Mary E. Busey's Gift: A Centennial Celebration of the Samuel T. Busey Memorial Library

Title

Mary E. Busey's Gift: A Centennial Celebration of the Samuel T. Busey Memorial Library

Description

An exhibit celebrating the centennial of the Samuel T. Busey Memorial Library

Creator

Tom Kuipers; Sherrie Bowser; Allison Kilberg

Publisher

The Champaign County Historical Archives at The Urbana Free Library

Date

1854-1918

Rights

All images are provided for personal and educational use. Users planning to reproduce/publish images in books, articles, exhibits, videos, electronic transmission or other media must request permission. For more information please contact the Champaign County Historical Archives at The Urbana Free Library.

Collection Items

The Champaign County Courthouse
The Champaign County Courthouse shortly after opening. Note that the steeple of the courthouse was intact. It was lowered 85 feet in the 1950s as a result of lightning strikes and returned to it's original size in the early 2000s.

"Women to Vote on Bond Issue"
This article discusses the first public bond issue of which Urbana women could vote

Urbana Library Association Book Stamp
These embossed stamps were found in the books lent out by the subscription library. They helped identify which books belonged to the new library

Young Men's Library Association Charter
This is the founding charter for The Urbana Free Library. The document is signed by all the member's of the Young Men's Library Association of Urbana, including Frederick Eubeling, Frank Jaques, and Samuel Busey.

Frank Jaques
Frank Jaques (1839-1896) came to Urbana in 1858. He was a lawyer, businessman, philanthropist, and early supporter of the library

Ida B. Haines
Ida B. Haines, early 20th century

1874 Urbana Free Library Visitor's Log
Count of daily visitors to the library in August and September of 1874

Cunningham Bookplate
This bookplate was placed in all the books donated to the Samuel T. Busey Memorial Library from Joseph Cunningham

Urbana Commercial Club pamphlet
1908 pamphlet from the Urbana Commercial Club with the first mention of the proposed new library.
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