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ABOUT THE ARCHIVES

Historic Carnegie Library The Carrie Meek-James N. Eaton, Sr.
Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum

The Carnegie Library (pictured left) located on the historic campus of Florida A&M University (FAMU). Construction on the library started in 1907 and the facility officially opened to the public in 1908. It was the first Carnegie Library built on a black land-grant college campus. The library was also the institution's first brick veneer building.

In 1976, Carnegie Library became the founding home of the Black Archives Research Center and Museum. In 1978, Carnegie Library was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

ADDRESS:
Florida A&M University
445 Gamble Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32307
(850) 599-3020 office
(850) 561-2604 fax

ADMISSION:  Free

MUSEUM HOURS:  Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

FAMU PARKING INFORMATION:
  (850) 561-2205



About Andrew Carnegie

Andrew CarnegieAndrew Carnegie (1835 – 1919) businessman, philanthropist, and the founder of the Carnegie Steel Company (U.S. Steel).

In 1906, Andrew Carnegie donated $10,000 to help build a new library for the Florida State College for Colored Students (present-day Florida A&M University). The new two-story, brick facility officially opened to the public in 1908. It was the first Carnegie Library built on a black land-grant college campus. The facility boasted modern amenities such as electricity, indoor plumbing and water supplied by the city. In later years, the Library served as an art gallery, religious center, and in 1976 became the founding home of the Black Archives Research Center and Museum. This same year, the facility was listed on the National Register of Historic Place.