Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Colored Carnegie Library of Houston, Texas

The Colored Carnegie Library (Houston) was founded in 1909. The library was originally housed inside Booker T. Washington High School until 1913, when the library received a building of its own from the Carnegie Foundation. In 1922, the library's administration was returned to the Houston Public Library System after eight years of independent operation by an all-black library board. Emma Myers was the first librarian (1909-1911).

Sources: Battles, David M. The History of Public Library Access for African Americans in the South or, Leaving Behind the Plow. Lanham: Scarecrow, 2009. 35. Print. ; Malone, Cheryl Knott. "Autonomy and Accomodation: Houston's Colored Carnegie Library, 1907-1922." Libraries and Culture 34.2 (1999): 95-112. Print. ; Malone, Cheryl Knott. "Quiet Pioneers: Black Women Public Librarians in the Segregated South." Vitae Scholasticae 19.1 (2000): 4, 8-11. Print.

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