Emeline Fairbanks Memorial Library

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Emeline Fairbanks Memorial Library
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Emeline Fairbanks Memorial Library is located in Vigo County, Indiana
Emeline Fairbanks Memorial Library
General information
Type Library
Architectural style Beaux Arts
Location Terre Haute, Indiana
 United States
Address 222 N. 7th St.
Coordinates 39°28′13″N 87°24′25″W / 39.47032°N 87.40701°W / 39.47032; -87.40701Coordinates: 39°28′13″N 87°24′25″W / 39.47032°N 87.40701°W / 39.47032; -87.40701
Completed 1906
Owner Indiana State University
Design and construction
Main contractor Modern Construction Company, Terre Haute

Emeline Fairbanks Memorial Library is located in Terre Haute, Indiana. It was built in 1906 by the Modern Construction Company of Terre Haute. The building is in the Beaux Arts architectural style.[1]

The Emeline Fairbanks Memorial Library played an important role in Coca-Cola history. In June 1915, Earl R. Dean and T. Clyde Edwards were dispatched to the Emeline Fairbanks Memorial Library to research the ingredients of Coca-Cola. In the Encyclopædia Britannica, Dean came across a picture of a gourd-shaped cocoa pod. Inspiration from this cocoa pod lead Dean to his design of the iconic contour Coca-Cola bottle.[2]

In 1979, the library was acquired by the Indiana State University and would be converted into an art building five years later.[1]


  1. ^ a b Aulik, Judy. "Non-Carnegie Indiana Libraries". Judy Aulik. Archived from the original on 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  2. ^ "Inventory: Earl R. Dean Collection". Vigo County Public Library. Retrieved 2008-12-14. [permanent dead link]