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History of the Cape Girardeau Public Library Scrapbook
1916-1942
 
Extent:  1 item
 
Accession Number: 2007.136
 
Abstract:  Articles regarding the history of Cape Girardeau's library initial plans, construction, growth, events, and staff. Also includes a booklet about Capes Carnegie Library (the original public library).
 
Processed by: Brooke Culler, November 2007
 
Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Southeast Missouri State University
Phone: (573) 651-2245; Fax: (573) 651-2666; Email: semoarchives@semo.edu
 
Citation:  History of the Cape Girardeau Public Library Scrapbook, Special Collections and Archives, Southeast Missouri State University
 
Restrictions: None
 
Other Relevant Collections:
Cape Girardeau Public Library Pamphlets, 1931, 1967.
Library Notes Scrapbook, 1921-1934;
Libraries Scrapbook, 1940;
Historical Note
 
Efforts to start a public library in Cape Girardeau began at the turn of the century and in 1914 a library was opened in the Ellingood building at the corner of Themis and Spanish streets. Through funds advanced by the Carnegie Corporation, and supplemented by local contributions, Cape Girardeau Public Library opened its doors at its Common Pleas Courthouse Park location on April 1, 1922. World War I deterred efforts to build the library, but they were renewed after the conflict. An addition was constructed at the front of the building in 1959. It served its original purpose until 1980, when a new library was built on Clark Street and the old facility was converted into government office space.
 
Scope and Content Note
 
Articles regarding the history of Cape Girardeau's library initial plans, construction, growth, events, and staff. Also includes a booklet about Capes Carnegie Library (the original public library).
 
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