A booklet on the history of the Winona Public Library in its first 50 years of service to the community of Winona, Minnesota. Photographs of William Harris Laird, Fred S. Bell, the library and its patrons are included.
A notice of a special meeting of the Winona Library Association to consider and vote upon the transfer of all property of the Association to the City of Winona, as contemplated in the ordinance creating a Free Public Library, passed by the City Council on March 8, 1886.
The minutes of a special meeting of the Winona Library Association to certify and adopt the City resolution to create a free public library in Winona. The minutes include attached local newspaper clippings related to the resolution.
A check from the Treasurer of the Winona Library Association to J.E. Prentiss for insurance in the amount of fifteen dollars, signed by E. (Ernest) A. Gerdtzen, Secretary, and O. (Ozro) B. Gould, President. The check is number 18 and dated April 28, 1874.
A leaflet describing The Light of Learning mural painting by Kenyon Cox in the Winona Free Public Library, Winona, Minnesota. The mural was donated by William Hayes in memory of his wife, Charlotte Prentiss Hayes.
Putnam, Herbert; Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts
A letter from Herbert Putnam, librarian, Boston Public Library, to Fred S. Bell, president of the Board of Directors of the Winona Free Public Library, Winona, Minnesota. The letter acknowledges Boston Public Library's receipt of a blue print of the Winona Free Public Library's floor plan and two photographs of the building's exterior as a gift to the library.
Morrison, Mrs. D. B.; Wenonah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Winona, Minnesota
A letter from Mrs. D. B. Morrison, secretary of the Wenonah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, to Burr D. Blair, President of the Laird Library Board, Winona, Minnesota. The letter notes the gift of a flag to the Winona Free Public Library.
The original hand-written letter from William Harris Laird to the Board of Directors of the Winona Free Public Library to build a new library. Laird estimates the new building will cost $40,000, which he will provide. Actual costs exceeded that by approximately $10,000 and Laird covered the additional expense. The resolution by the Board of Directors accepting Laird's gift is also included, along with a transcribed version of the original proposition.
A letter from Warren Powers Laird, University of Pennsylvania, to Elmer E. Shephard, secretary of the Board of Directors of the Winona Free Public Library. Laird redirects the library's inquiry regarding an addition to the book stacks to his colleague, Edgar V. Seeler.
Keyes, D. W.; Young Men's Library Association, Winona, Minnesota
1867-01 - 1867-05
A season ticket to the Young Men's Library Association Course of Lectures, from January 1 to May 1, 1867, in Winona, Minnesota. The ticket admits one lady and gentleman. Featured speakers include Ralph Waldo Emerson, Professor Edward Youmans, Theodore Tilton, General Henry H. Sibley, Frederick Douglass, Wendell Phillips, and Petroleum V. Nasby.