CARNEGIE, ANDREW Typed letter signed to Mayor James Phelan donating money to build new librairies in San Francisco.
Scotland: 20 June 1901. One page typed letter in purple ink, signed "Andrew Carnegie" and with two additional lines in Carnegie's hand, on one sheet of Skibo Castle stationery although this possibly the text of a telegram. 10 x 8 inches (26 x 21 cm). Some soiling to extremities, a few spots, spots, a few typed words faded but the signature dark, sold with a few original and carbon copies of letters relating to U.S. Steel by Myron Charles Taylor; Together with a Clifford Berryman Teddy Bear drawing on a letter to Phelan, circa 1920, and a memorial volume upon the death of Phelan in 1930.
In his letter to Phelan, then the mayor of pre-earthquake San Francisco, Andrew Carnegie pledges to donate $750,000 for the building of new librairies on the condition that the city furnish the sites and provide maintenance. Carnegie has closed the typed letter with the manuscript addition: "For San Francisco is a growing city."
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