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 Increase A. Lapham

Increase A. Lapham and Wisconsin’s First School Library

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Friday, May 06, 2016
in WLA 125
Increase A LaphamIncrease A. Lapham (1811-1875) is considered to be Wisconsin’s pioneer scientist and scholar. In addition to his scientific endeavors, Lapham was a supporter and contributor to Wisconsin’s library collections. His efforts in this regard included: helping to found the Wisconsin Historical Society; helping to found the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts and Letters; and developing a personal library of over 1,100 volumes that became part of the library of the University of Wisconsin in 1876.  One of Lapham’s most interesting contributions to libraries involved his role in establishing a school library in Milwaukee in 1851.  At the time Lapham was one of the Milwaukee school commissioners and he led the effort to establish the library.  After a resolution proposed by Lapham to create the library was approved by the school commissioners, Lapham moved quickly to establish the library. This included selecting and ordering 704 books costing $371.61.  A librarian was recruited by Lapham and paid fifty dollars a year. The library was located in the building of Milwaukee’s Young Men’s Association and was open for business on Saturday afternoons.  The early enthusiasm for the library gradually dissipated, and only thirty more books had been acquired by 1857.  In 1878 the Young Men’s Association Library became part of the new Milwaukee Public Library and over the years the original school library collection disappeared. 
The primary source of the information in this post is an article by Graham P. Hawks titled “A Nineteenth-Century School Library: Early Years in Milwaukee” in the Journal of Library History for Fall, 1977, pages 359-363. 


Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo