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Minute books (1872-1928)

Creator: Carnegie Free Library (Ottawa, Kan.). Board of Directors

Date: [created] 1879-1945, [includes material] 1872-1945

Level of Description: Series

Material Type: Government record

Call Number: MICROFILM: AR 6724

Unit ID: 196960

Abstract: Microfilmed minute books, 2 v., from the Carnegie Free Library Board of Directors in Ottawa, Kan. Minutes, 1872-1878, transcribed into v. 1 in 1879. Vol. 1 minutes end in 1879. Vol. 2 includes bylaws, names of directors & attendance, and financial & circulation reports. The minutes from the early years in v. 2 include information on the design and construction of the Carnegie library building. Also included are librarian's reports; lists of books purchased; election results; charters, the constitution, & bylaws; clippings; and memorials. The minutes end in 1928. Included is a list of directors, 1945.

Space Required/Quantity: 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm

Title (Main title): Minute books (1872-1928)

Titles (Other):

  • Minutes (1872-1928)
  • Carnegie Free Library Board of Directors (Ottawa Kan.) minute books (1872-1928)

Part of: Records from Franklin County.

Administrative History

Administrative History: Public library, founded in 1872 as the Ottawa Library Association, also known as the Ottawa Free Public Library, presently named the Ottawa Library; of Ottawa, Kan.

Scope and Content

Scope and content:

The first of the two volumes begins with transcribed actions of the Ottawa Library Association from its founding in 1872 through 1879; the volume also contains a revised constitution, clippings, minutes--including librarians' reports, expenses, and election results--the Association's charter, and lists of books purchased. The records include the years 1879-1897. Filmed at the end of the volume are later clippings, some as late as 1913. The second volume contains bylaws, lists of directors and their attendance, minutes, financial and circulation reports, and memorials of the Board of Directors; these records are for the years 1902-1928. Minutes of the first years of volume two include information on the design and construction of the Carnegie Library building; George P. Washburn was the architect. A list of Library Board members for the year 1945 was filmed as found at the beginning of the second volume.

Blank pages in both volumes, though numbered, were not filmed.

Contents: v. 1. Minutes : 1872-1879, constitution, clippings, Library Association charter, list of books purchased, 1879-1897 ; later clippings to 1913 -- v. 2. Bylaws, lists of directors and attendance, minutes : 1902-1928, financial and circulation reports, memorials, 1902-1928 ; list of Board of Directors, 1945.


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Index Terms


    Carnegie Free Library (Ottawa, Kan.). Board of Directors
    Ottawa Free Public Library (Ottawa, Kan.). Board of Directors
    Ottawa Library Association (Ottawa, Kan.). Board of Directors
    Franklin County (Kan.)
    Ottawa (Kan.)
    Ottawa Library (Ottawa, Kan.)
    Acquisitions (Libraries) -- Kansas -- Ottawa
    Books -- Kansas -- Ottawa
    Carnegie libraries -- Kansas -- Ottawa -- Design and construction
    Corporate minutes -- Kansas -- Ottawa
    Libraries -- Kansas -- Ottawa
    Library administration -- Kansas -- Ottawa
    Library circulation and loans -- Kansas -- Ottawa
    Library directors -- Kansas -- Ottawa
    Library finance -- Kansas -- Ottawa
    Library science -- Kansas -- Ottawa -- Societies, etc.
    Library trustees -- Kansas -- Ottawa
    Meetings -- Kansas -- Ottawa
    Public libraries -- Kansas -- Ottawa

Creators and Contributors

Agency Classification:

    Local Government Agencies. Franklin County. Cities. Ottawa. Library.

Additional Information for Researchers

Use and reproduction:
Notice: This material may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The user is cautioned that the publication of the contents of this collection may be construed as constituting a violation of literary property rights. These rights derive from the principle of common law, affirmed in the copyright law of 1976 as amended, that the writer of an unpublished letter or other manuscript has the sole right to publish the contents thereof unless he or she affirmatively parts with that right; the right descends to his or her legal heirs regardless of the ownership of the physical manuscript itself. It is the responsibility of a user or his or her publisher to secure the permission of the owner of literary property rights in unpublished writing. The Kansas State Historical Society does not own literary rights to these records. The originals were loaned to the society for microfilming by the library in 1984.

Ownership/Custodial Hist.: The originals were loaned to the society for microfilming by the library through the courtesy of John Mark Lambertson of the Franklin County Historical Society in Ottawa in 1984.

Reproduction: Microfilm. Topeka [Kan.] : Kansas State Historical Society, 1985.

Action note: These documents were prepared for microfilming by Robert L. Knecht, 1985.


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