Carnegie Library at FAMU

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Carnegie Library
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FAMU's Carnegie Library
Carnegie Library at FAMU is located in Florida
Carnegie Library at FAMU
Carnegie Library at FAMU is located in the US
Carnegie Library at FAMU
LocationTallahassee, Florida
Coordinates30°25′39″N 84°17′11″W / 30.42750°N 84.28639°W / 30.42750; -84.28639Coordinates: 30°25′39″N 84°17′11″W / 30.42750°N 84.28639°W / 30.42750; -84.28639
Built1908
ArchitectWilliam Augustus Edwards
Architectural styleClassical Revival
NRHP reference #78000949 [1]
Added to NRHPNovember 17, 1978

The Carnegie Library at FAMU is a historic building on the campus of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. It was one of many public and college libraries funded by Andrew Carnegie, which were named Carnegie Library after him. It is the oldest brick building on the campus.[2] Carnegie's library was built at what is today FAMU because the city of Tallahassee refused it, since under Carnegie's rules it would have had to have served black patrons.

The site of the library is that of the mansion of Florida Governor William Pope Duval, which burned in 1905.[3]

It was designed by architect William Augustus Edwards and was built in 1908. On November 17, 1978, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Carrie Meek-James N. Eaton, Sr. Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum[edit]

In 1976, the Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum was founded and occupied the library at Florida A&M. The archives expanded to the nearby Union Bank building in 1996 and a new building in 2006.[4] The museum's exhibits focus on African American history in Florida, including the contributions of the African-American church, educational and social life at Florida A&M University, important figures in politics, science, medicine, and inventors, military experience and more.

In 2007, the archives was officially named in honor of veteran Florida legislator, retired U.S. Congresswoman and FAMU graduate Carrie P. Meek, who appropriated funds through Congress for the expansion of the facility, and Dr. James N. Eaton, D.H.L., Professor of History/Founder and first Director.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Federal Writers Project (1939), Florida. A Guide to the Southernmost State, New York: Oxford University Press, p. 282
  3. ^ Federal Writers Project (1939), Florida. A Guide to the Southernmost State, New York: Oxford University Press, p. 282
  4. ^ "Black Archive Expansion". Florida A&M. Retrieved 2009-07-04.

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The library during the 1930s.