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List of Carnegie libraries in Florida

The following list of Carnegie libraries in Florida provides detailed information on United States Carnegie libraries in Florida, where 10 public libraries were built from 10 grants (totaling $198,000) awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 1901 to 1917. In addition, academic libraries were built at 4 institutions (totaling $76,500).

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Carnegie libraries
Library City or town Image Date granted[1] Grant amount[1] Notes
1 Bartow Bartow Mar 18, 1911 $8,000 Demolished in 1998
2 Bradenton Bradenton Bradenton FL Carnegie Library01.jpg Feb 3, 1917 $10,000
3 Clearwater Clearwater Mar 16, 1915 $10,000 Demolished about 2000
4 Gainesville Gainesville Mar 31, 1916 $10,000 Demolished in 1954
5 Jacksonville Jacksonville Jax FL Old Free Public Library02.jpg Feb 13, 1902 $55,000
6 Ocala Ocala Ocala-Carnegie.jpg Feb 21, 1907 $10,000 Demolished in 1968
7 Palmetto Palmetto Palmetto FL HD Hist Park Carnegie Lib01.jpg Jan 14, 1914 $10,000
8 St. Petersburg St. Petersburg St. Pete Mirror Lake Library02.jpg Jul 9, 1913 $17,500
9 Tampa Tampa Tampa Free Public Library01.jpg Dec 30, 1901 $50,000
10 West Tampa West Tampa West Tampa Free Public Library.jpg Jan 2, 1913 $17,500
Academic libraries
Institution Locality Image Year granted Grant amount Notes
1 Fessenden Academy Martin Mar 15, 1905 $6,500
2 State Normal and Industrial College for Colored Students, today Florida A&M University Tallahassee CarnegieLibraryTLH.JPG Jul 18, 1905 $10,000 Now houses the Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum. Carnegie built his library at the negro college after the city of Tallahassee refused it, because under Carnegie's rules it would have to have served all (i.e., black) patrons.
3 John B. Stetson University DeLand Stetson Univ - Sampson Hall2.jpg Mar 12, 1906 $40,000 Now Sampson Hall
4 Rollins College Winter Park Jun 22, 1905 $20,000
Carnegie Hall Library at Rollins College

One of the Florida libraries funded by Andrew Carnegie was on the campus of Rollins College in Winter Park. According to Cohen (2006), Carnegie’s “donation of 108 libraries to colleges in the first two decades of the twentieth century assisted 10 percent of the institutions of higher learning in the United States. Carnegie had a preference for colleges and universities that served African-American students, which Rollins College president William Fremont Blackman noted the school did in a letter to Carnegie appealing for a library in 1904:[2]

The fact that it is the only college in the country, North or South, in which the grandchildren of abolitionists and confederate soldiers, in about equal numbers, sit together in the same class-room and play together on the same athletic field, and learn thus to understand, respect and love one another;

Blackman’s request consisted of $35,000 in total: “$20,000 for a fireproof building, $3,000 for books, and $12,000 as an endowment for the continued purchase of books” (Cohen). Blackman received a response from Carnegie’s secretary James Bertram that noted the request was too general for consideration, and that Carnegie would need a profile of the university before consideration. Little progress was made for over a year, when Blackman again wrote to Carnegie, noting the university’s need for a library. Trustees and friends of the university wrote to Carnegie on Blackman’s behalf, including W.W. Cummer, a trustee from Jacksonville who served on the board of the city’s new Carnegie Library. A letter dated 22 June 1905 and written from Carnegie’s home in Scotland brought the welcome news of the offer of a library. Carnegie offered $20,000 for the construction of a library provided that the same amount would be raised for the library’s upkeep. While grateful for Carnegie’s proposal, Blackman was uneasy with its terms because the amount of funding required to match Carnegie’s offer would put a strain on those who had donated to start the college’s endowment fund ($200,000) as well as paid a debt ($30,000). In correspondence to Bertram dated July 11, 1905 Blackman wrote (according to Cohen):

Our college is in the poorest of States, remote from all centers of wealth and population, and our friends have strained themselves to the uttermost, in the effort to raise $230,000 in two years. I am by no means sure that we can meet Mr. Carnegie’s conditions.

In a January 1906 letter Blackman wrote to Carnegie expressing concern about meeting the conditions for the gift, noting that the college had a large debt that took “considerable self-sacrifice on the part of our friends.” That summer, another Florida college, Stetson University, was awarded $40,000 for a library from Carnegie. Upon learning this Blackman again wrote to Carnegie, seeking to amend the original terms of the agreement to match the amount that Stetson was awarded. He was turned down, but a year later was able to notify Carnegie that the school’s trustees had been able to match the $20,000 necessary for the gift to be awarded. Bertram wrote to Blackman to inform him that Carnegie had “authorized his Cashier…to arrange payments on Library Building, as work progresses, to the extent of Twenty Thousand Dollars.” The library, to be named Carnegie Hall, was dedicated on February 18, 1909.

The building had over 8,000 square feet of space, and was the school’s first dedicated library building. It served as so from 1909 until 1951. In addition to its function as a library, Carnegie Hall also served as the school’s post office. Since the library was moved from Carnegie to the newly built Mills Memorial Library, it has also housed a bookstore, admissions office, faculty offices, and human resources.[3]

Carnegie Library at Stetson University

Sampson Hall, Stetson University's Carnegie library was opened in 1908. The Carnegie donation was matched with funds donated by John B. Stetson's wife, Elizabeth S. Stetson, and the library later was named Sampson Library in honor of C.T. Sampson, one of the university's foremost trustees. Of the academic libraries that Carnegie helped to fund, Stetson's Sampson library received funds greatly exceeding those received by others in the state. The funding was given on March 12, 1906. Two years later, the resulting Sampson Library was a gorgeous structure which housed the university's library for fifty-six years before a lack of space led to changes. The structure was designed by Henry John Klutho, the first Floridian Architect to be inducted to the American Institute of Architects, and reflects the neoclassical style many Carnegie libraries adopted. The library's edifice is emblazoned with "Education is Power" in Roman style lettering and all around the building are the names of persons influential to academia, such as Chaucer, Tennyson, and Longfellow.[4] When Sampson Library was relocated to the DuPont-Ball Library in 1964, the entire university- students, faculty, and staff- helped to move the books by hand from one building to the other. Students we asked to give an hour of their time to move the resources, but many worked even longer helping to move the materials whose numbers exceed 100,000. Sampson Hall is still used by Stetson University and is a prominent structure along the palm court at the heart of the university. Today its space is divided into classrooms and faculty offices used by the Art, modern language, and American Studies departments; and also is home to student art studio spaces. It'd place as the library's former home and a building of great architectural importance on campus is still prominent.[5]

Notes
  1. At various times, Bobinski and Jones disagree on these numbers. In these cases, Jones' numbers have been used due to both a more recent publication date and a more detailed gazetteer of branch libraries, which are often where the discrepancies occur.
  2. Cohen, D.K. (2000). Andrew Carnegie and Academic Library Philanthropy: The Case of Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida. Libraries & Culture, 35(3), 389-408. JSTOR 25548838
  3. Rollins Olin Library. (2012). History of the Rollins Library-Library Buildings. Retrieved from http://www.rollins.edu/library/about/history2.html
  4. https://www.google.com/maps/@29.0346766,-81.302794,3a,75y,176.02h,138.06t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sNqZQBuwrA3qBkslp78_luw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
  5. http://www.stetson.edu/other/about/history.php/
References
  • Anderson, Florence (1963). Carnegie Corporation Library Program 1911–1961. New York: Carnegie Corporation. OCLC 1282382.
  • Bobinski, George S. (1969). Carnegie Libraries: Their History and Impact on American Public Library Development. Chicago: American Library Association. ISBN 0-8389-0022-4.
  • Jones, Theodore (1997). Carnegie Libraries Across America. New York: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0-471-14422-3.
  • Miller, Durand R. (1943). Carnegie Grants for Library Buildings, 1890–1917. New York: Carnegie Corporation of New York. OCLC 2603611.

Note: The above references, while all authoritative, are not entirely mutually consistent. Some details of this list may have been drawn from one of the references (usually Jones) without support from the others. Reader discretion is advised.

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List of largest houses in the United States

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This List of the 100 largest extant houses in the United States includes place holders for houses that have been demolished or currently under construction (i.e. under construction with substantial progress made, not merely proposed) ranked by square footage (which includes livable space of main house only, and does not count such ancillary buildings as guest houses, pool houses, etc.). Largest houses by floor space Rank Square footage Name Location Built for Owner Year completed Architectural style Architect Image 1 135,280 Biltmore Estate Asheville, North Carolina George Washington Vanderbilt II William A.V. Cecil Jr. 1895 Châteauesque Richard Morris Hunt 2 109,000 Oheka Castle Huntington, New York Otto Hermann Kahn Gary Melius 1919 Châteauesque Delano and Aldrich 3 100,000 Whitemarsh Hall Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania Edward T. Stotesbury (demolished in 1980) 1917 Georgian Horace Trumbauer 4 97,188 Arden House Harriman, New York Edward Henry Harriman Research Center on Natural Conservation 1909 Châteauesque Carrè ...more...



Janice Harsanyi

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Janice Harsanyi (July 15, 1929 – March 22, 2007) was a soprano singer and college professor. Janice was born in Arlington, Massachusetts , the daughter of a Presbyterian minister and lived in the Hamilton Square section of Hamilton Township, Mercer County, New Jersey at an early age. Harsanyi married Nicholas Harsanyi , a violist who went to school with Béla Bartók in Hungary. Nikki founded the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra in 1979, his wife, Janice, was known as "first lady" of the TSO. Nicholas Harsanyi died in 1987. In 1958, Harsanyi sang as soloist during the opening ceremonies for the United Nations . In 1959 she made her Carnegie Hall debut singing Berlioz 's La Damnation de Faust with the Philadelphia Orchestra . In 1960, Harsanyi sang on Eugene Ormandy and Philadelphia Orchestra 's recording of Carl Orff's majestic Carmina Burana with singer/actor Harve Presnell . This was released by Columbia/Sony on LP and CD. In 1964, Harsanyi sang Beethoven at a peace rally in Philadelphia featuring Martin Luthe ...more...



Belen Jesuit Preparatory School

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Belen Jesuit Preparatory School is an all-male , Roman Catholic , preparatory school in Miami , Florida , operated by the Society of Jesus . It was established in Havana , Cuba , by the Jesuits in 1854, but moved to the United States after the communist government of Fidel Castro , himself an alumnus , took power and expelled the Jesuits. It has since made the Cardinal Newman Society 's honor roll. The name Belen is Spanish for "Bethlehem." History In Cuba In 1854, Queen Isabella II of Spain issued a royal charter founding the "Colegio de Belén" in Havana. The school took its name from the building it occupied at its founding, the former convent and convalescent hospital of Our Lady of Belen. Over time, the school expanded through the donation of several nearby buildings in Havana. The resulting complex became known as "El Palacio de Educación" (The Palace of Education). "El Palacio" now houses the Instituto Técnico Militar (Military Technical Institute). A meteorological observatory was established in 1857 ...more...



Effie Louise Power

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Effie Louise Power (February 12, 1873 – October 8, 1969) was a children's librarian, educator, author, and storyteller. She encouraged children's book production and evaluated children's literature. Power “directly influenced the development of services to children in three major U.S. cities: Cleveland , St. Louis , and Pittsburgh .” Power also traveled across the country lecturing students and librarians on children and youth library services. She worked to build a network of children's librarians across the country who supported each other and established high standards for all in the profession. Early life and education Power was born in Conneautville, Pennsylvania in the United States to mother Francis Billing and father William Ellis Power. Power never married or had children. After graduating from high school, William Howard Brett, a Power family neighbor, jump-started Power's career by encouraging her to write the entrance exam for the Cleveland Public Library (CPL). Shortly thereafter, Power be ...more...



List of lakes of the United States

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This is a list of lakes (including reservoirs) in the United States, grouped by state. By state Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Bantam Lake (largest natural lake in Connecticut) Barkhamsted Reservoir Lake Beseck Bevin Pond Candlewood Lake (largest lake in Connecticut) Lake Forest Lake Gaillard Great Hollow Lake Lake Hayward Lake Lillinonah Mashapaug Lake Pinewood Lake Lake Pocotopaug Lake Saltonstall Saugatuck Reservoir Squantz Pond Lake Success Lake Terramuggus Twin Lakes Lake Waramaug Lake Whitney Lake Zoar Delaware Hoopes Reservoir Lums Pond (largest lake in Delaware) Moores Lake Red Mill Pond Silver Lake (Dover) Silver Lake (Milford) Florida Lake Alice Lake Apopka Lake Brantley Lake Crescent Lake George Lake Harney Lake Harris Lake Istokpoga Lake Kissimmee Lake Lelia Lake Okeechobee (largest lake in Florida) Lake Poinsett Red Lake Lake Rousseau Sawgrass Lake Lake Seminole (extends into Georgia) Lake Tarpon ...more...



Jimmy Sturr

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James W. Sturr, Jr. is an American polka musician, trumpeter , clarinetist , saxophonist and leader of Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra . His recordings have won 18 out of the 24 Grammy Awards given for Best Polka Album . Sturr's orchestra is on the Top Ten List of the All-Time Grammy Awards, and has acquired more Grammy nominations than anyone in the history of musical polka awards. Touring history Sturr and his orchestra have performed at Carnegie Hall , Lincoln Center in New York City and the Palace of Culture in Warsaw , Poland. When touring, the band rides in Jimmy's forty-five foot customized tour bus, previously owned by Billy Ray Cyrus . Radio show Sturr hosts a syndicated radio show on stations including WTBQ in his hometown of Florida, New York , the station he once owned. He also has a weekly radio show on SirusXM chanel, Rural Radio. Discography All American Polka Festival The Best of Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra Come on and Dance Come Share the Wine (2008 Grammy) Double Magic First Class Polkas ...more...



Epping Forest (Jacksonville)

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Epping Forest (also known as the Alfred I. duPont Estate) was a historic, 58-acre (230,000 m ) estate in Jacksonville, Florida where a luxurious riverfront mansion was built in the mid-1920s by industrialist Alfred I. du Pont and his third wife, Jessie Ball du Pont . It was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and has been restored to its original grandeur as the home of the Epping Forest Yacht Club. On April 18, 2012, the AIA 's Florida Chapter placed the Epping Forest Yacht Club on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places. du Pont history Alfred I. du Pont was originally from Delaware and controlled the famous DuPont Chemical Company with his cousins, Pierre and Coleman. Over the years, their relationship deteriorated to the point where Alfred resigned from the family company in 1917. He created business ventures in Delaware and New York, but in 1925, cousin Pierre was named Delaware's Tax Commissioner. To prevent Pierre from sticking his nose into Alfred’s property ...more...



Books in the United States

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As of 2017, several firms in the United States rank among the world's biggest publishers of books in terms of revenue: Cengage Learning , HarperCollins , Houghton Mifflin Harcourt , McGraw-Hill Education , Quarto , Scholastic , Simon & Schuster , and Wiley . History In 1640 in Cambridge , Massachusetts, Stephen Daye produced the first book printed in British North America, the Bay Psalm Book . The American Library Association formed in 1876, and the Bibliographical Society of America in 1904. The national Center for the Book began in 1977. Types Children's books: United States and List of American children's books American cookbooks Bookselling Popular books in the 19th century included Sheldon's In His Steps (1896). 20th century bestsellers included Mitchell's Gone with the Wind (1936), Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People (1937), Spock’s Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care (1946), Harris’ I'm OK – You're OK (1969), Woodward and Bernstein's All the President's Men (1974). Recent bests ...more...



J. P. Morgan

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John Pierpont Morgan Sr. (April 17, 1837 – March 31, 1913) was an American financier and banker who dominated corporate finance and industrial consolidation in the United States of America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1892 Morgan arranged the merger of Edison General Electric and Thomson-Houston Electric Company to form General Electric. He also played important roles in the formation of the United States Steel Corporation, International Harvester and AT&T. At the height of Morgan's career during the early twentieth century, he and his partners had financial investments in many large corporations and had significant influence over the nation's high finance and United States Congress members. He directed the banking coalition that stopped the Panic of 1907. He was the leading financier of the Progressive Era, and his dedication to efficiency and modernization helped transform American business. Adrian Wooldridge characterized Morgan as America's "greatest banker". Morgan died in Rome, ...more...



List of autodidacts

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This is a list of notable autodidacts which includes people who have been partially or wholly self-taught. Historical education levels Because of the large increase in years of education since 1800, especially during the early 20th century, it is difficult to define autodidactism and to compare autodidacts during different time periods. Artists and authors Benjamin Kidd (1858–1916), British sociologist, was not given a formal education. As a working adult, he attended some evening classes and he read incessantly. Kidd gained worldwide fame by the publication of Social Evolution in 1894. Jorge Luis Borges was an Argentine writer, essayist, and poet. Winner of the Jerusalem Prize. Machado de Assis, often described as the greatest Brazilian writer, never attended a university and taught himself four foreign languages (French, English, German and Greek). Hermann Hesse, Nobel Prize for Literature winner José Saramago, Nobel Prize for Literature. His parents were unable to pay for his studies at early ag ...more...



Hispanic and Latino Americans

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Hispanic Americans and Latino Americans (Spanish: hispanos; ) are people in the United States who are descendants of people from countries of Latin America and Spain. This is the largest population of Latino Americans and Hispanics outside of Latin America. More generally, it includes all persons in the United States who self-identify as Hispanic or Latino, whether of full or partial ancestry. For the 2010 United States Census, people counted as "Hispanic" or "Latino" were those who identified as one of the specific Hispanic or Latino categories listed on the census questionnaire ("Mexican," "Puerto Rican," or "Cuban") as well as those who indicated that they were "other Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino." The national origins classified as Hispanic or Latino by the United States Census Bureau are the following: Argentine, Cuban, Colombian, Puerto Rican, Spaniards, Dominican, Mexican, Costa Rican, Guatemalan, Honduran, Nicaraguan, Panamanian, Salvadoran, Bolivian, Spanish, Chilean, Ecuadorian, Paraguayan, Peruvi ...more...



List of Gilded Age mansions

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The Breakers , a "palace" in terms of opulence and size, epitomizes the Gilded Age mansions era. The so-called Gilded Age mansions were built in the United States by some of the richest people in the US history, in the period between 1870 and 1900. Raised by the nation's industrial, financial and commercial elite who amassed great fortunes coinciding with an era of expansion of the railroads, steel and fossil fuels industries, economic, technical and scientific progress, and a complete lack of personal income tax. This made possible the very rich to build true " palaces " in some cases, designed by prominent architects of its day and decorated with antiquities, furnitures, collectibles and works of art, many imported from Europe. Biltmore , one of the largest homes in the US. This small group of nouveau riche , entrepreneur citizens of a relatively young country found context and meaning for their lives and good fortune by thinking of themselves as heirs of a great Western Tradition. They traced their cultura ...more...



USS Requin (SS-481)

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USS Requin (SS/SSR/AGSS/IXSS-481) , a Tench-class submarine , was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named after the requin , French for shark . Since 1990 it has been a museum ship at The Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania . Her keel was laid down on 24 August 1944 by the Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine . She was launched on 1 January 1945 sponsored by Mrs. Slade D. Cutter, and commissioned on 28 April 1945 with Commander Slade D. Cutter in command. Initially, Requin carried heavier armament than usual for a fleet submarine, perhaps because Commander Cutter was one of the most decorated submarine skippers going to sea. She had an additional five-inch/25-caliber deck gun, as well as two 24-tube five-inch (127 mm) rocket launchers, which were intended to be used to provide offshore bombardment during Operation Downfall , the planned invasion of Kyūshū and Honshū . Shakedown and first conversion USS Requin seen here c. 1946 Following shakedown off the New England coast, Requin ...more...



Association of Research Libraries

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The Association of Research Libraries ( ARL ) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries at comprehensive, research institutions in the United States and Canada that share similar missions, aspirations, and achievements. The Association’s importance and distinction are born from the ARL membership and the nature of the institutions represented. ARL member libraries make up a large portion of the academic and research library marketplace, spending more than $1.4 billion every year on information resources and actively engaging in the development of new models of scholarly communications. ARL co-founded an affiliate organization, the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) , in 1990. CNI is a joint program of ARL and EDUCAUSE , a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. CNI is dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the ...more...



Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh ( PITS -burg ) is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States , and is the county seat of Allegheny County . As of 2017, a total population of 305,704 lives within the city limits, making it the 63rd- largest city in the U.S. The metropolitan population of 2,353,045 is the largest in both the Ohio Valley and Appalachia , the second-largest in Pennsylvania (behind Philadelphia ), and the 26th-largest in the U.S. Located at the confluence of the Allegheny , Monongahela , and Ohio rivers, Pittsburgh is known as both "the Steel City" for its more than 300 steel -related businesses, and as the "City of Bridges" for its 446 bridges . The city features 30 skyscrapers , two inclined railways , a pre-revolutionary fortification and the Point State Park at the confluence of the rivers. The city developed as a vital link of the Atlantic coast and Midwest , as the mineral-rich Allegheny Mountains made the area coveted by the French and British empires, Virginians , Whiskey Rebels , and Civ ...more...



Kate Greenaway

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Catherine Greenaway (17 March 1846 – 6 November 1901) was a Victorian children's book illustrator and writer whose work influenced the children's style of the day. The only daughter of a successful draftsman and wood engraver, she studied graphic design and art between 1858 and 1869. Her first book, " Under the Window " was an instant best seller and brought her celebrity, and was followed by the equally popular and critically successful "The Birthday Book" (1880), Mother Goose (1881) and " Little Ann " (1883). Concurrently, she developed a career as a water-colorist ; with illustrators Walter Crane and Randolph Caldecott , Greenaway's work revolutionized the children's book market. In the late 1870s Greenaway initiated a collaboration with printer and engraver Edmund Evans which lasted two decades. Early life Kate Greenaway was born in Hoxton , London, the second of four children, to a working-class family. Elizabeth Greenaway was a dressmaker and John Greenaway a wood engraver, whose business failed when h ...more...



Mercer University

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R. Kirby Godsey Administration Building, a university landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places Mercer University is the oldest private university in Georgia with its main campus in Macon, Georgia , United States . Mercer enrolls more than 8,600 students in 12 colleges and schools: liberal arts , business , engineering , education , music , continuing and professional studies , law , theology , medicine , pharmacy , nursing , and health professions . Mercer is a member of the Georgia Research Alliance and has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa , the nation's oldest collegiate honors society. Mercer has three campuses: the main campus in Macon , a graduate and professional education campus in Atlanta , and a four-year campus of the School of Medicine in Savannah . Mercer also has regional academic centers in Henry County , Douglas County , and Newnan ; the Walter F. George School of Law on its own campus in Macon; teaching hospitals in Macon, Savannah, and Columbus ; a university press and a perfo ...more...



Valdosta, Georgia

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Valdosta is a city in and the county seat of Lowndes County, located on the southern border of Georgia, United States. As of 2013, Valdosta has a total population of 56,481, and is the 14th largest city in Georgia. Valdosta is the principal city of the Valdosta Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in 2010 had a population of 139,588. It includes part of Brooks County to the west. Valdosta is the home of Valdosta State University, a regional university in the University System of Georgia with over 10,900 students. The local public Valdosta High School has the most winning football program of any high school in the United States. Valdosta is called the Azalea City, as the plant grows in profusion there. The city hosts an annual Azalea Festival in March. History Establishment Valdosta was incorporated on December 7, 1860, when it was designated by the state legislature as the new county seat, formerly at nearby Troupville. The railroad was built to Valdosta that year, rather than Troupville, stimulatin ...more...



Art museum

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The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. An art museum or art gallery is a building or space for the exhibition of art, usually visual art. Museums can be public or private, but what distinguishes a museum is the ownership of a collection. Paintings are the most commonly displayed art objects; however, sculptures, decorative arts, furniture, textiles, costumes, drawings, pastels, watercolors, collages, prints, artist's books, photographs, and installation art are also regularly shown. Although primarily concerned with providing a space to show works of visual art, art galleries are sometimes used to host other artistic activities, such as performance arts, music concerts, or poetry readings. Types of galleries The Gallery of Cornelis van der Geest, Willem van Haecht, 1628. A private picture gallery as an early precursor of the modern museum. The term relates to public and private institutions. Public galleries are non-profit or public museums displaying selected art collections. Private ...more...



Jim Crow laws

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Jim Crow laws were state and local laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States . Enacted by white Democratic-dominated state legislatures in the late 19th century after the Reconstruction period , these laws continued to be enforced until 1965. They mandated racial segregation in all public facilities in the states of the former Confederate States of America , starting in 1896 with a " separate but equal " status for African Americans in railroad cars. Public education had essentially been segregated since its establishment in most of the South after the Civil War . This principle was extended to public facilities and transportation, including segregated cars on interstate trains and, later, buses. Facilities for African Americans were consistently inferior and underfunded compared to those which were then available to white Americans ; sometimes they did not exist at all. This body of law institutionalized a number of economic, educational, and social disadvantages. Segregation by law ...more...



University of Michigan

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The University of Michigan (UM, U-M, U of M, or UMich), often simply referred to as Michigan, is a public research university in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The University of Michigan is the state's oldest university, founded in 1817 in Detroit, Michigan as the Catholepistemiad, or University of Michigania, 20 years before the Michigan Territory became a state. In 1821, the university was officially renamed the University of Michigan. It moved to Ann Arbor in 1837 onto 40 acres (16 ha) of what is now known as Central Campus. Since its establishment in Ann Arbor, the university campus has expanded to include more than 584 major buildings with a combined area of more than 34 million gross square feet (780 acres; 3.2 km ) spread out over a Central Campus and North Campus, two regional campuses in Flint and Dearborn, and a Center in Detroit. The University was a founding member of the Association of American Universities. Considered one of the foremost research universities in the United States, Michigan is classifie ...more...



Syracuse University

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Crouse College, a Romanesque building completed in 1889, housed the first College of Fine Arts in the United States. It is now the home of the university's College of Visual and Performing Arts and the Setnor School of Music. Syracuse University (commonly referred to as Syracuse, 'Cuse, or SU ) is a private research university in Syracuse, New York, United States. The institution's roots can be traced to the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary (later becoming Genesee College), founded in 1831 by the Methodist Episcopal Church in Lima, New York. After several years of debate over relocating the college to Syracuse, the university was established in 1870, independent of the college. Since 1920, the university has identified itself as nonsectarian, although it maintains a relationship with The United Methodist Church. The campus is in the University Hill neighborhood of Syracuse, east and southeast of downtown, on one of the larger hills. Its large campus features an eclectic mix of buildings, ranging from nineteen ...more...



Booker T. Washington

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Booker Taliaferro Washington (April 5, 1856 – November 14, 1915) was an American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African-American community. Washington was from the last generation of black American leaders born into slavery and became the leading voice of the former slaves and their descendants. They were newly oppressed in the South by disenfranchisement and the Jim Crow discriminatory laws enacted in the post-Reconstruction Southern states in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Washington was a key proponent of African-American businesses and one of the founders of the National Negro Business League. His base was the Tuskegee Institute, a historically black college in Alabama. As lynchings in the South reached a peak in 1895, Washington gave a speech, known as the "Atlanta compromise", which brought him national fame. He called for black progress through education and entrepreneurship, rather t ...more...



National Security Archive

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The National Security Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-governmental , non-profit research and archival institution located on the campus of the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1985 to check rising government secrecy, the National Security Archive is an investigative journalism center, open government advocate, international affairs research institute, and is the largest repository of declassified U.S. documents outside the federal government. The National Security Archive has spurred the declassification of more than 10 million pages of government documents by being the leading non-profit user of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) , filing a total of more than 50,000 FOIA and declassification requests in its nearly 30-year history. Organization history and accolades Of all the FOIA requests made each year to the National Archives, one item has been requested more than any other: the December 21, 1970, photograph of Elvis Presley and Richard M. Nixon shaking hands during Presley' ...more...



Swire Smith

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Sir Swire Smith (4 March 1842 – 16 March 1918) was an English woollen manufacturer, educationalist and Liberal Party politician. In many ways he was typical of the public-spirited, self-made Victorian. Of nonconformist lineage, he believed in social and intellectual improvement, the virtues of hard work and thrift and the role of the Liberal Party in the encouragement and promotion of this ethic. Family and education Swire Smith was born in Keighley in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the eldest son of George Smith and his wife Mary (née Swire). He was educated at the local National School in Keighley and at Wesley College, Sheffield. He never married. Career Early career On leaving school Smith served an apprenticeship with a Keighley worsted manufacturer. He soon began to develop his interest in education however and at the age of 24, was appointed honorary secretary to the building committee of the Keighley Institute, a society the object of which was "Mutual Instruction in Mechanics, Experimental Phi ...more...




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