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 Matthew S. Dudgeon

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

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo