Andrew Carnegie Correspondence Collection

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The Andrew Carnegie Correspondence Collection consists of correspondence with the exception of a few newspaper clippings that were attached tothelettersThe documents were created between the years 1890 and 1920 and the bulk of the materials were created between 1890 and 1911. The collection includesmaterial pertaining to Andrew Carnegie, his philanthropy, and the founding of his Pittsburgh institutions.

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The Andrew Carnegie Correspondence Collectioncontains anarchival collection of Andrew Carnegie’s correspondence. The documents were created between the years 1890 and 1920 and the bulk of the materials were created between 1890 and 1911. This collection provides research material pertaining to Andrew Carnegie, his philanthropy, and the founding of his Pittsburgh institutions including his public library and the Carnegie Institute. Andrew Carnegie was born in Scotland on November 28, 1835. Carnegie immigrated to America in 1848 at the age of 13. Carnegie founded Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Steel Company which, by the 1890’s, became the largest and most profitable industrial business in the world. He amassed a large amount of wealth and in the later years of his life he used thiswealth philanthropically. In 1895, Carnegie opened a public library in Pittsburgh. The functions of the Library, which not only included books but concerts and art exhibits, quickly expanded beyond the means and the size of the building itself. In 1907, Carnegie expanded the Library and the Carnegie Institute was opened. The Institute grew to include a museum and art gallery. In 1900, Carnegie established the Carnegie Technical School which later became Carnegie Mellon University. Carnegie’s philanthropy continued until his death on August 11, 1919.

About Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie was born in Scotland on November 28, 1835. Carnegie immigrated to America in 1848 at the age of 13. Carnegie founded Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Steel Company which, by the 1890’s, became the largest and most profitable industrial business in the world. He amassed a large amount of wealth and in the later years ofhis life he used this wealth philanthropically. In 1895, Carnegie opened a public library in Pittsburgh. The functions of the Library, which not only included books but concerts and art exhibits, quickly expanded beyond the means and the size of the building itself. In 1907, Carnegie expanded the Library and the Carnegie Institute was opened. The Institute grew to include a museum and art gallery. In 1900, Carnegie established the Carnegie Technical School which later became Carnegie Mellon University. Carnegie’s philanthropy continued until his death on August 11, 1919.

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