Photograph Album of
Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919)

The following are photographs related to the life of Andrew Carnegie, which do not specifically deal with Carnegie Libraries.

Special Note: This project, to display photographs related to the life of Andrew Carnegie, has just begun. More photographs will be added to this page, when they are ready.

Andrew Carnegie Portrait in the
Andrew Carnegie Free Library

Andrew Carnegie Photograph
and Voice Recording

of Andrew Carnegie
from Carnegie Item
October 20, 1899

Andrew Carnegie Portrait at 1895 Dedication of
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Institute

Carnegie Institute,
Museums, and Music Hall

Carnegie Family Photographs Taken by Andrew's Wife, Louise
Donated by Lucian Caste to Carnegie Mellon University

Home of Colonel James Anderson (1)

This is the former home of Colonel James Anderson, which is now a personal care home for senior citizens known as "Anderson Manor." Colonel Anderson's private library was opened to the public each Saturday afternoon, 1850-1853; Colonel Anderson served as the librarian. Andrew Carnegie was one of the working boys of Allegheny City, who regularly visited this library.

Book Collection of Colonel James Anderson and Anderson Memorial "Labor" (1)

These are some of the original books from the personal library of Colonel James Anderson. Andrew Carnegie, as a young man, read most of these books. Photograph 5 shows the nameplate of the Anderson Library Institute, the name of Anderson's private library in 1850, prior to his donation of money for the opening of the Mechanics' and Apprentices' Library of Allegheny City in 1853.

Edgar Thomson Works of the Carnegie Steel Company (1)

On the Monongahela River in Braddock, Pa., Andrew Carnegie's first major steel mill opened on August 22, 1875. Named after the President of the Pennsylvania Railroad(to ensure that Carnegie received the railroad's steel rail business), the Edgar Thomson Works continues to produce steel for the U.S. Steel Group, a unit of the USX Corporation. In this photograph, the Edgar Thomson Works is directly behind Lock and Dam Number 2, on the Monongahela River.

Bessemer Converter (1)

An original Bessemer Converter, now on display at Station Square in Pittsburgh. [Note: This particular Bessemer Converter did not come from a Carnegie Steel or a U.S. Steel plant. However, it does show what a Bessemer Converter looks like.]

Homestead Steel Works Strike of 1892: Landing Site of the Pinkerton Detectives (1)

This Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission historical marker is near the site, on the Monongahela River, where Pinkerton agents landed during the Homestead Steel Works Strike of 1892. The building directly behind this historical marker[and only partly shown in this photograph] is the original Pump House of the Homestead Steel Works of the Carnegie Steel Company, Limited. The portion of the Pump House shown in this photograph was constructed in April of 1892; this photograph does not show the 1897 addition. Under the contractural arrangement of Carnegie Steel Company Chairman Henry Clay Frick, 300 Pinkerton guards transported via a barge, on the Ohio and Monongahela Rivers, from a location just west of Pittsburgh to a river location at the Homestead Steel Works landing, just behind the Pump House, in the early morning hours of July 6, 1892; this landing occurred under a nearly full Moon[waxing gibbous phase of the Moon]. A look-out, for the strikers, spotted the barge and warned the other strikers and residents of Homestead, Pennsylvania. The armed strikers took positions on the hill, overlooking the Monongahela River, as the Pinkertons landed on the shore. Some strikers took position inside the Pump House. One of the first strikers to be killed, by the Pinkertons, was an armed striker looking out of one of the windows of the Pump House, shortly afer sunrise.

The following is the text of this historical marker:


On the morning of July
6, 1892, on orders of
the Carnegie Steel Co.
300 Pinkerton agents
attempted to land near
here; strikers, citizens
repulsed them. Seven
workers, three Pinker-
tons were killed. 8000
state militia arrived
July 12; by November
the strike was broken.

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission 1992

Carnegie Steel Beams Donated for New(1906) Allegheny Observatory

These steel beams, embossed with the name "Carnegie," are two of many donated(as a result of the efforts of well-known Astronomer and Optician, John A. Brashear) by the Carnegie Steel Company to the University of Pittsburgh, in 1905, for the construction of the new Allegheny Observatory in Allegheny City, Pa.(now part of Pittsburgh). The Allegheny Observatory in Pittsburgh, houses three telescopes, including the fifth largest refractor telescope in the world.

Carnegie Steel Company steel beam: Photo 1 (3)***Photo 2 (1)

Allegheny Observatory(1906 building): Photo 1 (1)***Photo 2

Pullman Parlor Car Patent Model (1)

The Pullman Palace Car Company was one of Andrew Carnegie's many businesses. This is the original model used to obtain a patent for the Pullman Parlor Car, in 1878. This model is on display at the popular Miniature Railroad and Village exhibit, in Pittsburgh's Carnegie Science Center.

Carnegie Mellon University(originally Carnegie Technical Schools) (1)

Dominating the skyline of "Carnegie Tech," Hamerschlag Hall was one of the original buildings of the Carnegie Technical Schools in Pittsburgh. Opened in 1900, Carnegie Mellon University is now a national leader, in education, in the fields of computer science, robotics, engineering, public and private management, and drama.

11-inch Brashear Refractor Telescope
(originally donated to the Carnegie Technical Schools by Andrew Carnegie)

In 1908, Andrew Carnegie commissioned well-known Astronomer and Optician, John A. Brashear, to build a telescope so that Carnegie Tech students could see Halley's Comet in 1910. A year or two after the comet passed Earth, the telescope's observatory was razed to make-way for construction of the Fine Arts Building for the Carnegie Technical Schools, now Carnegie-Mellon University. After decades of remaining in storage, the Amateur Astronomers' Association of Pittsburgh restored the telescope for use in the Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory in Deer Lakes Park, one of Allegheny County's regional parks northeast of Pittsburgh. This historic telescope is now available for free public viewing of celestial objects, several times a year during the Wagman Observatory's public star parties.

Photograph one shows the 11-inch Brashear Refractor Telescope in its original observatory, on the campus of the Carnegie Technical Schools, circa 1910. Photographs two and three show this telescope, today, in the Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory.

Photo 1 *** Photo 2 *** Photo 3

Other Astronomical Observatories Funded by Andrew Carnegie

Photograph Album of Astronomer and Optician John A. Brashear
(friend of Andrew Carnegie)

Photographs with Number (1): Copyright 1999 Lynne S. Comunale, All Rights Reserved.

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