The old Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County, a Carnegie building at 301 West Wayne Street, opened in 1904, and had overflowed into fourteen separate buildings around the downtown area by the early 1960s.

Fort Wayne Public Library, 301 West Wayne Street


 Webster Street view, Fort wayne Public Library

When the Indiana History and Genealogy room opened in 1961, it was a small space in an already crowded building.

Lobby area 


 Most research material had to be retrieved using call slips, pieces of paper on which to request a volume to examine. Closed stacks and call slips would continue into the next century.

Genealogy research area, ca. 1965


We were wondering if any of our readers recall coming in to do research back in the early 1960s. Would you share your memories?