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
carnegie-portrait-72
 
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.
 
wla125logo-small

Comments

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

Leave your comment

Guest Friday, May 24, 2019

Categories

Popular Tags

Cornelia Marving Pierce Cam Hartford Public Library WHCLIS library exhibit Hall of Fame 2008 Library Buidlings Bob Bochfer Library celebrations World War I Meter mail slogans Wisconsin Federation of Women's Clubs Eratus Swift Wilcox Brown County Library Beloit Public Library Campaign 14 Delia Ovitz School of Library and Information Studies Wisconsin Library Association Wilbur Lyle Eberhart Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries WWI Library War Service Frank Avery Hutchins Publications Library People library education Rusk County Community Library trav UW-Madison school of library and information studies Postcards Brown Deer Public Library White House Conference on Library and Information Services Ripon Public Library Association of Library Trustees Advocates and Friends 20 American Library Association Library War Service American Library Association S. Janice Kee Library e Appleton Public Library Larry T. Nix Black River Falls Public Library hall of Hall of Fame 2015 Wisconsin Rapids library legislation Hall of Fame 2012 Elroy Public Library Lowell W. Wilson archives membership libraries Academic Libraries presentations UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies John Miller Chancellor Suring Area Public Library National Bookmobile Day Tower Hill Wisconsin Gilbert H. Doane Matthew S. Dudgeon Edward Asahel Birge ca Gertrude Thurow WLA 125 campaign McMillan Memorial Library Public library systems Capitol Fire 1904 Wayne A. Wiegand Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Library Buildings Hall of Fame 2012 COLAND Hall of Fame 2012 John J. Jax Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library Oshkosh Public Library Campaing for Wisconsin Libraries Hall of Fame 2009 Historical Register cam Cooperative Children's Book Center Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Amer People Uncategorized Madison Public Library Hall of Fame 2015 Dorothea M. Krause School libraries Public libraries Milwaukee Public Library Richard E. Krug Wisconsin Free Library Commission Eager Free Public Library bookworm 28 Zona Gale Academic Librarians J. D. Witter Hall of Fame 2013 Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services Campaign Library Systems campaign 24 Superior Carnegie Libraries 10 Digital Collections Hall of Fame 2018 Wisconsin Free Library Commission 21 Library Trustees Irene W. Newman Portage Public Library Woman's Congress State Law Library Public libraries Middleton Public Library Increase A. Lapham Beaver Dam Public Library Pinback buttons Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends Parcel post Wisconsin Library Bulletin state historical society CCBC James Duane Doty Hall Exhibits Hall of Fame 2010 Pewaukee Public Library Bookmobiles WLA 125 11 Library History Robert Bocher background Hall of Fame 2018 Brown Deer Public Library Wisconsin State Law Library Wisconsin Historical Society Hall of Fame 2017 Dianne McAfee Hopkins Bernard Schwab WLA 125 James Huff Stout Marjorie Sornson Malmberg I Love Libraries Council on Library and Network Development Black River Falls T. B. Scott Free Public Library Evansville Wisconsin Anniversaries Klaus Linderfelt Ice Storm campa Milwaukee Art Museum Manitowoc Public Library Special libraries Buttons Carl Spitzweg Hall of Fame 2011 Clarence Brown Lester Postcards Library people Inform Wisconsin Postcards Events Events & Meetings Hall of Fame 2015 Centennial 22 Lutie Stearns books-by-mail Clinton Public Library Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Hall of Fame 2015 Charles Bunge buil traveling libraries Nolan I. Neds Orrilla Blackshear WAAL DeForest Area Public Library 27 William J. Wilson Jane K. Billings Wisconsin State Normal School-Milwaukee Hall of Fame 2014 Hall of Fame 2015 UW-Milwaukee Libraries Library people Postcards Campaign Wisconsin Literary Travel Guide National Library Week 23 Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Ruth Ann Montgomery Ruby Roeder Jerome P. Daniels bed and breakfast Louise S. Robbins anniversaries Peter G. Hamon Events & Meetings Gerald A. Somers Marketing-Publicity campaign Sandra Friedman Dolnick Anniversaries Lucy E. Smith Morris library memorabilia caly film Milwaukee Public Library Hall fo Fame 2012 Lutie Eugenia Stearns Katharine MacDonald Jones Wisconsin Library Heritage Center caly film Soughton Public Library Library Artifacts caly film Helen Adams Carnegie libraries WLA 125 Sarah Janice Kee Hall of Fame 2016

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo