Friday, July 18, 2008

100th Anniversary of the State Library of Iowa

In 1908 the State Library and the Law Library of Iowa split to become the entities we know today. Most people remember the Ola Babcock building as the Old Historical Building, the one that had the airplane suspended in the middle. In 1910 the State Library moved in and began quietly working away. Here is one of their early accomplishments! Isn't the book 'caravan' a beaut? By 1927 the State Library's mission had expanded to include libraries across the state in addition to their original customers, state employees. The building was renovated a few years ago, you've got to go in and look around; even the elevator is gorgeous!
Photo details: Circa 1927. State Librarian Johnson Brigham at right.
Photo courtesy State Library of Iowa

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