Corsicana Public Library
Historical Marker
Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas


Historical Markers || Corsicana Public Library


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Corsicana Public Library

The Women's Clubs of Corsicana were instrumental in opening the city's first public library in 1901 at W. 6th and Main St. The city created a library board in 1904 and secured a construction grant from the Carnegie Corporation the following year. In 1906 the Carnegie Library opened at W. Collin and N. 12th St. The building included a large auditorium which held numerous community gatherings. Mrs. Mattie Houston served as head librarian from 1908 until the 1940s. A new library was completed in 1967 to house a collection that had grown to over 40,000 volumes.

Location: Corsicana Public Library, 100 N. 12th St., Corsicana, Texas


The text of the historical markers have been posted here with the permission of the Texas Historical Commission

Dedication Program

Thursday, November 7, 1985, 5:00 p.m.

Master of Ceremonies ... David A. Bates, Librarian

Invocation ... Rev. Eugene Woods (Retired)

Dedicatory Remarks ... Tommy Stringer, member N.C.H.S.

Dedication of Marker ... John Johnson, Library Board

Acceptance of Marker ... Jim Gill, Mayor, City of Corsicana

Unveiling of Marker ... Mrs. Willie Barnebee, President, Friends of the Library


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Edward L. Williams & Barbara Knox