Friday, March 30, 2012

The Negro Branch of the Carnegie Library of Nashville (Nashville, Tennessee)

In 1916, the Carnegie Library of Nashville (now the Nashville Public Library) opened the Negro Branch of the Carnegie Library of Nashville.  It was built with a gift of $25,000 from Andrew Carnegie and remained in operation until 1949. Marion M. Hadley was the branch's first librarian. Other librarians to serve at the Negro Branch were Olivia Carr, Olivia Greenway, Hattie Watkins, and Ophelia Lockhart.

See related posts: The Free Colored Carnegie Branch of the Lawson McGhee Library (Knoxville, Tennessee) ; The Colored School Department of the Cossitt Library (Memphis, Tennessee); and The Howard Branch of the Chattanooga Public Library (Chattanooga, Tennessee).

Sources: Wynn, Lynda T. Leaders of Afro-American Nashville: The Negro Branch of the Carnegie Library. Nashville: Conference on Afro-American Culture and History, 1999. Print. ; Miller, Ernest I. "Library Service for Negroes in Tennessee." Journal of Negro Education 10.4 (1941): 636-637. Print. ; Hudson, Earline H. "Library Service to Blacks and Black Librarians in Tennessee." The Black Librarian in the Southeast: Reminiscences, Activities, Challenges. Ed. Annette L. Phinazee. Durham: NCCU School of Library Science, 1980. 105, 108. Print. ; "Photograph of the Negro Branch of the Carnegie Library, circa 1916." Nashville Public Library Digital Collection. Nashville Public Library, 2006. Web. 15 Jan. 2011. ; Malone, Cheryl Knott. "Quiet Pioneers: Black Women Public Librarians in the Segregated South." Vitae Scholasticae 19.1 (2000): 4, 11-13. Print. ; Malone, Cheryl Knott. "The Adult Collection at Nashville's Negro Public Library, 1915-1916." Libraries to the People: Histories of Outreach. Ed. Robert S. Freeman and David M. Hovde. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2003. 148-156.Print.

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