List of Carnegie libraries in South Carolina

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The following list of Carnegie libraries in South Carolina provides detailed information on United States Carnegie libraries in South Carolina, where 14 public libraries were built from 14 grants (totaling $124,700) awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 1903 to 1916. In addition, academic libraries were built at 4 institutions (totaling $65,000).

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]
Location Notes
1 Anderson Anderson Mar 14, 1905 $18,700 405 N. Main St. Open 1908–1971, now an arts center
2 Beaufort Beaufort Sep 25, 1914 $7,500 701 Craven St. Open 1918–1964
3 Camden Camden Nov 17, 1914 $5,000 1314 Broad St. Open 1916–1973, now a museum
4 Charleston Charleston CLS 1914 medium.jpg Feb 26, 1914 $5,000 164 King St. Not a public library
5 Darlington Darlington May 15, 1916 $10,000 127 N. Main St. Open 1920–1988
6 Gaffney Gaffney CarnegieFreeLibrary 9887.jpg Apr 2, 1913 $7,500 210 N. Limestone St. Open 1914–1972, now county offices
7 Greenwood Greenwood May 15, 1916 $12,500 Open 1917–1958, demolished in the 1960s
8 Honea Path Honea Path Mar 7, 1907 $5,000 318 N. Shirley Ave. Opened 1908
9 Kingstree Kingstree Apr 19, 1915 $6,000 135 Hampton Ave. Open 1917–2001, now a museum
10 Latta Latta Apr 3, 1912 $5,000 101 N. Marion St. Opened 1914
11 Marion Marion Nov 16, 1904 $7,500 101 E. Court St. Opened 1905
12 Spartanburg Spartanburg Jun 23, 1903 $15,000 Opened 1906, demolished c.1956
13 Sumter Sumter Carnegie Public Library Sumter, SC.jpg Sep 29, 1915 $10,000 219 W. Liberty St. Open 1917–1968, now the county genealogical society
14 Union Union Carnegie Free Library Jan 13, 1903 $10,000 300 E. South St. Opened 1905

Academic libraries[edit]

Institution Locality Image Date
granted
[2]
Grant
amount
[2]
Location Notes
1 Benedict College Columbia Mar 15, 1904 $6,000 Replaced by Starks Center in 1937
2 Converse College Spartanburg Mar 17, 1904 $10,000 580 E. Main St. Open 1905–1951, now offices
3 Furman University Greenville Mar 15, 1905 $19,000 Open 1906, demolished 1961 after the university moved
4 Winthrop College Rock Hill Feb 27, 1904 $30,000 1898 Alumni Dr. Open 1905–1961, now the Rutledge Building, houses art classes and galleries

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. ^ 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.