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Scott County Carnegie LibraryScott County Carnegie Library

Location: 108 S. Main Street, Scottsburg. (Scott County, Indiana)

Installed: 2002 Indiana Historical Bureau, Preservation Alliance, Inc., and Scott County Community Foundation

ID# : 72.2002.1

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Side one:

Scott County Board of Commissioners appointed a library board 1917 in response to citizen petitions for a public library. Library board sought Carnegie grant for funding assistance. Locally $7, 500 was raised; Carnegie grant of $12, 500 was added. Library opened and had 4, 453 volumes in 1921.

Side two:

Structure of brick and limestone designed by Clifford Shopbell & Co. in Renaissance Revival style; 1986 addition designed by Pecsok, Jelliffe, Randall & Nice. One of 1, 679 libraries built in U.S. with funds from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Indiana built more Carnegie libraries than any other state.

Keywords

Carnegie Library, Buildings and Architecture

Annotated Text

Scott County Board of Commissioners appointed a library board 1917 in response to citizen petitions for a public library.(1) Library board sought Carnegie grant for funding assistance. Locally $7, 500 was raised; Carnegie grant of $12, 500 was added.(2) Library opened and had 4, 453 volumes in 1921.(3)

Structure of brick and limestone designed by Clifford Shopbell & Co. in Renaissance Revival style;(4) 1986 addition designed by Pecsok, Jelliffe, Randall & Nice.(5) One of 1, 679 libraries built in U.S. with funds from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Indiana built more Carnegie libraries than any other state.(6)

(1) Commissioners Court Minutes, July Term, July 2, 1917 1917 (Scott County Auditor's Office, Scottsburg).

(2) Bogardus, "Brief History of the Scott County Library, " typescript; Scott County Public Library letter to Carnegie Corporation, August 4, 1919.

(3) Scott County Public Library, Annual Report, June 30, 1921

(4) 1986 Heritage Downtown Scottsburg, Downtown Building Inventory; Scott County Public Library Corner Stone 1919 (photograph); Library Board Minutes August 28, 1919

(5) Scott County Public Library 1986 plaque (photograph).

(6) standard statement for all relevant markers.