New England Carnegies

        A site that honors the libraries that Andrew Carnegie helped to fund



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When the Carnegies Visited Worcester, Mass.



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85 public library buildings.  10 academic library buildings.

Andrew Carnegie's legacy endures in the six New England states.

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You'll find pages that include old and new photos and brief histories of each library.  No two are exactly alike.  Each site carries a story as unique as its architectural style.  And while the focus here is on the physical structures, we should not forget that a host of local and regional people were involved in each and every endeavor: no matter how small the town, no matter how large the city.

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 Mr. Carnegie watches over
the Athol Public Library patrons

     As of April 6, 2009, New England's original 95 Carnegie library buildings were being used in the following manner:

status Carnegie
Public Libraries
Academic Libraries
Are still libraries 68 6
Have new uses 11 4
Vacant / uncertain 3  
No longer standing 3  
TOTAL 85 10

To have lost only three buildings over the course of a century may speak to the power of history in New England.  Click here to learn more details.

     At least 20 of New England's Carnegie  libraries are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

     To see the libraries represented here, you need only choose one of the search options located along the left-hand side of this screen.  If you want to just cruise through the list without stopping, you should take the VirTual Tour.

     If you don't know much about Mr. Carnegie, click here to read a biography posted by the Carnegie Corporation.  Click here to read of his legacy, including his commitment to libraries and lifelong learning.

     Many thanks go out to the librarians and historians who provided details and photos about the buildings they enter every day.  This project would be incomplete without their help.  All photos and postcards are from the compiler's own collection, unless otherwise credited.

     Happy visiting!

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This information has been compiled and posted by Corinne H. Smith.
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