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 trav

Wisconsin's Traveling Libraries

Posted by Larry T. Nix
Larry T. Nix
Larry T. Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Thursday, June 23, 2016
in WLA 125

traveling-libraries-wi-1897-72Under the leadership of Melvil Dewey, the State of New York initiated a state funded traveling library system in 1892.  Traveling libraries were small rotating collections that provided a method for extending library service to rural areas.  These small libraries usually from 30 to a hundred books were located in a post office or store with a volunteer acting as the caretaker of the collection.  In New York the collections stayed in one location for six months before they were rotated.  Michigan initiated a similar system in 1895 and Iowa in 1896.   

Traveling libraries began in Wisconsin in 1896, when Senator James Huff Stout of Menomonie, Wisconsin privately funded a system of these libraries for Dunn County.  He provided 500 books divided into collections of 30 volumes each.  He was assisted in the selection of titles to be included by the Wisconsin Free Library Commission which began in 1895.  Senator Stout along with Lutie Stearns and Frank Hutchins had been instrumental in starting the Commission.  More about Wisconsin's traveling libraries can be found HERE.  The image below shows a Stout Traveling Library bookcase at the Dunn County Historical Society



Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo