Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Andrew Carnegie Correspondence Collection

The William R. Oliver Special Collections Room

Andrew Carnegie Correspondence Collection, the William R. Oliver Special Collections Room, Carnegie Library

An Inventory of Documents and Materials of Correspondence Concerning Andrew Carnegie, the Carnegie Library, Carnegie Technical School (later known as Carnegie Mellon University), and the Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh.

PREFACE
The William R. Oliver Special Collections Room houses Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s collection of rare and unique materials including books, manuscripts, personal papers and historic photographs.  In addition, the archives of the Carnegie Museums and Library of
Pittsburgh are maintained and preserved because of their continuing legal, fiscal and historical value to the institution.

This department is named in honor of lifetime trustee and long time supporter William R. Oliver in recognition of his dedication to and support of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and of his interest in its special collections.

The Oliver Room’s holdings of over 25,000 unique items are heavily used by the researcher, scholar, and general public. The collections are important to the local community, the region, the state and the nation. This unique resource serves as a source for archival material that cannot be found elsewhere in the United States.

(Taken from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Website:
http://www.clpgh.org/locations/oliver/about.html)

OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION
Creator: Unknown—possibly acquired from Library President’s office
Title: The Andrew Carnegie Correspondence Collection, the William R. Oliver Special Collections Room, Carnegie Library
Date: 1890-1920
Quantity: 7 boxes, 7 cubic feet
Acquisition Date: ca. 1930
Location: the William R. Oliver Special Collections Room

HISTORY
Andrew Carnegie was born in Scotland on November 28, 1835. Carnegie immigrated to the United States in 1848 at the age of 13. In America, Carnegie worked as a telegraph operator and was employed in 1853 by Thomas A. Scott of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company.  Scott took Carnegie under his wing and Carnegie rose quickly through the ranks of the company. After the Civil War, Carnegie became involved and invested in the steel industry. Keeping close associations with the Railroad, Carnegie’s iron and steel industries flourished. In the 1870’s, Carnegie founded Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Steel Company which, by the 1890’s, became the largest and most profitable industrial business in the world. Needless to say, Carnegie amassed a large amount of wealth. In the later years of his 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. The libraries, museums, and colleges that he has founded continue to expand and they remain vibrant and active institutions in the communities in which they serve.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
This collection is composed of two series: the Library Series and the Institute Series

The strength of the collection is its research value. This collection would be extremely useful for anyone seeking research material pertaining to Andrew Carnegie, his philanthropy, or the founding of his Pittsburgh institutions. The weaknesses of the collection are that several of the documents are undated, the creator of the collection is unknown, and the original order of the material was compromised by archivists in the past.
The collection consists entirely of correspondence with the exception of a few newspaper clippings that were attached to letters of correspondence. The documents and Materials are contained in seven five -inch thick acid free boxes and take up approximately seven cubic feet. The documents were created between the years 1889 and 1960. The bulk of the materials were created between 1890 and 1919. There are no file restrictions.

SERIES DESCRIPTION
Carnegie Library Series
The Carnegie Library series contains correspondence pertaining to the establishment of the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh. The correspondence is largely between Carnegie and Library officials, although personal letters and inter-office correspondence are present to some degree. Key characters in the correspondence are James B. Scott, William N. Frew, Edwin H. Anderson, and Andrew Carnegie himself.


The Andrew Carnegie Correspondence Collection, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
SERIES 1: Carnegie Library
BOX 1

FF1 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence -- 1889
FF2 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence -- 1890
FF3 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence -- 1891
FF4 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence -- 1892
FF5 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence -- 1893
FF6 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence -- 1894
FF7 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence -- 1895
FF8 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence -- 1897
FF9 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence -- 1898
FF10 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence -- 1899
FF11 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence -- 1901
FF12 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence -- 1902

BOX 2
FF13 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence -- 1903
FF14 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence -- 1904
FF15 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence -- 1905
FF16 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence -- 1906
FF17 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence -- 1907
FF18 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence -- 1908
FF19 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence -- 1909
FF20 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence -- 1910
FF21 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence -- 1911
FF22 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence -- 1914
FF23 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence -- 1915
FF24 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence -- 1916
FF25 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence – N.D.
FF26 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Library -- Correspondence -- Branch -- Post Carnegie

SERIES 2: Carnegie Institute
BOX 3
FF1 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1891
FF2 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1894
FF3 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1895
FF4 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1896
FF5 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1897
FF6 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1898
FF7 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1899

BOX 4
FF8 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1900
FF9 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1901
FF10 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1902
FF11 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1903
FF12 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1904

BOX 5
FF13 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1905
FF14 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1906
FF15 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1907 -- Part I
FF16 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1907 -- Part II
FF17 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1908

BOX 6
FF18 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1909
FF19 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1910
FF20 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1911
FF21 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1912

BOX 7
FF22 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1913
FF23 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1914 -- Part I
FF24 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1914 -- Part II
FF25 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1915
FF26 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1916
FF27 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1917
FF28 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1918
FF29 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1919
FF30 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1920
FF31 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- N.D.
FF32 Andrew Carnegie Collection -- Institute -- Correspondence -- 1960