Indiana Carnegie Libraries, O - Z

The best resource I had found on this topic was the Indiana State Library's Carnegie Library page.
Part of:

Library Postcards: Civic Pride in a Lost America


Osgood, IN Carnegie library

Early 1913 grant: dedicated in 1914. ADA-compliant renovation in 1989.
Still in use.

This is an oddly attractive building, with castle-like crennelations. The page linked shows that even the basement entrance has its petite interpretation.

This was another 'Groganized' card out of Danville, Illinois. Most of this product line are crisp and attractive.


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Leather postcard noted as 1906. E.C. Kropp card. S.H. Knox card.

1901 Carnegie grant. Still in use.


Plainfield, IN Carnegie library

1911 grant. Replaced, 1968. And now for something completely different as a current function:
The Triangle National Fraternity headquarters.

Please don't tell me they hold any keggers here.

B.H. Grimes postcard, possibly a Curt Teich product. However, the reverse is unevenly divided. Mailed in 1913, confirming the card date as close to the construction date.


Plymouth, IN Carnegie library

1901 grant. Razed and replaced. Was land that dear?

Fort Wayne Paper Box & Printing Corporation postcard.


1901 grant. Demolished.

Portland, IN Carnegie library (L) Highly religious Mae sent this card in 1909. Notice the unusual plantings, which include elephant ear plants. Mae also sent another Portland library postcard later that year (not shown).
(R) The fact that this is an entire back card makes me a little forgiving of Josephine Shuey. Mailed just a little more than a century ago, this card shows horticultural works in progress and a hand-colored sky.
(Especially if the hand was anoxic.)
The publisher was O.L. Hall, 'The Bookman,' Portland, Ind.: the printer, Sol-Art Prints by the Rotograph Company of New York. The card was physically produced in Germany.
Portland, IN Carnegie library
(R) New view by Wayne Paper Box & Printing of Ft. Wayne. The Clear View series has silver- colored borders and monochrome pictures. Portland, IN Carnegie library


Poseyville, IN Carnegie library

Early 1904 grant, per Bobinski's Carnegie Libraries (1969). Proudly still in use.

C.U. Williams card.


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Both of these RPPCs lack attribution. Wayne Paper Box & Prtg. 'Clear View' card.

1903 grant, per Bobinski's Carnegie Libraries (1969).
Appears to still be in use.


Remington, IN Carnegie library

1915 grant. Burnt, 1960. Replaced in 1964. No intervening history, as I couldn't get beyond a snippet view in Google books.

No manufacturer attribution, but this card was mailed in 1919.


Rensselaer, IN Carnegie library

1903 grant, per the Waymarking site and Bobinski. Outmoded by 1992. Still in use as the Carnegie Center.

Bully for Rensselaer!

Card published by H.G. Zimmerman & Co. of Chicago.


Roachdale, IN Carnegie library

1913 grant, per Bobinski's Carnegie Libraries (1969).

Still in use, although it looks much smaller on its web page than it does on the 'Black and White' brand card.


Rochester, IN Carnegie library

Late 1904 grant: subsequently replaced.
Now a private home.

Rochester's library is now part of the Fulton County Public Library.

Card came from the Rochester Bazaar, but may be a C.U. Williams 'Photo-ette.'


Rockport, IN Court House and Carnegie library (L) Spencer County, Indiana Court House, also Library, Rockport, Ind. Printed in 1931 by Curt Teich.
(R) Also a T.S. Basye card printed by Curt Teich.
Rockport, IN Carnegie library


Rockville, IN Carnegie library

1914 grant. Still in use.
It is a pretty, but somewhat plain, building.

Photo postcard mailed from a stop on a 1936 cross-country trip.


Salem, IN Carnegie library (L) Curt Teich 'C.T. Photo-Finish' card, stamped and written upon, but never mailed. Despite the 1931 code, it bears a late 1950s Jefferson 2 cent stamp.
(R) 1909 card from an unknown publisher.
Salem, IN Carnegie library

1904 grant. Still in use as the Salem-Washington Township Public Library, and looking swell.

Scottsburg (Scott County Public Library)

Scottsburg, IN Carnegie library

1917 grant.

It looks as if the old building is still in use with a large addition.

The entrance to this building is, well, odd. The peaked lintel is embedded in a section of some type of vitreous tile or glass. It looks miniaturized as a result.


Seymour, IN Carnegie library (L) 1929 Curt Teich 'American Art Colored' card, mailed in 1932.
(R) 'Litho-Chrome' card, printed in Germany.
Seymour, IN Carnegie library

Seymour's most prominent son: John Mellencamp.

1903 Carnegie grant, per Bobinski.
The library is now part of the Jackson County Public Library, and is still in service.


Shelbyville, IN Carnegie library (L) This Dexter Press card probably dates from the late 1940s or early 1950s. Many of these chrome postcards scan poorly at a practical resolution.
(R) The older 'Litho-Chrome' brand card is a slight improvement.
Shelbyville, IN Carnegie library

1901 Carnegie grant.
Still in use, with an inharmonious addition, as the Shelbyville - Shelby County Library.


Shoals, IN Carnegie library

1913 grant.
Library Occurrent, v. 3-4, describes the building as being built of 'Loogootee mat-face brick, chocolate in color, with chocolate mortar,' with Bedford stone and a red tile roof. It was designed by Wilson B. Parker.

From a 2009 photo on Flickr, it appears totally unchanged.


Spencer, IN Carnegie library and Church of the Nazarene Both these cards are by L.L. Cook, but the one on the right is significantly newer. Spencer, IN Carnegie library and Church of the Nazarene
Spencer, IN Carnegie library This Hoover Watson Printing card wasn't mailed until 1916, when the purchaser divided its entire back himself.

Early 1911 Carnegie grant. The library is now the Owen County Public Library; the building, which served the Library until 1997, the Owen County Heritage and Culture Center.


Sullivan, IN Carnegie library

Still in use, more or less as is.

It's now known as the Sullivan County Public Library. The county district is unusual in that it encompasses the 1903 Sullivan Carnegie building and the 1917 Merom building, plus the Carlisle building.


Syracuse, IN Carnegie library

1917 Carnegie grant: building finally opened in 1921. It doesn't look as if a dime was wasted on any frills.
Although the library's website gives details of its early history, it doesn't say whether the Carnegie building is still in use. I believe it to be.

This is an Auburn Post Card.

Tell City

Tell City, IN Carnegie library

Another late grant (1916). Heavily remodeled in 1967 and 1982. Replaced in 2002.
Now the Perry County Historical Society.

Delightfully detailed Curt Teich card. Notice the retaining walls. I believe that the building behind was a school.


Tipton, IN Carnegie library (L) Lithochrome card with message dated in September, 1921.
(R) Rotograph card, with entire back, mailed in late 1906.
Tipton, IN Carnegie library

Tipton, Iowa's Carnegie grant came only three months after this March, 1902 grant.
Damaged structurally (the library does not disclose how) in 1981 and replaced.

The building strongly resembled the Carnegie building in Hoopeston, Illinois.

Union City

Union City, IN Carnegie library (L) Early monochrome card from the Illustrated Post Card Company of New York.
(R) Commercialchrome card with a divided back.
Union City, IN Carnegie library

1903 grant. Still in use, per Waymarking.


Valparaiso, IN Carnegie library

Odd mashup of Italianate and Prairie styles.

1906 grant, per Bobinski. 1911 grant, per the Porter County Public Library System 's history page. Building replaced in 1984. Demolished ca. 1994.

'Commercialchrome' card mailed late 1921.


Vincennes, IN Carnegie library

1910 grant: still in use.

I wasn't able to find a card of this vaguely Gothic library until 2014, which is odd, considering the size of the town and its publisher's (Curt Teich) size. At that, I'm not certain of its age, despite the 119088 production code.


Wabash, IN Carnegie library (L) Clear View brand postcard whose photo quality lives up to the name.
(R) E.C. Kropp glossy card. There's a small detail of a pile of junk in front of the shed on the right, in the background.
Wabash, IN Carnegie library
Wabash, IN Carnegie library (L) Not a radical difference in this card, except for the charming mother and son in the foreground. At first this looks like a Tuck's card, but it came from Hugh C. Leighton.
(R) Attractive card resembles a cyanotype.
Wabash, IN Carnegie library

1901 grant. Still in use.
Noted for its stained glass dome. 8,500 sq. ft. addition in 1972.

Warsaw (Wayne Township Public Library)

(L) Curt Teich American Art brand card dates from 1916.
(R) E.C. Kropp card uses a name--Warsaw and Wayne Township Public Library--not seen on the Library's history page.

1916 grant. The library took over Masonic Temple property in 1987 for its future (1996-1998) expansion. Very few traces of the original, Italianate/Prairie building remain.


Washington, IN Carnegie library (L) Early self-framed card, with an unevenly divided back. Mailed in 1909.
(R) Gilbert card for B.H. Grimes. There is a fountain on the left of the card.
Washington, IN Carnegie library

1901 grant.
Proud of its 107+ years of use. Heavily (but attractively) remodeled.


Waterloo, IN Carnegie library (L) Auburn Post Cards always show their subject with warts and all. As a state highway (now known as 427), South Wayne Street was a little bit lacking. The electric pole is blazed instead of a road sign, likely dating the photograph to pre-1926.
(R) This comes from the Globe Card Company, based in Fort Wayne, and looking suspiciously like a Clear View card with different font, brand (Gloss Tone), and white border.
Waterloo, IN Carnegie library
Waterloo, IN Carnegie library (L) J. Inbody photo postcard, showing many details including a girl in front of ornamental plants.
(R) National Press card of inferior quality.
Waterloo, IN Carnegie library

1913 grant. Still in use. Now known as the Waterloo-Grant Public Library.


Whiting, IN Carnegie library (L) Behold a Curt Teich 'C.T. Art-Colortone' card, which is unbelievably less colorful than the original building.
(R) An older P.L. Huckins card shows much more detail.
Whiting, IN Carnegie library
Whiting, IN Carnegie library (L) This is another P.L. Huckins card, mailed in 1923. Huckins was a Chicago photographer, working out of 1137 Barry Ave.

I have no words. This is an amazing library building. Built in 1905, it stands on land donated by the Standard Oil Company of Indiana, aka. Amoco, now known as bp.
Architect Paul Moratz certainly made his mark on Indiana as well as Illinois and Wisconsin.


Winamac, IN Carnegie library (L) Grogan Photo Company, of Danville, Ill., photo card. The style of awnings is mid-century. If the name is correct as 'Winamac Library,' the card likely dates between the late 1940s and 1953.
(R) For a Wayne Paper Box & Printing postcard, this looks somewhat older. Its image is derived from an earlier photo postcard.
Winamac, IN Carnegie library

1911 grant. The Library's history page states that the grant was received in 1914, and the building opened in 1916. It was remodeled in 1983 and 1997.
Anyway, it's still in use as the Pulaski County Public Library.

Other iterations include:
1953: Winamac-Monroe Public Library
1965: Pulaski County Public Library


Winchester, IN Carnegie library

1906 grant.

Not quite as spectacular as the Winchester, Illinois Carnegie library building, but quite pleasing in its own right.

Another 'Commercialchrome' card.

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