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Indiana public library building photographs

 Collection — Folder: SP123
Identifier: SP123

Scope and Contents

This collection includes black-and-white photographs affixed to green board, which may have been part of a photograph album depicting interior and exterior views of multiple public library branches in Indiana from Gary, Vincennes, and Allen County, ranging from circa 1919 to circa 1928. Some handwritten notations on the backs of the photographs indicate the cost of the building.


  • circa 1919-circa 1928

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

"In 2020 the Allen County Public Library is celebrating 125 years of enriching our community through lifelong learning and discovery. Over the decades the library has grown to consist of the main library in downtown Fort Wayne and thirteen branches in the city and outlying communities.

"The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library is the second largest family research center in the United States. Visitors from across the country and around the world rely on the Genealogy Center for its international collection of physical resources; free access to numerous databases; and knowledgeable staff.

"ACPL has also joined with the Friends of the Lincoln Collection to build the Rolland Center for Lincoln Research. The center, scheduled to open Spring 2021, will showcase the immense collection of lectures, photos, and other original documents related to our nation’s 16th president that the library houses and curates.

"In 2020 the library was visited 1.2 million times, limited by the pandemic. The library’s holdings consisted of almost 2.9 million items, with a circulation total of nearly 2.6 million physical items. That is in addition to a usage rate of almost 5.9 million for the library’s electronic materials.

Excerpt from: Allen County Public Library. "A Brief History." About ACPL. Accessed November 16, 2021.


"From its beginnings in 1908, the Gary Public Library emerged as a combined social and educational agency - pressed upon to keep up with an expanding city and organize itself as an institution to fulfill these needs. Gary, Indiana, founded in 1906, was an industrial-based land of opportunity that attracted thousands of European immigrants as well as people from throughout the country.

"Throughout the years, the library has remained a vital institution within the community through its services, materials, and programs. The library’s Indiana Room, local Gary history and genealogy, serves as the region’s oldest collection of local history having started soon after the library was established. The library also continues to serve and provide materials as a designated Federal Depository Library (selective) since 1943.

"Currently, the Gary library system continues to provide service throughout the city of Gary through its Gary Public Library and Cultural Center and two branches - Kennedy Branch and Woodson Branch. It is one of seven independent library systems in Lake County, Indiana."

Excerpt from: Gary Public Library. "About Gary Public Library." Accessed November 16, 2021.


"The only Collegiate Gothic style Carnegie library in the state, the original library was dedicated to the public in 1919. Winner of the 2015 Regional Preservation Award from Indiana Landmarks, this building is the hub of the library campus. Because of the philanthropy of Andrew Carnegie and permanent tax support from local citizens, the library proudly shines as a beacon of enlightenment. Community is the heart of the Knox County Public Library. A wealth of programs, services and materials for people of all ages and walks of life are available here. For demonstrating remarkable public services and programs to its community, Knox County Public Library was the recipient of the Indiana Historical Society 2012 Outstanding Historical Organization Award.

"Established in 1889 on the second floor of Vincennes City Hall, this library has played a major role in the community’s educational and cultural development. With funding from philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, the Collegiate Gothic style library building was dedicated in 1919. A modern addition was dedicated in 1976 and it became the Knox County Public Library in 1978. The library’s mission is to meet the informational, educational and cultural needs of the community."

Excerpt from: Knox County Public Library. "About Knox County Public Library." Accessed November 16, 2021.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/11/16 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid revised 2021/11/16 by Brittany Kropf.
Indiana public library building photographs
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.