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  • Program for Library Dedication 1951
    ImageText       Program published for the dedication of the new Wilmette Public Library building on July 15, 1951. Centerfold map of the floorplan of the building. The library was designed by Holabird and Root architecture firm.
    ImageText     Program published for the dedication of the new Wilmette Public Library building on July 15, 1951. Centerfold map of the floorplan of the building. The library was designed by Holabird ...
  • Elmwood Library Association Charter
    Text       Certificate signed 16 April 1892 by Isaac N. Pearson, Illinois Secretary of State issuing a state charter to the Elmwood Library Association.
    Text     Certificate signed 16 April 1892 by Isaac N. Pearson, Illinois Secretary of State issuing a state charter to the Elmwood Library Association.
  • Report of a committee to the Board of the Free Public Library of Wilmette with proposals for a library site, August 3, 1903
    Text       The Library committee recommends the proposed Carnegie Library be located on the site occupied by the Village Hall....
    Text     The Library committee recommends the proposed Carnegie Library be located on the site occupied by the Village Hall....
  • Resolution of the Library Board to buy two plots of land, one from the Estate of Catherine M. White and one from Mrs. Elizabeth Wolf, as the site of a new Carnegie Library for Wilmette, November 24, 1903
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  • Early History of Library Movement in Wilmette by Anna E. Law
    TextImage       Brief history of the public library in Wilmette, Illinois, handwritten by Anna E. Law, first librarian of Wilmette Public Library
    TextImage     Brief history of the public library in Wilmette, Illinois, handwritten by Anna E. Law, first librarian of Wilmette Public Library
  • Letter to Miss Anna E. Law, librarian, from Mrs. Louise Carnegie, 10 September 1919
    Text       Response by Mrs. Carnegie to a letter of condolence written by Anna E. Law of the Wilmette Public Library
    Text     Response by Mrs. Carnegie to a letter of condolence written by Anna E. Law of the Wilmette Public Library
  • Map showing locations of the existing and proposed library buildings on the corner of Park and Wilmette Avenues in Wilmette in 1950.
    ImageText       Architect's map showing location of the existing Carnegie Library of Wilmette and the proposed new Wilmette Public Library.
    ImageText     Architect's map showing location of the existing Carnegie Library of Wilmette and the proposed new Wilmette Public Library.
  • Wilmette and the suburban whirl
    PublicationText       A sequel to Frontiers of Old Wilmette. A series of historical sketches of life in the suburb from the turn of the century
    PublicationText     A sequel to Frontiers of Old Wilmette. A series of historical sketches of life in the suburb from the turn of the century
  • Letter from Claude & Starck Architects to F. H. Drury about a proposed change in design of the library building, 27 October 1904
    Text       Louis W. Claude Edward F. Starck Claude & Starck Architects Badger Block Madison Wisconsin 10/27/04 Mr. F. H. Drury Willimette, Illinois Dear Sir: I wish to remind you of our conversation, last Snday, regarding raising grades of front of library and trust that you will use your influence ...
    Text     Louis W. Claude Edward F. Starck Claude & Starck Architects Badger Block Madison Wisconsin 10/27/04 Mr. F. H. Drury Willimette, Illinois Dear Sir: I wish to remind you of our ...
  • Letter from Alexander J. Howell to Andrew Carnegie, 9 April 1903
    Text       Andrew Carnegie Esq. New York City My Dear Sir Noticing in late issue of the "Local News" Wilmette, Illinois, of your kind offer to the village for library. Allow me to offer a site one block from railroad depot. If agreeable I will deed same to you. If agreeable I ...
    Text     Andrew Carnegie Esq. New York City My Dear Sir Noticing in late issue of the "Local News" Wilmette, Illinois, of your kind offer to the village for library. Allow me ...
  • Letter from F. H. Drury to A. [Alexander] J. Howell, 14 April 1903
    Text       14 Apr 1903 Mr. A. J. Howell, 49 West 89th St., New York City. My dear Mr. Howell: Your letter, addressed to Mr. Andrew Carnegie, under date of April 9th, has been sent to me. We appreciate highly your kindness in offering to donate a library site, and will be ...
    Text     14 Apr 1903 Mr. A. J. Howell, 49 West 89th St., New York City. My dear Mr. Howell: Your letter, addressed to Mr. Andrew Carnegie, under date of April 9th, ...
  • Letter from Alexander J. Howell to F. H. Drury, 23 April 1903
    Text       New York April 23rd/ 03 Mr. F. H. Drury Wilmette Cook County Illinois My dear sir In reply to yours of last week, would say the cite [sic] of proposal is on R. R. Ave. [Railroad], starting 100 ft. from Charles St., 30 to 50 ft. on the Ave. by ...
    Text     New York April 23rd/ 03 Mr. F. H. Drury Wilmette Cook County Illinois My dear sir In reply to yours of last week, would say the cite [sic] of proposal ...
  • Letter from N. W. Gates, Wilmette, Illinois, March 30, 1895, to Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Pierson, and their reply April 9, 1896
    Text       Elmwood Library Association secretary, N. W. [ Nellie Warner] Gates, letter to Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Pierson inquiring if they would like to renew their membership in a subscription library....
    Text     Elmwood Library Association secretary, N. W. [ Nellie Warner] Gates, letter to Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Pierson inquiring if they would like to renew their membership in a subscription ...
  • Ballot on the question of a site for the Free Public Library Building contemplated by Mr. Andrew Carnegie's gift of $10,000 to the Village of Wilmette, Ill.
    Text       Ballot for the choice of a site for a Carnegie Library of Wilmette. One site had been donated by Mr. Alexander J. Howell. Others in the village favored moving the Village Hall and erecting the library in that location near the train station. Another proposal was to purchase a completely ...
    Text     Ballot for the choice of a site for a Carnegie Library of Wilmette. One site had been donated by Mr. Alexander J. Howell. Others in the village favored moving the ...
  • Letter from Francis H. Drury to Andrew Carnegie, 17 April 1903
    Text       17 April 1903 Mr. Andrew Carnegie 2 East 91st St. New York City Dear Sir: Referring to your gift of $10,000 to the Village of Wilmette for library purposes, I beg to call your attention to the fact that we have at least two sites which are available for library ...
    Text     17 April 1903 Mr. Andrew Carnegie 2 East 91st St. New York City Dear Sir: Referring to your gift of $10,000 to the Village of Wilmette for library purposes, I ...
  • Letter from R. A. Franks to F. W. [Francis H.] Drury, 28 April 1903
    Text       Home Trust Company Hoboken, N.J. R. A. Franks, president April 28, 1903 Dear Sir Yours of the 17th instant, addressed to Mr. Carnegie, has been referred to the writer as Mr. Carnegie and his Secretary have gone abroad for the summer. Mr. Carnegie would not consent to any portion of ...
    Text     Home Trust Company Hoboken, N.J. R. A. Franks, president April 28, 1903 Dear Sir Yours of the 17th instant, addressed to Mr. Carnegie, has been referred to the writer as ...
  • Letter from F. H, Drury to R. A. Franks 19 May 1903
    Text       Mr. R. A. Franks, Pres. Hoboken Trust Company Hoboken, N.J. Chicago, May 19, 1903 Dear Sir Referring to your favor of April 28, advising in relation to a joint building for library purposes: I beg to inquire whether a personal interview could be arranged with you in order to present ...
    Text     Mr. R. A. Franks, Pres. Hoboken Trust Company Hoboken, N.J. Chicago, May 19, 1903 Dear Sir Referring to your favor of April 28, advising in relation to a joint building ...
  • Letter from Patton & Miller, Architects, to Mr. F. H. Drury, 19 May 1903
    Text       Patton & Miller Architects 13th and 14th Floors 153 LaSalle Street Chicago Normand S. Patton Grant C. Miller May 19, 1903 Mr. F. H. Drury Secy. Library Board Wilmette, Ill. Dear Sir: As per your conversation with our Mr. Miller over the telephone today in regard to whether Mr. ...
    Text     Patton & Miller Architects 13th and 14th Floors 153 LaSalle Street Chicago Normand S. Patton Grant C. Miller May 19, 1903 Mr. F. H. Drury Secy. Library Board Wilmette, Ill. ...
  • Letter to F. H. Drury from R. A. Franks, 21 May 1903
    Text       Home Trust Company Hoboken, N.J. R. A. Franks, President May 21st, 1903 Dear Sir I have yours of the 19th instant. Under no circucmstances does Mr. Carnegie consent to a joint building for Municipal and Library purposes. A small lecture room to be used for meetings of a purely literary ...
    Text     Home Trust Company Hoboken, N.J. R. A. Franks, President May 21st, 1903 Dear Sir I have yours of the 19th instant. Under no circucmstances does Mr. Carnegie consent to a ...
  • Cost estimate of land for construction of Carnegie Library of Wilmette, 1903
    Text       R. W. Boddinghaus, Lawyer Wilmette, Illinois P.O. Box 32 Estimate of Cost of Sub lots 1 and 2 in Dingee and McDaniel's Resubdivision of Lots 5 and 6 in Block 5 of the Village of Wilmette, in Cook County, Illinois For site of the Free Public Library Building to be ...
    Text     R. W. Boddinghaus, Lawyer Wilmette, Illinois P.O. Box 32 Estimate of Cost of Sub lots 1 and 2 in Dingee and McDaniel's Resubdivision of Lots 5 and 6 in Block ...
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Wilmette Public Library


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