Wisconsin Library History Chronology
A timeline for the Wisconsin Library Association is located on the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center (WLHC) web site. Below I have organized blog entries on the WLHC website that expands on this timeline. Most of the blog entries were created for the 125th anniversary of WLA. I have also included some blog entries for the Library History Buff Blog that are related to Wisconsin library history. The Wisconsin Library Association written by Benton H. Wilcox in 1966 is also a good overview of WLA history up to that point. I have a digitized version of that publication that should be added to the WLHC website. Also a presentation by Charles Bunge about the effort to created a public library system law that was added to the WLHC website can't be found. I have a digital version of that presentation that should be added.
The Wisconsin Library Association was founded in 1891 and got off to a rocky start. It's first big accomplishment was the passage of the law creating the Wisconsin Free Library Commission in 1895. Before there was a Wisconsin Library Association, however, there was quite a bit of library history.
The Wisconsin State Library/State Law Library - Wisconsin's first legally organized library. Established 1836