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1895 Rare Steel Plate Engraving - Carnegie Library Pittsburgh


Rare Steel Plate Engraving -Carnegie Library Pittsburg


The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh was founded in 1895, gifted to the city by Andrew Carnegie, one of the wealthiest self-made American Industrialist and greatest philanthropists in history.

As the first true steel magnate, he is said to have contributed over $350 million in his lifetime to philanthropic endeavors that centered around educational and cultural offerings that promoted research, music & the arts, science and world peace; including numerous personal gifts, the building of over 2,500 libraries across the English-speaking world, the founding of many of the world’s greatest universities, and establishment of many charitable organizations still active today. He was primarily concerned with providing the world and average man with the necessary resources and opportunities to build himself up and succeed, as he did. 

In one of his many and best known writings, “Wealth” (article in the June 1889 issue of the North American Review) he asserts that the wealthy man has the duty to use his wealth to contribute to “the improvement of mankind”.  In the subsequent “ The Gospel of Wealth”, he wrote that the rich have “a moral obligation to distribute [their money] in ways that promote the welfare and happiness of the common man.” Continuing by stating, “The man who dies thus rich dies disgraced.”

The Carnegie Public Library in Pittsburgh continues to carry out and embody Carnegie’s philanthropic vision and spirit, acting as an unparalleled educational, professional development, and cultural resource to the local Allegheny/Pittsburgh community to this day.