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 School libraries

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. 
wla125logo-small

Academy Libraries

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Thursday, April 16, 2009
in Library buildings
pc-wi-wayland-academy-72.jpg

Among the earliest libraries in Wisconsin were the libraries of academies. Academies were basically private high schools and often preceded colleges or universities. Carroll College in Waukesha County was originally incorporated in 1841 as Prairieville Academy in the Town of Prairieville in Milwaukee County. Plattevillw Academy established in 1843 preceded the State Normal School at Platteville, later the University of Wisconsin - Platteville. Milton Academy established in 1844 preceded Milton College. Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin was established in 1855 and went through a number of ups and downs before finally becoming a co-educational private academy which it continues as today. Wayland Hall, the first building of Wayland Academy, housed the library. A major rennovation of Wayland Hall began in March of this year. The real photograph postcard (RPPC) above shows an early view of the interior of the well appointed Wayland Academy library.


Categories

Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo