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  www.nathanielturner.com Mr. Carnegie’s answer to the question, What is the best gift which can be given to a community? is that in his judgment “a free library occupies the first place, provided the community will accept and maintain it as a public institution, as much a part of the city property as its public schools, and, indeed, an adjunct to these.”  

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A Book of Carnegie Libraries

By Theodore Wesley Koch

Table of Contents

 

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  Andrew Carnegie .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-6

          A character sketch by Hamilton W. Mabie.

II. Method of  Giving  .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-16

          The “Gospel of Wealth.” – Mr. Carnegie’s library creed – Colonel James Anderson of Allegheny and his Library Institute. – The Anderson Memorial. – Methods of giving. – President Roosevelt on Carnegie libraries. -The maintenance requirement – The value of Mr. Carnegie’s example. -quoted. – Carnegie Corporation organized. – Total benefactions to Jan. 1, 1917.

III. D

ocuments Relating to the Establishment of the New York City Branches . . . . . .19-33

IV.

The Architecture of the Manhattan Branches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34-41

           The nature of the branches. – The architecture a compromise. – Uniformity of design. – The general type described. – Conditions imposed by the trustees. – Text of the agreement between the architects ‘and trustees.

V. C

arnegie Libraries and Good Learning, By Arthur E. Bostwick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42-49

           The growth of the library movement – The increase in reading. – The need for metropolitan branch libraries. – Quality of the reading done. – The percentage of fiction. – The development of circulating libraries in New York.

VI. R

eaching the People . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . 50-61

          The opening of the frst of the Carnegie branches in New York City. – Opening of the Hudson Park Branch. – Work oh the East Side. – The open-air reading room. The Yorkville and Rivington Street Branches. – Hudson Park, Mott Haven, and other branches.

VII. T

he Brooklyn Branches .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62-73

          Report of the consulting architect. – The determination of the type of branch buildings to he erected. – The question of uniformity of style. – The number of architects and the method of their selection. – Instructions to architects.

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astern Libraries .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79-94

          Melrose and Clinton, Mass. – Norwalk, Conn. – Philadelphia, Pa. – Syracuse and Binghamton, N.Y. -Johnstown and Amsterdarn, N.Y. – East Orange, N.J.

IX. The Public Library of the District of Columbia .  .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95-103

         History of the Library. – The work under way. – Children’s room. -Lecture hall and study room. – Reaching out among the people. – Plans for the future. – Remarks of President Roosevelt and Mr. Carnegie at the dedication.

X.

The South . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104-121

         The traveling library of Hagerstown, MD – Carnegie Library of Atlanta, GA- Nashville and Chattanooga, TN. – Norfolk, VA – Tuskegee, AL —  Jacksonville, Florida.

XI. Pittsburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122-138

         Carnegie Institute physically the largest of the institutions founded by Mr. Carnegie. – History of the library movement in Pittsburg. – Branch libraries. – The enlargement of the Institute.

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hio and Michigan  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .139-151

         Branch libraries in Cincinnati. – Development of branch libraries in Cleve land. – Work with children at the Broadway branch. – The Miles Park and the Woodland branches. – Home libraries. – Port Huron, Michigan.

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isconsin and the Middle West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .152-165

        Madison, Wisconsin. – The essentials of library architecture. – Elkhart, Indiana. – Freeport and Streator, Illinois. – Kaukauna and Baraboo, Wisconsin.

XIV. Iowa and the Far West. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .166-182

         Carnegie libraries in Iowa. – Monticello, Marshalltown, and Eldora as typical of small libraries designed by Patton & Miller. Davenport, Iowa. -Leavenworth, Kansas. – Lincoln, Nebraska. – Springfield and Sedalia, Missouri.

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he Southwest and the Rocky Mountain Region. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .183-193

        Dallas and Port Worth, Texas. – Cheyenne, Wyoming. – Colorado Springs.

XVI. California . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . … . . ..194-206

        San Diego. – Oakland. – Alasneda. – San Jose. – Riverside. -Pomona. -Santa Ana.

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ibrary Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207-220

        Responsibility of the library board. – Necessity for cooperation between architect and librarian. – First work must be done by the librarian. – Considerations entering into the planning of the library. – Circular of information issued by the Carnegie Corporation. – The essentials of a small building. -Mr. John Cotton Dana’s view~ – Location of the stacks. – Location of the librarian’s room. – The question of the auditorium. – Planning for a $20,000 building. – Planning for a $50,000 building. -Conclusion.

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ndex to Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  221

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ndex to Plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . .  225

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ppendix — List of Plates

Source: Theodore Wesley Koch. A Book of Carnegie Libraries. Publisher: The H. W. Wilson Company / White Plains, NY / 1917

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