Newman Carnegie Library

In 1909, seeking to provide a permanent home for a city library, the Women’s Improvement Club of Newman donated land at the corner of Kern & Main Streets with the hope that they would be able to successfully petition the Andrew Carnegie Corporation for funds to construct a library building on the property at 1209 Main Street.


Success was met, The Carnegie Corporation did indeed provide a generous grant of $7,600.00 for the building which was erected in 1919 for a 1920 grand opening.  The building served as a library until 1978 when a newer larger library was built to replace it (the Carnegie building thereafter became the Newman Museum). 

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 Below you will find a collection of images from the Museum's archives - Click on the thumbnail pictures to enlarge to full size