La Crosse Public Library Archives Department


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The La Crosse Public Library Archives is full of resources for anyone interested in the history of the La Crosse area, as well as anyone researching their ancestors. Archives staff are available to assist with any questions you may have.

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Reopening

The La Crosse Public Library Archives is open for appointments! No walk-in traffic, please. Those who wish to use the Archives can call or emailto amke an appointment or submit a research request. Patrons are encouraged to check the main library website (lacrosselibrary.org) and social media for updates.

Mission

The mission of the Archives and Local History Department of the La Crosse Public Library is to develop and promote a vital connection within the community between the past, present, and future by collecting, maintaining, and providing and promoting access to local historical and genealogical records.

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1947 Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against Hotel Stoddard

In 1946, Black delegates traveled to La Crosse from all over the Midwest to attend a labor union conference. They stayed at the Stoddard Hotel, where they experienced racial discrimination. In a 1947 court case, one of these Black delegates, James Tate, won $25 in damages against Hotel Stoddard.

Trane Company and the Nuclear Age

During World War II, the Trane Company switched from the manufacture of U. S. residential, commercial and industrial heating and cooling systems to wartime production thanks to local women joining the workforce and filling the jobs left open when men left to join the war effort.

An Early Automobile Saleswoman

In 1925, Dorothy Hofweber was touted in the local newspaper was being “one of the few women automobile merchants of the country.”