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 books-by-mail

The First Books-By-Mail Program in Wisconsin

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Thursday, September 01, 2016
in WLA 125
stamp-us-parcel-72Parcel post, the delivery of packages through the mail, began in the United States on January 1, 1913.  Libraries had long lobbied for a special rate for library materials sent through the mail, and in 1914 the postmaster general authorized the shipment of books at the parcel post rate. This decision opened up significant possibilities for library service to geographically remote populations.  One of the first librarians to realize the potential of parcel post and library service was Matthew S. Dudgeon, the Secretary of the Wisconsin Free Library Commission (WFLC). Under Dudgeon's leadership the WFLC began implementing a system in which any resident of the state could request a book from the major libraries in Madison including the University of Wisconsin Library and the State Historical Society Library. There was little red tape involved. All that was required was a letter requesting a book along with the postage. Under the new postal rates a book could be sent anywhere within a 150 mile radius of Madison for an average of six cents and for greater distances for eight cents. Implementation of this system was facilitated by the fact that the President of the University of Wisconsin and the Secretary of the Wisconsin Historical Society served on the WFLC board. An article about Dudgeon's parcel post system appeared in the December, 1915 issue of American Review of Reviews.
wla125logo-small

Categories

Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo