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How to Use the Images


Inquiry Question

Historical Context



Drawing 1
Illustration 1


Table of

Visual Evidence

Photo 1: Medford Free Public Library, Medford, Wisconsin.[Graphic] Photo 1 with link to higher quality photo.Photo 2: Carnegie Free Library, Connellsville, Pennsylvania.[Graphic] Photo 2 with link to higher quality photo.
Photo 3: Richfield Public Library, Richfield, Utah.[Graphic] Photo 3 with link to higher quality photo.
Photo 4: Carnegie library, Spokane Washington.[Graphic] Photo 4 with link to higher quality photo.Photo 5: Carnegie library,
Girard, Kansas.
[Graphic] Photo 5 with link to higher quality photo.
(National Park Service)

All of the libraries pictured came from Carnegie's "wholesale" period of giving.

Questions for Photos 1-5

1. What are the similarities and differences between the libraries. Do you think you would be able to identify a "Carnegie library"? Why or why not?

2. To what extent have Carnegie and Bertram lived up to their claim that they did not care about the exterior design? What factors do you think influenced the exterior design of the libraries in the photos?

3. Do the large windows fit with Bertram's goals of efficient buildings? Do you think it would be practical to have such large windows on all sides of the libraries?

* The photos on this screen have a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a high quality version of Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4, & Photo 5, but be aware that each file will take as much as 40 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.



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