Carnegie Denied: Communities Rejecting Carnegie Library Construction Grants, 1898-1925

Overview

Andrew Carnegie was the foremost supporter of public library construction to the point that Carnegie Library became a cliche, synonymous with the public library, especially in small towns. Yet some communities that asked for Carnegie's funds to build a library later took public action to decline the funds. Because he was viewed as a robber baron, it has been assumed that these refusals were motivated by a desire not to take tainted money. This work documents that this was rarely the case. Indeed, there were many ...

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Overview

Andrew Carnegie was the foremost supporter of public library construction to the point that Carnegie Library became a cliche, synonymous with the public library, especially in small towns. Yet some communities that asked for Carnegie's funds to build a library later took public action to decline the funds. Because he was viewed as a robber baron, it has been assumed that these refusals were motivated by a desire not to take tainted money. This work documents that this was rarely the case. Indeed, there were many reasons for opposition to the Carnegie library grants. In some cases, local authorities remained unconvinced of the need for a public library. Some communities were under legal or financial restrictions that prevented them from taxing themselves in support of the library. In some, there was simply opposition to increasing the tax burden; in others the opposition focused on the perception that Carnegie was building memorials to himself.

Experienced historians were commissioned to conduct thorough studies of regional clusters. The authors made the broadest possible use of primary sources, including public archives, manuscript collections, local newspaper accounts, and the records of the Carnegie Corporation in the Library of Congress. Of particular relevance were the files of the Carnegie Library Correspondence, documenting most of the history of first, Andrew Carnegie's—and later, the Carnegie Corporation's—program to fund library construction programs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313286094
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1993
  • Series: Beta Phi Mu Monograph Series , #3
  • Pages: 200
  • Lexile: 1600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.39 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT SIDNEY MARTIN is Assistant Dean of Libraries for Special Collections Louisiana State University Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 The Founding of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh 1
2 Aborted Library Projects in Pennsylvania: Community Reactions to Library Offers in Carnegie's Native State 11
3 The Carnegie Question and the Public Library Movement in Progressive Era New York 35
4 Women's Club Culture and the Failure of Library Development in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio 53
5 No Palace for the People: Carnegie Rejections in Indiana 79
6 Mistaken Pride, Unseasonable Rush: Rejected Carnegie Grants in Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska 105
7 Poverty of Mind and Lack of Municipal Spirit: Rejection of Carnegie Public Library Building Grants by Seven Southern Communities 137
Summary and Conclusions 175
Index 179
About the Contributors 187
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