Unattributed postcard of Mitchell, SD's Carnegie library building

Carnegie Libraries


South Dakota

Statistics come from George S. Bobinski's Carnegie Libraries. South Dakota had 25 Carnegie buildings, and I have enough cards of them to warrant a new page.
Another good reference is The Building of Carnegie Libraries in South Dakota by Susan Richards.

Aberdeen (Alexander Mitchell Library)

Built 1902, condemned in 1950. A floor collapse will do that to you. I would not have wanted to be on that salvage team!


The card (C.T. Photochrom) survived in much better shape.

How not to build a Carnegie library in Aberdeen, SD.

1907 Carnegie grant. Now houses the Brookings Arts Council.


Card mailed in 1916. There have to be better cards of this building.


Late 1904 grant. Replaced; appears from photos online to be a day care center.


On this remarkably clear photo postcard, the tiny words 'Carnegie' and 'Library' flank the large PUBLIC LIBRARY over the entrance. So much for Brazil, Indiana's claim that they have the only Carnegie library with carved letters celebrating such.

It was mailed in 1945.


Yes, it's that Deadwood.


1902 grant. Still in use.


Sometimes, with postcards, you take what you can get.
This was published for John 
Baggaley & Son of Deadwood, who seemed to dabble in several occupations.

Photo postcard of the Huron, South Dakota Carnegie building.

(L) Olin photo postcard.
(R) E.C. Kropp card.


1907 Carnegie grant. Demolished in 1965.


1906 Carnegie grant. Still in use.


(L) Postmarked 1911.

(R) Another 'Lithochrome' card, by the same folks that brought you 'Sexichrome,' 'Octochrome,' and 'Commercialchrome' postcards.


1905 grant. Replaced (1979) and incorporated into the Grant County Public Library. 

(L) E.C. Kropp postcard for Clark's Variety Store of Milbank.
(R) Photo postcard, stamped but never mailed. Shows window details plus what looks like a livery barn in the background.


1902 Carnegie grant: replaced. Somehow this building seems just right in the hometown of the Corn Palace. Now, it is known as the Carnegie Resource Center, and is said to hold Corn Palace memorabilia.

(L) Rotograph card, mailed in 1905.
(R) Photo postcard, trademarked Co-Mo. This was the precursor to L.L. Cook.




1909 Johnson & Bordsco (or possibly Bordsea) photo postcard.


1903 grant; no longer in library use, since 1972. Richards states (1990) that it serves as a juvenile detention center, which I find to be an ironic fate.

Rapid City

1914 grant. Also replaced in 1972. Richards states that a design firm occupies the building today.


Bloom Bros. postcard, never mailed.


F.H. Packard postcard.


Dating from 1902, Redfield Carnegie Library is the oldest example in South Dakota that has been in continuous use. At one point, the City Auditor served as its librarian. Times are more properly professional now. 


Of course, it has had an addition or two.

Sioux Falls

S.H. Knox postcard, probably printed in the US.


1901 grant. Building replaced ca. 1973. 

In 2001, the red sandstone Carnegie building was renovated into the Carnegie Town Hall. Nifty reuse!

Sioux Falls' red sandstone Carnegie library building.
Sisseton, SD Carnegie library

1914 Carnegie grant. Building superseded, but extant.

Bloom Bros. postcards are generally more attractive than this one, mailed in 1920 by Sophia Lobben, who was on a bad road trip.

Tyndall, SD Carnegie library in Prairie style

Late 1915 grant. This Prairie style building is still in use.


Card dated October 12, 1931. In case you're wondering what the notice says on the door, it's 'Rest Rooms.'


The entity is now known as the Watertown Regional Library. Since 1974, the 1906 Carnegie building houses the Codington County Historical Society.

Watertown, SD Carnegie library

(L) One of Curt Teich's 'American Art' postcard series.
(R) Sepia St. Paul Souvenir card.


Superseded in 1967.

Watertown, SD Carnegie library
Yankton, SD Carnegie library

1902 Carnegie grant. Standing, but superseded. It has had a humiliating remodel, which I believe involved decapitation. 


Sepia-toned card. The Library resembled that of Stevens Point, WI.

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