of Fame 2018 Events Richard E. Krug Soughton Public Library Black River Falls Public Library Hall of Fame 2012 Middleton Public Library Public library systems bookworm anniversaries Portage Public Library Charles Bunge Dorothea M. Krause caly film Inform Wisconsin Hall of Fame 2015 Hall of Fame 2015 Parcel post Uncategorized Hall of Fame 2012 Digital Collections Postcards Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services Capitol Fire 1904 24 Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Bookmobiles UW-Madison school of library and information studies Library people Postcards Carnegie libraries National Library Week Clinton Public Library Klaus Linderfelt hall of Hall

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo