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

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo