Carnegie Library

Title

Carnegie Library

Description

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.

Andrew Carnegie

A photograph of one of the many Carnegie Libraries. It was built in Houston, located at the corner of Travis Street and McKinney Avenue.
 
Andrew Carnegie was a rich philanthropist who helped create over 2,000 libraries between 1883 and 1929. 1,689 were built in the United States, 660 in Britain and Ireland, 125 in Canada, and even more were made around the world. At the time of their creation, segregation was still an ongoing issue, as many white libraries forbade African-Americans from entering. Carnegie didn’t want to deprive anyone of knowledge, so he created some libraries specifically for African-Americans. Today, 1,554 of the 1,681 original buildings in the United States still exist, with 911 still used as libraries.

Creator

Historic Houston Photographs

Date

1904

Source

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c0/Houston_Carnegie_Library_1904.jpg/753px-Houston_Carnegie_Library_1904.jpg

Rights

Source: Carnegie library. (2012, October 10). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:49, October 12, 2012, from http://bit.ly/RCHBU7

Publisher

Historic Houston Photographs

Contributor

Historic Houston Photographs

Format

Medium: Photograph.

Language

English

Type

Library

Identifier

Carnegie Library, Andrew Carnegie, Houston, Philanthropy, Public Libraries, African-Americans

Coverage

Texas

Files

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c0/Houston_Carnegie_Library_1904.jpg/753px-Houston_Carnegie_Library_1904.jpg

Reference

Historic Houston Photographs, Carnegie Library, Historic Houston Photographs, 1904

Cite As

Historic Houston Photographs, “Carnegie Library,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed February 28, 2024, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/356.