Tuesday, December 21, 2010

1908 Public Library, Catskill, New York

The library was founded in 1893 and is currently housed in a 1901 neo-classical building funded through a grant from Andrew Carnegie. The local history collection includes the A. Fred Saunders Hudson River Steamboats Collection.

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1912 Carnegie Library, Sulphur Springs, Texas

Building demolished.

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Sulphur Springs, Texas, sixty years ago, 1920

Monday, December 20, 2010

c1905 Public Library, Trenton, New Jersey

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1950s Charles Von Der Ahe Library, Loyola University, Los Angeles, California

[LIB677] Special Collection Werner von Boltenstern Post Card Collection

Werner von Boltenstern was born in Berlin, Germany in 1904. He emigrated to the United States in 1947 and settled in Los Angeles where he pursued a career as a free-lance photographer. His profession apparently sparked his interest in postcards and postcard collecting. Von Boltenstern amassed a huge personal collection which he donated to Loyola University in 1967. He continued to add to this collection until his death in 1978. Since then LMU's holdings have continued to grow through donations and currently contain an estimated one million cards. The Werner von Boltenstern postcard collection is one of the largest publicly-accessible collections in the United States. [Website]

1937 Public Library from Voorhees Pool, Civic Center, Denver, Colorado

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1908 Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois


State Library, Richmond, Virginia

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Public Library, Copley Sq., Boston, Massachusetts

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Public Library, New York City

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Public Library, Detroit, Michigan

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1906 State Library, Concord, New Hampshire


c1905 Cambridge Public Library, Massachusetts

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Friday, December 17, 2010

1928 Curtis Memorial Library, Meriden, Connecticut

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c1915 Rich Hall Library, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut

When Wesleyan opened in 1831, the library was housed in one of the public rooms in the Lyceum, now known as South College. Soon after the Civil War the institution began its expansion to the south with a separate library building. Funding was guaranteed by Isaac Rich, a Boston fish merchant and longtime trustee, provided that alumni raised an endowment for the purchase of books.

President Joseph Cummings himself designed a light and airy new library, in the then popular alcove style, and superintended its construction. Dedicated in 1868, Rich Hall -- described in the student newspaper as an "elegant edifice" and "noble structure" -- cost $40,000, contained 18,000 volumes, and served a student body of 148. The faculty, including President Cummings, numbered seven. More information, click here.


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1928 Public Library, Thompsonville, Connecticut

1914: The new library was dedicated on February 27th and opened on May 5th. Additional information website.

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1910 The Library of Columbia University, New York, NY

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1912 Forest Park Library, Springfield, Massachusetts

Forest Park neighborhood residents outgrew the provisional circulating library that was set up at Park Memorial Baptist Church and residents wanted a full service branch library. In 1908, industrialist Andrew Carnegie provided $50,000 for three branch libraries that included Forest Park Branch Library. Carnegie required that neighborhood citizens subscribe for land to match his donation of money for the building. Over 500 prominent Forest Park citizens subscribed for land and soon Forest Park Branch Library was completed in 1909. [http://www.springfieldlibrary.org/branches/fp.html]

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

1926 Carnegie Library, Rice Lake, Wisconsin

In 1902, the library circulated 9,586 books and in 1919 it rose to 24,000. By 1932, circulation rose to 71,426, then increased slowly to the 1971 count of 75,173. In 1972, the board considered the renovation and modernization of the library, but found that was not feasible. The board looked at adding on to the west to preserve the library's architecture, but when the Erickson firm offered to sell its grocery store building at Main and Marshall Streets for $150,000, the board opted to make the move.

The city purchased the Erickson building and sold the Carnegie library to the adjacent Dairy State Bank. The old library was razed in the summer of 1985. The new library was dedicated in April of 1978.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

The Elias Sourasky Central Library, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

The Sourasky Central Library, located at the center of Tel-Aviv University campus, was founded in 1954, and moved in 1968 to its main building, the Sourasky building.

The Gruss building (Wiener building) was added in 1984.

The Sourasky building houses also the Aviezer Yellin Archives of Jewish Education in Israel and  the Diaspora, the Israeli Documentation Center for the Performing Arts, and the Archive of Israeli Music.

The Gruss building houses the Wiener Collection.
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