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 Parcel post

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

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo