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 World War I

Wisconsin Libraries and World War I

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Monday, August 01, 2016
in WLA 125
wi-library-war-council-72
ala-hey-fellows-72When World War I broke out in Europe in 1914 the United States was officially neutral.  However, it proved impossible for the United States to maintain its neutrality and on April 6, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson signed a declaration of war against Germany. The American Library Association saw an opportunity to provide library service to the men in the armed forces, and in June of 1917 it established a War Service Committee. During and after WWI the ALA Library War Service provided millions of books and magazines to soldiers, sailors, marines, and merchant mariners in the U.S. and in Europe. Wisconsin libraries actively cooperated with the American Library Association in its efforts to provide books for soldiers and sailors during World War I. This included participation in nationwide fundraising efforts. Matthew S. Dudgeon, Secretary of the Wisconsin Free Library Commission, took a leave of absence to serve in the Library War Service. He was in charge of all camp libraries in the U. S., and later served in France.  A Wisconsin Library War Council was established to help raise funds “To Buy Good Books for the Soldiers” (see receipt above). The Wisconsin Library Heritage Center sponsors library history related exhibits in libraries. One of those exhibits was about the role libraries played in World War I.
wla125logo-small

Categories

Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo