Wisconsin Library Heritage Center

The Wisconsin Library Heritage Center is a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation promoting understanding and appreciation of the history of libraries and librarianship in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin’s Carnegie Libraries

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Thursday, July 21, 2016 in WLA 125
Andrew Carnegie was often referred to as the “Patron Saint of Libraries”.  He donated $56,162,622 for the construction of 2509 library buildings throughout the English-speaking parts of the world.  He donated $40,000,000 for the construction of 1679 public library buildings in the United States.  Sixty Wisconsin communities were the recipients of 63 public library grants from Andrew Carnegie.  In addition, two academic institutions also received Carnegie library grants.  Fifteen of these Carnegie buildings have been razed, thirty have been repurposed or are no longer used as libraries, but 20 are still being used as public libraries.  Most of the Carnegie buildings that continue to be used as libraries have received various expansions and modifications. In some cases the expansion is larger than the original Carnegie building. Years in which Carnegie library grants were received (not including the 3 branch libraries) along with the number of libraries: 1901(7); 1902 (9); 1903 (12); 1904 (3); 1905 (8); 1907 (3); 1908 (1); 1911 (2); 1912 (2); 1913 (5); 1914 (3); 1915 (3).  Only six other states received more Carnegie grants than Wisconsin.  The first Carnegie building completed in Wisconsin was the Central Library of the Superior Public Library.  More information about Wisconsin’s Carnegie libraries can be found on Wikipedia.  Judy Aulik’s Library Postcards site has images of Wisconsin Carnegie libraries on postcards.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Andrew Carnegie's birth, the Carnegie Corporation distributed Carnegie's framed portrait to all Carnegie libraries in America in 1935 including those in Wisconsin. One of those portraits is shown above.


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

Leave your comment

Guest Wednesday, September 26, 2018


Popular Tags

Lutie Stearns Hall of Fame 2015 Madison Public Library Rusk County Community Library John J. Jax Zona Gale Delia Ovitz Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services Parcel post Capitol Fire 1904 Jane K. Billings campaign bed and breakfast Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians White House Conference on Library and Information Services Hartford Public Library WLA 125 Frank Avery Hutchins James Huff Stout Campaign Irene W. Newman traveling libraries Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends Wisconsin Rapids Pinback buttons Academic Librarians campaign 11 Ripon Public Library Marjorie Sornson Malmberg Wisconsin State Law Library books-by-mail Clarence Brown Lester Campaing for Wisconsin Libraries Gertrude Thurow Bookmobiles Cooperative Children's Book Center Wisconsin Free Library Commission 20 Library people Charles Bunge Library History Hall of Fame 2008 Beaver Dam Public Library 14 Hall of Fame 2012 Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Wisconsin State Normal School-Milwaukee background Anniversaries Brown County Library Hall of Fame 2014 Eager Free Public Library Publications Digital Collections DeForest Area Public Library Wayne A. Wiegand Tower Hill Wisconsin Richard E. Krug Increase A. Lapham Black River Falls Dorothea M. Krause Public libraries archives anniversaries Hall of Fame 2013 American Library Association Library people Postcards Postcards Historical Register Wisconsin Library Bulletin Library Trustees Library celebrations Wisconsin Historical Society 24 Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Hall of Fame 2015 J. D. Witter trav School of Library and Information Studies S. Janice Kee People Ruby Roeder caly film library memorabilia WHCLIS Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library Suring Area Public Library Buttons Wisconsin Library Association Anniversaries Ice Storm Events 28 27 Carnegie libraries campa William J. Wilson Hall of Fame 2017 Jerome P. Daniels Bernard Schwab Hall of Fame 2012 Pewaukee Public Library Manitowoc Public Library Wisconsin Library Heritage Center 23 Library Artifacts hall of Milwaukee Art Museum caly film Carl Spitzweg Nolan I. Neds Matthew S. Dudgeon Library Buidlings buil Postcards Library Systems American Library Association Library War Service Clinton Public Library Louise S. Robbins Gilbert H. Doane bookworm Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Oshkosh Public Library Woman's Congress WAAL Council on Library and Network Development Wilbur Lyle Eberhart State Law Library Special libraries Hall of Fame 2016 Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Evansville Wisconsin Soughton Public Library WLA 125 library education World War I Larry T. Nix caly film Inform Wisconsin Portage Public Library Wisconsin Free Library Commission Middleton Public Library UW-Milwaukee Libraries ca campaign Campaign Meter mail slogans 22 Beloit Public Library WWI Library War Service Centennial National Library Week Hall of Fame 2011 CCBC Edward Asahel Birge Wisconsin Literary Travel Guide Library e James Duane Doty state historical society Dianne McAfee Hopkins Elroy Public Library Katharine MacDonald Jones Amer Public library systems Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries John Miller Chancellor presentations Appleton Public Library WLA 125 Lutie Eugenia Stearns Milwaukee Public Library Cam Hall of Fame 2015 Association of Library Trustees Advocates and Friends Events & Meetings COLAND Marketing-Publicity Cornelia Marving Pierce Hall of Fame 2012 I Love Libraries library exhibit Brown Deer Public Library UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies Black River Falls Public Library Hall Peter G. Hamon Hall of Fame 2015 School libraries Eratus Swift Wilcox National Bookmobile Day McMillan Memorial Library Exhibits Hall of Fame 2010 Uncategorized WLA 125 Sandra Friedman Dolnick Klaus Linderfelt membership libraries Public libraries Superior Carnegie Libraries Postcards Library Buildings Academic Libraries Hall of Fame 2015 Campaign library legislation Ruth Ann Montgomery Gerald A. Somers T. B. Scott Free Public Library cam Orrilla Blackshear 10 Hall of Fame 2009 Sarah Janice Kee Lowell W. Wilson Brown Deer Public Library UW-Madison school of library and information studies 21 Hall fo Fame 2012 Events & Meetings Milwaukee Public Library Library People

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo