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.

WLA and the American Library Association 1886

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Sunday, January 31, 2016 in WLA 125
plankinton-house-72wla125logo-small
The American Library Association was founded in 1876, fifteen years before the Wisconsin Library Association was established. In 1882 Theresa West (later Theresa West Elmendorf), assistant librarian of the Milwaukee Public Library, became the first member of ALA from Wisconsin. In July, 1886 the American Library Association held its annual meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  There were 131 men and women in attendance making it the largest meeting of the association up to that date.  The site of the conference was Milwaukee’s Plankinton House hotel (see postcard above). Over twenty presentations were made on a wide variety of topics at the meeting by the most prominent librarians in America at that time. A major topic under discussion at the meeting was cooperative cataloging.  Although the meeting was substantive from a professional point of view, it was the post-conference excursion that was the most interesting aspect of the meeting.  Melvil Dewey described the excursion at length in the October, 1886 issue of his publication Library Notes (pages 95-99.  The eight day train excursion was arranged by Klas Linderfelt, Librarian of the Milwaukee Public Librarian. The excursion traveled almost 1,500 miles from Milwaukee to Madison to Kilbourn City (now Wisconsin Dells) to La Crosse to Minneapolis to Bayfield and the Apostle Islands to Oshkosh and back to Milwaukee and Chicago.  The stop at Kilbourn City included a trip through the Upper Dells (before it was dammed) by steamboat and a float trip back down by row boats.  
In appreciation of the efforts of Klas Linderfelt in arranging the excursion, those who participated gave him a small gold plated book inscribed “From the A.L.A. to K.A. Linderfelt In grateful recognition. Milwaukee, 1886”.  Linderfelt became the first president of WLA in 1891 and was also elected president of ALA. However, six years later ALA accepted Linderfelt’s resignation in disgrace as President of the ALA.  Linderfelt is a member of the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame.

Comments

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

Leave your comment

Guest Saturday, February 24, 2018

Categories

Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo