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.

Miriam Downing Tompkins (1892-1954)

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Tuesday, October 08, 2013 in Hall of Fame

Miriam TompkinsMiriam Downing Tompkins was inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame on October 23, 2013 at the annual conference of the Wisconsin Library Association in Green Bay, WI. Tomkins was a national leader in advancing the role of the public library in adult education. She was a pioneer in library work with labor unions. She served as Director of the Training Class of the Milwaukee Public Library 1919-1921 and Chief of Adult Education 1923-1929. Under her leadership the adult education department of the Milwaukee Public Library provided a national model for adult education in public libraries that included information service, group service, and readers’ advisory service. She later served on the faculties of the library schools at Emory University and Columbia University. She was a delegate to the International Conference on Adult Education in Cambridge, England in 1929. She was born in Kalispell, MT, and received B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She is included in the Dictionary of American Library Biography


The Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame is a project of the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center which is a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation.


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

Leave your comment

Guest Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo