Public Libraries of the Dakotas

There just aren't that many of these postcards, in contrast to those of the Carnegie libraries.

 North Dakota 
Bismarck (Veterans Memorial Library)

Replacement for the Carnegie building.
I believe that I have been inside this building with family members.


Published by North Dakota Scenes.

Jamestown (Alfred Dickey Library)

Information from the James River Library's history page.
Built in 1919 in Louis Sullivan's Egyptian style by student J.A. Shannon. No wonder they are planning so carefully for a forthcoming addition.


Dexter Press card mailed in 1953.

Lakota (A.M. Tofthagen Library & Museum)

Not often that a library admits to being small.
Small, but mighty: on the National Register since 1991.

(L) 1910s or 1920s town celebration. I would claim it to be the 1926 dedication, but I can't state it with certainty.

(R) L.L. Cook photo postcard.


1900 building, designed by William C. Albrant with funding by the Grandin brothers, of farming renown. In reality, the building is of several shades of red stone. It's quite lovely.


This unattributed postcard is not. 

Wahpeton (Leach Public Library)

There's no history on the Library's website, but a current photo shows the red brick building is still in use, with no visible additions.


The postcard was produced by L.L. Cook, Milwaukee. 

Williston (James Memorial Library)

(L) Unknown photo postcard.

(R) Bloom Bros. card.


Now in use as The James Memorial Art Center.
Built in 1911; replaced by the pretty Williston Community Library.

 South Dakota 
Ipswich (Marcus P. Beebe Memorial Library)

Beebe was a real estate/farmland magnate who used postcards to tout the farming capabilities of South Dakota.


This beautiful Tudor/vernacular library building is still in use. Mentally I paint this building in pink and grey granite boulders, but it's an earthy brown.


Postcard by L.L. Cook.


Also serves (served?) as the Day County Museum and Webster City Hall.


Photo postcard.

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