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Carnegie Corporation of New York records, circa 1872-2015

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: CC#0001
Bib ID 4079753 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Carnegie Corporation of New York
Title Carnegie Corporation of New York records, circa 1872-2015
Physical Description 3000 linear feet (2400 boxes, 400 volumes, 112 microfilm reels)
Language(s) Predominantly in English. Grant files may include materials in other languages.
Access

The Collection is open for research with the following standard embargoes: Series I.A. Board Meeting materials are embargoed fifteen (15) years from date of creation. Series I.E. Staff and Trustee Files are embargoed fifteen (15) years from date of creation. Series III.A Grants, Series III.B. Reports on Grants are embargoed twenty-five (25) years from the date the grant closed.

Please be advised that parts of the collection are housed offsite and we request five (5) days advance notice. For Series III.A. Grants, boxes 1701-2085; Series IV.A CCPDC, Series IV.B CCSTG, IV.C CCAD, Series IV.E TFLPG, Series IV.G MGSSPI, Series V.A Russell, Series V.B Pifer, Series VIII.C. Grant Books, Series XI.A, Series XI.B and Series XI.C are all offsite.

Please note that due to the size of the finding aid, some pages may load slowly. In particular, the container list for Series III and the "View all" function may take up to a minute to load.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Arranged into 11 series. When requesting material from this collection please request by Series and subseries as well as box number.

Description

Summary

Minutes, correspondence, annual reports, press releases, financial records, photographs, memorabilia, audiovisual, digital and printed materials document the philanthropic activities and administration of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The collection is actively growing, primarily through regular document transfers from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Andrew Carnegie's biographical information and personal philanthropic activity can be found in Series VII. In addition, his pre-1911 gifts, most notably his donations for libraries and church organs, can be found on microfilm (Series II), in the Home Trust Company Records (VI.A), and Financial Record Books (I.C.1). Grant files (Series III.A), which comprise the bulk of the collection) provide information on projects and institutions founded, endowed or supported by the Corporation. The Special Initiatives series (Series IV) contains the records of task forces, commissions and councils, formed by the Corporation mostly during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s to address specific issues. The Corporation's records include those of other Carnegie philanthropic organizations (Series VI), including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Home Trust Company, both of which shared staff, officers, and office space with the Corporation for a period of time.

  • Series I: Administrative Records

    The administrative series consists of trustee minutes, executive minutes, finance committee records, financial records and books, legal files, staff and trustee files, and policy and program files.

  • Series II: Microfilm

    Most of the original (paper) files represented in this series on film were discarded after they were filmed in the 1940s and 1950s. In a few instances, the files exist only on microfiche rather than microfilm. The 107 reels consist of correspondence files and index card files. They chiefly pertain to gifts and grants made by Andrew Carnegie and Carnegie Corporation for free public library buildings and academic library buildings. The reels also include files pertaining to grants-in-aid to individuals, gifts and grants to communities for church organs, and miscellaneous "General Donations."

    In addition, Reels 41-42 (II.B) contain an index to the minutes of the meetings of the Corporation's Board, and Reels 90 and 91 (Subseries II.C: General Correspondence on Myrdal, "An American dilemma : the Negro problem and modern democracy") pertain to the Corporation study which resulted in Gunnar Myrdal's highly influential book, An American Dilemma. Reel 107 (II.D) contains General Ledger and Securities Cards.

  • Series III:Grants

    The Corporation awards grants to nonprofit organizations and institutions for projects that are broadly educational in nature and that show promise of having national or international impact. Certain appropriations are made for activities, such as Corporation-led initiatives that are administered by the foundation's officers. The trustees set the overall policies of the foundation and have final authority to approve all grants above $50,000 recommended by the program staff. Grants of $25,000 or less, called discretionary grants, are made upon the approval of the president and are reported to the board; larger discretionary grants, those between $25,000 and $50,000, are also reviewed by a Corporation-wide group, which makes recommendations to the president. (from Program Guidelines 2003-2004 (http://www.carnegie.org/sub/program/areas.html))

    The Grants series contains correspondence, records of phone and in-person meetings, memoranda, and reports that document CCNY's grant-making and grant-monitoring activities, as well as the work carried out by grantees. While most of the subseries reflect CCNY's dealings with external institutions and individuals that received or applied for funding, this series (especially subseries A and C) also includes files for: organizations with which CCNY collaborated rather than supported (e.g. Ford Foundation), individuals and staff who worked with or for CCNY on several projects, and subject or geographic areas that reflect ongoing programmatic focus by the Corporation. Subseries A and C also contain files for the Corporation's grants for its own Program Development and Evaluation. Grant numbers are prefaced with a B (for board appropriation) or a D (for discretionary grant).

    Please note that because of the extent of the materials described in this series, this page may take up to a minute to load.

  • Series IV: Special Initiatives

    Records of Corporation-led study groups and task forces, that were administered by the foundation's officers. See also III.A. Grant files.

  • Series V: Papers of CCNY Staff Members

    This series includes papers of former staff members.

    Avery Russell served the Corporation for 30 years starting in 1970. Avery was Director of Publications and Program Manager. Alan Pifer joined the Corporation in 1953, served as acting President 1965-1967, and President 1967-1982.

  • Series VI: Other Carnegie Organizations

  • Series VII: Carnegiana

  • Series VIII: Printed Materials

    This series includes publications by and about Andrew Carnegie and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

  • Series IX: Oversize

  • Series X: Graphic Materials

    Includes photographs, posters, drawings, and prints. While some photographs in this series were removed from other series, many photos can still be found in the other series, especially the Grant Files (III.A) and the Staff and Trustee Files (I.E).

  • Series XI: AV and Digital Materials

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

The Collection is open for research with the following standard embargoes: Series I.A. Board Meeting materials are embargoed fifteen (15) years from date of creation. Series I.E. Staff and Trustee Files are embargoed fifteen (15) years from date of creation. Series III.A Grants, Series III.B. Reports on Grants are embargoed twenty-five (25) years from the date the grant closed.

Please be advised that parts of the collection are housed offsite and we request five (5) days advance notice. For Series III.A. Grants, boxes 1701-2085; Series IV.A CCPDC, Series IV.B CCSTG, IV.C CCAD, Series IV.E TFLPG, Series IV.G MGSSPI, Series V.A Russell, Series V.B Pifer, Series VIII.C. Grant Books, Series XI.A, Series XI.B and Series XI.C are all offsite.

Please note that due to the size of the finding aid, some pages may load slowly. In particular, the container list for Series III and the "View all" function may take up to a minute to load.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Permission to publish and quote materials must be obtained in writing from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Preferred Citation

Carnegie Corporation of New York Records. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University Libraries. [Series. Subseries. Box Number].

Related Archival Materials

The Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Columbia University is the repository for the records of four philanthropic organizations founded and endowed by the Scottish steel magnate Andrew Carnegie. In addition to this collection, the records of the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY), the RBML holds the records of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP), the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (CFAT), and the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs (CCEIA).

For more information, see https://library.columbia.edu/locations/rbml/units/carnegie.html.

Other related collections at RBML include the Frederick P. Keppel Papers and the Carnegie Corporation of New York Project: Oral History project.

Andrew Carnegie Papers, Library of Congress Manuscript Division.

Alternate Form Available

Parts of collection are available on microfilm. Please consult the curator or finding aid for details.

Digitized material is linked in the container list. All of Series II (Microfilm) and Series XI (AV) has been digitized. Parts of Series I, VIII, IX, and X have been digitizied.

A stand-alone website at dlc.library.columbia.edu/carnegie/ highlights digitized content from this colletion, and provides a portal into the Corporation's philanthropy from the 1870s to the 21st century.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Entered in AMC 01/30/91.

Processed WS 2000.

Finding aid encoded spring 2019 from legacy HTML, Word, and Excel finding documents.

Revision Description

2017-04-13 File created.

2018-12-12 Series II added

2018-12-27 Series I, Subseries A-D, F-G added

2019-01-11 Series I, Subseries E added

2019-01-11 Series III, box prefix prepended

2019-01-11 Series III.C added

2019-02-06 Series III.D, III.F added; outline of series IV

2019-02-06 Series III.B added from Word doc; sorted subsubseries into one subseries

2019-02-07 Series III.B added from Excel III.B Reports on grants FULL; sorted alpha by title

2019-02-13 Added series II approximate dates kws / jc

2019-03-08 removed temp links in series kws

2019-03-08 Added Series IV.A kws

2019-03-08 Added Series IV.B kws

2019-03-08 Added Series IV.E kws

2019-03-12 Added Series IV.F kws

2019-03-12 Added Series IV.G kws

2019-03-12 Added Series IV.C kws

2019-03-14 Added Series V.A and V.B kws

2019-04-04 Added Series VIII kws

2019-05-07 Added links to archived websites kws

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

2019-06-28 Added Series VII kws

2019-07-02 Added links to digitized material kws

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

All links open new windows.

Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Account books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Annual reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Audiocassettes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
CD-Rs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
DVDs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memoranda Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Microforms Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Videotapes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
minutes (administrative records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Adult education -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
African Americans Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
African Americans -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
American Association for Adult Education Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
American Law Institute Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
American Library Association Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Angell, James Rowland, 1869-1949 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Anthropology -- Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Arts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brookings Institution Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Butler, Nicholas Murray, 1862-1947 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carnegie Commission on Educational Television Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology, and Government Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carnegie Council on Children Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Charitable uses, trusts, and foundations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Child development Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Children's Television Workshop Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Conant, James Bryant, 1893-1978 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dollard, Charles, 1907-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Economics -- Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Education -- Africa, Sub-Saharan Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Education -- Canada Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Education -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Education, Higher Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Educational Testing Service Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Endowment of research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Endowments -- Officials and employees Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Endowments -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
English language -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gardner, John W (John William), 1912-2002 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gifted children Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Graduate Record Examination Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gregorian, Vartan Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hamburg, David A., 1925- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Harvard University. Russian Research Center Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Humanities -- Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
International relations -- Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jessup, Walter Albert, 1877-1944 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Josephs, Devereux Colt, 1983-1943 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Keppel, Frederick P (Frederick Paul), 1875-1943 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Languages, Modern -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Libraries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mathematics -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Minorities -- Education Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Myrdal, Gunnar, 1898-1987 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
National Bureau for Economic Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
National Research Council (U.S.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Philanthropists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pifer, Alan J Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Political science -- Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pritchett, Henry S (Henry Smith), 1857-1939 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Professional education Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Psychology -- Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Public television Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Root, Elihu, 1845-1937 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Science -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scrapbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Social sciences -- Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Universities and colleges Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Carnegie Corporation of New York, which was established by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 "to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding" is one of the oldest, largest and most influential of American foundations. Since its inception it has provided grants for research and educational studies in the United States and, to a lesser degree, in other parts of the English-speaking world outside of the United Kingdom. Carnegie Corporation has contributed to the expansion of higher education and adult education; the research on learning and cognitive development; the promotion of educational and public interest broadcasting; and the advancement of minorities. It has funded the writing of books and studies, as well as the organization of conferences and international exchanges, radio shows, legal proceedings and other activities. Over the century of its existence, the Corporation has helped establish or endowed a variety of institutions, including thousands of Carnegie libraries, TIAA-CREF, the National Research Council, National Bureau of Economic Research, Brookings Institution, American Law Institute, American Association for Adult Education, Russian Research Center and other research institutes in Harvard University, Children's Defense Fund, National Assessment of Educational Progress, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the Children's Television Workshop, and many others. In the 1980s and 1990s, it helped heighten public understanding of the education and health needs of children and adolescents, as well as brought to public attention the risks of superpower confrontation, nuclear war, and ethnic and civil strife. For many years Carnegie Corporation provided financial support to Carnegie's other philanthropic organizations. Through its activities the Corporation has had a significant influence on public discourse and policy.

In the Corporation's early years, Carnegie himself was president and a trustee. James Bertram, his private secretary, and Robert A. Franks, his financial agent, were also trustees and, respectively, secretary and treasurer of the Corporation. These three comprised the first executive committee and made most of the funding decisions. The other seats on the board were held ex-officio by the presidents of the five previously established Carnegie organizations in the United States-Carnegie Institute (of Pittsburgh) (est. 1896), Carnegie Institution of Washington (est. 1902), Carnegie Hero Fund Commission (est. 1904), Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (est. 1905), and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (est. 1910). Shortly after Carnegie's death in 1919, the trustees elected a full-time, salaried president as chief executive officer of the Corporation and made him an ex officio member of the board. The presidents since Andrew Carnegie have been: Elihu Root (1919-1920), James R. Angell (1920-1921), Henry S. Pritchett (1921-1923, acting), Frederick P. Keppel (1923-1941), Walter A. Jessup (1941-1944), Devereux C. Josephs (1945-1948), Charles Dollard (1948-1955), John W. Gardner (1955-1967), Alan Pifer (1967-1982, acting 1965-1967), David A. Hamburg (1982-1997), Vartan Gregorian (1997-present).