Indiana Carnegie Libraries, A - C

Butterfly Art Nouveau postcard from Greensburg, Ind.

Part of Library Postcards: Civic Pride in a Lost America.

The best resource I had found on this topic was the Indiana State Library's Carnegie Library page, which appears to have disappeared.

Modern Indiana libraries are organized at the county level: in some cases there are more than one Carnegie building in a county library.


Akron, IN Carnegie library

1913 grant: building still in use.

Black and White brand card, published by (for?) the Wagner Post Card & Novelty Co., of Delphos, Ohio.


The Library at Alexandria No, not that Alexandria I'm not sacked yet
The picture shows another brick building close to the short side.
Card by Weixelbaum.
The only identification
on the card is a horseshoe logo on the back.
Silver border 'Clear View' card from the Wayne Paper Box & Prtg. Corp.

Now known as the Alexandria-Monroe Public Library. A 1902 grant resulted in a strangely asymmetric building.


Anderson, IN Post office and Public Library (L) Library pictured with the Anderson Post Office on a Curt Teich linen-finish card.
(R above) Library pictured with Anderson's Central Christian Church. Its framing effect is due to embossing. Postmarked 1909.
Anderson, IN Carnegie building
Anderson, IN Carnegie building (L, below) Curt Teich 'C.T. Photochrom' card dates between 1908 and 1910. On the right is a partial Coca-Cola advertisement.
(R, below) Close-up of a staid Carnegie building. Souvenir Post Card, with entire back, mailed 1909.
Anderson, IN Carnegie building

Grant obtained in 1902: the library left this fairly standard building in 1987, to expand into a Sears, Roebuck store. (I suppose that somewhere, someone is complaining about the idiots who turn perfectly good retail buildings into libraries.) It apparently sat empty for 10 years and since 1998, houses a Fine Arts Center. The building was restored in 2006.

There are more photos, including some interior photos on Indiana Memory Digital Collections' site.


Angola, IN Carnegie building (L) Photo-Tone card shows neighborhood details.
(R) Auburn Post Card mailed in 1929.
Angola, IN Carnegie building

Now known as the Carnegie Library of Steuben County.

1909 grant. The building underwent some heavy renovation in 2003 - 2004.


Attica, IN Carnegie building (L) Late autumn photo on the Gartner & Bender postcard, mailed in 1907.
(R) Nice 'Litho-chrome' card shows off the decorative fountain.
Attica, IN Carnegie building
Attica, IN Carnegie building (L, below) C.U. Williams 'Photoette,' printed in Bloomington, Illinois, mailed in 1911.

The Library began as the Ladies Library Association of Attica (this has to have been a Michiana thing).
The Neoclassical Carnegie building opened in 1904, was renovated in 1988, and received an addition in 1995. Still in use.
Information from the state government's site of historical markers.


Bedford, IN Carnegie building (L) C.U. Williams 'Photoette.'
(R) Rather ordinary monochrome card published by the Owl Drug Store.
Bedford, IN Carnegie building

Grant obtained in 1902: bare-bones building heavily renovated in 1984.


Bluffton, IN Carnegie building (L) Rotograph card mailed in 1908.
(R) Hugh C. Leighton card mailed in 1913.
Bluffton, IN Carnegie building
Bluffton, IN Carnegie building (L) National Press card. National Press seems to have been more known for its commercial advertising cards of roadside businesses than library post cards.
(R) 1916 'Blue Sky' card by Curt Teich.
Bluffton, IN Carnegie building

Grant obtained in 1903: again, a very basic building. Replaced by the Bluffton - Wells County Public Library, it now serves as a county governmental annex. There seem to have been some minor cosmetic alterations made.
(But the Library now has doughnuts. Dunkin Donuts.)


Boonville, IN Carnegie library

Now the Boonville-Warrick County Public Library, no longer occupying this rather snazzy ca. 1914 building.

National Press postcard. This company also printed a lot of advertising cards for small clients like gas stations and motels.


Brazil, IN Carnegie building The card on the left has an entire back.
The card on the right is a C.T. American Art Blue Sky postcard, by Curt Teich, of course.
Brazil, IN Carnegie building
Brazil, IN Carnegie building interior It's a special treat to find an interior picture of a Carnegie building. This interesting shot of the library's original desk and other furnishings is dated 1910. Too bad that the postcard is in such poor condition.

1902 grant. Still in use, with an addition. Rather ordinary limestone library enlivened by the frieze, and what I suspect is a semi-circular stained glass window, over the doorway. According to the library's history page, this is the only Carnegie building marked with carved letters as a donation from Andrew Carnegie.
I'm not so sure about that.


Brookville, IN Carnegie building (L) Suspect postcard. Despite a 9/1/1913 postmark, the message and address appear to have been written in ball point pen.
(R) The card was produced in California, by Mike Roberts Color Production, color being the operative word.
Brookville, IN Carnegie building

Built in 1912: a very interesting history was published by the Brookville American-Democrat upon the Library's centennial.
Did you know that many Carnegie buildings have 13 steps leading to the Library? This symbolizes the 13 Steps to Wisdom. According to the article, Carnegie thought that young, ambitious people would comprise the majority of the users.



Clinton, IN Carnegie building

Per the Woody's Library Restaurant web site, clearly the oddest reference I have used, this was built in 1913 and replaced in 1970. The $11,000 grant came in early March of that year. Bobinski and the postcard concur.
From 1972 to 1989 the building served as town offices and courthouse. In 1998, it became the restaurant.

Austin Bond was the local (per Arcadia Press's Carmel) architect.

The card appears to have been in the Hamilton County Public Library Commission's collection, according to its notations made in 1925. It's an Americhrome brand production.


Clinton, IN Carnegie building (L) Black and White brand card.
(R) One of the last classical Curt Teich cards in my collection to be mailed, it's postmarked 1958.
Clinton, IN Carnegie building

The State Library of Indiana waxed positively lyrical about this 1908 Carnegie building, tripled in size in 1991.

Maybe it's just these rather blah cards, but I'm not as impressed.


Columbus, IN Carnegie building (L) H.H. Hamm card.
(R) A Tichnor Quality View.
Columbus, IN Carnegie building

Built 1901: razed 1969.
Slightly iconoclastic Carnegie building with a strange convex entry. Something about the retouching makes it seem as if the walls are also curved. The library probably had the fan-style stack arrangement used in the smaller buildings built on corner lots.


Connersville, IN Carnegie building

Built 1908 - 9: razed 1980. Now known as the Fayette County Public Library.

The H. H. Hamm postcard was possibly printed by Curt Teich, as many were.

Crawfordsville (District Public Library)

Crawfordsville, IN Carnegie building (L) Litho-Chrome brand card.
(R) An entire back signifies the card predates 1907, and may even have been printed shortly after the grant date of 1901.
Crawfordsville, IN Carnegie building
Crawfordsville, IN Carnegie building Monochrome card published by Auburn Post Card Manufacturing Co.
Photography credit went to Franzlau, which was run by the eponymous brothers William A. and Harry O. Between 1906 and 1916, the firm was in Blackford County, and moved to Crawfordsville to operate as Franzlau Photo Shop between 1925 and 1935, according to Blackford County Photographers Collection, ca. 1880-1939, by Tranfield and Nicholson.

From the Indiana State Library:
In 1969 the front steps were removed and a street level entrance installed. In 1977 to 1979 the building next door was renovated and connected to the Carnegie library. In 1996 the special services department was renovated.

Crown Point

Crown Point, IN Carnegie building Two versions of a Vilmer photo. Which was produced in Germany, and which, in Chicago, by Curt Teich? Crown Point, IN Carnegie building

1906 grant, built in 1908, and replaced in 1972. In turn, replaced in 2012.

Today the Carnegie building is used as a meeting hall for a fraternal organization.


Culver, IN Carnegie building

Built in 1915: still in use after additions and renovation. Now known as the Culver - Union Township Public Library. History is found on the library's web page, along with some interesting city history and photos.

E.C. Kropp card.

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