Booker T. Washington, Andrew Carnegie, and a gift for a lifetime

8 thoughts on “Booker T. Washington, Andrew Carnegie, and a gift for a lifetime”

  1. Very interesting piece. There are two items you might want to read. If you look on my website, there’s a piece on Du Bois and Johnson (and it talks about Washington too) — it’s philanthropy oriented. Also, I wrote a piece on Rockefeller and his support of HBCUs. If you are interested in philanthropy — both are good reads. :) Keep up the good work!

  2. Great letter. Wondering if you took a photograph of this at the Library of Congress. I work at the Carnegie Corporation of New York and hadn’t been able to find any correspondence from AC to or about BTW. Would love to get a better copy of it. Is it possible you still have the call number? Thanks!
    Kate Newburger

    1. Kate,

      Thanks for your interest. This photo is not from the LOC, it was taken from the archives at Tuskegee University. That is pretty odd there is no correspondence where you are. However, there is a ton of correspondence at Tuskegee, and I am sure at the LOC. Additionally, you may want to consult Louis Harlan’s edited volumes of the Booker T. Washington Papers. They are online and you can conduct a search through History Cooperative.

      1. Thanks Brian! I have a few pieces from BTW to Carnegie but nothing in return. So glad to have Tuskegee as a resource. Made one trip to the LOC but the sheer volume of material warrants another visit.

        Thanks again!

  3. I am in the process of reading Andrew Carnegie’s autobiography. I came across an entry regarding BTW and AC and the letter written to Mr. Baldwin. Mr. Carnegie states that BTW kept the original letter for preservation. It is an interesting read!

  4. Thanks Brian –That’s so great to know! I wonder where the original letter is housed. The Corporation is celebrating its centennial this year and just reprinted AC’s autobiography. I haven’t read it yet but hear it’s quite interesting.

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