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.

Charles R. McCarthy (1873-1921)

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 in Hall of Fame

mccarthy1-72.jpgCharles R. McCarthy was inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame at the Wisconsin Library Association Conference in Appleton on October 22, 2009. McCarthy was the first head of the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Library which began as the Documents Department of the Wisconsin Free Library Commission and eventually became the independent Legislative Reference Bureau. The Legislative Reference Library was the first of its kind in the nation and served as the model for the Congressional Reference Service of the Library of Congress. McCarthy was a leader in the Progressive Movement and wrote The Wisconsin Idea. McCarthy's leadership of the Legislative Reference Library was so well thought of by the State Legislature that a memorial plaque of  McCarthy was placed in the Assembly Chambers of the State Capitol. When McCarthy died in 1921 his body lay in state in the State Capitol where thousands of people passed his bier.  









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

Leave your comment

Guest Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo