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Andrew Carnegie Collection - Finding Aids

The Andrew Carnegie Online Collection is a set of images that were made by digitizing four separate archival collections from two different archival repositories. While images of most of the items in these four collections can be found here online, some items were not scanned due to copyright restrictions and other considerations. Listings for the entirety of each of the four collections can be found below in the Finding Aids for the collections.

Finding Aids are written descriptions of archival collections. They provide information about the collection; where it came from, what is in it, as well as a listing of where items can be found within the collection. Click on the links below to see the Finding Aids for the four collections:

* The Andrew Carnegie Collection, Carnegie Mellon University Archives
The Andrew Carnegie Collection of the Carnegie Mellon University Archives contains a wide variety of items about Mr. Carnegie, including cartoons, articles, and photographs. The items in the collection are more about Carnegie rather than being items owned or created by Carnegie.

* The James Bertram Collection, Carnegie Mellon University Archives
James Bertram worked for Mr. Carnegie as his personal secretary and after that was made Secretary for the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 1911-1934. Because Mr. Bertram was in charge of answering all the requests Mr. Carnegie received for libraries and church organs, there is much information in the collection about these two areas of Carnegie’s philanthropy. Over the years, the two gentlemen became friends and this collection contains personal correspondence between the Carnegie family and the Bertram family.

* The Margaret Barclay Wilson Collection, The William R. Oliver Special Collections Room, Carnegie Public Libraries of Pittsburgh
Margaret Barclay Wilson compiled a large collection of books by and about Andrew Carnegie while she was edited a collection of his writings. Ms. Wilson donated her collection of books to the Carnegie Public Library in Pittsburgh.

* The Andrew Carnegie Correspondence Collection, The William R. Oliver Special Collections Room, Carnegie Public Libraries of Pittsburgh
The Andrew Carnegie Correspondence Collection contains the letters written to and from Mr. Carnegie during the construction of what is now the Main Branch of the Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh. The correspondence gives a lot of information about how and why the building was built. The collection also contains information from various celebrations and anniversaries for the building over the years.

If you would like to know more about the Andrew Carnegie or James Bertram collections, or if you see items listed on those finding aids that are not online, please contact the Carnegie Mellon University Archives.

If you would like to know more about The Margaret Barclay Wilson Collection or The Andrew Carnegie Correspondence Collection, or if you see items listed on those finding aids that are not online, please contact The William R. Oliver Special Collections Room, Carnegie Public Libraries of Pittsburgh.

 

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The Andrew Carnegie Collection is a join effort of the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. This work is funded by a grant from LSTA.

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