Grandview Normal Institute Memorial Library
Grandview Heritage Foundation
After the doors of the Grandview Normal Institute
(GNI) closed in 1925, many of its buildings
remained standing for decades.  At different points
in time, three of these buildings continued to house
the school's 3000-volume library.  Over the past
75 years, some portion of the library's books have
been lost, "borrowed" or sold.  In addition, the
library's location has changed no less than five
times.  The volumes that remain have suffered
from exposure to heat, insects and water.  The
library is currently stored in a space that is  
fire-proof and humidity-controlled.
During GNI's 41-year history, books were
received at the school that were discards from
private and public libraries in the northeastern
U.S., donated to the American Missionary
Association in support of its educational effort.  
Today, these unwanted books are now quite
valuable, with some volumes approaching 200
years in age.  Within the collection are first
edition books by early 19th century authors,  large
folio travel books devoted to the remote areas of
the world (at that time); limited edition books
devoted to religious philosophy and thought,
numerous sets of history and reference books and
an extensive collection of young peoples' fiction.  
INTERIOR, GNI LIBRARY, 1913
Long before the Grandview Heritage Foundation
was formed, members of the GNI Student Body
Organization worked toward maintaining the
library as a memorial to the students and teachers
of the Grandview Normal Institute.  Having now
acquired responsibility for the library, the
Foundation is actively restoring this collection to
its original condition for display at the proposed
Grandview History Center.  Although a slow
process, we continue to be successful at locating
identical replacements for damaged books.
ORIGINAL VOLUMES FROM THE GNI MEMORIAL LIBRARY
The Foundation will “memorialize” past residents,
teachers, graduates, and students in conjunction with
replacing books damaged or missing from the library
collection.  If a cash donation is received, the donor
can specify that his or her donation be used to
purchase replacement books in memory of one or
more individuals.  Should a donor select this option, a
specific book or volume set is purchased
that is
identical
to the book or volume set needed.  If the
individual being memorialized had a known area of
interest, donors can request that the new book or
volume set be consistent with that interest.  Donors
and memorialized individuals will be identified in
conjunction with the restored library exhibit at the
proposed history center.
(c) Grandview Heritage Foundation
LIBRARY BUIDING, GNI CAMPUS
(c) Grandview Heritage Foundation
A PORTION OF THE GNI MEMORIAL LIBRARY IN STORAGE