Iowa Carnegie Library Resources

  • Bobinski, G. S. (1970). Carnegie Libraries: Their History and Impact on American Public Library Development. Chicago: American Library Association.
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York Records (CCNYR).
    –These are the microfilmed copies of the correspondence primarily between James Bertram, Carnegie’s secretary, and the communities requesting funds; any of Carnegie’s letters with the communities also appear in these microfilm records. The records begin with Reel 1 and are held by Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library located in New York.
  • Dennett, Meussig, and Associates Ltd. (1980). An Architectural and Historical Survey of Public Libraries in Iowa, 1870-1940: a Report Prepared for State Historical Department of Iowa, Division of Historic Preservation. Iowa City, IA: State Historical Dept.
  • Goldstein, D. (2003). “The Spirit of an Age: Iowa Public Libraries and Professional Librarians as Solutions to Society’s Problems, 1890-1940.” Libraries & Culture, 38(3), 214-235.
  • Hathi Trust. Source for Iowa Library Quarterly and Report of the Iowa Library Commission materials. [See ILQ and RILC listings below.]
  • Hudson, D., Bergman, M., & Horton, L. (Eds.). (2008). The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa. Iowa City, IA: University Of Iowa Press.
  • Iowa Library Quarterly [ILQ].
    –The publication began as the Bulletin of the Iowa Library Commission, with the first volume dated January 1901. The quarterly publication of the Iowa Library Commission, edited by Alice S. Tyler (1901-1913) underwent further name changes, but by January 1907, it had become the Iowa Library Quarterly, and for clarity, that is how it will be referenced here. [Now available on HathiTrust.] These reports will be referenced by publication year, volume, and issue, and will be sourced as shown below:
    1901 ILQ 1.1 / Iowa Library Quarterly, Jan-Mar 1901, [page number].
  • Jones, T. (1997). Carnegie Libraries across America: A Public Legacy. New York: Wiley.
  • Koch, Theodore W. (1917). A Book of Carnegie Libraries. New York: The H. W. Wilson Company.
  • Kruty, P. (1983). “Patton and Miller: Designers of Carnegie Libraries”. The Palimpsest, 64(4), 110-122.
  • Martin, Robert Sidney, ed.  (1993) Carnegie Denied: Communities Rejecting Carnegie Library Construction Grants 1898-1925. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
  • Miller, D. R. (1943). Carnegie Grants for Library Buildings, 1890-1917: A List of Library Buildings, Public and Aacademic, Erected with Funds Provided by Andrew Carnegie and CarnegieCcorporation of New York. New York: Carnegie Corporation.
  • Pratt, L. G. (1977). The Counties and Courthouses of Iowa. Mason City, IA: Klipto Print. & Office Supply Co.
  • Report of the Iowa Library Commission [RILC].
    –These were the reports that were submitted by the Secretary of the Iowa Library Commission to the Governor of Iowa and were published by the Authority of General Assembly. During the Carnegie period in Iowa, Alice S. Tyler, the first Secretary of the Iowa Library Commission, compiled the First through Sixth Reports. She was succeeded by Julia A. Robinson, who compiled the Seventh through Eleventh Reports (until 1922). [These reports are now available on HathiTrust.] These reports are referenced by publication year and will be sourced as shown below:
    1st RILC (1904) / 1st Report of the Iowa Library Commission, coverage 1900-1903. (1904), [page number].
  • Shank, W. (1999). Iowa’s Historic Architects : A Biographical Dictionary. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press.
  • Stuart, S. L. [SLS] (2013). “‘My Duty and My Pleasure’ : Alice S. Tyler’s Reluctant Oversight of Carnegie Library Philanthropy in Iowa.” Information and Culture, 48(1), 91-111.
  • Van Slyck, A. A. (1995). Free to All: Carnegie Libraries and American Culture 1890-1920. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
  • Witt, J. M. (2003). The Carnegie Libraries of Iowa. Washington, MO: Robidoux Books.