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Public Library – Duncan

Address: 301 N. 8th St. Duncan, OK 73533County:Stephens
Started: Completed: 1939
Agencies:WPANRHP:November 30, 1999

Current Usage:


This WPA building was originally constructed as the general Duncan Public Library. It now houses the Stephens County Genealogical Society Library.

“This one-story buff brick building, located at 301 N. 8th Street, was constructed by the WPA, as were several local school buildings. A bronze plaque at the entrance show it was constructed in 1937, however, the NRHP nomination form shows 1939. The Colonial Revival style was used, in lieu of the typical native stone construction. The architect was Kenneth T. Price…

The Duncan library represents the last large WPA project in Duncan and was completed in 1939 after the original framed building was removed from the library lot. While awaiting for WPA funding sources to be approved the books were temporary moved to the Junior High school Gymnasium and repaired and rebound using another WPA project. After the $16,000 was allocated by the WPA for the construction of the new building ground was broken in the summer and the foundation was poured with the interior and details finished by December with the grand opening on December 12, 1939.[4]

he building was placed on the National Register in 1999 (#99001427).”   (


  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination
  2. The Living New Deal
  4. National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, Oct 29, 1999.

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  1. Kyle Collins

    The 1937 bronze marker is incorrect. According to the Norman Transcript Newspaper in Norman, Oklahoma, dated October 6, 1939, the Duncan Library is ready for use. The WPA Library building project was built in 1939.

    • gsullaway

      Thanks for the correction, I have made that correction and added information from the NRHP Registration Form.

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