La Crosse, Wisconsin, La Crosse Public Library Records


Summary Information
Title: La Crosse, Wisconsin, La Crosse Public Library Records
Date: 1868-2009

Creator:
  • La Crosse Public Library (La Crosse, Wis.).
Unique Identifier: La Crosse Series 008

Quantity: 49.0 cubic feet

Physical Description: 114 archives boxes, 3 flat boxes

Repository:
La Crosse Public Library
Contact Information

Archival Location:
La Crosse Public Library (Map)

Abstract:
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.

Language: English

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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.

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.

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

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.

Arrangement

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

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.

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.

Subject Terms
  • La Crosse Literary Association (La Crosse, Wis.).
  • La Crosse Public Library (La Crosse, Wis.).
  • Washburn, C. C., (Cadwallader Colden), 1818-1882
  • Young Men's Library Association (La Crosse, Wis.).
  • Libraries--Wisconsin--La Crosse
  • Municipal government--Wisconsin--La Crosse
  • Public records--Wisconsin--La Crosse
Contents List
(Series 1)
Series: 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 1
  Folder 1
Directors' biographies
Box 1
  Folder 2
Catalogs of holdings (with supplements), 1888-1904
Box 1
  Folder 3
Clippings, 1868-1996
Studies
Box 1
  Folder 4
Report on the Status of Fiction in the La Crosse Public Libraries , by A. H. Sanford, 1934 December
Box 1
  Folder 5
The La Crosse, Wisconsin Public Library: A Case Study in Informal Adult Education , by Eleanor Phinney, 1955
Box 1
  Folder 6
La Crosse Public Library , by Catherine Bradley, 1970
Box 1
  Folder 7
Report by Governmental Study Committee of La Crosse City Government , by Government Study Committee, 1972 June
Box 1
  Folder 8
Mead Public Library, Sheboygan: A Comparison with Five Other Wisconsin Libraries , prepared by the Library Evaluation and Research Center, SLIS, UW-Madison, 1991 January
Written histories
Box 1
  Folder 9
Histories of La Crosse Public Library and notes by Lillie M. E. Borresen, 1919-1926
Box 1
  Folder 10
History of La Crosse Public Library, 1885-1943 , by Muriel Fuller
Box 1
  Folder 11
Radio broadcast by Gysbert Van Steenwyk, 1954
Box 1
  Folder 12
La Crosse Public Library , by Jean Solberg, 1968 March
Box 1
  Folder 13
"Public Spirit" at Work: Philanthropy and Public Libraries in Nineteenth-Century Wisconsin , by John C. Colson, 1976
Box 1
  Folder 14
The First Fifty Years of the La Crosse Public Library , by Janet Jensen, 1977
Box 1
  Folder 15
Cadwallader Washburn: His Gift to La Crosse was a Library , by Mary Hebberd, 1980
Box 1
  Folder 16
La Crosse Public Library: Into Our Second Century, 1888-1988 , by Anita Taylor Doering and William D. Petersen, 1990
Note: Draft
Box 1
  Folder 17
A Gift to La Crosse: A History of the La Crosse Public Library , by Anita Taylor Doering and William D. Petersen, 1997
Box 1
  Folder 18
La Crosse Public Library: Into the 21st Century: 1888-1997 , by Ken Brekke, 1997
Box 1
  Folder 19
Miscellaneous materials
Box 1
  Folder 20
La Crosse Literary Association, 1867-1868
Young Men's Library Association
Box 1A
  Folder 1
Annual reports, 1869-1871
Box 1A
  Folder 2
Articles of incorporation, 1868
Box 1A
  Folder 3
Catalogs of holdings, 1872-1881
Financial materials
Box 1A
  Folder 4
Bills and receipts, 1869-1875
Box 1A
  Folder 5
Cancelled checks, 1874-1875
Box 1A
  Folder 6
Treasurer's reports, 1870-1874
Box 1A
  Folder 7
Box 2
  Folder 1
Lecture Committee reports, 1870-1885
Volume 1
Box 2
  Folder 2
Minutes, 1868-1888
Scope and Contents

Volume 1 includes constitution, rules, and bylaws

Box 2
  Folder 3
Miscellaneous correspondence and reports, 1868-1873
Cadwallader C. Washburn
Oversize framed document
Appointment as major general, 1862
Box 2
  Folder 4
Commission as Governor, 1871
Box 2
  Folder 5
Last will and testament, 1881
Box 2
  Folder 6
Materials of C. C. Washburn at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Box 2
  Folder 7
Memorabilia
Box 2
  Folder 8
Memorial Addresses, Life and Character of Honorable C. C. Washburn before the State Historical Society, 1882 July 25
Box 2
  Folder 9
Photograph and portraits
Box 2
  Folder 10
Roster, 2nd regiment, Wisconsin Calvary
Box 2
  Folder 11
Telegraph bill and information, 1869-1871
Box 74
Artifacts and memorabilia
(Series 2)
Series: 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 3
  Folder 1
Americans with Disabilities Act, 1994
Annual reports to
Box Annual reports
Box 4
  Folder 1-2
Box 3
  Folder 2-7
La Crosse Public Library Board, 1905-2009
Box 4
  Folder 3-4
Wisconsin Library Commission, 1905-1964
Box 4
  Folder 5
American Library Association, 1916-1949
Box 4
  Folder 6
State of Wisconsin, 1965-1992
Box 4
  Folder 7
Article of incorporation, 1885-1980
Box 4
  Folder 8
Awards, 1999
Box 4
  Folder 9
Bylaws and constituion, 1988
Box 4
  Folder 10
Board members, 1888-2009
Volume 2
Box 5
Box 6
Box 7
Board minutes, 1885-1997
Box 7E
Box 7A
Box 7AA
Box 7B
Box 7C
Box 7D
Board packets, 1989-2006
Box 8
Box 10
Box 9
Box 10A
Box 10B
Box 10C
Correspondence, 1893-2004
Departmental information
Box 10D
  Folder 1
Miscellaneous
Box 10D
  Folder 2-12
Box 10F
Box 10E
Statistics, 1978-2003
Director's files
Box 12
Box 11
  Folder 2-8
Board, 1976-1991
Box 13
Committees, 1982-1991
Box 14
  Folder 1
City transition, 1978-1981
Box 14
  Folder 2-7
Donation thank you letters (books and money), 1988-1991
La Crosse County Historical Society
Box 14A
  Folder 1
Agreements with La Crosse Public Library, 1978-2005
Box 14A
  Folder 2
Correspondence, 1993-1998
Box 14A
  Folder 3-4
Discussion, 1961, 1981-1998
Swarthout expansion
Box 14A
  Folder 5
Correspondence, 1991-1997
Box 14A
  Folder 6
Minutes, 1996
Box 14A
  Folder 7
Plans, 1993-1996
Box 14A
  Folder 8
Swarthout Museum expenses, 1979-1996
Box 14B
  Folder 1
Library goals, 1983-1986
Long Range Planning Committee
Box 14B
  Folder 2
Background and minutes, 1985-1987
Task forces
Box 14B
  Folder 3
Administration
Box 14B
  Folder 4
Automation
Box 14B
  Folder 5
Children & Youth Services
Box 14B
  Folder 6
Facilities
Box 14B
  Folder 7
Interagency relations
Box 14B
  Folder 8
New directions
Box 14B
  Folder 9
Public relations
Box 14B
  Folder 10
Services, programs and resources
Box 14B
  Folder 11
Final long range plan, 1987
Box 14B
  Folder 12
Follow-up, 1988-1989
Box 14C
  Folder 1-4
Patron suggestions, 1977-1994
Box 14C
  Folder 5
Volunteers, 1982-1998
White House conference
Box 15
  Folder 1
Pre-conference summaries, 1977-1979
Box 15
  Folder 2
Wisconsin delegation, 1978-1980
Box 15
  Folder 3
Resolutions and final report, 1979-1980
Emergency manuals
Box 15
  Folder 4
Community libraries, 1992
Box 15
  Folder 5-6
Main library, 1992-1998
Box 15
  Folder 7
Grants, 1987-1995
Box 15
  Folder 8
Hours and staffing, 1987-1999
Legal materials
Box 16
  Folder 1
City Council resolutions, 1978
Box 16
  Folder 2
Correspondence, 1976-1989
Box 16
  Folder 3
Deeds and abstracts, 1885-1966
Box 16
  Folder 4
Miscellaneous, 1970-1988
Box 16
  Folder 5
Newspaper clippings, 1986
Box 16
  Folder 6
Ordinances, 1919-1931
Box 16
  Folder 7
State of Wisconsin vs. Jason Voelker, 1994
Box 16
  Folder 8
Supreme Court case briefs La Crosse Public Library Trustees vs. City of La Crosse, 1916
Box 16
  Folder 9
Washburn's last will and testament, 1881
Box 16A
  Folder 1
Marketing, 1989-2006
Mergers (La Crosse Public Library, La Crosse County Library, Winding Rivers Library System)
Box 16A
  Folder 2, 8
Background, 1976-1982
Box 16A
  Folder 3, 9
Clippings and press releases, 1972-1985
Box 16A
  Folder 4, 10
Correspondence, 1973-1985
Box 16A
  Folder 14
General, 2002
Box 16A
  Folder 5
La Crosse County Board Administration Committee Study, 1973-1974
Box 16A
  Folder 11
League of Women Voters report, 1982
Box 16A
  Folder 12
Library Study Committee minutes, 1982
Box 16A
  Folder 6
Proposed resolution authorizing merger and background, 1979
Box 16A
  Folder 7, 13
Related studies, 1973-1982
Box 16A
  Folder 15
Mission statement and objectives, circa 1980s-1990s
Policies
Box 16A
  Folder 18
Fax, 1996-1997
Box 16A
  Folder 19
Miscellaneous
Box 16A
  Folder 20-22
Records management manuals, 1992-1997
Box 16A
  Folder 23
Relationships with other agencies, 1981-1997
Staff
Box 16A
  Folder 24
Classification and compensation study, 2000-2001
Access to Materials

This folder has restricted access.

Committees
Box 16B
  Folder 1
General, 1980-2003
Box 16B
  Folder 2
Adult programming, 2001
Box 16B
  Folder 3
Community services, 1986-1987
Box 16B
  Folder 4
Electronic resources, 2001
Box 16B
  Folder 6
Internet, 1997-2005
Box 17
  Folder 1
Staff development, 1978-1999
Box 17
  Folder 2
Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA), 1977-1981
Box 17
  Folder 3
Janitors, 1932-1951, 2003
Box 17A
  Folder 1-2
Box 17
  Folder 4-8
Job descriptions, 1963-2003
Box 17A
  Folder 3
Management team, 1990-1997
Box 17A
  Folder 4-6
Memoranda, 1976-2009
Box 17A
  Folder 7
Minutes, 1998-2004
Newsletters
Box 17A
  Folder 8-9
Splash , 1986-1999
Box 18
  Folder 1
Super News , 1980-1982
Box 18
  Folder 2
What's Happening the Week Of... , 2006-2007
Box 18
  Folder 3
Whitewash , 1997
Box 18
  Folder 4
A Year in Review , 1995-2005
Access to Materials

This folder has restricted access.

Box 18
  Folder 5
Organizational charts, 1980-1990
Box 18
  Folder 6
Performance appraisal forms, 1976-1989
Box 18
  Folder 7
Residency requirements, 1981-1999
Box 18
  Folder 8
Staff data sheets, circa 1947
Box 18
  Folder 10
Staff lists, 1959, 1978-2009
Box 18
  Folder 11-14
Box 18A
  Folder 1
Staff manuals (operating manuals), 1965-1997
Box 18A
  Folder 2
Staff training and conference reports, 1991
Box 18A
  Folder 3-4
Supervisors' meetings, 1976-1985
Strategic plan
Box 16A
  Folder 16
General, 1999-2001
Box 16A
  Folder 17
Board responses, 2000
Box 18A
  Folder 5
User's survey, 1982, 2001-2002
Box 18A
  Folder 6
Web site, 2000
Winding Rivers Library System (WRLS)
Box 18A
  Folder 7
County plan for library service, 1993
Box 18A
  Folder 8
Contracts, 1970-1994
(Series 3)
Series: 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.

Volume 3
Ledger, 1886-1912
Volume 6
Volume 5
Volume 4
Volume 10
Volume 9
Volume 8
Volume 7
Volume 13
Volume 12
Volume 11
Journals, 1886-1970
Box 19
  Folder 1-4
Audits, 1916-1982
Box 19
  Folder 5-14
Box 20
Budget and salary information, 1917, 1955-1991
Financial statements
Box 21
  Folder 1-3
Monthly, 1915-1981
Box 21
  Folder 4
Quarterly, 1904-1916
Box 21
  Folder 5-8
Check register, 1916-1951
Box 21
  Folder 9
Petty cash journal, 1946-1948
Miscellaneous
Box 21
  Folder 10
Appraisal of library property, 1949
Box 21
  Folder 11
Book depreciation and insurance, 1929-1939
Box 21
  Folder 12
General, 2005
Gund Trust
Box 22
  Folder 1
Agreement, 1957
Box 22
  Folder 2
Reports, 1949-1982
Box 22
  Folder 3
Insurance, 1947-1952
(Series 4)
Series: 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 23
  Folder 1
Annual reports, 1987-1999
Box 23
  Folder 2
Articles of incorporation, bylaws, constitution, 1885, 1962-1991
Board members
Box 23
  Folder 3
Lists, 1981-2009
Box 23
  Folder 4
Photographs, 1993
Box 23
  Folder 5-7
Board minutes, 1981-2000
Box 23
  Folder 8
Board packets, 1990-1997
Box 23
  Folder 9
Correspondence regarding Myer Katz book, 1986-1988
Box 23
  Folder 10-11
Director's files, 1981-1992
Box 23A
  Folder 1-3
Financial materials, 1968-2000
Box 23A
  Folder 4
Investment statements and funding priorities
Box 23A
  Folder 5
Legal materials, 1950-1994
(Series 5)
Series: 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 24
  Folder 1
Dedication, 1888
Box 24
  Folder 2-3
Addition, 1909
Box 24
  Folder 4
Stack plans, 1919-1925
New building (1967)
Box 24
  Folder 5
Property acquisition, 1958-1965
Box 24
  Folder 6
Consultant's reports, 1962-1964
Box 24
  Folder 7
Campaign for new building, 1963-1964
Box 24
  Folder 8
Program statement, 1964 April
Box 24
  Folder 9
Architect's meeting notes, 1965-1969
Box 24
  Folder 10-11
Contract volume, 1966
Box 25
  Folder 1
Equipment and furnishings, 1966-1967
Box 25
  Folder 2
Financial matters, 1964-1969
Box 25
  Folder 3
Dedication and follow-up articles, 1967-1969
Box 25
  Folder 4
Architectural award (HSR), 1968
Swarthout Addition (1980)
Box 26
  Folder 1
Swarthout documents, 1955-1976
Box 26
  Folder 2-3
Correspondence, 1956-1981
Box 26
  Folder 4
Committee minutes, 1974-1981
Box 26
  Folder 5
Program statements, 1974-1977
Box 26
  Folder 6
Community participation plan, 1977
Financial materials
Box 26
  Folder 7-8
Cost estimates, 1974-1981
Box 26
  Folder 9
Swarthout trust fund statements, 1976-1978
Box 27
  Folder 1-2
Property acquisition, 1974-1978
Box 27
  Folder 3
Architect's contracts, 1974-1978
Box 27
  Folder 4
Architect's meeting notes, 1977-1981
Box 27
  Folder 5
Outline specification, 1978 January
Box 27
  Folder 6
Preliminary soil investigation, 1978
Contract volumes
Box 27
  Folder 7
Demolition and site clearance, 1978 May
Box 27
  Folder 8
Project manual, 1978 October
Box 27
  Folder 9
Contract change orders, 1978-1979
Box 28
  Folder 1
Construction administrative handbook, 1978 November
Box 28
  Folder 2
Signage program, 1979
Box 28
  Folder 3
Furnishings, 1979-1980
Box 28
  Folder 4
Historical Society policy statements, 1978
Box 28
  Folder 5
Museum management proposals, 1977-1978
Box 28
  Folder 6
Dedication and grand opening, 1979-1980
Box 28
  Folder 7
Contract administration closeout inform, 1980 February
Addition (1996)
Planning
Administrative planning documents
Box 29
  Folder 1
General, 1983-1994
Box 29
  Folder 2-3
"La Crosse Public Library Building Program" (Jim White) 1992 March-April
Box 29
  Folder 4
Space planning
Box 29
  Folder 5
Building requirements, circa 1990s
Consultant
Box 29
  Folder 6
Information and correspondence, 1990-1992
Box 29
  Folder 7
Summaries, 1990-1991
Architect selection, 1992-1993
Architects' proposals
Box 31
  Folder 1
HSR, 1992 April
Box 30
  Folder 2
Schute-Larson, 1992 April
Box 30
  Folder 3
Architect's brochure, 1999
Box 30
  Folder 4-5
Architect's meeting notes, 1992-1997
Asbestos
Box 30
  Folder 6
Removal, 1995
Box 30
  Folder 7
Survey and report, 1991
Box 30
  Folder 8
Construction memos
Contract volumes
Box 31
Box 30
  Folder 9
Construction bulletins (#100-195)
Project manuals
Box 31A
  Folder 1
Furnishings (Flad & Associates), 1995
Box 31A
  Folder 2
HVAC (Affiliated Engineers), 1993
Box 32
Addition and alterations to La Crosse Public Library (Schute-Larson Architects), 1995
Box 33
  Folder 1-6
Correspondence, 1989-1999
Design
Box 33
  Folder 7
Archives, 1989-1996
Box 33
  Folder 8
Children's library (includes materials on mural artist Timothy Schlamp)
Box 34
  Folder 1
Floor plan options
Box 34
  Folder 2
Reference, 1989-1994
Box 34
  Folder 3
Young Adult area, 1992-1996
Box 34
  Folder 4
Elevator, 1996
Box 34
  Folder 5
Engineering reports, 1993-1996
Financial
Box 34
  Folder 6
Budget and schedule, 1990-1998
Box 34
  Folder 7
Bids, 1994-1996
Box 34
  Folder 8-9
Certificate for payment, 1995-1998
Fundraising efforts
Box 35
  Folder 1
Private sources, 1992-1996
Box 35
  Folder 2
Grant proposals, 1993-1994
Box 35
  Folder 3
Publicity
Box 35
  Folder 4
Tshirt
Box 35
  Folder 5
Furnishings, 1992-1996
Box 35
  Folder 6
Grand opening and dedication, 1996 August
Box 35A
  Folder 1
Manual and information storage, 1998
Box 35A
  Folder 2
Punch lists
Box 35A
  Folder 3
Signage, 1996-1997
Box 35A
  Folder 4
First Floor remodal, 2006
Other projects
Box 35AA
  Folder 1
Energy audit, 1981 April
Box 35AA
  Folder 2
Floor plans, circa 1998-2002
Box 35AA
  Folder 3
Granlund sculptures
Box 35AA
  Folder 4
La Crosse County Historical Society storage proposal, 1956
Box 35AA
  Folder 5
Legal property description, 1994
Maintenance and repair
Box 35AA
  Folder 6
General, 1946-1949
Box 35AA
  Folder 7
Carpet, 1997-1999
Box 35AA
  Folder 8
Chairs, 1998
Box 35AA
  Folder 9
HVAC, 2002
Box 35AA
  Folder 10
Roof, 1975
Box 35AA
  Folder 11
Security, 1995
Box 35AA
  Folder 12
Tree survey, circa 1990s
Box 35AA
  Folder 13
Underground petrolium product tank inventory, 1986
Box 35AA
  Folder 14
Wisconsin Public Library Building Survey for Handicapped Accessibility, 1979
(Series 6)
Series: 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 36
  Folder 1
Art, 1969-2009
Board of Directors
Box 36
  Folder 2
Board, 1948-2009
Box 36
  Folder 3
Albert Funk retirement party, 1996 June 23
Buildings
Community Libraries
Box 36
  Folder 4
North, 1950s-2009
Box 36
  Folder 5-7
South, 1942-2009
Box 36
  Folder 8
Brick walkway, 1997 September
Box 36
  Folder 9
Remodeling, 1993
Main
1888 building
Box 36A
  Folder 1-2
Exterior, 1888-1965
Box 36A
  Folder 3
Destruction, 1966
Box 36A
  Folder 4
Interior prior to 1966
1967 building
Box 37
  Folder 1
Plans and models
Box 37
  Folder 2
Moving and temporary quarters, 1966
Exterior
Box 37
  Folder 3
Construction, 1966-1967
Box 37
  Folder 4
General views, 1967-1979
Box 37
  Folder 5-6
Swarthout addition, 1980-1995
Box 37
  Folder 7
Parking lot, 1991
Box 37
  Folder 8-11
Addition, 1996
Interior
Box 38
  Folder 1-2
General views, 1967-1979
Box 38
  Folder 3-4
Swarthout addition, 1980-1995
Box 38
  Folder 5-6
Addition, 1996-2009
Events
Box 38A
  Folder 1
American Heritage discussion, 1954
Box 38A
  Folder 2-3
Appraisal Fair, 2000-2001
Box 38A
  Folder 4
Archives' 25th anniversary, 2005
Box 38A
  Folder 5-6
Archives Week, 1998-2002
Building
Dedications
Box 39
  Folder 1-2
Photographs, recordings 1967 November 5
Physical Description: 16mm film (color, sound, runtime unknown); VHS cassette (color, sound, runtime unknown) 
Box 39
  Folder 3-5
Slides, recordings 1980 January 6
Physical Description: U-matic tape (color, sound, runtime unknown); VHS cassette (color, sound, runtime unknown) 
Box 40
  Folder 1-2
Photographs, recordings, 1996 August
Physical Description: 2 VHS cassettes (color, sound, runtime unknown) 
Box 40
  Folder 3
Flood, 1995 June 7
Box 40
  Folder 4
Ground breaking, 1995 March 15
Box 40
  Folder 5
Vandalism, 1993 January
Box 40
  Folder 6
Centennial, 1988
Children's Area
Box 40
  Folder 7
Centennial, 2005
Physical Description: DVD (runtime unknown) 
Box 40A
  Folder 1
Programming
Box 40A
  Folder 2-3
Open house (photographs and recordings), 1996 June
Physical Description: VHS cassette tapes (runtime unknown) 
Box 40A
  Folder 4
Chocolate Celebration, 2001-2002
Box 41
  Folder 4
D.A.R.E. chili cook-off, 1999-2003
Box 41A
Box 41
  Folder 5-12
Founder's Day, 1988-2009
Box 42
  Folder 1-2
Fundraising, 1963-1964, 1996
Box 42
  Folder 3
General
Box 42
  Folder 4-6A
Give A Gift, 2003-2008
Box 42
  Folder 7
Going on-line (Wang), 1985 March
Box 42
  Folder 7A
Irish Fest, 2007
Box 42
  Folder 8
La Crosse Interstate Fair, 2002-2003
Box 42
  Folder 9
National History Day, 2006
North Community Library
Box 41
  Folder 1
50th Anniversary, 1992 August
Box 41
  Folder 2
Hobby shows, 1950-1962
Box 41
  Folder 3
Miscellaneous, circa 1950s
Box 41
  Folder 3A
Nightmare on Kane St., 2007
Box 41
  Folder 3B
65th Anniversary, 2007 August
Box 42
  Folder 10
Oktoberfest, 1997-2000
Box 42
  Folder 10A
Photo ID party, 2006
Box 42
  Folder 11-14
Read One Book, 2002-2006
Box 42
  Folder 15-17
Staff parties, 1988-2005
Box 42
  Folder 18-21
Box 42A
  Folder 1-8
Staff/Volunteer recognition event, 1992-2006
State events
Box 42A
  Folder 9
Wisconsin centennial
Box 42A
  Folder 10
Wisconsin sesquicentennial
Box 42A
  Folder 10A
Tax records and La Crosse County Historical Society materials move to La Crosse Public Library Archives, 2005
Box 42A
  Folder 11
Washburn Day, 1982
Box 42A
  Folder 12-15
Wisconsin Library Association Conferences in La Crosse, 1925-2005
Box 42A
  Folder 16
Exhibits, 1931-2009
Personnel
Box 42B
  Folder 1
Directors
Box 42B
  Folder 2-4
Box 42C
Staff, 1938-2009
Programs and services
Box 43
  Folder 1
Archives and Local History
Box 43
  Folder 2
Audio/visual
Box 43
  Folder 3
Children's area
Box 43
  Folder 4
Circulation
Box 43
  Folder 5
Reader's services
Box 43
  Folder 6
Reference
Box 44
Box 45
Scrapbooks, 1948-1964
Box 43
  Folder 7
Miscellaneous
(Series 7)
Series: 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)
Subseries: Aquisitions & Cataloging
Volume 14
Accession book, 1888-1904
Box 46
  Folder 1
Catalog cards withdrawn, 1992 March 23
Box 46
  Folder 2
Catalog division, 1981
Box 46
  Folder 3
Sample processing book, undated
Box 46
  Folder 4-8
Statistics, 1929-1976
(Subseries 7.2)
Subseries: Audio/Visual
Catalogs
Box 47
  Folder 1
Art prints, 1971-1974
Box 47
  Folder 2-7
Films, 1950-1978
Box 48
  Folder 1-2
Services, 1980-1986
Box 48
  Folder 3-5
Videos, 1988-1991
Box 48
  Folder 6
Policies, 1983-1990
Box 48
  Folder 7
Service evaluation, 1987-1989
Box 48
  Folder 8
Statistics, 1959-1968
Box 48
  Folder 9
Survey, 2005
(Subseries 7.3)
Subseries: Children's and Youth Services
Box 49
  Folder 1
Annual reports, 1931-1941
Author visits
Box 49
  Folder 2
Carter, Alden R., 1989
Box 49
  Folder 3
Cooney, Caroline, 1992
Box 49
  Folder 4
Mori, Kyoko, 1995
Box 49
  Folder 5
Brochures
Box 49
  Folder 6-12
Circulation records, 1984-1998
Box 49
  Folder 14
Collection development policy, 1992
Box 49
  Folder 15
Columbus book donation, 1991
LSCA/LSTA grant
Box 49
  Folder 16
Checklists, 1997-1999
Box 49
  Folder 17
Correspondence, 1997-1999
Box 49
  Folder 18
Grant applications, 1997-2000
Box 49
  Folder 19
Miscellaneous, 1997-1999
Box 49
  Folder 20
Photographs, 1998-1999
Box 49
  Folder 21
Site visits, 1997-1999
Box 49
  Folder 22
Storytime plans, 1997-1999
Box 49
  Folder 23
Surveys, 1997-1999
Box 49
  Folder 24
Treasure boxes, 1997-1998
Box 49
  Folder 25
Love My Library, 1999-2000
Box 49A
  Folder 1-4
Chin Choppers newsletter, 1986-2006
Box 49A
  Folder 5
T2-T Squared: A Teen Calendar of Events at the Library newsletter, 2000-2009
Box 49A
  Folder 6
Bookshelf newspaper articles, 1979-1988
Box 49A
  Folder 7
Newspaper feature articles, 1973-1988
Box 50
  Folder 1
Nightmare on Kane Street, 1998
Box 50
  Folder 2
Programing trends, 1978-1982
Box 51B
Box 50
  Folder 3-10
Box 51A
Box 51
Programs and tours, 1967-2004
Box 53
Box 52
Box 55C
Box 55
Box 54
Box 55B
Box 55A
Summer library program, 1966-2006
Teen Advisory Council
Box 56
  Folder 1
Background, 1981-1989
Box 56
  Folder 2
Budget, 1987
Box 56
  Folder 3
Correspondence, 1987-1993
Box 56
  Folder 4
Member lists, 1989-1992
Box 56
  Folder 5
Minutes, 1989-1993
Box 56
  Folder 6
Newsletters, 1990-1991
Box 56
  Folder 7
Publicity, 1989-1992
Box 56
  Folder 8-19
Teen programing, 1988-2000
Box 56
  Folder 20
YODA van, 2000
Box 56
  Folder 21
Young adult area, 1998-1999
Box 56
  Folder 22
Young adult workshops, 1989-1997
(Subseries 7.4)
Subseries: Circulation
Box 57
  Folder 1
Aide training, 1983-1995
Box 57
  Folder 2
Fines, 1915-1922
Box 57
  Folder 3
Library cards and card information, 1940, 1999
Box 57
  Folder 4
Manual, 1982
Box 57
  Folder 5
Minutes, 1990-1996
Access to Materials

Materials in this folder have restricted access.

Box 57
  Folder 6
Miscellaneous, 1995-1996
Box 57
  Folder 7
Policies and rules for library use
Volume 15
Registration book, 1888-1905
Box 57
  Folder 8-9
Registration lists, 1904-1905
Box 58
  Folder 1-5
Box 57
  Folder 8-12
Statistics, 1888-1968
(Subseries 7.5)
Subseries: Collection Development
Box 58A
Challenged materials, 1978-1996
Box 59
  Folder 1
Collection Development Committee, 1979-1992
Box 59
  Folder 2
Forms
Box 59
  Folder 3
Gift procedures, 1981-1990
Box 59
  Folder 4
Materials selection procedures, 1986
Box 59
  Folder 5-13
Policies, 1957-1997
Box 59
  Folder 14
Professional collection, 1979-1989
Box 59
  Folder 15
Selection process, 1980-1988
Box 59
  Folder 16
Small Press grant, 1981-1984
Box 59
  Folder 17
La Crosse Area Cooperative Library agreement, 1981
Box 59
  Folder 18
Third World fiction project, 1982-1983
Box 59
  Folder 19
Weeding, undated
Box 59
  Folder 20
Young adult selection, 1977-1987
(Subseries 7.6)
Subseries: Community Libraries
Box 60
  Folder 1
Campaign for new branch libraries, 1926-1941
Box 60
  Folder 2
Consultant's report, 1991
North
Box 60
  Folder 3-7
Circulation records, 1937-1987
Facility
Box 61
  Folder 1
History and planning, 1916-1982
Box 61
  Folder 2
Architect correspondence, 1938-1952
Box 61
  Folder 3
Equipment and subcontractor layouts, 1941
Box 61
  Folder 4-5
HVAC retrofit, 2001
Renovation
Box 62
  Folder 1
Budget, 1991-1993
Box 62
  Folder 2
Correspondence, 1991-1996
Box 62
  Folder 3
Plans, circa 1991-1993
Box 62
  Folder 4
Specifications, 1991
Box 62
  Folder 5
Specifications, 1938
Box 62
  Folder 6
50th anniversary celebration, 1992
Box 62
  Folder 7
Minutes, 2004
Box 62
  Folder 8
Programing, 1973-1980
Box 62
  Folder 9-10
Box 63
Box 63A
Summer library programs, 1954-1991
South
Box 64
  Folder 1
Brochures
Box 64
  Folder 2-4
Circulation records, 1952-1987
Facility
Box 64
  Folder 5
History and planning, 1946-1993
Box 64
  Folder 6
Architect correspondence, 1951-1953
Box 64
  Folder 7
Furnishings
Box 64A
  Folder 1
Operations manual, 2001
Renovation
Box 64A
  Folder 2
Budget, 1992-1994
Box 64A
  Folder 3
Correspondence, 1992-1995
Box 64A
  Folder 4
Miscellaneous, 1993
Box 64A
  Folder 5
Plans, 1992-1993
Box 64A
  Folder 6
Sheffield Brick & Tile Company, 1951, 1986-1989
Box 64A
  Folder 7
Specifications, 1951
Box 64A
  Folder 8
Title, 1994
Box 64A
  Folder 9
Minutes, 2004
Box 65
Summer Library programs, 1979-1992
(Subseries 7.7)
Subseries: Computers & Automation
Box 66
  Folder 1
Automation history and background
Box 66
  Folder 2
Automation committee, 1991-1997
Box 66
  Folder 3
Automation contract between city and county government, 1981
Box 66
  Folder 4
Budgets and resolutions, circa 1982-1990
Box 66
  Folder 5
Library Technology Planning Committee, 1994
Box 66
  Folder 6
Microcomputer study, 1987-1988
Box 66
  Folder 7
OCLC, 1980-1990
Online systems
Dynix
Box 66
  Folder 8
Planning and implementation, 1990-1992
Box 66
  Folder 9
Upgrades and enhancements, 1993-2000
NSC
Box 66
  Folder 10
Contracts, 1987
Box 66
  Folder 11
Communications, 1983-1991
Box 66
  Folder 12
Planning and implementation, 1982-1985
Shared system
Box 66
  Folder 13
Correspondence
Box 66
  Folder 14
Minutes
Box 66
  Folder 15
Wisconsin Humanities Committee grant, 1983-1984
(Subseries 7.8)
Subseries: Information Services
Box 67
  Folder 1
Local area network proposal, 1986-1990
Box 67
  Folder 2
Reference completion ratio, 1989-1994
Box 67
  Folder 3
Residence survey, 1991-1997
Archives & Local History
Box 67
  Folder 4-6
Accession and deed of gift records, 1980-1996
Box 67
  Folder 7
Brochures
Box 67
  Folder 8
Correspondence, 1987-2003
Box 67
  Folder 9-13
Desk manuals, 1983-2003
Box 67
  Folder 14
Einstein letter and disposition, 1947-1984
Events
Box 67A
  Folder 1
25th anniversary, 2005
Box 67A
  Folder 1A
Photo ID party, 2006
Box 67A
  Folder 2
Forms
Fundraising
Box 67A
  Folder 3
City directory reprints, 1998
Box 67A
  Folder 4
Collectible book sale catalogs, 1983-1984
Box 67A
  Folder 5
1920 federal census, 1991
Box 67A
  Folder 6
1930 federal census, 2002
Grants
Box 67A
  Folder 7
Gelatt Foundation, 1983
Local records grant (SHSW)
Box 68
  Folder 1
Application, correspondence and reports, 1993-1995
Box 68
  Folder 2
Project results, 1993-1997
Box 68
  Folder 3-8
Guide to manuscripts and public records, 1983-1999
Box 69
  Folder 1
History, 1982-2005
Box 69
  Folder 2
Interlibrary loan procedures and use, 1995-2001
Box 69
  Folder 3
Local newspaper projects, 1948-1981
Box 69
  Folder 4
Long range plan, 1994
Box 69
  Folder 5
Manuscript processing manual, 1997
Box 69
  Folder 6
Microforms, 1996
Box 69
  Folder 7
Mission statement, 1981
Box 69
  Folder 8
Organizational records, 1997
Box 69
  Folder 9
Planning and objectives, 1981-2003
Box 69
  Folder 10
Preservation survey, 1990 May
Publications
Box 69
  Folder 11
Articles in Past, Present & Future Guide to Local History & Genealogy Resources , 1995
Box 69
  Folder 13
"New Books" column and other articles in La Crosse Area Genealogical Society Quarterly
Box 69
  Folder 14
Other publications
Box 69
  Folder 15
Whirlpool articles
Box 70
  Folder 1
Regional records depository agreement between La Crosse Public Library and the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1953
Box 70
  Folder 2-3
Selection policies, 1981-1997
Box 70
  Folder 4
Special Collections committee, 1981-1983
Box 70
  Folder 5-15
Statistics and narrative reports, 1980-1999
Box 70
  Folder 16
Use policies, 1982-1990
Box 70
  Folder 17
Website, 2000-2002
Box 70
  Folder 18
Woodward collection disposition, 1949-1960
Reference Services
Box 71
  Folder 1
Brochures
Box 71
  Folder 2
Correspondence, 1979-2001
Box 71
  Folder 3
Databases, 2005
Box 71
  Folder 4-5
Desk manuals, 1984-1987
Box 71
  Folder 6
Forms
Box 71
  Folder 7
Government documents inspection, 1987
Box 71
  Folder 8
Interlibrary loan, 1985
Box 71
  Folder 9
Law library, 1999
Box 71
  Folder 10
Librarian's Choice newsletter, 2002-2003
Box 72
  Folder 1-4
Minutes, 1999-2009
Access to Materials

Materials in this folder have restricted access.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Local Public Document Room
Box 72A
  Folder 1
Cooperative agreement papers, 1987
Box 72A
  Folder 2
Correspondence, 1975-1997
Box 72A
  Folder 3
Contracts and cost proposals, 1981-1996
Box 72A
  Folder 4
User's guide, 1992
Box 72A
  Folder 5
Pathfinders
Periodicals
Box 72A
  Folder 6
Evaluation, 1992
Box 72A
  Folder 7-9
Holdings lists, 1980-1992
Box 72B
  Folder 1
Microform project, 1967-1968
Box 72B
  Folder 2
Wisconsin newspaper articles study, 2004
Box 72B
  Folder 3
WPA newspaper survey, 1936
Box 72B
  Folder 4
Planning and yearly objectives, 1992
Box 72B
  Folder 5
Reference and Circulation policy discussions, 1996
Statistics
Box 72B
  Folder 6-7
1930-2000
Box 72B
  Folder 8
Comparisons, 1976-1988
Box 72B
  Folder 9
Electronic reference, 2000-2005
Box 72B
  Folder 10
First Search, 1993-1995
Box 72B
  Folder 11
Log book, 1954-1959
Box 72B
  Folder 12
Phone books, 1990-1994
Wisconsin file, 2003
(Subseries 7.9)
Subseries: Public Newsletters
Box 73
  Folder 1
A Picture of Service , 2005-2009
Box 49A
Chin Choppers , 1985-2009
Box 73
  Folder 2
Construction Connection , 1995
Box 1
  Folder 18
La Crosse Public Library: Into the 21st Century, 1888-1997 (by Ken Brekke), 1997
Box 73
  Folder 4
Library Newsletter , 1997-1999
Box 73
  Folder 4
What's Coming Up at the Library , 2003-2007