Jefferson Carnegie Library

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The Carnegie Library in Jefferson, Texas in 2010

The Jefferson Carnegie Library is a library in Jefferson, Texas, built with money donated by Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Hallett & Rawson of Des Moines were the architects.[1] Built in 1907, it is one of four libraries in Texas, from the original 34, to currently operate as a library.

The Carnegie Library in 1913


The ladies of the Jefferson Library Association proposed that a restroom be built and that the fees generated by its use pay for library services. Also, a ten-cent tea was planned at the building the library was occupying on Walnut Street, and proceeds were designated for buying a badly needed bookcase for the two hundred volume collection.[2] Both of these ideas did not work, so in 1907, the library association received a grant from Andrew Carnegie for $7,500 to build a library on the condition that the city appropriate a budget for its upkeep.

Continuing legacy[edit]

In 2007, the library began a restoration project which was recognized by the Lucille Terry Award.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-09-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Fred Tarpley, Jefferson: A Riverport to the Southwest, 1983, p.199

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