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From Eames & Young
to Pruitt-Igoe
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CRUNDEN BRANCH
LIBRARY
Chris Freeland
Associate University Librar...
Overview
F.M. Crunden “Old” Crunden
Branch Library,
ca. 1909
“New” Crunden
Branch Library,
ca. 1960
Pruitt-Igoe
Site
“New”
Crunden
“Old”
Crunden
About FM
Crunden
New York Public Library. https://dp.la/item/0c7ce1cd8ffd446181895a09bc453794
• Born in England, Sep 1, 1847
• Graduated fr...
ca 1900. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library.
https://dp.la/item/e819921a251b78bba97fb34af772dd...
1904. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library.
https://dp.la/item/580917811ce9eb837777c9679c3b31d5
...
Crunden’s decline
“paralysis”
“stroke”
“breakdown”
“great illness”
“malady”
“fell ill”
“Old” Crunden Branch
Library
1909-1953; DEMOLISHED 2005
Washington University Libraries, University Archives.
https://dp.la/item/ffde8fa8f720a34b44bab31e0399dc85
Washington University Libraries, University Archives.
https://dp.la/item/a908db4b05f70e010bb818e161492741
Crunden Children’s Room, 1909. St. Louis Public Library, Special Collections.
St. Louis Public Library
Crunden Branch
14th St. and Cass Ave.
DO YOU KNOW … that there is a free
library?
DO YOU KNOW ......
Legal Advisory Boards, 1917. St. Louis Public Library, Special Collections.
Old Crunden decline
“Old”
Crunden
“New” Crunden Branch
Library
1959-1981
Interior, Crunden Branch Library, 1959. St. Louis Public Library, Special Collections.
Interior, Crunden Branch Library, 1959. St. Louis Public Library, Special Collections.
Interior, Crunden Branch Library, 1959. St. Louis Public Library, Special Collections.
Interior, Crunden Branch Library, 1959. St. Louis Public Library, Special Collections.
Project Head Start, 1966. St. Louis Public Library, Special Collections.
Heroines
Mrs. Ellen Q. Claus Ms. Irene Eveland Mrs. Margaret Pinkus
Crunden Branch Library today – Church of the Living God.
14th & Cass today
From Eames & Young
to Pruitt-Igoe
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CRUNDEN BRANCH
LIBRARY
Chris Freeland
Associate University Librar...
From Eames & Young to Pruitt-Igoe
From Eames & Young to Pruitt-Igoe
From Eames & Young to Pruitt-Igoe
From Eames & Young to Pruitt-Igoe
From Eames & Young to Pruitt-Igoe
From Eames & Young to Pruitt-Igoe
From Eames & Young to Pruitt-Igoe
From Eames & Young to Pruitt-Igoe
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A brief history of the Crunden Branch Library, part of the St. Louis Public Library system

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From Eames & Young to Pruitt-Igoe

  1. 1. From Eames & Young to Pruitt-Igoe A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CRUNDEN BRANCH LIBRARY Chris Freeland Associate University Librarian Washington University Libraries Missouri Conference on History Springfield, Missouri March 24, 2017
  2. 2. Overview F.M. Crunden “Old” Crunden Branch Library, ca. 1909 “New” Crunden Branch Library, ca. 1960
  3. 3. Pruitt-Igoe Site “New” Crunden “Old” Crunden
  4. 4. About FM Crunden
  5. 5. New York Public Library. https://dp.la/item/0c7ce1cd8ffd446181895a09bc453794 • Born in England, Sep 1, 1847 • Graduated from WashU, 1869 & 1872 • Principal of Jefferson & Benton schools, 1869-1872 • WashU Faculty, 1872-1876 • Named librarian of STL Public School Library, 1876 • First librarian of STL Public Library, established 1893-94 • First ALA President, 1889 • Hosted ALA @ World’s Fair, 1904 • Series of illnesses, 1905-1911 • Died in St. Louis, Oct 28, 1911 https://dp.la/item/36fc923d490f15542aacc58 “To attempt to keep pace with rival cities without a free library is like doing business without the aid of telegraph, telephone and typewriter.” 1893, p21.
  6. 6. ca 1900. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library. https://dp.la/item/e819921a251b78bba97fb34af772dd3a Frederick M. Crunden John Cotton Dana
  7. 7. 1904. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library. https://dp.la/item/580917811ce9eb837777c9679c3b31d5 Purd B. Wright Frederick M. Crunden
  8. 8. Crunden’s decline “paralysis” “stroke” “breakdown” “great illness” “malady” “fell ill”
  9. 9. “Old” Crunden Branch Library 1909-1953; DEMOLISHED 2005
  10. 10. Washington University Libraries, University Archives. https://dp.la/item/ffde8fa8f720a34b44bab31e0399dc85
  11. 11. Washington University Libraries, University Archives. https://dp.la/item/a908db4b05f70e010bb818e161492741
  12. 12. Crunden Children’s Room, 1909. St. Louis Public Library, Special Collections.
  13. 13. St. Louis Public Library Crunden Branch 14th St. and Cass Ave. DO YOU KNOW … that there is a free library? DO YOU KNOW ... that it has a rich collection of Yiddish and Hebrew books? DO YOU KNOW … that it has books that will help you learn English? DO YOU KNOW … that it has books that will help you become a citizen? DO YOU KNOW … that it has many Yiddish newspapers? Use this library, and if not—why not? Ask for a list of Yiddish books *Translation from Yiddish courtesy Michael Getty
  14. 14. Legal Advisory Boards, 1917. St. Louis Public Library, Special Collections.
  15. 15. Old Crunden decline “Old” Crunden
  16. 16. “New” Crunden Branch Library 1959-1981
  17. 17. Interior, Crunden Branch Library, 1959. St. Louis Public Library, Special Collections.
  18. 18. Interior, Crunden Branch Library, 1959. St. Louis Public Library, Special Collections.
  19. 19. Interior, Crunden Branch Library, 1959. St. Louis Public Library, Special Collections.
  20. 20. Interior, Crunden Branch Library, 1959. St. Louis Public Library, Special Collections.
  21. 21. Project Head Start, 1966. St. Louis Public Library, Special Collections.
  22. 22. Heroines Mrs. Ellen Q. Claus Ms. Irene Eveland Mrs. Margaret Pinkus
  23. 23. Crunden Branch Library today – Church of the Living God.
  24. 24. 14th & Cass today
  25. 25. From Eames & Young to Pruitt-Igoe A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CRUNDEN BRANCH LIBRARY Chris Freeland Associate University Librarian Washington University Libraries Missouri Conference on History Springfield, Missouri March 24, 2017

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