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Carnegie Corporation of New York correspondence

Collection Data

Description
The Carnegie Corporation was founded in 1911 by Andrew Carnegie to continue his philanthropic work after his death. In 1901 Carnegie offered the City of New York 5.2 million dollars to establish a branch library system. The collection consists of correspondence that chronicles the creation of these circulating libraries. The bulk of the letters dated 1901-1912 were sent to Andrew Carnegie by John Shaw Billings, Director of the New York Public Library. The correspondence discusses the Carnegie gift, cost estimates and specific sites for branches, library needs, and plans to finance ongoing library operations. Other correspondence pertains to branch libraries in Brooklyn and Queens including letters relating to the proposed merger of the Brooklyn Library and the Brooklyn Public Library.
Names
Carnegie Corporation of New York (Creator)
Billings, John S. (John Shaw), 1838-1913 (Creator)
Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919 (Creator)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1895 - 1943
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 475
Topics
Brooklyn Public Library
New York Public Library
Queens Borough Public Library
Endowments
Libraries -- New York (State) -- New York
Library buildings -- New York (State) -- New York
Public libraries -- New York (State) -- New York
New York (N.Y.)
Philanthropists
Genres
Correspondence
Physical Description
Extent: .21 linear feet 1 box
Type of Resource
Text
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11756705
MSS Unit ID: 475
Archives collections id: archives_collections_475
Photo Order: 56968
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 2a118330-7db7-0134-460c-00505686d14e
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