Carnegie Libraries of Texas

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.


Abilene, TX Carnegie Library

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.

Tinted card.


Belton, TX Carnegie Library

Grant dates from 1903.

Card published by Geo. A. Gray, Belton, Texas and made in the U.S.A. Its quality is quite inferior to the German cards of the times, but the postmark in the sky does not improve appearancess.
Mailed in 1910.

Today the Carnegie building is in use as a museum.


Cleburne, TX Carnegie Library (L) I agree with Clara: she couldn't find any pretty views. I'd like to know who publisher M.D. Huzza was.
(R) Slightly prettier postcard.
Cleburne, TX Carnegie Library

1903 grant: currently a museum.


Corsicana, TX Carnegie Library

1904 grant: replaced, then demolished in 1967, according to a historical marker whose photograph I found on Flickr. A Rootsweb page shows several more postcards.

The card dates between 1907 and 1909.


Dallas, TX Carnegie Library

Early Carnegie building, from 1899, according to the Texas Escapes site. This is another of the Carnegie buildings that have credit to Andrew carved over the entrance. It was not rare, albeit not officially encouraged.

Donated to the City of Dallas by
Andrew Carnegie
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.

El Paso

El Paso, TX Carnegie Library (L) Tinted card from a bleak winter.
(R) 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.
El Paso, TX Carnegie Library
(R) There's a snippet of the library on the left.
Caption on a card of uncertain publisher:
A glimpse of Cleveland square, showing Carnegie Free Library and Masonic Temple, El Paso, Texas.
No matter what, I think this is a Curt Teich product.
El Paso, TX

Built 1902, demolished 1968.


Gainesville, TX Carnegie Library

1912 grant.

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.


Greenville, TX Carnegie Library (L) Mock 'Blue Sky card.
(R) The reverse of this civic booster card has the unfortunate addition:
"Blackest land"
"Whitest people"
Blame R.A. Crawford, the local publisher; but Colourpicture, of Cambridge, Mass went along with it.
Greenville, TX Carnegie Library

1903 grant. Demolished in 1953. Replaced by the W. Walworth Harrison Public Library.


Houston, TX Carnegie Library

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 radio tower.
Wonderful C.T. Photochrom, by Curt Teich, I presume.

Photo history on a Texas Escapes page.


Jefferson, TX Carnegie Library and Opera House (L) Photo postcard implies that the Library also had an operatic function.
(R) 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.
Jefferson, TX Carnegie Library

1906 Carnegie grant. Surprisingly, still in use. Presumably, sans opera.

San Antonio

San Antonio, TX Carnegie Library

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.

San Antonio, TX Carnegie Library

Newer card (date uncertain) shows either an addition, or else a new building. It does call this the Carnegie Library, however.

This postcard was published for the Hewitt News Co. It also calls San Antonio the 'Winter Playground of America.'
I thought that Winter Playgrounds had to have snow. Silly me.


Sherman, TX Carnegie Library

1912 Carnegie grant. Now a museum.

E.C. Kropp linen finish postcard, never mailed.


Terrell, TX Carnegie Library

1903 Carnegie grant. Now a heritage museum.

Curt Teich 'C.T. American Art' card, possibly as old as 1911, mailed in 1934.


Tyler, TX Carnegie Library (L) Unknown manufacturer: more useful picture.
(R) Postcard by Curt Teich.
Tyler, TX Carnegie Library

1903 grant. Built 1904. Expanded in 1936.
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.


Waco, TX Carnegie Library (L) Nekkid. Also shows the Kyle Family Hotel.
(R) Commercialchrome postcard, mailed in 1918.
Waco, TX Carnegie Library

Hokey smokes! Ivy or kudzu?

Library built in 1902 and demolished since. My estimate is that it bit the dust in the early 1960s, if you look at the current central library building.


Winnsboro, TX Carnegie Library

1908 Carnegie grant. Demolished, 1967.
There is some information on the Texas A&M University-Commerce Digital Collections page on Flickr.

Photo postcard shows a mysterious door occupying the area beneath the entry.