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Guide to the Fauver Hill Study Club Records, 1901-2006 MSS 105

Guide to the Fauver Hill Study Club Records, 1901-2006

MSS 105

Summary Information

The Campbell Library Association, established on Mar. 1, 1901, was organized with the purpose of starting and maintaining a library for the Town of Campbell in La Crosse County, Wis. Membership in the organization has been primarily women. Once the La Crosse County Library System was formed in 1923, the club began to shift its focus. The organization changed its name to Fauver Hill Study Club in October 1967, and is still active. Club programs focus on current events, slide presentations and tours of schools, museums, and institutions. Materials include written histories of the club, newspaper clippings, programs, original and transcripted minutes, and other miscellaneous items.
Collection Title
Fauver Hill Study Club Records
Date of Materials
Fauver Hill Study Club (Onalaska, Wis.).
Call Number
MSS 105
0.8 cubic feet
Physical Description
2 archives boxes
Language of Materials
La Crosse Public Library Archives

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Fauver Hill Study Club Records, MSS 105, La Crosse Public Library Archives, La Crosse, WI

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Historical Note

The Campbell Library Association, which was organized on Mar. 1, 1901, was an outgrowth of the Fortnightly Club, another study club in La Crosse. The Fortnightly Club had established the La Crosse County Traveling Library in 1898, and encouraged the Town of Campbell to organize and maintain their own library.

At the first meeting of the Campbell Library Association, whose members included farm women and their husbands, discussion included how to raise money to purchase books and the establishment of rules necessary to run the library. Mrs. Frank Tiffany of the Fortnightly Club donated the first five books. A constitution was adopted in 1902.

Early meetings combined a social hour with book reviews to determine what books would be purchased. Five or six books were selected at each meeting, and discussions centered on the proper volumes to include in the library. In-depth study of authors and other topics were also presented. Additional books were received from the La Crosse County Traveling Library system.

The Campbell Town Hall, erected in 1875, and located a block north of the intersection of what is now State Highway 157 and the present County Highway SS, was the center of social activities for the club. The club held a variety of social functions to raise money to maintain the building and the library.

Once the La Crosse County Library was established in 1923, the club purchased fewer books. In 1927, 150 books were donated to the County Library. The rest of the books were divided among Association members in 1947. On June 4, 1951, the Campbell Library Association celebrated its 50th anniversary. The group continued to meet and studied a variety of topics including: bird habits, drugs, successful diets, estates and wills, etc.

In October 1967, the name of the organization was changed from Campbell Library Club to Fauver Hill Study Club, as a result of the break up of the town of Campbell into the town of Medary to the east and the town of Campbell to the west.

The organization celebrated its centennial on May 9, 2001, and is still active. Monthly meetings are held in the homes of members from September to May. Programs include current events, slide presentations and tours of schools, museums, and institutions.

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Scope and Contents

Records from the Fauver Hill Study Club include written histories and newspaper clippings. Event materials consist of items from the group’s centennial, celebrated in 200l, and programs (1930-2006) with a few gaps.

Financial materials include the group’s tax exempt number (file is restricted), and treasurer’s reports which are included with the group’s transcripted and original minutes.

Some of this group’s original minutes (1981-2002) are part of this collection. These minutes also include treasurer’s reports and meeting attendance information. Transcripted minutes (1901-1942; 1967-1977; 1981-2002) were typed from the original minutes. They include treasurer’s reports, and earlier minute books list the titles of books purchased by the Campbell Library Association. The 1927-1942 volume also includes the constitution and by-laws (1927). Minutes from Mar. 1942-Sept. 1967, Apr. 1977-Mar. 1981, and Aug. 2002-present, are not part of this collection.

Miscellaneous materials include a booklet on parliamentary procedure (1946), Robert’s Rules of Order (1915), songbooks (1923; 1946), and titles of books purchased for libraries (1901-1927).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

La Crosse Public Library Archives 2006 June

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

Access to Materials

Materials in this collection are available for patron use.

Acquisitions Information

(Accession no. 2006.051) Donated by Irene Radcliffe, 2006 May

Processing Information

Processed by Christine Stolz, 2006 June

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Related Materials

Related Materials

(Clipping file)
 Organizations--Fauver Hill Study Club
(Ephemera file)
 Organizations--Fauver Hill Study Club
(020.624 F276)
 Fauver Hill Study Club History 1901-2006
(020.624 R116H 2001)
 History of Fauver Hill Study Club: Formerly Campbell Library Association
(MISC MSS 003)
 History of the Fauver Hill Study Club

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Campbell Library Association (Campbell, Wis.).
  • Fauver Hill Study Club (Onalaska, Wis.).

Geographic Name(s)

  • Campbell (Wis. : Town)--Societies, etc.


  • Libraries--Wisconsin--Campbell

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Collection Inventory


Box Folder


1 1

Newspaper clippings, 1939-2001 

1 2
Box Folder

Constitution and bylaws, 1927 

2 3


Box Folder

Centennial, 2001 

1 3

Programs, 1930-2006 

1 4-5


Box Folder

Original (with summary), 1981-2002 

1 7-9
Box Folder Box Folder

Transcripted (with summary), 1901-2002 

1 10-11 2 1-6
Box Folder

Paliamentary procedure, 1946 

2 7

Robert's Rule of Order, 1915 

2 8

Songbooks, 1923, 1946 

2 9

Titles of books purchased for libraries, 1901-1927 

2 10