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.

WLA Presidents

1891 to present
 
1891-1892, Linderfelt, Klas A., Librarian, Milwaukee Public Library1
1892-1894, Thwaites, Reuben G., Secretary, State Historical Society2 
1894-1897, Hutchins, Frank A. , Wisconsin Free Library Commission
1897-1899, Birge, Edward A., Trustee, Madison Public Library
1899-1900, Morris, Mrs. C. S., Wisconsin Free Library Commission
1900-1902, Hurd, H. H., Trustee, Chippewa Falls Public Library
1902-1904, Lawson, Publius V., Trustee, Menasha Public Library
1904-1905, Bird, Harlan P., State Senator, Wausaukee, 
1905-1906, Birge, Edward A., Trustee, Madison Public Library
1906-1907, Buel, H. C., Trustee, Janesville Public Library
1907-1908, Peckham, George W., Librarian, Milwaukee Public Library
1908-1909, Smith, Walter M., Librarian, University of Wisconsin
1910-1911, McCollough, Ethel F., Librarian, Superior Public Library
1911, VanValkenburgh, Agnes, Staff, Milwaukee Public Library3 
1911-1912, Fifield, C. E., Trustee, Janesville Public Library4 
1912-1913, Hatton, W. H., Wisconsin Free Library Commission
1913-1914, Smith, Mary A., Librarian, Madison Public Library
1914-1915, Coffin, William K., Trustee, Eau Claire Public Library
1915-1916, Orvitz, Delia G., Librarian, Milwaukee State Normal
1916-1917, Neville, Mrs. A. C., Trustee, Green Bay Public Library
1917-1918, Borresen, Lilly M. E., Librarian, La Crosse Public Library
1918-1919, McLenegan, Charles E., Librarian, Milwaukee Public Library
1919-1920, Egan, Mary, Librarian, Janesville Public Library
1920-1921, Andrews, Gladys M., Librarian, Marinette Public Library
1921-1922, Dudgeon, Matthew S., Librarian, Milwaukee Public Library
1922-1923, Van Eman, Edith, Librarian, Oshkosh Public Library5
1923, Long Harriet, Staff, Wisconsin Free Library Commission6 
1923-1924, Sprague, Jessie, Librarian, Brodhead Public Library
1924-1925, McCarthy, Ada J., Librarian, Richland Center Public Library
1925-1926, Mathews, Helen, Librarian, De Pere Public Library
1926-1927, Cates, Mrs. Lydia K., Librarian, Janesville Public Library7
1927, Janes, Leila, Librarian, Fond du Lac Public Library8 
1927-1928, Olsen, Laura M., Librarian, Eau Claire Public Library
1928-1929, Smith, Walter M., Librarian, University of Wisconsin
1929-1930, Carter, S. J., Staff, Milwaukee Public Library
1930-1931, Cargill, J. V., Staff, Milwaukee Public Library
1931-1932, Frantz, Cora M., Librarian, Kenosha Public Library
1932-1933, Hunt, M. Louise, Librarian, Racine Public Library
1933-1934, Laing, Hazel D., Librarian, Marinette Public Library
1934-1935, McGeorge, Aileen, Librarian, Stevens Point Public Library
1935-1936, Newman, Irene W., State Dept of Public Instruction
1936-1937, Allez, George C., Librarian, Stevens Point State College
1937-1938, Huhn, Natalie T., Librarian, Oshkosh Public Library
1938-1939, Merrell, Martha B., Librarian, Superior Public Library
1939-1940, Thomas, Mrs. Nancy B., Librarian, Appleton Public Library
1940-1941, Borge, Dagney, College of Agriculture Library, University of Wisconsin
1941-1942, Schuette, Sybil C., Librarian, Green Bay Public Library
1942-1943, Farr, Helen E., Librarian, Madison Public Library
1943-1944, Paine, Clarence E., Librarian, Beloit Public Library, 
1944-1945, Seebach, Edel E., Staff, Milwaukee Public Library
1945-1946, Barkman, Marie W., Librarian, Sheboygan Public Library
1946-1947, Krug, Richard E., Librarian, Milwaukee Public Library
1947-1949, Billings, Mrs. Jane K., Librarian, Clintonville Public Library
1949-1950, Krause, Dorothea M., Librarian, Wausau Public Library9
1950-1951, Sharp, Marion, Staff, Green Bay Public Library10 
1951-1953, Wilcox, Benton H., Librarian, State Historical Society
1953-1955, Gratke, Paul, Staff, Milwaukee Public Library
1955-1956, Thurow, Gertrude, Librarian, La Crosse Public Library
1956-1957, Teny, Helen, Staff, Milwaukee Public Library
1957-1958, Brann, Mrs. Ethel M., Librarian, Lake Geneva Public Library
1958-1959, Mills, Forrest L., Librarian, Racine Public Library
1959-1960, Deale, H. Vail, Librarian, Beloit College, 
1960-1961, Blackshear, Orrilla T., Staff, Madison Public Library
1961-1962, Kelly, Mrs. Barbara, Librarian, Manitowoc Public Library
1962-1963, Bartolini, R. Paul, Staff, Milwaukee Public Library
1963-1964, Wahoski, Helen, Librarian, Wisconsin State University-Oshkosh
1964-1965, Hoyt, Beryl E., Staff, Racine Public Library
1965-1966, Somers, Gerald A., Librarian, Green Bay Public Library
1966-1967, Schwab, Bernard, Director, Madison Public Library
1967-1968, Knight, Charlotte, Director, Karrmann Library, UW-Platteville
1968-1969, Fuller, Muriel, Professor, UW-Extension and UW-Madison Library School
1969-1970, Davis, Sally, Director of School Libraries, Oconomowoc, 
1970-1971, Neds, Nolan, Head, Neighborhood Services, Milwaukee Public Library
1971-1972, Dietz, Paul, Librarian, Concordia College, Milwaukee
1972-1973, Bunge, Charles, Director, Library School, UW-Madison
1973-1974, Kalvonjian, Araxie, Librarian, Gateway Technical College
1974-1975, Kunert, E. R., Director, Mead Public Library, Sheboygan
1975-1976, Bassett, Wayne, Director, Marathon County Public Library, Wausau
1977, Markowetz, Marianna, Librarian, Curriculum Library, UW-Milwaukee
1978, Grindeland, William D., Unified School District, Racine
1979, Shires, Leslyn, Director, Wauwatosa Public Library
1980, Hernandez, Ramon, Director, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids
1981, Jax, John, Director, Pierce Library, UW-Stout, Menomonie
1982, Stanton, Vida, Asst Professor, School of Library Science, UW-Milwaukee
1983, Bradbury, Dan , Janesville Public Library11 
1984, Ribbins, Dennis, Director, Lawrence University Library, Appleton
1985, Mitchell, Milton, Director, Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire
1986, Robbins, Jane, Director, School of Library & Information Studies, UW-Madison
1987, Wilson, Bill, Director, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids
1988, Eldred, Heather, Director, Wisconsin Valley Library Service, Wausau
1989, Carr, Jo Ann, Director, UW-Madison School of Education-IMC12 
1990, Rothe, Kurt, Executive Director, Cofrin Library, UW-Green Bay
1991, Hamon,  Peter G., Director, South Central Library System, Madison
1992, Pletcher,  Kathy, Associate Director, Cofrin Library, UW-Green Bay
1993, Larson,  Mildred N., Associate Director, L.E. Phillips Memorial Library, Eau Claire
1994, Himmel,  Ethel, Himmel Consulting, Madison
1995, McKinney, Venora, Deputy City Librarian, Milwaukee Public Library
1996, Bartkowiak, Dale E., Director, Marshfield Public Library
1997, Sturzl,  Alice A., School District of Laona
1998, Nelson, Paul E., Director, Middleton Public Library
1999, Pearlmutter,  Jane, Director, Continuing Education, UW-Madison
2000, Kelly, Barbara J., Assistant Director, Appleton Public Library
2001, Gelhausen, Michael J., Director, Hartford Public Library
2002, Proces, Stephen, Director, Neenah Public Library
2003, Gilbert, Peter, Reference Librarian, Lawrence University Library, Appleton
2004, McClements, Nancy A., Head of Reference, Memorial Library, UW-Madison
2005, Dawson, Terry, Director, Appleton Public Library
2006, Weinhold, David, Director, Eastern Shores Library System, Sheboygan
2007, Berger, Rebecca, Director, Door County Library, Sturgeon Bay
2008, Chevis, Patricia A., Director, Stoughton Public Library
2009, Burkhalter, Walter, Director, Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System, Horicon
2010, Herrera, Alberto Jr., Raynor Memorial Library, Marquette University, Milwaukee
2011, Puntney, Rhonda K., Lakeshores Library System, Waterford
2012, McCabe, Ronald, Director, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids
2013, Ganyard, Paula, Director, UW-Green Bay David A. Cofrin Library
2014, Ross, Krista, Director, Southwest Wisconsin Library System, Fennimore
2015, Pollitz, John, Director of Libraries, UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library
2016, Westby, Pamela K., Director, Middleton Public Library
 
1Resigned  March 1892        
2As vice president  succeeded Mr. Linderfelt    
3Resigned summer of 1911      
4Appointed by executive board as acting president  
5Resigned spring of 1923      
6Appointed by executive board       
7Resigned spring of 1927      
8Appointed by executive board      
9Resigned after 1950 conference      
10Succeeded to the presidency upon resignation of Miss Krause
11Resigned September 1983      
12Resigned   December 1989      

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