Graduate Research Papers


Open Access Graduate Research Paper


The purpose of this study was to present the history of four Iowa Carnegie Library buildings: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, West Liberty, Iowa, and Eldon, Iowa. These four building histories were selected because together they represent the common fates of such buildings, not only in Iowa, but across the country. The Carnegie Library in Eldon remains much the same as the day it opened in May 9, 1913 with many original features intact. The West Liberty Carnegie Library building has been renovated to retain the Carnegie appearance. Cedar Falls had renovated its Carnegie library building with no regard for aesthetics and is now demolishing the entire building. Cedar Rapids built a new facility for its library and now uses the original Carnegie building as an art museum.

An important part of library history in the United States is told through the public library buildings erected through the generosity of Andrew Carnegie. Communities such as Eldon, Iowa and West Liberty, Iowa, should be applauded for maintaining this architectural record.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Barbara R. Safford


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