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Guide to the La Crosse, Wisconsin, La Crosse Public Library Records, 1868-2009 La Crosse Series 008

Guide to the La Crosse, Wisconsin, La Crosse Public Library Records, 1868-2009

La Crosse Series 008

Summary Information

Records include those of La Crosse Public Library from 1885-2009, as well as its predecessor groups, the La Crosse Literary Association, 1867-1868, and the Young Men’s Library Association, 1868-1888. The public library was originally funded through a bequest of former Wisconsin governor Cadwallader C. Washburn, and was overseen by a private board until Dec. 1981 when the library became a city department. Records consist of board materials, such as minutes, annual reports, departmental statistics, budgets and other financial information, correspondence, documents relating to the three library buildings, and individual departments and service areas. Also a good collection of photographs and moving images are included of the buildings (interior and exterior), board members, directors, staff, and Cadwallader C. Washburn.
Collection Title
La Crosse, Wisconsin, La Crosse Public Library Records
Date of Materials
La Crosse Public Library (La Crosse, Wis.).
Call Number
La Crosse Series 008
49.0 cubic feet
Physical Description
114 archives boxes, 3 flat boxes
Language of Materials
La Crosse Public Library Archives

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], La Crosse, Wisconsin, La Crosse Public Library Records, La Crosse Series 008, La Crosse Public Library Archives, La Crosse, WI

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Historical Note

A subscription library of any duration started in La Crosse with the Young Men's Library Association (YMLA) which was organized in late 1868 from the ashes of the La Crosse Literary Association. For a basic initiation fee of $3 and an annual flat membership rate of $2, members could draw books from the newly organized Young Men's Library Association (YMLA) in early 1869. Members met in the society's rented rooms on the third story of Edward's Block located on the southwest corner of Main and Second streets. This group of "young men" first met on November 16, 1868, with the intention of forming "an association of some kind--literary and librarical," stated a notice in a daily newspaper. This society replaced the nearly defunct La Crosse Literary Society which mainly held debates and lectures.

The club's purpose was to provide members with a reading room and library. On December 15, 1868, the articles of incorporation of the YMLA were filed with the State of Wisconsin. The Board of Directors stated that the YMLA met "for the purpose of maintaining a Library of books, maps, pictures, papers and periodicals." The original Board consisted of Wendell A. Anderson, Walter W. Dudley, Theodore F. Rodolf, M. P. Wing, Joseph P. Scott, J. S. Medary, John M. Holley, P. S. Elwell, G. M. Woodward, Rockwell E. Osborne, Benjamin G. Reynolds, W. Wallace Jones, and B. E. Edwards. These men were all prominent in La Crosse society of the day.

The library reading room and shelving were set up by the library committee in early 1869 and John M. Holley was selected as the group's first librarian. The librarian received $50.50 for his labor. As librarian, John Holley not only was present during the open hours of the reading room, but helped to organize the library materials and aided in the preparation of the first book catalog for its members. To get the library's core collection started, the club circulated a plea in December 1868 asking for donations of books from the public. As a result, over 600 books were donated that formed the core collection of the Young Men's Library Association.

The reading room hours initially were Wednesday evening 7-9 p.m. and on Saturday evening from 7-10:30 p.m. In February 1871, the Saturday hours were extended to include 3-6 p.m. In November 1875, the hours of the reading room were changed to Tuesday and Thursday from 7-9 pm, and Saturday afternoon and evening.

While the title of the group sounded exclusionary toward women, Miss Annie Hanscome was elected librarian in June 1874 and she served in that capacity until the YMLA disbanded in 1888. She had joined the organization as a member in 1870, and one woman was one of the charter members. After Annie Hanscome became the librarian, more women joined the group. In 1884 the association's library was officially designated as a depository for government publications.

The association sponsored an annual lecture series each winter much like its predecessor the La Crosse Literary Society. Speakers and various other "entertainments" such as musical ensembles were contracted to give public performances during the early years at Pomeroy's Opera House on the southwest corner of Main and 4th streets. In general the lecture series was a great success and provided a steady source of outside income. The hope was that this savings would enable the YMLA to erect a library building.

Season and individual performance tickets could be purchased for such speakers as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, John B. Gough, Wendell Phillips, T. DeWitt Talmadge, James Fields, Frederick Douglas, and the Mendelssohn Quintet of Boston. During the 1884 season the profits from the lecture fund were $548.27 and the following January, Mark Twain and George W. Cable came to speak at the YMLA's request. That year, 1885, the lecture fund turned a profit of $321.70.

On May 14, 1882, Cadwallader C. Washburn died in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. In his will he bequeathed $50,000 to the City of La Crosse for the erection of a public library. Former Governor Washburn was a life member of the YMLA, and he selected as trustees of his new library fellow YMLA members who had not only served in leadership roles in the club but who were also active in the community. In fact, all but one of his named trustees at one time served as mayor of the City of La Crosse.

On the evening of November 7, 1885, the first Board of Trustees meeting took place and incorporation followed on November 28. The Board was formally organized at the following meeting on December 12, with Mayor D. Frank "White Beaver" Powell as president, Gysbert van Steenwyk as vice president, John M. Holley serving as secretary, Frederick A. Copeland as treasurer, and Joseph Clarke, Theodore Rodolf and Charles L. Colman serving as additional directors.

Washburn stipulated in his will that only $12,500 was to be used for the site and construction of the building to be called the La Crosse Public Library (LPL). In a circular sent to YMLA members, it stated that Washburn wished to increase that sum because of the growth of population in the city of La Crosse. Unfortunately, death came to Washburn before he could make these amendments to his will. The trustees found it difficult to build a fitting structure within the financial limits defined in the will. It was Washburn's desire that the remaining $20,000 principal be invested in a permanent fund. To solve this problem, the YMLA sold to the La Crosse Public Library Board its books, shelving, etc., for $5000. The YMLA then donated this amount to the LPL building fund.

The final YMLA Board meeting was held on April 19, 1888. At that time, $2000 in city bonds were donated to LPL, making the total financial contribution of the YMLA to LPL $7000. The contributions of the Young Men's Library Association to the La Crosse Public Library were really quite significant and far beyond the monetary contributions. Without the expertise of the leaders of the YMLA, the La Crosse Public Library could not have started with much of a book collection, a satisfactory building, an experienced librarian, or a group of highly qualified trustees. However, C. C. Washburn's bequest of $50,000 was the real instigator of the La Crosse Public Library. He donated the money for the project and chose a qualified group of trustees to organize a public library from the ground up. Washburn's plans and capital, combined with the Young Men's Library Association's financial resources, personnel, and library collection, made the new La Crosse Public Library a success.

A site was selected at the southeast corner of Main and Eighth streets for the library. By charging the $10,000 cost of land and tenant houses to the investment fund, only $700 was left to be taken from the building fund since Washburn set a limit of $12,500 in his will to be spent for the site and erection of a building. The donation from the YMLA was also added to the building fund, totaling $19,500 that the trustees could spend to cover the costs of construction, furnishings, and landscaping of the library grounds.

The design of architect C. C. Yost of Minneapolis was chosen for the building. Annie E. Hanscome, former librarian of the YMLA collection, was officially hired as the first La Crosse Public Library librarian on March 24, 1888. The formal dedication of La Crosse's first library building was well attended by the public on the evening of November 20, 1888. The library was then opened November 21 to the public for the borrowing of materials. By January of the following year, the librarian was already asking for more help. In response to this, the Board decided to close the reference room to the public, and admittance would be allowed only at the discretion of the librarian.

Many of the original trustees resigned or died just before the turn of the century. Gysbert van Steenwyk, vice president of the Board since 1885, died at the age of 88 on April 13, 1902. L. C. Colman, son of Charles L. Colman, filled his vacancy on the Board. L. C. Colman donated $20,000 in May 1902 to the library's endowment fund on behalf of his father who died intestate and who had long served on the Library Board.

On January 21, 1904, G. M. Woodward announced to his fellow Board members that he had been in correspondence with the Wisconsin Free Library Commission. The next day Correlia Marrin paid a visit to the library to examine the work and methods of the library and to make suggestions for improvements or changes.

Miss Marrin's visit in the winter of 1904 changed the future of the La Crosse Public Library. Although there is no surviving record of the exact changes that were suggested by the representative of the Wisconsin Free Library Commission, the library had been previously criticized for the lack of any special children's area or promotion.

As a result of these suggested changes, Annie Hanscome tendered her resignation to the Board on February 25, 1904, feeling unequal to this new task and resigned. 1904 was indeed a turning point in the history of the La Crosse Public Library. The first professionally educated librarian started work in late fall and plans were laid for drastic changes in modernizing the services and methods of operation of the library. Only two of the original six trustees named in Washburn's will were still living when Miss Smith began as librarian. The city's population was now 29,078 and the economic outlook in La Crosse seemed much brighter.

In August of 1904, the trustees hired Mary Alice Smith as the new head librarian. A graduate of the New York State Library School and formerly a librarian at Worcester, Massachusetts, and Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Miss Smith can be credited with bringing many modern services to the La Crosse Public Library that are taken for granted today. For the first time the book shelves were open to the public. The card catalog was introduced and a cataloger was hired with her salary being paid by one of the trustees. Three other events that were initiated by Mary Alice Smith are of special note: the opening of the children's room in 1905, the establishment of a north side branch library the following year, and an addition to the main library building completed in 1909. Miss Smith left in 1915 and Lilly Borresen was hired to replace her.

One of the first things accomplished under Miss Borresen was the creation of the south branch library. In early 1916 the question arose as to the legality of the City of La Crosse providing funds to support a library run by a private, non-profit organization. In April 1916, Circuit Court Judge E. C. Higbee ruled that city funds could not be used to support the public library. The library Board made plans for an immediate appeal to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. If the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled to uphold the lower court's decision, it was felt that the library would have to close or operate at a greatly reduced capacity without city funding. Fortunately, the court overturned Higbee's decision and the library was able to receive city funding.

During her tenure, Miss Borresen also saw some of the most generous private contributions made to the library. While Miss Borresen helped oversee the planning of two new branch libraries, due to wartime conditions during World War II only one, the North Branch, was completed while she served as the head librarian. In fact, the entire branch planning and building process was to be plagued with several delays. In poor health, Miss Borresen resigned her position as head librarian in 1946. For the previous two years of her tenure, she was able to work only part-time. She had served 31 years as head librarian, longer than any other in La Crosse Public Library history. Her efforts helped the library staff grow from five full-time members to eleven, and the book collection tripled from 23,982 to 71,423 during her tenure of three decades.

On January 1, 1947, Muriel Fuller was appointed head librarian by the Board. Miss Fuller was able to see to the completion of the much delayed South Branch Library and this building opened in 1952. In March of 1953 Miss Fuller resigned her position as head librarian. She was replaced by Miss Gertrude Thurow who had been with the library since 1943.

With the completion of the South Branch Library in 1952, both branches had finally attained the facilities that they so desperately needed. Now it was the aging main library building that became the focus of attention. The original building was already seventy years old in 1958 when Miss Thurow mentioned some of the severe space problems associated with the building in that year's annual report. Some of these problems included staff work areas stuck in corners and in the basement, room for less than forty people in the reading and reference rooms, students forced to sit on the mezzanine steps on crowded nights, and the loss of any room for public programs.

Remodeling the old building was considered but deemed impractical. In April 1964, the City Council put a bond referendum on the ballot for the November 3, 1964, election; "Be it resolved by the electors of the City of La Crosse, Wisconsin, that there shall be issued the general obligation bonds of said city in the amount not exceeding $890,000 for the purpose of purchasing a site and erecting and equipping a library thereon." With slightly more than a week to go before the election, library supporters received a boost in the form of a $300,000 grant offer from the federal government. Under the terms of the Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA), the library could receive this grant if the referendum was approved by the voters. The grant would be used for the creation of an area-wide library service system with the La Crosse Public Library serving as the headquarters. Two hundred thousand dollars of the grant money would go toward construction costs, while the remaining $100,000 would establish the area library service.

The final vote count was 13,783 for and 3,059 against. Once the votes were in, the City Council had a number of decisions to make. The biggest one was whether or not to accept the $300,000 in federal aid and make the new library a service center for the smaller libraries in the La Crosse area. The Council felt that the grant was a good opportunity and that there were no real strings attached. Under the provisions of the grant, if the money was accepted, the La Crosse library would be required to offer professional library services to the smaller surrounding libraries for a fee. This would require a larger library building to be built as extra space would be needed to house the facilities for this service. The added construction cost would be offset by $200,000 of the grant money. If none of the small libraries accepted the service offered by the La Crosse Public Library, the grant money could still be kept and the library could use the extra space as it saw fit. With this in mind, the City Council unanimously approved the application for the federal money.

In February 1965, the Council approved the sale of $750,000 in bonds for library construction. An additional $140,000 in bonds was approved the following year. It was determined that the best site for the new library would be the same location as the old one. Some materials were stored at the branches, but most regular library services were carried out at the temporary location until September 1967, when the new building was ready to be occupied. In April 1966, the oldest free library building in Wisconsin was torn down with mixed emotions.

As the new library was being constructed, the La Crosse Public Library Friends, no longer needed as a library building campaign support group, decided to re-organize themselves into a permanent group called Friends of the La Crosse Public Library, a group that continues to exist today and serve the Library.

The La Crosse Area Library Development (LALD) project, organized in 1965 with the help of the $300,000 federal grant received by the library operated bookmobile service in the area in 1967. LALD and the bookmobile served six different counties then: Vernon, Jackson, Trempealeau, Monroe, Juneau and La Crosse. Today the successor to LALD, the Winding Rivers Library System, serves these same counties and Buffalo County.

As the new library building neared completion in September 1967, the temporary library was closed, and all materials were moved into the new building. A formal dedication and open house was held November 6, 1967. On April 21, 1968, as part of National Library Week, the library held "Gertrude Thurow Day" in part, to honor Miss Thurow on her 25th anniversary as a member of the La Crosse Public Library staff and for her election to the council of the American Library Association. On January 1, 1976, Miss Thurow reached a milestone in her life when she retired as the head librarian at La Crosse Public Library. Her career spanned four decades and included many outstanding accomplishments and deserving awards.

Hired as her successor was James William White, who served as director for 22 years. Two additions were completed under his direction, and computers became part of everyday life for staff and the public alike. Another big change was that the library became under the control of city government in 1981 and was no longer a private, not for profit corporation.

Through a bequest of Edyth and Susan Swarthout of West Salem, money for an addition to the library was available. In their wills they stipulated that the additional space be shared by the library and the La Crosse County Historical Society, and that the addition be called the Swarthout Memorial Addition. The last sister died in September 1973. When the assets left to the library were converted to cash, the total amount came to $550,000. By the time the City Council approved the plans for the addition in late December of 1977, the bequest had grown to over $800,000 because of interest.

The planned addition, designed by Hackner, Schroeder, Roslansky and Associates (HSR), called for a combined one- and two-story addition that contained about 20,000 square feet. The two-story addition would house the La Crosse County Historical Society's museum while the library would get the one-story section. The estimated total cost of the project was $949,000, with the City picking up the expense for property acquisition. After the deadline for construction bids had passed, however, it was found that even the lowest bid was $300,000 over budget.

The addition was completed in December 1979 and officially dedicated on January 6, 1980. The 18,000 square foot addition houses the museum for the La Crosse County Historical Society. In the library section, the Archives & Local History Room was made possible through a $42,000 grant from the Gelatt Foundation.

In March 1981, the La Crosse Public Library became a city department after 93 years of operation as a private, non-profit corporation. The change was not as drastic as it sounds. The city of La Crosse was already providing the library with 98 percent of its budget, and it owned both branch libraries as well as the main building and most of the contents. The biggest change was with the seven-member self-appointed Library Board. Board members were now appointed by the mayor and two new board members were added, a representative each from the school district and the City Council, bringing the total membership to nine on the board. Another board, called the Washburn Board, continues to make decisions regarding the interest on Washburn's bequest.

The La Crosse Public Library public entered the computer age on March 13, 1985, when the circulation procedures became automated. Since then computers have become a part of every library department, and the entire card catalog went on-line March 24, 1992.

In 1988 the library reached two important milestones. On November 10, the 25-millionth book was checked out. Ten days later, the library celebrated its 100th anniversary. On this occasion, the library's first Founders' Award was presented to Charles Gelatt.

The La Crosse Public Library embarked on a remodeling and building project in 1995. Following on the heels of an estimated $200,000 in renovation efforts at both branches, renamed community libraries in 1991, the Board determined a needs assessment and programming goals with the assistance of library consultant David R. Smith. Architect Val Schute of Schute-Larson Architects was selected by the Board in 1992 for the addition and remodeling project. The proposed project was granted Common Council approval in late 1994, with an estimated $4.2 million and 14 month construction schedule. General contractor Fowler & Hammer was awarded the contract for the project which included $600,000 in private donations for furnishings. In the end, the entire cost came to $4.5 million, and the library gained 15,500 square feet of space, for a total of 74,500 square feet. The dedication ceremonies were conducted on a warm day, August 24, 1996.

After White’s retirement in 1998, Tom Strange became library director for four years. A new long-range plan was instigated. Kelly Krieg-Sigman, formerly library director at Fremont Public Library in Mundelein, Illinois, came on board in 2003 as director of the La Crosse Public Library.

As the La Crosse Public Library enters into the 21st century, many challenges lie ahead. At a time when library budgets are becoming proportionally smaller and smaller, the public use of the library is increasing steadily. La Crosse area residents are turning to the library in record numbers for their needs. Citizens deserve and expect expanded services and outreach programs to enhance the library's traditional roles. New technologies, especially computer-based information, have revolutionized library service and have affected the format of many library materials. The future will undoubtedly bring more technological advances that will raise the level of library service to unprecedented levels.

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Scope and Contents

Records consist of board materials, such as minutes, annual reports, departmental statistics, budgets and other financial information, correspondence, documents relating to the three library buildings, and individual departments and service areas. Also a good collection of photographs and moving images are included of the buildings (interior and exterior), board members, directors, staff, and Cadwallader C. Washburn.

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Arranged in seven series:

Series 1: Origins and History

Series 2: Administrative and Board Materials

Series 3: Financial Records

Series 4: Washburn Board

Series 5: Main Buildings

Series 6: Photographs and Recordings

Series 7: Programs and Services

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

La Crosse Public Library Archives 1986-1998

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

Access to Materials

Materials in this collection are available for patron use, with the following exceptions:

A few files have restricted access. Contact the La Crosse Public Library Archives for more information on restricted items.

Original recordings are not available for use; Archives staff must make a use copy prior to patron viewing.

Acquisitions Information

Transferred regularly from multiple departments within the La Crosse Public Library.

(Accession no. 1997.030) Donated from the estate of Frank Fuchs via Ed Newberry to the Area Research Center at UW-La Crosse; to LPL via Ed Hill, Director, Area Research Center, UW-La Crosse, Dec. 1997.

Processing Information

Processed initially by Amy Groskopf, 1986; additions processed by Bill Petersen and Anita Taylor Doering, 1991; major revisions of arrangement completed by Anita Taylor Doering, 1998.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • La Crosse Literary Association (La Crosse, Wis.).
  • La Crosse Public Library (La Crosse, Wis.).
  • Young Men's Library Association (La Crosse, Wis.).

Personal Name(s)

  • Washburn, C. C., (Cadwallader Colden), 1818-1882


  • Libraries--Wisconsin--La Crosse
  • Municipal government--Wisconsin--La Crosse
  • Public records--Wisconsin--La Crosse

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Collection Inventory

 (Series 1) Origins and History 

Scope and Contents

Origins and History consists of studies, written histories, some newspaper clippings, as well as materials from the precursors to the modern La Crosse Public Library: the La Crosse Literary Association (1867-1868), and the Young Men’s Library Association (1868-1888). Also included are some materials about Cadwallader C. Washburn, the founder of the Library.

Historical and background information 

Box Folder

Directors' biographies 

1 1

Catalogs of holdings (with supplements), 1888-1904 

1 2

Clippings, 1868-1996 

1 3


Box Folder

Report on the Status of Fiction in the La Crosse Public Libraries, by A. H. Sanford, 1934 December 

1 4

The La Crosse, Wisconsin Public Library: A Case Study in Informal Adult Education, by Eleanor Phinney, 1955 

1 5

La Crosse Public Library, by Catherine Bradley, 1970 

1 6

Report by Governmental Study Committee of La Crosse City Government, by Government Study Committee, 1972 June 

1 7

Mead Public Library, Sheboygan: A Comparison with Five Other Wisconsin Libraries, prepared by the Library Evaluation and Research Center, SLIS, UW-Madison, 1991 January 

1 8

Written histories 

Box Folder

Histories of La Crosse Public Library and notes by Lillie M. E. Borresen, 1919-1926 

1 9

History of La Crosse Public Library, 1885-1943, by Muriel Fuller 

1 10

Radio broadcast by Gysbert Van Steenwyk, 1954 

1 11

La Crosse Public Library, by Jean Solberg, 1968 March 

1 12

"Public Spirit" at Work: Philanthropy and Public Libraries in Nineteenth-Century Wisconsin, by John C. Colson, 1976 

1 13

The First Fifty Years of the La Crosse Public Library, by Janet Jensen, 1977 

1 14

Cadwallader Washburn: His Gift to La Crosse was a Library, by Mary Hebberd, 1980 

1 15

La Crosse Public Library: Into Our Second Century, 1888-1988, by Anita Taylor Doering and William D. Petersen, 1990 

General note


1 16

A Gift to La Crosse: A History of the La Crosse Public Library, by Anita Taylor Doering and William D. Petersen, 1997 

1 17

La Crosse Public Library: Into the 21st Century: 1888-1997, by Ken Brekke, 1997 

La Crosse Public Library: Into the 21st Century: 1888-1997, by Ken Brekke,, 1997

1 18
Box Folder

Miscellaneous materials 

1 19
Box Folder

La Crosse Literary Association, 1867-1868 

1 20

Young Men's Library Association 

Box Folder

Annual reports, 1869-1871 

1A 1

Articles of incorporation, 1868 

1A 2

Catalogs of holdings, 1872-1881 

1A 3

Financial materials 

Box Folder

Bills and receipts, 1869-1875 

1A 4

Cancelled checks, 1874-1875 

1A 5

Treasurer's reports, 1870-1874 

1A 6

Lecture Committee reports, 1870-1885 

1A 7
2 1

Minutes, 1868-1888 

Scope and Contents

Volume 1 includes constitution, rules, and bylaws

2 2
Box Folder

Miscellaneous correspondence and reports, 1868-1873 

2 3

Cadwallader C. Washburn 


Appointment as major general, 1862 

framed document
Box Folder

Commission as Governor, 1871 

2 4

Last will and testament, 1881 

2 5

Materials of C. C. Washburn at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin 

2 6


2 7

Memorial Addresses, Life and Character of Honorable C. C. Washburn before the State Historical Society, 1882 July 25 

2 8

Photograph and portraits 

2 9

Roster, 2nd regiment, Wisconsin Calvary 

2 10

Telegraph bill and information, 1869-1871 

2 11

Artifacts and memorabilia 


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 (Series 2) Administrative and Board Materials 

Scope and Contents

Administrative and Board Materials are well represented and consist of annual reports (1905-1980) [annual reports since 1980 are located in the annual report file and not in this collection]; board minutes (1885-2006); board correspondence (1893-2004); departmental information (mainly statistics 1978-1995); director’s files which include correspondence with the board, committees, city transition, donations, La Crosse County Historical Society materials (1978-2005), library goals, long range planning committee documents (1985-1989), patron suggestions (1977-1994), volunteers (1982-1998), White House Conference materials (1977-1980). Other subseries include emergency manuals (1992; 1998); grants (1987-1995); hours and staffing (1987; 1999); legal materials (1881-1994); marketing (1989; 2006); mergers with the La Crosse County Library (1972-2002); planning (1999-2001); policies, records management manuals; staff materials (1932-2002) [some materials here are restricted and closed to the public]; user’s surveys (1982; 2001-2002); web site; and the Winding Rivers Library System (WRLS) documents.

Box Folder

Americans with Disabilities Act, 1994 

3 1

Annual reports to 

Box Folder

La Crosse Public Library Board, 1905-2009 

Annual reports 4
3 2-7

Wisconsin Library Commission, 1905-1964 

4 3-4

American Library Association, 1916-1949 

4 5

State of Wisconsin, 1965-1992 

4 6

Article of incorporation, 1885-1980 

4 7

Awards, 1999 

4 8

Bylaws and constituion, 1988 

4 9

Board members, 1888-2009 

4 10

Board minutes, 1885-1997 


Board packets, 1989-2006 


Correspondence, 1893-2004 


Departmental information 

Box Folder


10D 1

Statistics, 1978-2003 

10D 2-12

Director's files 

Box Folder

Board, 1976-1991 

11 2-8

Committees, 1982-1991 


City transition, 1978-1981 

14 1

Donation thank you letters (books and money), 1988-1991 

14 2-7

La Crosse County Historical Society 

Box Folder

Agreements with La Crosse Public Library, 1978-2005 

14A 1

Correspondence, 1993-1998 

14A 2

Discussion, 1961, 1981-1998 

14A 3-4

Swarthout expansion 

Box Folder

Correspondence, 1991-1997 

14A 5

Minutes, 1996 

14A 6

Plans, 1993-1996 

14A 7
Box Folder

Swarthout Museum expenses, 1979-1996 

14A 8
Box Folder

Library goals, 1983-1986 

14B 1

Long Range Planning Committee 

Box Folder

Background and minutes, 1985-1987 

14B 2

Task forces 

Box Folder


14B 3


14B 4

Children & Youth Services 

14B 5


14B 6

Interagency relations 

14B 7

New directions 

14B 8

Public relations 

14B 9

Services, programs and resources 

14B 10
Box Folder

Final long range plan, 1987 

14B 11

Follow-up, 1988-1989 

14B 12
Box Folder

Patron suggestions, 1977-1994 

14C 1-4

Volunteers, 1982-1998 

14C 5

White House conference 

Box Folder

Pre-conference summaries, 1977-1979 

15 1

Wisconsin delegation, 1978-1980 

15 2

Resolutions and final report, 1979-1980 

15 3

Emergency manuals 

Box Folder

Community libraries, 1992 

15 4

Main library, 1992-1998 

15 5-6
Box Folder

Grants, 1987-1995 

15 7

Hours and staffing, 1987-1999 

15 8

Legal materials 

Box Folder

City Council resolutions, 1978 

16 1

Correspondence, 1976-1989 

16 2

Deeds and abstracts, 1885-1966 

16 3

Miscellaneous, 1970-1988 

16 4

Newspaper clippings, 1986 

16 5

Ordinances, 1919-1931 

16 6

State of Wisconsin vs. Jason Voelker, 1994 

16 7

Supreme Court case briefs La Crosse Public Library Trustees vs. City of La Crosse, 1916 

16 8

Washburn's last will and testament, 1881 

16 9
Box Folder

Marketing, 1989-2006 

16A 1

Mergers (La Crosse Public Library, La Crosse County Library, Winding Rivers Library System) 

Box Folder

Background, 1976-1982 

16A 2, 8

Clippings and press releases, 1972-1985 

16A 3, 9

Correspondence, 1973-1985 

16A 4, 10

General, 2002 

16A 14

La Crosse County Board Administration Committee Study, 1973-1974 

16A 5

League of Women Voters report, 1982 

16A 11

Library Study Committee minutes, 1982 

16A 12

Proposed resolution authorizing merger and background, 1979 

16A 6

Related studies, 1973-1982 

16A 7, 13
Box Folder

Mission statement and objectives, circa 1980s-1990s 

16A 15


Box Folder

Fax, 1996-1997 

16A 18


16A 19
Box Folder

Records management manuals, 1992-1997 

16A 20-22

Relationships with other agencies, 1981-1997 

16A 23


Box Folder

Classification and compensation study, 2000-2001 

Access to Materials

This folder has restricted access.

16A 24


Box Folder

General, 1980-2003 

16B 1

Adult programming, 2001 

16B 2

Community services, 1986-1987 

16B 3

Electronic resources, 2001 

16B 4

Internet, 1997-2005 

16B 6

Staff development, 1978-1999 

17 1

Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA), 1977-1981 

17 2

Janitors, 1932-1951, 2003 

17 3

Job descriptions, 1963-2003 

17A 1-2
17 4-8

Management team, 1990-1997 

17A 3

Memoranda, 1976-2009 

17A 4-6

Minutes, 1998-2004 

17A 7


Splash, 1986-1999 

17A 8-9

Super News, 1980-1982 

18 1

What's Happening the Week Of..., 2006-2007 

18 2

Whitewash, 1997 

18 3

A Year in Review, 1995-2005 

Access to Materials

This folder has restricted access.

18 4

Organizational charts, 1980-1990 

18 5

Performance appraisal forms, 1976-1989 

18 6

Residency requirements, 1981-1999 

18 7

Staff data sheets, circa 1947 

18 8

Staff lists, 1959, 1978-2009 

18 10

Staff manuals (operating manuals), 1965-1997 

18 11-14
18A 1

Staff training and conference reports, 1991 

18A 2

Supervisors' meetings, 1976-1985 

18A 3-4

Strategic plan 

Box Folder

General, 1999-2001 

16A 16

Board responses, 2000 

16A 17

User's survey, 1982, 2001-2002 

18A 5

Web site, 2000 

18A 6

Winding Rivers Library System (WRLS) 

Box Folder

County plan for library service, 1993 

18A 7

Contracts, 1970-1994 

18A 8

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 (Series 3) Financial Records 

Scope and Contents

Financial Records include a ledger (1886-1912); journals (1886-1970); audits (1916-1982) [more current audits are found in the annual report file]; budgets and salary information; financial statements; check register (1916-1924; 1943; 1951); petty cash journal (1946-1948); and miscellaneous.


Ledger, 1886-1912 


Journals, 1886-1970 

Box Folder

Audits, 1916-1982 

19 1-4
Box Folder

Budget and salary information, 1917, 1955-1991 

19 5-14

Financial statements 

Box Folder

Monthly, 1915-1981 

21 1-3

Quarterly, 1904-1916 

21 4
Box Folder

Check register, 1916-1951 

21 5-8

Petty cash journal, 1946-1948 

21 9


Box Folder

Appraisal of library property, 1949 

21 10

Book depreciation and insurance, 1929-1939 

21 11

General, 2005 

21 12

Gund Trust 

Box Folder

Agreement, 1957 

22 1

Reports, 1949-1982 

22 2
Box Folder

Insurance, 1947-1952 

22 3

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 (Series 4) Washburn Board 

Scope and Contents

The Washburn Board was formed in 1981 as a result of the city taking over the library and the change in composition of the board of trustees. The Washburn Board was created to make decisions on the remainder of the investment of the Washburn endowment as required by Cadwallader C. Washburn’s will. Materials in this series include annual reports (1987-1999); articles of incorporation, by-laws and constitution (1885, 1962, 1987, 1991); board members; board minutes (1981-2000); board packets (1990; 1995-1997), correspondence regarding the Myer Katz book “Echoes of Our Past” (1986-1988); director’s files; financial materials (1968; 1981-1992; 1997-2000); investment statement and funding priorities; legal materials (1950-1994).

Box Folder

Annual reports, 1987-1999 

23 1

Articles of incorporation, bylaws, constitution, 1885, 1962-1991 

23 2

Board members 

Box Folder

Lists, 1981-2009 

23 3

Photographs, 1993 

23 4
Box Folder

Board minutes, 1981-2000 

23 5-7

Board packets, 1990-1997 

23 8

Correspondence regarding Myer Katz book, 1986-1988 

23 9

Director's files, 1981-1992 

23 10-11

Financial materials, 1968-2000 

23A 1-3

Investment statements and funding priorities 

23A 4

Legal materials, 1950-1994 

23A 5

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 (Series 5) Main Buildings 

Scope and Contents

Main Buildings is a voluminous series and encompasses the original building (operated from 1888-1967) and the new building (constructed in 1967), and its additions (Swarthout in 1980 and another in 1996) and the first floor remodel (2006). Materials here include architectural planning documents, consultant reports, meeting notes, contract volumes, engineering reports, some bids, and financial information. Community library information will be found in the Programs and Services series.

Original building (1888) 

Box Folder

Dedication, 1888 

24 1

Addition, 1909 

24 2-3

Stack plans, 1919-1925 

24 4

New building (1967) 

Box Folder

Property acquisition, 1958-1965 

24 5

Consultant's reports, 1962-1964 

24 6

Campaign for new building, 1963-1964 

24 7

Program statement, 1964 April 

24 8

Architect's meeting notes, 1965-1969 

24 9

Contract volume, 1966 

24 10-11

Equipment and furnishings, 1966-1967 

25 1

Financial matters, 1964-1969 

25 2

Dedication and follow-up articles, 1967-1969 

25 3

Architectural award (HSR), 1968 

25 4

Swarthout Addition (1980) 

Box Folder

Swarthout documents, 1955-1976 

26 1

Correspondence, 1956-1981 

26 2-3

Committee minutes, 1974-1981 

26 4

Program statements, 1974-1977 

26 5

Community participation plan, 1977 

26 6

Financial materials 

Box Folder

Cost estimates, 1974-1981 

26 7-8

Swarthout trust fund statements, 1976-1978 

26 9
Box Folder

Property acquisition, 1974-1978 

27 1-2

Architect's contracts, 1974-1978 

27 3

Architect's meeting notes, 1977-1981 

27 4

Preliminary soil investigation, 1978 

27 6

Contract volumes 

Box Folder

Demolition and site clearance, 1978 May 

27 7

Project manual, 1978 October 

27 8

Contract change orders, 1978-1979 

27 9
Box Folder

Construction administrative handbook, 1978 November 

28 1

Signage program, 1979 

28 2

Furnishings, 1979-1980 

28 3

Historical Society policy statements, 1978 

28 4

Museum management proposals, 1977-1978 

28 5

Dedication and grand opening, 1979-1980 

28 6

Contract administration closeout inform, 1980 February 

28 7

Addition (1996) 


Administrative planning documents 

Box Folder

General, 1983-1994 

29 1

"La Crosse Public Library Building Program" (Jim White) 1992 March-April 

29 2-3

Space planning 

29 4
Box Folder

Building requirements, circa 1990s 

29 5


Box Folder

Information and correspondence, 1990-1992 

29 6

Summaries, 1990-1991 

29 7

Architect selection, 1992-1993 

Architects' proposals 

Box Folder

HSR, 1992 April 

31 1

Schute-Larson, 1992 April 

30 2
Box Folder

Architect's brochure, 1999 

30 3

Architect's meeting notes, 1992-1997 

30 4-5


Box Folder

Removal, 1995 

30 6

Survey and report, 1991 

30 7
Box Folder

Construction memos 

30 8

Contract volumes 

Box Box Folder

Construction bulletins (#100-195) 

31 30 9

Project manuals 

Box Folder

Furnishings (Flad & Associates), 1995 

31A 1

HVAC (Affiliated Engineers), 1993 

31A 2

Addition and alterations to La Crosse Public Library (Schute-Larson Architects), 1995 

Box Folder

Correspondence, 1989-1999 

33 1-6


Box Folder

Archives, 1989-1996 

33 7

Children's library (includes materials on mural artist Timothy Schlamp) 

33 8

Floor plan options 

34 1

Reference, 1989-1994 

34 2

Young Adult area, 1992-1996 

34 3
Box Folder

Elevator, 1996 

34 4

Engineering reports, 1993-1996 

34 5


Box Folder

Budget and schedule, 1990-1998 

34 6

Bids, 1994-1996 

34 7

Certificate for payment, 1995-1998 

34 8-9

Fundraising efforts 

Box Folder

Private sources, 1992-1996 

35 1

Grant proposals, 1993-1994 

35 2


35 3


35 4
Box Folder

Furnishings, 1992-1996 

35 5

Grand opening and dedication, 1996 August 

35 6

Manual and information storage, 1998 

35A 1

Punch lists 

35A 2

Signage, 1996-1997 

35A 3
Box Folder

First Floor remodal, 2006 

35A 4

Other projects 

Box Folder

Energy audit, 1981 April 

35AA 1

Floor plans, circa 1998-2002 

35AA 2

Granlund sculptures 

35AA 3

La Crosse County Historical Society storage proposal, 1956 

35AA 4

Legal property description, 1994 

35AA 5

Maintenance and repair 

Box Folder

General, 1946-1949 

35AA 6

Carpet, 1997-1999 

35AA 7

Chairs, 1998 

35AA 8

HVAC, 2002 

35AA 9

Roof, 1975 

35AA 10
Box Folder

Security, 1995 

35AA 11

Tree survey, circa 1990s 

35AA 12

Underground petrolium product tank inventory, 1986 

35AA 13

Wisconsin Public Library Building Survey for Handicapped Accessibility, 1979 

35AA 14

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 (Series 6) Photographs and Recordings 

Scope and Contents

Photographs and Recordings includes art, board of directors, all the buildings (interior and exterior), events such as anniversary celebrations, dedications, public programs, Founder’s Day, Give A Gift fund raiser, staff, directors, program and service areas and miscellaneous.

Box Folder

Art, 1969-2009 

36 1

Board of Directors 

Box Folder

Board, 1948-2009 

36 2

Albert Funk retirement party, 1996 June 23 

36 3


Community Libraries 

Box Folder

North, 1950s-2009 

36 4

South, 1942-2009 

36 5-7
Box Folder

Brick walkway, 1997 September 

36 8

Remodeling, 1993 

36 9


1888 building 

Box Folder

Exterior, 1888-1965 

36A 1-2

Destruction, 1966 

36A 3

Interior prior to 1966 

36A 4

1967 building 

Box Folder

Plans and models 

37 1

Moving and temporary quarters, 1966 

37 2


Box Folder

Construction, 1966-1967 

37 3

General views, 1967-1979 

37 4

Swarthout addition, 1980-1995 

37 5-6

Parking lot, 1991 

37 7

Addition, 1996 

37 8-11


Box Folder

General views, 1967-1979 

38 1-2

Swarthout addition, 1980-1995 

38 3-4

Addition, 1996-2009 

38 5-6


Box Folder

American Heritage discussion, 1954 

38A 1

Appraisal Fair, 2000-2001 

38A 2-3

Archives' 25th anniversary, 2005 

38A 4

Archives Week, 1998-2002 

38A 5-6



Box Folder

Photographs, recordings 1967 November 5   16mm film (color, sound, runtime unknown); VHS cassette (color, sound, runtime unknown)

39 1-2

Slides, recordings 1980 January 6   U-matic tape (color, sound, runtime unknown); VHS cassette (color, sound, runtime unknown)

39 3-5

Photographs, recordings, 1996 August   2 VHS cassettes (color, sound, runtime unknown)

40 1-2
Box Folder

Flood, 1995 June 7 

40 3

Ground breaking, 1995 March 15 

40 4

Vandalism, 1993 January 

40 5
Box Folder

Centennial, 1988 

40 6

Children's Area 

Box Folder

Centennial, 2005   DVD (runtime unknown)

40 7


40A 1

Open house (photographs and recordings), 1996 June   VHS cassette tapes (runtime unknown)

40A 2-3
Box Folder

Chocolate Celebration, 2001-2002 

40A 4

D.A.R.E. chili cook-off, 1999-2003 

41 4
Box Box Folder

Founder's Day, 1988-2009 

41A 41 5-12
Box Folder

Fundraising, 1963-1964, 1996 

42 1-2


42 3

Give A Gift, 2003-2008 

42 4-6A

Going on-line (Wang), 1985 March 

42 7

Irish Fest, 2007 

42 7A

La Crosse Interstate Fair, 2002-2003 

42 8

National History Day, 2006 

42 9

North Community Library 

Box Folder

50th Anniversary, 1992 August 

41 1

Hobby shows, 1950-1962 

41 2

Miscellaneous, circa 1950s 

41 3

Nightmare on Kane St., 2007 

41 3A

65th Anniversary, 2007 August 

41 3B
Box Folder

Oktoberfest, 1997-2000 

42 10

Photo ID party, 2006 

42 10A

Read One Book, 2002-2006 

42 11-14

Staff parties, 1988-2005 

42 15-17
Box Folder Box Folder

Staff/Volunteer recognition event, 1992-2006 

42 18-21 42A 1-8

State events 

Box Folder

Wisconsin centennial 

42A 9

Wisconsin sesquicentennial 

42A 10
Box Folder

Tax records and La Crosse County Historical Society materials move to La Crosse Public Library Archives, 2005 

42A 10A

Washburn Day, 1982 

42A 11

Wisconsin Library Association Conferences in La Crosse, 1925-2005 

42A 12-15
Box Folder

Exhibits, 1931-2009 

42A 16


Box Folder


42B 1
Box Folder Box

Staff, 1938-2009 

42B 2-4 42C

Programs and services 

Box Folder

Archives and Local History 

43 1


43 2

Children's area 

43 3


43 4

Reader's services 

43 5


43 6
Box Box

Scrapbooks, 1948-1964 

44 45
Box Folder


43 7

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 (Series 7) Programs and Services 

Scope and Contents

Programs and Services is arranged roughly by library department acquisitions and cataloging, audio-visual, children’s and youth services, circulation, collection development, community libraries, computers and automation, information services (reference & archives), publications for public use, and artifacts/memorabilia.

 (Subseries 7.1) Aquisitions & Cataloging 


Accession book, 1888-1904 

Box Folder

Catalog cards withdrawn, 1992 March 23 

46 1

Catalog division, 1981 

46 2

Sample processing book, undated 

46 3

Statistics, 1929-1976 

46 4-8

 (Subseries 7.2) Audio/Visual 


Box Folder

Art prints, 1971-1974 

47 1

Films, 1950-1978 

47 2-7

Services, 1980-1986 

48 1-2

Videos, 1988-1991 

48 3-5
Box Folder

Policies, 1983-1990 

48 6

Service evaluation, 1987-1989 

48 7

Statistics, 1959-1968 

48 8

Survey, 2005 

48 9

 (Subseries 7.3) Children's and Youth Services 

Box Folder

Annual reports, 1931-1941 

49 1

Author visits 

Box Folder

Carter, Alden R., 1989 

49 2

Cooney, Caroline, 1992 

49 3

Mori, Kyoko, 1995 

49 4
Box Folder


49 5

Circulation records, 1984-1998 

49 6-12

Collection development policy, 1992 

49 14

Columbus book donation, 1991 

49 15

LSCA/LSTA grant 

Box Folder

Checklists, 1997-1999 

49 16

Correspondence, 1997-1999 

49 17

Grant applications, 1997-2000 

49 18

Miscellaneous, 1997-1999 

49 19

Photographs, 1998-1999 

49 20

Site visits, 1997-1999 

49 21

Storytime plans, 1997-1999 

49 22

Surveys, 1997-1999 

49 23

Treasure boxes, 1997-1998 

49 24
Box Folder

Love My Library, 1999-2000 

49 25

Chin Choppers newsletter, 1986-2006 

49A 1-4

T2-T Squared: A Teen Calendar of Events at the Library newsletter, 2000-2009 

49A 5

Bookshelf newspaper articles, 1979-1988 

49A 6

Newspaper feature articles, 1973-1988 

49A 7

Nightmare on Kane Street, 1998 

50 1

Programing trends, 1978-1982 

50 2
Box Box Folder Box Box

Programs and tours, 1967-2004 

51B 50 3-10 51A 51
Box Box Box Box Box Box Box

Summer library program, 1966-2006 

53 52 55C 55 54 55B 55A

Teen Advisory Council 

Box Folder

Background, 1981-1989 

56 1

Budget, 1987 

56 2

Correspondence, 1987-1993 

56 3

Member lists, 1989-1992 

56 4

Minutes, 1989-1993 

56 5

Newsletters, 1990-1991 

56 6

Publicity, 1989-1992 

56 7
Box Folder

Teen programing, 1988-2000 

56 8-19

YODA van, 2000 

56 20

Young adult area, 1998-1999 

56 21

Young adult workshops, 1989-1997 

56 22

 (Subseries 7.4) Circulation 

Box Folder

Aide training, 1983-1995 

57 1

Fines, 1915-1922 

57 2

Library cards and card information, 1940, 1999 

57 3

Manual, 1982 

57 4

Minutes, 1990-1996 

Access to Materials

Materials in this folder have restricted access.

57 5

Miscellaneous, 1995-1996 

57 6

Policies and rules for library use 

57 7

Registration book, 1888-1905 

Box Folder

Registration lists, 1904-1905 

57 8-9
Box Folder Box Folder

Statistics, 1888-1968 

58 1-5 57 8-12

 (Subseries 7.5) Collection Development 


Challenged materials, 1978-1996 

Box Folder

Collection Development Committee, 1979-1992 

59 1


59 2

Gift procedures, 1981-1990 

59 3

Materials selection procedures, 1986 

59 4

Policies, 1957-1997 

59 5-13

Professional collection, 1979-1989 

59 14

Selection process, 1980-1988 

59 15

Small Press grant, 1981-1984 

59 16

La Crosse Area Cooperative Library agreement, 1981 

59 17

Third World fiction project, 1982-1983 

59 18

Weeding, undated 

59 19

Young adult selection, 1977-1987 

59 20

 (Subseries 7.6) Community Libraries 

Box Folder

Campaign for new branch libraries, 1926-1941 

60 1

Consultant's report, 1991 

60 2


Box Folder

Circulation records, 1937-1987 

60 3-7


Box Folder

History and planning, 1916-1982 

61 1

Architect correspondence, 1938-1952 

61 2

Equipment and subcontractor layouts, 1941 

61 3

HVAC retrofit, 2001 

61 4-5


Box Folder

Budget, 1991-1993 

62 1

Correspondence, 1991-1996 

62 2

Plans, circa 1991-1993 

62 3

Specifications, 1991 

62 4
Box Folder

Specifications, 1938 

62 5

50th anniversary celebration, 1992 

62 6
Box Folder

Minutes, 2004 

62 7

Programing, 1973-1980 

62 8
Box Folder Box Box

Summer library programs, 1954-1991 

62 9-10 63 63A


Box Folder


64 1

Circulation records, 1952-1987 

64 2-4


Box Folder

History and planning, 1946-1993 

64 5

Architect correspondence, 1951-1953 

64 6


64 7

Operations manual, 2001 

64A 1


Box Folder

Budget, 1992-1994 

64A 2

Correspondence, 1992-1995 

64A 3

Miscellaneous, 1993 

64A 4

Plans, 1992-1993 

64A 5
Box Folder

Sheffield Brick & Tile Company, 1951, 1986-1989 

64A 6

Specifications, 1951 

64A 7

Title, 1994 

64A 8
Box Folder

Minutes, 2004 

64A 9

Summer Library programs, 1979-1992 


 (Subseries 7.7) Computers & Automation 

Box Folder

Automation history and background 

66 1

Automation committee, 1991-1997 

66 2

Automation contract between city and county government, 1981 

66 3

Budgets and resolutions, circa 1982-1990 

66 4

Library Technology Planning Committee, 1994 

66 5

Microcomputer study, 1987-1988 

66 6

OCLC, 1980-1990 

66 7

Online systems 


Box Folder

Planning and implementation, 1990-1992 

66 8

Upgrades and enhancements, 1993-2000 

66 9


Box Folder

Contracts, 1987 

66 10

Communications, 1983-1991 

66 11

Planning and implementation, 1982-1985 

66 12

Shared system 

Box Folder


66 13


66 14
Box Folder

Wisconsin Humanities Committee grant, 1983-1984 

66 15

 (Subseries 7.8) Information Services 

Box Folder

Local area network proposal, 1986-1990 

67 1

Reference completion ratio, 1989-1994 

67 2

Residence survey, 1991-1997 

67 3

Archives & Local History 

Box Folder

Accession and deed of gift records, 1980-1996 

67 4-6


67 7

Correspondence, 1987-2003 

67 8

Desk manuals, 1983-2003 

67 9-13

Einstein letter and disposition, 1947-1984 

67 14


Box Folder

25th anniversary, 2005 

67A 1

Photo ID party, 2006 

67A 1A
Box Folder


67A 2


Box Folder

City directory reprints, 1998 

67A 3

Collectible book sale catalogs, 1983-1984 

67A 4

1920 federal census, 1991 

67A 5

1930 federal census, 2002 

67A 6


Box Folder

Gelatt Foundation, 1983 

67A 7

Local records grant (SHSW) 

Box Folder

Application, correspondence and reports, 1993-1995 

68 1

Project results, 1993-1997 

68 2
Box Folder

Guide to manuscripts and public records, 1983-1999 

68 3-8

History, 1982-2005 

69 1

Interlibrary loan procedures and use, 1995-2001 

69 2

Local newspaper projects, 1948-1981 

69 3

Long range plan, 1994 

69 4

Manuscript processing manual, 1997 

69 5

Microforms, 1996 

69 6

Mission statement, 1981 

69 7

Organizational records, 1997 

69 8

Planning and objectives, 1981-2003 

69 9

Preservation survey, 1990 May 

69 10


Box Folder

Articles in Past, Present & Future Guide to Local History & Genealogy Resources, 1995 

69 11

"New Books" column and other articles in La Crosse Area Genealogical Society Quarterly 

69 13

Other publications 

69 14

Whirlpool articles 

69 15
Box Folder

Regional records depository agreement between La Crosse Public Library and the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1953 

70 1

Selection policies, 1981-1997 

70 2-3

Special Collections committee, 1981-1983 

70 4

Statistics and narrative reports, 1980-1999 

70 5-15

Use policies, 1982-1990 

70 16

Website, 2000-2002 

70 17

Woodward collection disposition, 1949-1960 

70 18

Reference Services 

Box Folder


71 1

Correspondence, 1979-2001 

71 2

Databases, 2005 

71 3

Desk manuals, 1984-1987 

71 4-5


71 6

Government documents inspection, 1987 

71 7

Interlibrary loan, 1985 

71 8

Law library, 1999 

71 9

Librarian's Choice newsletter, 2002-2003 

71 10

Minutes, 1999-2009 

Access to Materials

Materials in this folder have restricted access.

72 1-4

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Local Public Document Room 

Box Folder

Cooperative agreement papers, 1987 

72A 1

Correspondence, 1975-1997 

72A 2

Contracts and cost proposals, 1981-1996 

72A 3

User's guide, 1992 

72A 4
Box Folder


72A 5


Box Folder

Evaluation, 1992 

72A 6

Holdings lists, 1980-1992 

72A 7-9

Microform project, 1967-1968 

72B 1

Wisconsin newspaper articles study, 2004 

72B 2

WPA newspaper survey, 1936 

72B 3
Box Folder

Planning and yearly objectives, 1992 

72B 4

Reference and Circulation policy discussions, 1996 

72B 5


Box Folder


72B 6-7

Comparisons, 1976-1988 

72B 8

Electronic reference, 2000-2005 

72B 9

First Search, 1993-1995 

72B 10

Log book, 1954-1959 

72B 11

Phone books, 1990-1994 

72B 12

Wisconsin file, 2003 

 (Subseries 7.9) Public Newsletters 

Box Folder

A Picture of Service, 2005-2009 

73 1

Chin Choppers, 1985-2009 

Box Folder

Construction Connection, 1995 

73 2

La Crosse Public Library: Into the 21st Century, 1888-1997 (by Ken Brekke), 1997 

1 18

Library Newsletter, 1997-1999 

73 4

What's Coming Up at the Library, 2003-2007 

73 4

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