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 Oshkosh Public Library

Leonard B. Archer (1913-2003)

Posted by Larry T. Nix
Larry T. Nix
Larry T. Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Monday, October 07, 2013
in Hall of Fame

Leonard ArcherLeonard B. Archer was inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame on October 23, 2013 at the annual conference of the Wisconsin Library Association in Green Bay, WI. Archer served as Director of the Oshkosh Public Library (1958 to 1978) and held as joint appointment as Director of the Winnefox Library System. He initiated bookmobile service for Winnebago County and was instrumental in establishing the Winnefox Library System. He was an advocate for intellectual freedom and served as chair of the Wisconsin Library Association’s (WLA) Intellectual Freedom Committee (1963-65). He was named Librarian of the Year by WLA in 1975. He was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for work with the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in developing a “people’s university” in the public library. After retirement he moved to Middleton, WI in 1978 where he became active with the Middleton Public Library as a member of the library board and the Friends of the Library. He also served on the board of the South Central Library System. Archer was born in Petersburg, VA. He received a BA degree from the University of Richmond and a library degree from Emory University. Prior to coming to Wisconsin he worked in libraries in the District of Columbia, Detroit, MI, Plainfield, VT, and Rutland, VT. Archer was married to Marion Fuller Archer, who was a children's librarian, author, and faculty member at the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh. Meeting rooms at the Middleton Public Library are named for Leonard Archer and Marion Archer.

The Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame is a project of the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center which is a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation.

 

Wisconsin's Library Lions

Posted by Larry T. Nix
Larry T. Nix
Larry T. Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Friday, October 26, 2012
in Library buildings

Oshkosh postcard

By far the most famous library lions are those that grace the front entrance of the New York Public Library's building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The Oshkosh Public Library in Wisconsin also has a pair of library lions and, like those in New York, they have provided an important visual symbol of the public library. Also like the lions of the New York Public Library, the library lions in Oshkosh are named. They were named Harris and Sawyer in 1977 for two of the prominent early donors to the library.  Earlier this month the Oshkosh Public Library celebrated the 100th anniversary of the installation of the lions in front of the library in 1912. The celebration included a variety of activities including a "Lion's Pride" mini sculpture contest. The lions sit in front of the library that was built in 1900. A major expansion and renovation of the building took place in 1994. The Oshkosh Public Library has a commemorative history of the lions as well as an overall history of the library on its website. The website of the New York Public Library has a page on its lions. There is also a good printed history of the New York Public Library lions titled Top Cats: The Life and Times of The New York Public Library Lions by Susan G. Larkin (Pomegranate, 2006).

 This post was previously published in The Library History Buff Blog.

 

Categories

Popular Tags

Library Buildings Marketing-Publicity UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies Zona Gale Clinton Public Library Inform Wisconsin 10 Postcards Manitowoc Public Library 27 Nolan I. Neds Milwaukee Art Museum Superior Carnegie Libraries McMillan Memorial Library Dorothea M. Krause caly film traveling libraries Oshkosh Public Library Wisconsin Library Association Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Louise S. Robbins Campaign Parcel post Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Library Artifacts Library Buidlings Library Trustees campaign campa state historical society Amer library exhibit Eratus Swift Wilcox WHCLIS cam Hall of Fame 2015 Wisconsin Free Library Commission Black River Falls Public Library Gertrude Thurow bed and breakfast Library people Postcards Marjorie Sornson Malmberg Milwaukee Public Library Wayne A. Wiegand Orrilla Blackshear presentations 22 Hall of Fame 2012 books-by-mail Events & Meetings ca Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians Larry T. Nix Library Systems School of Library and Information Studies Hall of Fame 2018 S. Janice Kee State Law Library Lutie Stearns Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries campaign anniversaries Beaver Dam Public Library Delia Ovitz James Duane Doty Ruth Ann Montgomery Library celebrations trav Helen Adams School libraries Wisconsin State Law Library Madison Public Library Hall of Fame 2009 Brown Deer Public Library Pewaukee Public Library Academic Librarians I Love Libraries Beloit Public Library 28 People Hall of Fame 2010 Dick Sorensen Carl Spitzweg Campaign National Bookmobile Day William J. Wilson library education Library people Sarah Janice Kee American Library Association Soughton Public Library archives 20 Wisconsin State Normal School-Milwaukee Brown County Library Elroy Public Library Bernard Schwab Hall of Fame 2015 Library e 24 UW-Milwaukee Libraries Capitol Fire 1904 Hall of Fame 2015 Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Academic Libraries Hall of Fame 2012 Meter mail slogans Public library systems campaign caly film UW-Madison school of library and information studies Hall of Fame 2016 Digital Collections Brown Deer Public Library Postcards Public libraries Uncategorized Campaign Clarence Brown Lester Hall of Fame 2013 Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Cornelia Marving Pierce Wisconsin Federation of Women's Clubs library legislation Lucy E. Smith Morris Hall of Fame 2019 Campaing for Wisconsin Libraries Jerome P. Daniels Richard J. Sorensen Public libraries Charles Bunge Pinback buttons Robert Bocher Sandra Friedman Dolnick Suring Area Public Library John J. Jax Anniversaries T. B. Scott Free Public Library Hall of Fame 2015 Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services WLA 125 WAAL Hall of Fame 2017 Lutie Eugenia Stearns Gerald A. Somers WWI Library War Service Bob Bochfer Hall of Fame 2008 Milwaukee Public Library Wisconsin Literary Travel Guide James Huff Stout National Library Week Cooperative Children's Book Center Events Edward Asahel Birge Middleton Public Library Jane K. Billings buil Matthew S. Dudgeon Centennial Exhibits John Miller Chancellor Irene W. Newman Richard E. Krug CCBC Bookmobiles White House Conference on Library and Information Services Evansville Wisconsin 21 Nancy Marshall Library People 11 Portage Public Library Woman's Congress Hartford Public Library Tower Hill Wisconsin Hall of Fame 2011 Katharine MacDonald Jones COLAND Eager Free Public Library Lowell W. Wilson DeForest Area Public Library Association of Library Trustees Advocates and Friends Wisconsin Rapids Dianne McAfee Hopkins Rusk County Community Library Wisconsin Historical Society World War I Hall fo Fame 2012 Klaus Linderfelt WLA 125 Hall of Fame 2014 membership libraries Hall of Fame 2015 Library History Historical Register library memorabilia Increase A. Lapham Wisconsin Free Library Commission Hall Cam Publications Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends caly film Frank Avery Hutchins Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library Gilbert H. Doane American Library Association Library War Service Dick Sorensen Hall of Fame 2018 14 Ruby Roeder background Ripon Public Library Special libraries Wilbur Lyle Eberhart Anniversaries Wisconsin Library Bulletin Buttons Appleton Public Library Hall of Fame 2012 Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Peter G. Hamon Events & Meetings WLA 125 Postcards Black River Falls Carnegie libraries WLA 125 hall of Ice Storm 23 Council on Library and Network Development J. D. Witter bookworm

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo