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Guide to the Myer Katz Papers, 1980-1985 MSS P

Guide to the Myer Katz Papers, 1980-1985


Summary Information

The papers consist of research materials, notes, and drafts generated by Katz during preparation of his book, Echoes of Our Past, a collection of vignettes about La Crosse history.
Collection Title
Myer Katz Papers
Date of Materials
Katz, Myer, 1910-1993
Call Number
2.2 cubic feet
Physical Description
6 archives boxes
Language of Materials
La Crosse Public Library Archives

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Myer Katz Papers, MSS P, La Crosse Public Library Archives, La Crosse, WI

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Biographical Note

Myer Katz was born in 1910, in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He was educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and at George Washington University in Washington D.C. Further graduate studies were pursued at the University of Minnesota, University of Chicago, and American University. Katz worked as an educator and research biologist before joining the family business, W. U. Katz, an industrial metals firm located in La Crosse.

A longtime student of La Crosse history, Katz did a great deal of lecturing and writing on the subject, including writing regular features on local history for the La Crosse Tribune. In 1985, he published Echoes of Our Past, which contains a selection of the articles he wrote on local history. One of Katz’s interests was Jewish history and La Crosse’s Jewish community. Katz died in 1993 in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

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Scope and Contents

The Myer Katz papers consist of research materials used and drafts of articles written for Echoes of Our Past, a book containing vignettes on La Crosse history. The papers have been divided into two main sections.

The first contains materials generated in preparation of the book called BUSINESS ASPECTS. This included notes on general organization, drafts of the preface and introductory notes, a bibliography, publicity blurbs, and proofs.

The SUBJECT FILES contain notes, newspaper clippings, and preliminary and final drafts of the vignettes that make up Echoes of Our Past. Each story was published originally in the  La Crosse Tribune as part of Katz’s local history column, which also bore the title, “Echoes of Our Past”. Clippings of each article as it appeared in the  Tribune are included in the files. A number of the vignettes cover similar topics. The stories about Frank Burton, Mamie Cummings and David Darst, for example, all involve murders, while major La Crosse fires are covered in the essays about the Cameron Hotel, Gund Brewery, Park Store, Third Street, and paddle wheeler War Eagle. There is a large file on the Mississippi River as well as individual files on the river boat War Eagle, Wagon Bridge, and river pirates. In addition many stories cover more than one specific topic. The Copeland Avenue and Cameron Park files contain biographical material on Frederick Copeland and Peter Cameron, respectively, while the Mons Anderson file contains information on business and home, as do the Easton family and Albert Hirshheimer files.

The papers conclude with a section entitled “Chronological history of La Crosse”. It contains notes for, and drafts of the chronology that makes up the last chapter of Echoes of Our Past.

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Arranged in two series:

Series 1: Business Aspects

Series 2: Subject Files

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

La Crosse Public Library Archives 1986 February

800 Main St.
La Crosse, Wisconsin, 54601
(608) 789-7136

Access to Materials

Materials in this collection are available for patron use.

Acquisitions Information

Donated by Myer Katz, October 1985

(Accession No. 1985.012)

Processing Information

Processed by Amy Groskopf, February 1986

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Related Materials

Related Materials

(Clipping file)
 La Crosse--Biographies--Katz, Myer

Separated Materials

The photographs included in this collection have been photocopied, the copies placed in the files. The original prints have been added to the Archives Room picture file.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • La Crosse (Wis.)--History
  • Wisconsin--History, Local

Personal Name(s)

  • Katz, Myer, 1910-1993

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OCLC Number


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Collection Inventory

Business Aspects 

Box Folder

Notes on "Echoes" file 

1 1

Book preparation 

Box Folder


1 2-3

Dust jacket 

1 4

Organization of book 

1 5-7


1 8

Preface and introduction 

1 9

Publicity blurbs 

1 10
Box Folder Box Folder


2 1 1 11-16

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Subject Files 

Box Folder

Chronological history of La Crosse, 1680-1980 

6 5-8

Anderson, Mons 

2 2-4

Burns, Timothy 

2 5

Burton, Frank assassination 

2 6-8

Cameron, Dr. Dugald drowning 

2 9-10

Cameron, Emma 

2 11-12

Cameron, Peter 

2 13

Cameron-Ellis killing 

2 14

Cameron Hotel and fire 

2 15-16

Cameron Park 

2 17

Clarke, Joseph 

3 1-2

Copeland Avenue 

3 3-5

Cummings, Mamie 

3 6-7

Dack, Martin 

3 8-9

Darst, David 

3 10

Dexter (the fire dog) 

3 11

Easton family 

3 12

Fire Department 

3 13

Fourth of July celebration 

3 14-15

Garland, Hamlin 

3 16-17

Gile, Abner (and Gile Mansion) 

3 18-19

Gund Brewery, 1897 

3 20-21

Hirshheimer family and La Crosse Plow Company 

3 22-23

Indian evacuation 

3 24

La Crosse Bar Association 

3 25

La Crosse Club 

4 1-2

La Crosse Medical College 

4 3

Levy, John and Fredericka 

4 4-5

Mayors of La Crosse 

4 6-7

Mississippi River 

4 8-10

Myrick, Andrew 

4 11-12


4 13-14

Park Store fire, 1903 

5 1-2

Pictured cave 

5 3

Piracy on the Mississippi River 

5 4

Plank Road 

5 5

Riverside Park cannon (Spanish Cannon) 

5 6-7

Stoddard Hotel 

5 8-10

Street names 

5 11-12

President Taft's visit to La Crosse 

5 13-14

Third Street fire 

5 15


5 16-17


5 18-19
Box Folder Box Folder

Wagon Bridge 

5 20 6 1
Box Folder

War Eagle 

6 2-3

Women's rights, 1909 

6 4

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