- Carnegie Corporation of New York
- Call number
- MssCol 475
- Physical description
- .21 linear feet (1 box)
- Preferred Citation
Carnegie Corporation of New York correspondence, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library.
- Manuscripts and Archives Division
- Access to materials
- Advance notice required. Request access to this collection.
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.
Source of acquisition
City of New York via the Carnegie Corporation of New York, 1951
Compiled by Susan M. Kline, 2016
Compiled by Richard Salvato, 1985. Revised by Susan M. Kline, 2016.
- Billings, John S. (John Shaw), 1838-1913 (creator)
- Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919 (creator)
- Brooklyn Public Library
- New York Public Library
- Queens Borough Public Library
- Libraries -- New York (State) -- New York
- Library buildings -- New York (State) -- New York
- Public libraries -- New York (State) -- New York
Using the collection
LocationManuscripts and Archives Division
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018-2788
Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room, Third Floor, Room 328