As I have found more cards from Missouri, especially, I have divided Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas from the rest of the 'other' Carnegie Libraries.
Missouri seems to be the hardest state so far for me to find references on Carnegie libraries. Information is either absent (Maryville) or contradictory (St. Louis branch libraries). According to the Shelbina Carnegie Public Library's well-written history, Missouri received funds for 33 public libraries. It also notes that Hannibal, Kirksville, and Macon declined--or failed in the details involved in--Carnegie grants.
Currently known as the Aurora Branch of the Barry-Lawrence Library.
Carnegie grant dates from 1909.
According to the information about Aurora from the
LASR Net page, it was built in 1917-18 and
has been remodeled since.
Both sites show the current configuration, but only the latter has a very strange picture that looks as if a large, baby-blue van is flying through the air, aiming at the entrance.
Aurora has the distinction as the only small city I am aware of, that made road maps (Mid-West Map Company) and postcards (MWM Dexter, its successor).
This is known as one of three Carnegie buildings in Jasper County, MO.
Built 1905. Still in use, with the aid of Sam Butcher, the Precious Moments figurine guru, who donated the funds for an annex.
(L) Distributed by S.H. Kress and mailed in 1910.
(R) This International Post Card shows Central Park, three houses, and a church along with the Carnegie Library.
1900 Carnegie grant.
From the internal pictures on the Missouri River Regional Library website, I am deducing that this building has either been replaced or extremely remodeled.
The card is by Curt Teich and probably dates from the early 1920s.
(L) The Van Nuy Railroad News Co. of Kansas City, had a differently deranged set of color values than did Elite Postcard (Sedalia, below).
(R) More subdued tints on another card.
Two Carnegie grants, 1901 and 1915. The 1915 era addition is visible on the third postcard.
Per Historic Joplin.org, its architect was August Michaelis, whose drawing is shown therein. The library received a rare second grant in 1915, for an addition. Unfortunately, per the library's historic views collection, the zinc roof leaked and the second floor was unable to bear the weight of its books. These were some of the reasons it was replaced, 1980. It served as a private residence until at least 2003, and in 2010, before the recent tornado, was set to undergo renovation.
According to various contemporaneous sources, after the tornado, six of Joplin's staff members reported for work the very next day, one sporting a broken arm.
Joplin Public Library hosts a host of digitized postcards.
The card claims that this is a Carnegie building, but Bobinski does not list it as such. It appears to no longer be in use. Needs are served by the Mid-Continent Public Library.
Every picture tells a story.
(And this one is interesting.)
The card on the left was in a category of miscellaneous RPPC at a show.
Looking at it, I felt certain it was of a library, but I didn't think it was
of a Carnegie building. Months later, I picked up the righthand card, along with several other
library cards. As I was scanning and sorting the purchases, I thought the C.T.
American Art postcard looked familiar. Then the lightbulb came on.
It was the same library I'd seen months earlier.
(L) Mailed 1908. Mainly illegible postmark, from ?na, MO in 1908.
(R) Never mailed but distributed by Todd & Reid's Pharmacy, of Louisiana.
The Carnegie grant came in 1902. The library was built in 1905, and according to the Waymarking website, is still in use.
The smallest town west of the Mississippi to receive a (1910) Carnegie grant.
The building now serves as the Webster County History Museum. The library itself is part of the Webster County Library.
The initials DOPS are in the postage box of this attractive photo card.
1903 Carnegie grant.
The question "How are you and Dewey?" can have a new scope of meaning on a library postcard. This one was sent in 1912, but appears to date from several years earlier.
In hand, clearly the postcard is captioned as a Carnegie library; yet, the library shown on the library's website is of the same era and is significantly larger.
1902 Carnegie grant.
An especially fine touch is the stained glass window over the entry.
On the lefthand card there seems to be a second leaded window in a fishscale
or diamond pattern. Nice to know this building is still in use
looking quite dapper. It's now a branch of the
Little Dixie Regional Library System.
The righthand card was sent in 1907.
According to a 1992 DNR document, this building was funded from a 1915 Carnegie grant. Today it houses the Nevada Missouri Tourism Center.
The ca. 1917 Curt Teich 'Photo-finish' card doesn't show that the Library is built of ochre-colored brick.
Shelbina gives us some of the best details in its Carnegie history. After a late 1916 grant, construction began the next year,
despite the war, and the new building opened in 1918. I was amused to learn that W.O.L. Jewett donated '135 scintillating volumes of mining history.'
The Library's addition came in 1988, and its lower level finished in 1992.
Civic pride isn't what it used to be, I fear.
The monochrome E.C. Kropp card has a 1921 inscription.
1901 Carnegie grant. Built in 1902, as was the Massachusetts St. Branch.
This is a case where the library has a first-rate web site, plus photos of its other Carnegie building.
(L) Hideous card. Written around the border (mainly cropped) is the message,
'Kindly send me a postal in return,' with the sender's name and address. I bet the recipient
was thrilled to get this little postal disaster.
Actually, it wasn't any beauty beforehand, with off-register red and coarse benday screening.
(R) In contrast to the hideous card is this lovely example of 'Greetings from Picturesque America.' Don't bother trying to find the inscriptions. They're well-nigh illegible with card in hand.
As I was looking at the card to update my site, I noticed two exciting things:
1) The last name of the sender is 'Egermann,' the last name of noted Naperville (IL) librarian Matie Egermann.
2) The postmark of the receiving post office is Naperville.
Might this have been mailed to one of Matie's family members?
Lovely Phostint card by Detroit Publishing. Most of the library Phostints are of Boston or St. Louis.
The sight of rows upon rows of card catalogues is rapidly disappearing from America's libraries.
(Chicago's Newberry Library still has them, however.) How many people remember the odd rules
that had to be followed to type a catalog card?
By the way, this room is now a reference/genealogy room.
1907 Carnegie building, designed by Cass Gilbert. Modeled on The New York City Public library, and in turn served as the model for Detroit's main library, according to Van Slyck.
The card is postmarked 1912. The library is most emphatically in use. A 2004 visit saw the library swarming with people, and most were using books. Nice atmosphere.
The Cabanne branch is located in a 1908 Carnegie building. However, there's some evidence that the building featured on the S.H. Knox card may not be the correct building. The link to a photo of a different library building is on the bottom of the linked page.
The branch still exists.
Received a 1899 Carnegie grant, the
first awarded in Missouri. $50,000 buys a lot of library,
and this building was dedicated over 110 years ago. It's still in use, and never required renovation.
Can we say 'foresight?'
You don't see many souvenir packets whose main feature is a Carnegie library building. Plus, not many are dated. This was patented December 5, 1905, and mailed in late 1906 as a Christmas card.
(L) Sedalia's card comes from that peculiar wackyland of the Elite Postcard Co. of Kansas City,
where all libraries face east to display a lurid sunset behind.
It is postmarked 1912. With a divided back, it could have been published as much as five years earlier.
(R) Rather prosaic E.C. Kropp card.
Library is similar to Sedalia's Carnegie building, especially apparent in the left hand card.
Adding to the confusion is that fact that Springfield, Missouri does not appear in Bobinski's 1969 list of Carnegie grants. However, one of the library's web pages confirms that construction on the Carnegie building began in late 1903.
The center card is from E.C. Kropp. The right hand card is by Curt Teich.
1910 grant, built in 1915, and still in use.
The Library's web site describes the building material as limestone boulders
trimmed with Carthage stone. It was designed by Grant Miller of Miller Fullenwider, and Dowling.
Also described on the site as Richardsonian Romanesque style.
I wish the S.H. Kress card, probably printed by E.C. Kropp, was in as good shape as the Library appears to be.
It was mailed in 1917.
A good source for Oklahoma/Indian Territory Carnegie library history is Oklahoma's Carnegie Libraries by Booker and Finchum.
1908 grant. (The Library's new
history page gives the grant date as 1912.)
Demolished in 1990.
Check out the history page, seriously. The Library had a surprisingly contentious past.
(L) E.C. Kropp card, never postally used. I believe those are canna
lilies out front.
(R) Unattributed card, salvaged from a scrapbook.
Founded during Indian Territory years via a 1903 Carnegie grant. Demolished in 1963. No history on the library site.
This is apparently a similar card to that seen on the Oklahoma State site. It's one of the nicer E.C. Kropp postcards, showing an attractive Neoclassical building with overscale windows.
Founded in 1897 as a Library during Oklahoma Territory years.
Upgraded via a 1903
Carnegie grant. Architect: S. Wemyss Smith. Built by A.C. Kraipke, who, by the pictures on the
Library site, selected some really poor quality bricks.
1964 addition helped it stay in use.
Curt Teich 'C.T. American Art' card dates from the 1910s.
Built 1904: razed.
(L) E.C. Kropp post card postdates 1907.
(R) Slightly later 'C.T. American Art' Curt Teich card.
September, 1914 grant. One of the few Oklahoma Carnegie buildings still in use as a library.
Auburn Post Card, mailed in 1930.
Second public library in the Indian Territory (1901): oldest Carnegie building remaining in Oklahoma. In use until 1972.
Saved by philanthropist Fred Pfeiffer, who built the Oklahoma Territorial Museum next door so that the Carnegie building was saved.
(L) This is a charming card from the Raphael Tuck and Sons'
'Our Belles' series. F.B. Little and Co. were the publishers in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
The style of this card emphasizes that Guthrie's Carnegie Library was built before statehood.
(L) E.C. Kropp card, never mailed.
(R) Captioned as: Carnegie Library and Inauguration of Gov. Frantz.
Per the Museum's history page, this event occurred in 1906, the year before statehood. It made a fantastic postcard, however.
Built in 1916, and on the National Register of Historic Places, this building no longer functions as a library. It has unusual architecture that somehow looks distinctly Western.
One of the prettier E.C. Kropp cards.
1910 grant. Per the postcard, built in 1913. Since 1972, this building no longer functions as a library. It is used as office space today.
1943 linen finish Curt Teich card, mailed in 1946.
First public library in the Indian Territory (1899).
1900, 1907, and 1908 Carnegie grants: demolished in 1951.
(FL) Embossed card, publisher unknown.
(CL) E.C. Kropp card with interesting details.
(CR) H.H. Clarke card.
(FR) Glossy postcard.
1909 grant: still in use.
I have only a few Texas cards. The general scarcity could have
its roots in the number of defaults on the agreements for community
support alluded to in the handy site,
Handbook of Texas Online.
More cards exist, and I must direct you to another excellent site, Texas Escapes, to see cards and photos.
A 1908 Carnegie grant, obtained by the City Federations of Women's Clubs, helped fund this 1909 building which was torn down in 1958.
Finding additional details has been difficult. Supposedly a book, Report of a survey of Carnegie Library, Abilene, Texas, by Schenk, exists, but I haven't gotten a copy yet.
Grant dates from 1903.
Card published by Geo. A. Gray, Belton, Texas and
made in the U.S.A. Quality is quite inferior to the
German cards of the times, but the postmark in the sky does not help matters.
Mailed in 1910.
Today the Carnegie building is in use as a museum.
1903 grant: currently a museum.
(L) I'd like to know who M.D. Huzza was. I agree with Clara: she couldn't find any pretty views.
(R) Slightly prettier postcard.
Early Carnegie building, from 1899, according to the Texas Escapes site. This is another of the Carnegie buildings (take that, Brazil, Indiana!) that have credit to Andrew carved over the entrance:
Donated to the City of Dallas by
Erected in the year MDCCCC.
Demolished in 1954 for a very Mod building.
Beautiful Tuck's card from Great Britain. Neither Tuck's nor Detroit Publishing made many library postcards, so it's a pleasure to find one.
Built 1902, demolished 1968.
Some of the details on this C.T. Art Colored card are amazing. The big red building behind is a hotel. The sign can be read (reversed) when magnified. On another building is a billboard with a picture of a 1930- ish card.
Built prior to 1916, of cream colored brick and steel,
according to the Texas Handbook. This was a library in the vanguard.
Note the signpost in the lower left corner.
Graycraft Card chose a nice, Deco design for this card. For monochrome, this is an attractive card.
1903 grant. Demolished in 1953. Replaced by the W. Walworth Harrison Public Library.
The reverse of this civic booster card has the unfortunate addition:
Blame R.A. Crawford, the local publisher; but Colourpicture, of Cambridge, Mass went along with it.
1899 - 2005
3 ornaments, bigger than those puny decorative elements seen on Wisconsin library buildings. Candy striped awnings,
of course. However, the card seems a touch too old for the mast to the left of the dome to be a
Wonderful C.T. Photochrom by Curt Teich, I presume.
Photo history on a Texas Escapes page.
1906 Carnegie grant. Surprisingly, still in use.
The Auburn Post Card has some interesting details. Propped against the porch are two wooden structures that look as if they are sidewalk segments, as the path that served was decidedly rutted.
In the foreground is the fanciest horse trough ever, with a young boy in the horse-drawn wagon.
From the card:
The Carnegie Library at San Antonio is one of the finest edifices in the city. Mr. Andrew Carnegie gave Doll. 50,000 for the building, and the site cost Doll. 15,000. It has an endowment fund, the income of which, together with a special tax levied by the city, maintains its work. It is under the control of a Board of Trustees.
Mrs. E.E.M. agreed in 1909, adding in her message to Miss May Millis of the
Leavenworth (KS) Public Library:
This endowment fund should be started in Leav. even tho' it be very small at first-
Now you know what librarians do on vacation.
1903 grant. Built 1904. Expanded in 1936. No information whether the Carnegie building is in use on the library's gorgeous web site, but Texas Escapes comes through: it's now a museum.
Smith County Historical Society's museum is in the Carnegie History Center. The building was added in 1979 to the National Register of Historic Places.
Hokey smokes! Is that ivy or kudzu?
Library built in 1902 and demolished since. My estimate is that it bit the bullet in the early 1960s, if you look at the current central library building.
The Commercialchrome card was distributed by the Behrens Drug Co. and mailed in 1918.
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