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Title Midland Library Association Records
Catalog Number 2011.100.0010
Collection Midland Library Association Records-Permanent Collection
Source Found in Collection
Object Name Minutes
Year Range from 1899
Year Range to 1966
Creator Midland Library Association
Other Creators Midland Public Library
Grace A. Dow Memorial Library
Dow, Grace A.
Dow, Herbert H.
Admin/Biographical History The Midland Public Library Association was established in November 1899. Prior to the establishment of the Midland Library Association the school library at Union School was utilized as a public library, the need for more space and an established public library led to the creation of the Midland Library Association. Early supporters included: Herbert and Grace Dow, Dr. Frank Towsley, Mrs. Ellery Anderson, Miss Mabel Wright, Mr. D.S. Chase, Mr. T.W. Crissey.
Scope & Content This collection documents the establishement of the Midland Library Association in November 1899 and the establishment of a Public Library system in Midland and inculdes a ledger book containing a list of chater members and early minutes of the association. A second ledger book includes a record of the library's subscriptions to publications and magazines, additions of collections of books and a tally of visitors to the library and finacial records of the early library system.

Also included in the record are correspondence and documents related to the the construction of the Carnegie Library in Midland during the years 1916-1918 with correspondence between leaders of Midland and the Carnegie Foundation including the mayer, Herbert H. Dow and others seeking funds from the Carnegie Foundation for the construction of a public library in replacement of the existing use of the Uniterian Church for the library space.

The collection includes documents and newsletters of the Grace A. Dow Public Library, 1952-1966.
System of arrangement Documents and records are arranged chronologically due to no known existing relationship between the records.
Subjects Libraries
Classification Correspondence/Letter
Search Terms Library
Library, Carnegie Library
Library, Grace A. Dow Memorial Library
Organization, Midland Library Association
People Dow, Herbert Henry
Dow, Grace A. Ball
Dow, Mary E.
Extent of Description 8 Legal size Folders
Containers Minute Book 1899-1917
Record of Subscriptions
Miscellaneous notes
Financial Reciepts
Carnegie Libraries
Midland Public Library Newsletters
Midland Public Library Newsletters
City Resolution
Carnegie Library-Invoices
Carnegie Library-Invoices
Carnegie Library-Invoices
Carnegie Library-Invoices
Bank Statements
Invoices and Book Orders
General Prospectus: Proposed Public Library
Midland Public Library Annual Report