Carnegie Library at FAMU

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Carnegie Library
FAMU's Carnegie Library
Carnegie Library at FAMU is located in Florida
Carnegie Library at FAMU
Carnegie Library at FAMU is located in the United States
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
ArchitectWilliam Augustus Edwards
Architectural styleClassical Revival
NRHP reference No.78000949
Added to NRHP17 November 1978[1]

The Carnegie Library at FAMU is a historic building on the campus of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. Built in 1908, the two-story, white-columned building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. "It was part of a national building program by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie." The Black Archives was established by the Florida Legislature in 1971 and opened in 1975.[2] 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 and the first Carnegie Library to be built on a black land-grant college campus.[3][4]

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 serve black patrons (see History of Tallahassee, Florida#Black history). At the time, FAMU's predecessor, the State Normal and Industrial College for Colored Students, was in need of a new library. Its library had been located in the mansion of Florida Governor William Pope Duval, which burned in 1905.[3] The Carnegie Library was built on the site of that mansion.

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, formally known as the Florida Black Archives, 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.[5] 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.

The archives were "originally the Carnegie Library", and history professor and lecturer James N. Eaton "had the vision of not only collecting memorabilia but presenting it to the students and the public" in the early ‘ 1970s. By the fall of 1976, assembled the collection and arranged its exhibition.[6]

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.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System – (#78000949)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ "Log In - US Southeast Newsstream - ProQuest". ProQuest 1009037110. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ a b Federal Writers Project (1939), Florida. A Guide to the Southernmost State, New York: Oxford University Press, p. 282
  4. ^ "Meek Eaton Black Archives- Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University2019". Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  5. ^ "Black Archive Expansion". Florida A&M. Retrieved 2009-07-04.
  6. ^ "The Black Archives". Visit Tallahassee. Retrieved 2019-03-26.

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The library during the 1930s.