Much information came from a pleasant discovery, Terwilliger's Carnegie Libraries in Michigan, now offline. Other sources include various Waymarking.com pages and, of course, Bobinski's 1969 Carnegie Libraries.
Some of the final libraries built from Carnegie grants are featured on this page.
Non-Carnegie buildings are on the Michigan Libraries page.
Replaced by the Loutit Library.
Quite a long correspondence is summarized on the library's history page. I'll summarize the grant process as beginning in 1902, with the dollar amount decreasing as the city received bequests and the city council shilly-shallied. Finally, the building was built in 1913, and opened in 1914.
This RPPC was taken in October, 1913, as construction was finishing.
The current building opened in 1967, and the Carnegie building demolished soon thereafter, meeting the ignominious fate of being becoming a bank parking lot.
|Two views of an interesting library building. At first I thought the photo card was of the Duluth library.|
Grant from 1902. The rest of the Library's history is on its website.
|(L) Rather unattractive monochrome card.
(R) Corner view shows ivy climbing the stone walls.
1903 grant. Still in use.
|(L) E.C. Kropp card, never mailed.
(R) C.E. Anderson card, mailed in 1911.
Unusual 1901 Carnegie building, now serving as the Menominee Range Historical Museum.
I wonder if Andrew got a little hot under the celluloid
collar at the frivolity of both a balcony AND a porch.
Looking at this with modern eyes, my guess is that the back wing was the childrens' department.
|(L) Note the cannon near the corner. Return your books promptly
on or before their due date.
E.C. Kropp card, never mailed.
(R) Earlier C.E. Wheelock card.
1900 Carnegie grant. Building was built in 1901, and is the oldest continually operating Carnegie Library in Michigan.
The Library (2015) is working on making this Carnegie building accessible. The site shows some interesting inside photos and drawings.
1903 card, published by Rotograph and printed in Germany.
The telephone/telegraph poles are absolutely festooned with wires and insulators. The store has a Quaker Oats sign on its side wall.
The library building bears a strong resemblance to the endangered, abandoned Waukegan, Illinois library building.
|A very early Curt Teich 'C.T. Photochrom'.||An S.H. Knox card with unevenly divided back.||A Hugh C. Leighton card, mailed 1909.|
|Three interior views of the lobby of the Carnegie building show us that this was likely a closed-stack institution.
Cards at left and center were produced by Curt Teich.
mailed in 1914.
2 1¢ stamps evaded postmarking.
It was probably mailed during WWI.
|Drake Bros. card,
mailed in 1913.
The library building is still in use as the centerpiece of the Jackson District Library. I doubt the card catalog (above) made it nearly 100 years.
|S.H. Knox card, printed in Germany.||Luxatone card, from Chicago.||Harry H. Hamm card.||The whole kielbasa,
old high school and the Library.
|Interior, with reference desk
and closed stacks in the background.
|Building is now part of the Lansing Community College,
and houses the Office for Business Program. Read the PR
release for a description of the renovation.
Said description called it an 1898 building, so read advisedly.
|Of course, I had to go photograph this building. Unfortunately, the weather was miserable, and steam rising from the storm sewers wrecked most of my shots. These copyrighted photos are the best of the day.|
Replaced by the tatted building.
1917 grant. Somehow, a 1921 grant was obtained. Still in use as a library: the Marguerite deAngeli Branch of Lapeer Library District.
1938 Curt Teich postcard, in linen finish and a white border.
|(L) Dates from 1907 and
was mailed in 1909.
(R) Photo postcard mailed in 1912.
1903 Carnegie building which is still in use. This, and a branch in Scottville, comprise the Mason County District Library.
|(L) Can you say chiaroscuro?
This is another one of those early glossy cards that has no publisher's information. It's almost as vexing as library web sites without history.
(R) 1945 Curt Teich postcard that looks like it features a totally different library.
|(L) German PCK card with all the little details--telephone poles, fence posts, dirt street--
Mailed in 1908.
(R) 'Earl of Skibo' refers to Andrew Carnegie's (then) personal castle in Scotland.
1902 Carnegie grant, building still in use.
According to the Library's plaque, this is the last Carnegie building funded in the Midwest. Even though the grant came in 1918, the building was not finished until 1921. However, it's still in use.
The caption on the photo postcard calls it a 'Lidrary.' Perhaps the processor was distracted by this building's clear resemblance to a Midwestern brick schoolhouse.
|(L) I assumed the state of the brick was due to H.L. McClellan, publisher, but maybe not. The card was mailled
(R) Now for a little context, from C.U. Williams. A touch bleak, isn't it?
|Looks like the powers that be were all over the Carnegie grant. Over the door is the date, 1905.
I do not know the publisher of this extraordinary photo postcard. L.L. Cook cards are very good, C.R. Childs captured more of the American Midwest, and this beats both.
1905 grant. The building's centenary was November 25, 2006. It's still in use as is, with perhaps a jazzy coat of red paint on the brick.
|1902 grant. In use as an art center.
(L) Advertising postcard, printed by Tichnor.
(R) Unknown publisher.
|(L) Reverse of card above.
I don't normally scan these, but I found this one interesting. First, it has that Warren G. Harding memorial stamp. Second, the text:
MOUNT CLEMENS MINERAL BATHS
(R) Printed postcard. Its original photo might come from the same photographer who took the third Mendon photograph. It was mailed in 1913.
|From the card (L):
The Carnegie Public Library was donated as a gift to the city and opened in 1904. One side of the building is almost covered by artistically climbing ivy vines. It is a landmark and a monument to Niles' interest in arts and science.
(R) Wow, does this look like the entrance to a mausoleum!
|(L) Delicately empinkened Kropp/Unico card, mailed in 1911.|
Plan similar to that of Iron Mountain's library, but the children are tucked away in the basement.
The building now belongs to the Chamber of Commerce and houses its Council of Tourism.
|(L) C.T. American Art Colored card published by Owosso News
Agency of Owosso, Mich. Never postally used, but the number
65440 is typed in the stamp box.
(R) Dexter Press card adds the information that the building was completed in 1914. It has an annotation of Feb 8 1962.
Now known as the Shiawasse District Library, the 1913 building is still in use and augmented by a branch.
One of the last
Carnegie grants of 1917, making it either the ultimate, or the penultimate building grant of the year.
Replaced in 1991: now a community center.
This is a fairly recent photo card. To me, the library building looks a little like a Congregational church.
|(L) Hugh C. Leighton card.
(R) Tom Jones card, mailed in 1909.
In use 1904-1967.
What an amazing dedication this Patton and Miller Carnegie building had! Melvil Dewey spoke at its dedication. The building is now the Port Huron Museum of Arts and History, and needed a 1988 addition to continue in that role.
|(L) This is another of those 'pseudo-Blue Sky' postcards that I believe might come from
C.U. Williams of Bloomington (IL). Isn't the building quaint? However, the date over the entrance looks
more like 1903. Hmm.
(R) The date is clearer on the unattributed photo postcard: 1905.
1905 grant, still in use.
The library's web site has a lovely tour of the building.
More libraries should have a similar feature.
Bonus: it features a floor plan.
Warning: it requires QuickTime.
|(L) Somewhat plain building featured on a Hugh C. Leighton card, from a Young
Lord, & Rhoades photo. Mailed 1912, unevenly divided back.
(R) Curt Teich 'C.T. Photochrom.'
1901 grant, opened 1905, replaced 1975 by the
Bayliss Public Library.
Now serves as the Intermediate School District offices.
Late 1904 grant.
This unevenly divided was card mailed in 1913. Over the door it states 'Open to all.'
But beware the cannon.
Now serves as an art center.
Late 1902 grant: replaced and in use as a law office.
It's interesting to see on these pages the various ways Carnegie library builders handled corner lots. West of the Mississippi, the building boldly extended as close as possible to the lot limit. The eastern libraries were a little more genteel. Notice the depth of the entryway that comfortably accomodated a (genteel) crowd.
Burkhart Brothers card, locally published.
1914 grant. Now serves as school district offices.
On another site, its postcard spells the city name as 'Stambo.'
This is a Wm.G. Hoffman card.
|(L) Tinted card from 'White Border' era.
(R) C.U. Williams 'Photoette' card with blue sky tinting.
|I would suspect that this is the last postcard of the Carnegie building. A 1908 date is visible, but those awnings are purely 1950s, and I see parking meters in front. The angle does show how small the building was compared to the size of Sturgis today.|
1907 grant. Demolished. The current building is a touch unexciting, although the town has some great architecture.
|Both of these cards are rather unusual.|
(L) Vertical format glossy card by Weixelbaum.
(R) Early interior view with wide white borders for a message.
Described by its new tenant as 'Romanesque flavor.'
September, 1902 grant.
Replaced in 1978, the Carnegie building was narrowly rescued by the Three Rivers Woman's Club.
Currently, the A.W. Rush designed building houses the Carnegie Center for the Arts.
|(L) Rotograph card.
(R) S.H. Knox card.
The difference in the tinting between these cards is quite striking.
Late 1902 grant: replaced, and in use as a museum.