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 Nix
Larry Nix
Larry 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 Friday, August 17, 2018


Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo