Celebrating Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie (1835–1919) was among the most famous and wealthy industrialists of his day. Through the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the innovative philanthropic foundation he established in 1911, his fortune has since supported everything from the discovery of insulin and the dismantling of nuclear weapons, to the creation of Sesame Street and the Common Core Standards. Millions of people have benefited from his foresighted generosity—a legacy of real and permanent good. We invite you to learn more about this remarkable man’s life through an interactive timeline, historical documents, audio, video, and more.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Scotland, on November 25, 1835. He was the first son of William Carnegie, a linen weaver and local leader of the Chartists (who sought to improve the conditions of working-class life in Great Britain), and of Margaret Carnegie, daughter of Thomas Morrison, a shoemaker and political and social reformer... READ MORE

INTERACTIVE TIMELINE

Explore key dates in Andrew Carnegie’s journey from Scotland to America, from industrialist to philanthropist.

 

 

AUDIO EXCERPT FROM THE GOSPEL OF WEALTH

Hear Carnegie himself read from The Gospel of Wealth, the 1889 essay in which he boldly articulated his view that the rich are merely “trustees” of their wealth and are under a moral obligation to distribute it in ways that promote the welfare and happiness of the common man.


HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS

View a selection of unique primary source materials, including Carnegie’s certificate of citizenship and an entry from his journal.

Certificate of Naturalization

 

 

HOW DO YOU Pronounce “CARNEGIE?”

People pronounce Andrew Carnegie’s last name differently depending on where they live. Watch how people say it in New York and in Carnegie’s hometown of Dunfermline, Scotland. 


INTERACTIVE MAP

Take a virtual tour of Andrew Carnegie’s Scotland.

 

Corporation President carries carnegie’s legacy into the future

Celebrating President Vartan Gregorian’s stewardship of the Carnegie legacy, a road in Pittencrieff Park—located in Dunfermline, Scotland—was dedicated “Vartan’ Way” on October 14, 2013.