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 Friday, January 18, 2019


Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo