List of Carnegie libraries in Tennessee

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The following list of Carnegie libraries in Tennessee provides detailed information on United States Carnegie libraries in Tennessee, where 13 public libraries were built from 10 grants (totaling $335,500) awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 1900 to 1916. In addition, academic libraries were built at 5 institutions (totaling $270,000).

Key[edit]

      Building still operating as a library
      Building standing, but now serving another purpose
      Building no longer standing
      Building listed on the National Register of Historic Places
      Building contributes to a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places

Public libraries[edit]

Library City or
town
Image Date
granted
[1]
Grant
amount
[1][2]
Location Notes
1 Brownsville Brownsville Dec 2, 1909 $7,500 121 W. Main St. Open 1912–2002, now Chamber of Commerce
2 Chattanooga Chattanooga OldLibraryChattanooga.jpg Dec 27, 1900 $50,000 200 E. 8th St. Open 1905–1940, now offices
3 Etowah Etowah Sep 29, 1915 $8,000 723 Ohio Ave.
4 Greeneville Greeneville Nov 3, 1913 $10,000 approximately 130 Summer St. Open 1914–1970s
5 Harriman Harriman Harriman-public-library-tn1.jpg Nov 20, 1908 $10,000 601 Walden St.
6 Jackson Jackson Feb 13, 1901 $30,000 305 E. College St. Open 1903–1968, now an art and history center
7 Johnson City Johnson City Dec 23, 1902 $16,000 Opened 1904, part of the Mountain Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, now a lecture hall
8 Knoxville Knoxville May 15, 1916 $10,000 Free Colored Carnegie Branch, opened 1918, demolished in the 1960s
9 Nashville Main Nashville Jul 23, 1901 $175,000 Open 1904–1966
10 Nashville Carnegie Nashville Jul 23, 1901 1001 Monroe St. North Branch, opened 1915
11 Nashville East Nashville Jul 23, 1901 206 Gallatin Rd. Opened 1919
12 Nashville Negro Branch Nashville Jul 23, 1901 Open 1916–1948
13 Union City Union City Apr 8, 1910 $10,000 Demolished in 1938

Academic libraries[edit]

Institution Locality Image Date
granted
[3]
Grant
amount
[3]
Location Notes
1 Fisk University Nashville Fisk University Carnegie Library.jpg Mar 15, 1905 $20,000 17th Ave. N. Fisk University Carnegie Library, now Fisk's Academic Building
2 Knoxville College Knoxville Mar 15, 1907 $10,000 Open 1909–1965
3 Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate Apr 18, 1905 $20,000 Opened 1906
4 Peabody College for Teachers Nashville PeabodyLibraryVandy.JPG Jan 11, 1917 $180,000 1210 21st Ave. S. Now the Peabody Library at Vanderbilt University
5 University of Tennessee Knoxville Mar 15, 1905 $40,000 1404 Circle Dr. Open 1911–1931, converted into administrative offices with PWA funds in 1934, leaving only traces of the original building intact. Now the Austin Peay Building, houses the department of psychology.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b At various times, Bobinski and Jones disagree on these numbers. In these cases, Jones' numbers have been used due to both a more recent publication date and a more detailed gazetteer of branch libraries, which are often where the discrepancies occur.
  2. ^ Grants for multiple libraries (Nashville) are listed only by their total amount, not broken down for each branch.
  3. ^ a b Miller, pp. 38–40

References[edit]

  • Anderson, Florence (1963). Carnegie Corporation Library Program 1911–1961. New York: Carnegie Corporation. OCLC 1282382. 
  • Bobinski, George S. (1969). Carnegie Libraries: Their History and Impact on American Public Library Development. Chicago: American Library Association. ISBN 0-8389-0022-4. 
  • Jones, Theodore (1997). Carnegie Libraries Across America. New York: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0-471-14422-3. 
  • Miller, Durand R. (1943). Carnegie Grants for Library Buildings, 1890-1917. New York: Carnegie Corporation of New York. OCLC 2603611. 

Note: The above references, while all authoritative, are not entirely mutually consistent. Some details of this list may have been drawn from one of the references without support from the others. Reader discretion is advised.