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Guide to the Carole F. Edland Papers, 1981-1982
Table of Contents
- Carole F. (McGinley) Edland earned an art major from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse after a career as a registered nurse. She owns and operates the Edland Art Gallery in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Later, she earned a Doctor of Ministry degree and began the Butterfly Ministry designed to help people cope in times of crisis. Edland has also written a book. Materials in this collection include essays, 35mm slides, photographs, negatives and notes created by Edland in preparation for two photographic documentaries of the Barney Spangler and William M. Crowley homes in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Spangler and Crowley built contractor-designed homes for the middle class from 1920-1958. These exhibitions were held at the art gallery at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and the La Crosse Public Library in 1981 and 1982. Other materials include an essay written by Edland for an Art History II class comparing the architecture of the Mons Anderson and Henry Salzer homes in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
- Collection Title
- Carole F. Edland Papers
- Date of Materials
- Edland, Carole F.
- Call Number
- MSS 123
- 0.4 cubic feet
- Physical Description
- 1 archives box
- Language of Materials
- La Crosse Public Library Archives
[Identification of item], Carole F. Edland Papers, MSS 123, La Crosse Public Library Archives, La Crosse, WI
Carole F. (McGinley) Edland earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas, and completed an art major from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1981 after a career as a registered nurse. She owns and operates the Edland Art Gallery in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Later, she earned a Doctor of Ministry degree and began the Butterfly Ministry designed to help people cope in times of crisis. Edland has also written a book called “Devyn has Cancer: A Tale of Two Angels.”
In pursuit of an art major from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Carole F. Edland researched, compiled and photographed representative life work of residential contractors Barney Spangler (1891-1965) and William M. Crowley (1886-1969) of La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Spangler began his professional career as a carpenter, but opened his own business as a contractor after a labor strike in 1919. In this same year, Spangler built his first house, a bungalow, at 110 North 23rd St. for $6,000. Spangler wanted to keep current on trends and materials and subscribed to magazines focused on residential design. He was noted for ordering blueprints commercially, or sketching out the plans for a house on brown manila paper. Spangler’s next house at 2305 Main St. was a brick, two-story prairie-style home.
Edland’s interviewees noted that he could look at a set of plans or a picture of a house and then go right ahead and know how to build it. Spangler also marketed the homes he built and would try to make it easy for people to rent or purchase his homes.
Crowley was known for bungalows and small colonial-type style of residences. The bulk of Crowley constructed homes is located on the city’s east end, including all 15 houses on Grandview Place, between Main and King streets, 21st and 22nd streets. The area was considered the city’s extreme eastern limits when the houses were constructed between 1924-1934. More are located in the area from 22nd Street to Losey Boulevard between Pine and La Crosse streets. Crowley purchased the 41 acres in 1930 which became the Crowley Homes Addition to La Crosse and is bounded on the western side by Emerson School and Crowley Playground.
Scope and Contents
Materials in this collection were broken out into general La Crosse architecture, Barney Spangler Materials and William Crowley Materials. General La Crosse architecture consists of one essay written by Edland ca. 1981. Spangler materials include an essay, research notes, photographs and 35 mm slides created by Carol F. Edland. Crowley materials include an essay, newspaper articles, photographs and 35 mm slides.
These materials were created in preparation for two photo documentaries in 1981-1982. The essays about Spangler and Crowley’s work include lists of known structures that are attributable to both contractors.
La Crosse Public Library Archives 2009 June800 Main St.
La Crosse, Wisconsin, 54601
Access to Materials
Materials in this collection are available for patron use.
(Accession no. 2009.044) Donated by Carole F. Edland, 2009 February
Processed by Anita Taylor Doering, 2009 June
Controlled Access Headings
- Edland, Carole F.
- Architects--Wisconsin--La Crosse
- Architecture--Wisconsin--La Crosse
- House construction--Wisconsin--La Crosse
- Library exhibits--Wisconsin--La Crosse
"A Comparison of Two Styles of Architecture in La Crosse" essay, circa 1981
"A Listing and Brief Description of A. Barney Spangler Houses" essay, 1981
"The William M. Crowley Houses of La Crosse, Wisconsin, Erected 1920-1958" essay
Newspaper articles, 1982 October