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.

Subscribe to feed Viewing entries tagged Amer

ALA Meets in Waukesha in 1901

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Wednesday, March 30, 2016
in WLA 125
ala-waukesha-medal-72The American Library Association held its second conference in Wisconsin in Waukesha, WI in July of 1901 (the first was held in Milwaukee in 1886). As reported in the magazine Public Libraries: "The twenty-third annual meeting of the A. L. A. was held at Waukesha, Wis., with an enthusiasm and interest that has not been equaled more than two or three times in the history of the association."  The conference was held at the Fountain Spring House, Waukesha's premier resort (see postcard above). The Public Libraries article concluded: "A large majority of the people present attended their first conference of American librarians at Waukesha, and the interest, enthusiasm, and evident progress made at this meeting is due largely to that fact.  For months the local associations in the middle west were at work to interest the librarians of their different states in the importance of being present at Waukesha.  Their efforts were successful, and there was but one note sounded in regard to the meeting, and that was satisfaction."  One day of the conference was designated as “Madison Day” and conference attendees made the trip to Madison to see the new combined building of the Wisconsin Historical Society and the University of Wisconsin Library. More about that in a later post.
At early ALA Conferences, mementos were routinely given to participants. At the Waukesha conference, the attendees were given an elaborate medal and a book about Shakespeare. The image of the medal (at left above) is courtesy of the American Library Association Archives which has several examples in its collection. The book (see below) Shakespeare the Man by Walter Bagehot was published by McClure Phillips and Company of New York and 450 of the 1,000 copies published were designated specifically for distribution at the ALA conference.
book-ala-waukesha-72 wla125logo-small
Recent comment in this post Show all comments
  • Ginny Moore Kruse says #
    What a treat it was to read about this ALA conference in Wisconsin. The event described strikes me as quaint, but it also seems so...


Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo