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 Lutie Stearns

Library Legislative Day 1895

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Tuesday, February 02, 2016
in WLA 125

WLA's Library Legislative Day for 2016 will occur next week on February 9th. Library legislation like everything else connected to Wisconsin libraries also has a heritage. In his 1966 history of the Wisconsin Library Association Benton H. Wilcox wrote about WLA's first legislative victory. Lutie Stearns attended the American Library Association meeting in Lake Placid New York in 1894 where she was introduced to the idea of a state library commission. Stearns brought back copies of legislation establishing such commissions in New Hampshire and Massachuttes and was enthusiastic about establishing such a commission in Wisconsin. Wisconsin's first library legislative champion Senator James Huff Stout introduced the necessary legislation early in the 1895 legislative session. According to Wilcox this legislation was the principal subject of discussion at WLA's conference in Madison on February 13 and 14, 1895. At that conference, WLA enorsed the legislation and appointed a committee to work for its enactment.  Wilcox writes: "The legislature was less than enthusiastic but by holding the requested appropriation to only $500 per annum for expenses, Senator Stout was able to bring it through, and it became law late in April, 1895. The Association had achieved its first notable victory." So WLA has been involved in library legislation for 121 years. The result of that early success was the creation of the Wisconsin Free Library Commission which is now the Division for Libraries and Technology. Both Stearns and Stout were inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame in 2008.

Information about this year's legislative day can be found HERE. An important feature of this year's legislative day will be the kickoff of WLA's 125th Anniversary Celebration in the rotunda of the State Capitol at 12:00 noon.


Recent comment in this post Show all comments
  • Larry Nix says #
    This is a test.


Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo