Indiana Carnegie Libraries

The best resource I had found on this topic was the Indiana State Library's Carnegie Library page. Recently a 2009 revision, as an Excel spreadsheet, has reappeared online. In 2014, I found the Indiana State Library Commission's journal Library Occurrent, which has allowed me to fill in some extra details.


Hammond, IN Carnegie Library (L) 1907 Curt Teich post card, mailed 1911.
(R) Library in city street context. Shed to the right of the library reads 'LION S ORE.' Spiffy Acmegraph card.
Hammond, IN Carnegie library
Hammond, IN Carnegie library (L) It looks like the building on the far right of the postcard has 'HOLST' painted on it. This is an E.C. Kropp card, printed in Milwaukee. They tended to leave in small, cryptic details which other postcard manufacturers removed.
(R) One of the final postcards made of the library. This Curt Teich Art-Creation dates from 1955.
Hammond, IN Carnegie library

Most of the northwest Indiana libraries have extremely interesting histories. Hammond, due to its proximity to Gary, has a bad reputation that just isn't deserved.

1904 Carnegie grant. Razed, 1967. There was no attempt to keep the building in use via an addition, but times were good in the Steel Belt back then.

Hartford City

Hartford City, IN Carnegie library (L) Rather unattractive card, unattributed.
(R) Imitation 'Blue sky' card by the Auburn Post Card Manufacturing Co., never mailed.
Hartford City, IN Carnegie library

1903 Carnegie grant. Minor 1986 renovation. Still in use.


Hebron, IN Carnegie library

This is one of the later Carnegie-funded (1917) libraries in the state. Still in use, with an addition.

Curt Teich 1952 'Photo-Finish' brand card.



1914 grant: the Carnegie building is now a museum of local history. Stylistically, this building is much more like those in Wisconsin (Durand, Plymouth, Platteville, Richland Center) than those in the rest of Indiana.
Now a branch library in the Lake County Public Library.

Yet another Clear View card, fron the Wayne Paper Box & Printing Corporation. Some of this series has aluminized borders, but this has a grey border. I suspect that the grey versions were printed during WW II.


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'From Your Uncle I.R.A
171 Wm St Huntington
Early C.T. Photochrom mailed in 1915. Mailed in 1908.
Huntington, IN Carnegie library (L) The card was produced by E.B. & E. Co. I believe that the twins are meant to be the original 'Siamese Twins,' Chang and Eng. The postcard appears to be derived from the card at left above. What twins have to do with Huntington, or with libraries, is beyond me.

Built in 1901. Currently (since 1987) used as an instructional center for schools.

Indiana Harbor

See East Chicago.


Jeffersonville, IN Carnegie library (L) Sepia card dates from 1907. In anticipation of postal regulation change, the reverse of the divided back says,'After Feb. 28, 1907, the space below may be used for correspondence.'
(R) Curt Teich linen finish card includes the city's post office.
Jeffersonville, IN Carnegie library
(R, below) This card's original owner annotated, 'Aug-2 1964' and 'Bought in Jeffersonville' with a letterset. It was printed by the Dexter Press, who calls it
'A tax supported Carnegie Endowed Township Library.' At this point, it contained ca. 21,000 volumes.
Jeffersonville, IN Carnegie library

1902 grant. I don't know when it was replaced, but it had been used by IU-Southeast for classrooms, before its stint as a local history museum.
Formerly operated as the Remnant Trust repository for rare works and documents, but concerns over subpar conditions for archival preservation closed the building.
Now, the building can be rented.


Kendallville, IN Carnegie library (L) Curt Teich card from the 1920s.
(R) Side view in linen finish published by the Sturgis News Agency. Quite possibly printed by MWM.
Kendallville, IN Carnegie library

1912 grant. According to Library Occurrent, Grant C. Miller (without Patton) was its architect. Now combined with the Limberlost (Rome City) Public Library. Replaced.


Kentland, IN Carnegie library

Now known as the Kentland Jefferson Township Library.

Built in 1912, from a 1909 Carnegie grant. Resembles the Geneva, Illinois Carnegie library. A recent renovation was sensitively added.

In contrast to the architecture, the card isn't exactly made with high production values. It seems to date from the WWI era anti-German sentiments and embargoes. This is the only card I've seen by the Hoover-Watson Printing Company of Indianapolis.


Knightstown, IN Carnegie library

1911 grant. Still in use.

Black and White brand card may be a Curt Teich product.
Teich seems to have had some other brand names, including Octochrome, Sky-Tint, Commercialchrome, and Black and White.


Kokomo, IN Carnegie library (L) Curt Teich 'American Art' postcard.
(R) E.C. Kropp postcard.
Kokomo, IN Carnegie library

Grant: 1902.
Demolished: 1965, according to the State Library of Indiana.

The system is now known as the Kokomo - Howard County Public Library.

La Porte

La Porte, IN Carnegie library

I can't find any significant history on the La Porte County Library web site, but it does look as if the library is still in use (with an addition). Six branches might be why.

This is a Curt Teich card of the 'American Art' series.


Lagrange, IN Carnegie library

Built in 1919. Lagrange County Public Library also encompasses Shipshewana and Topeka Branch Libraries.
Not only is the Carnegie portion still in use, an addition was made in 1976; and the Library next engulfed the Town Hall and Fire Station, which harbors the Bookmobile.

National Press is more known for the motel postcards it produced in the Midwest than for its library postcards. Still, it displays the Prairie architecture well.


Lawrenceburg, IN Carnegie library

We have officially bottomed out on postcard quality here. However, the Whitney Studio does provide a little information about the library:
Established 1910. Bldg. erected 1915. Circulation, 50,000 per year.

The Library's web page is stupendously unhelpful regarding the Carnegie legacy, but at least SHP Leading Design gives us an overview of its 2008 project, which blended the Carnegie building and its two additions with a train depot!

Really, it's nice looking.


Lebanon, IN Carnegie library (L) Early E.C. Kropp card, mailed in 1911, showing both the residential neighborhood and the modern streets of the city.
(R) Like most of the Wayne Paper Box and Printing Co's. postcards, the picture lives up to the Clear View trademark. The card was mailed in early 1941, apparently from Miss Witt, a sixth grade teacher (probably in Indianapolis), to one of her departing students.
Lebanon, IN Carnegie library
Lebanon, IN Carnegie library The caption on reverse reads:
Lebanon, Indiana
The Lebanon Carnegie Public Library was established in 1903. The library now has 25,000 books available for loan or reference.

Still in use, but the 1905 building was heavily renovated in 1991.

The Dexter Press chrome card appears to date from the 1950s.


Liberty, IN Carnegie library

This is one of the later Carnegie-funded libraries in the state, built in 1915. Strangely, the Masons of the area seem to have been involved.
The Big M Masons, that is.

This is another of those Wayne Paper Box and Printing Co. cards. Despite the coarse screening, you might be able to spot two men and a woman at the top of the stairs of the Prairie-influenced brick building.


Ligonier, IN Carnegie library Notice the zig-zag trim near the roofline. The brick building appears to have been painted in these cards, which date from 1907/1908, and pre-1907, respectively. Ligonier, IN Carnegie library

1907 grant. Addition dates from 1975. Still in use.


Linton, IN Carnegie library

Christmas Eve, 1907 grant.
Tudor style.
This beautiful library building is still in use.

Wayne Paper Box and Printing Corporation card with an alumina border. Many Midwestern libraries were memorialized by this firm.


Logansport, IN Carnegie library (L) Isn't the Carnegie building tiny compared to the mighty high school?
(R) Attractive Harry H. Hamm card in the white border style.
Logansport, IN Carnegie library

1904 - 1941. RIP.
Burned down on March 17, 1941 and rebuilt in 1942.

Logansport Cass County Library is not the luckiest organization in the library world. In 1924, it also lost its County Book Wagon in a fire.


Marion, IN Carnegie library

Some information from an impressive site, WikiMarion.

1901 grant. The building looks like a 'Mini-Me' for the Indianapolis library. It served other community purposes during its 90 year tenure, including holding a kindergarten. Converted to a museum in 1991.

All three postcards I have seen of this library feature the same angle. The one I am sharing is that by S.H. Knox.


Martinsville, IN Carnegie library

1906 grant. Built with area limestone. Addition in 1990, and renovated in 1996.
Now the Morgan County Public Library flagship.

Americhrome card mailed in 1912.


Mishawaka, IN Carnegie library

Library now known as the Mishawaka-Penn Public Library.

Carnegie building built in 1916; added to as a WPA project in 1937-8; and closed in 1969. Happily, it still stands in the Local Historic District. (It looks like it stands to use a little maintenance, too.)


Mitchell, IN Carnegie library (L) Photo postcard with a distinctively styled caption.
(R) C.T. American Art Black and White brand card was mailed in 1937. Notice the unusual detailing that surrounds the windows, visually tying the two storeys together.
Mitchell, IN Carnegie library

1914 grant.
Still in use, with an addition. The White River separates Mitchell's library district from Bedford's.


Monticello, IN Carnegie library (L) Very spooky looking building that the foxing spots do nothing to improve. The manufacturer of this card is unknown.
(R) C.R. Childs card, ca. 1907.
Monticello, IN Carnegie library

1903 grant. 1954 addition. Replaced in 1991.
Now houses the White County Historical Society.

Mt. Vernon

Mt. Vernon, IN Carnegie library

A rosy lil' building, isn't it? The ZIM postcard company had a few cases of the vapors when it came to coloring library buildings.

1902 grant. Replaced in 1986. A 2009 Indiana government file states the Carnegie building now serves as Mt. Vernon's City Hall. If you look closely at the municpal page's header, you can see 'Carnegie Public Library' carved above the entrance.


Muncie, IN Carnegie library

1901 grant. Now known as Local History and Genealogy at Carnegie.

Muncie, Indiana also had the Hemingray insulator factory.
(Hemingray Insulators would be a great PC name for a football team.)
By the way, someone forgot to add the candy stripes to the awnings. Tsk, tsk.

Card postmarked 1916.

New Albany

New Albany, IN Carnegie library The card of the German card is unevenly divided, but I can't make out the date on the postmark. New Albany, IN Carnegie library
New Albany, IN Carnegie library Early card mailed in late 1906.The vignette shows a small letterbox on the corner.
Notice the exquisite penmanship of the message.

Text blatantly swiped from the Indiana Historical Society website:

New Albany School Board organized a public library on May 8, 1884. This library building, supported with funds from Andrew Carnegie, opened on March 2, 1904 with 11,125 volumes. Building is Neoclassical style, constructed of brick and limestone. Public Library moved to new building 1969. Floyd County Museum opened here 1971. Carnegie building included in Downtown Historic District, listed in National Register of Historic Places 1999. One of 1,679 libraries built in U.S. with funds from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Indiana built more Carnegie libraries than any other state.

This building is now the Carnegie Center for Art & History.

New Castle

New Castle, IN Carnegie library (L) Harry H. Hamm card on pebbled stock. May have been a Curt Teich product.
(R) 'Clear View' Wayne Paper Box & Printing postcard.
New Castle, IN Carnegie library

1913 grant.
Now known as New Castle - Henry County Public Library.

It's hard to tell if the current building is the Carnegie building, heavily modified, or an entirely new building.
It's the former.


Noblesville, IN Carnegie library

1910 grant. Opened slightly more than 100 years ago: May 8, 1913. Carnegie building converted into City Hall, 1987. The Library is now known as the Hamilton East Public Library, which also serves Fisher.

'Clear View' brand card by the Ft. Wayne Box and Printing Company. The building looks as if some modernization was made to the facade along the way.

North Manchester

N. Manchester, IN Carnegie building (L) Glossy monochrome card by the B.H. Grimes Company, of Frankfort. Mailed in 1914.
(R) 'Clear View' brand card by the Ft. Wayne Box and Printing Company. Mailed in 1948.
N. Manchester, IN Carnegie building

1910 Carnegie grant.
Library building is now a law office.

North Vernon

North Vernon, IN Carnegie library

Now the Jennings County Public Library.
A 1918 Carnegie grant funded this late building, with throwback Classical Revival Type A architecture. Since 1998, it has served as civic offices. It is planned for renovation and asbestos abatement. This is the first Carnegie building of which I have known to face that particular challenge.