Carnegie Corporation Oral History Project (Phase III)

The Carnegie Corporation is the largest institution established by the Scottish immigrant industrialist Andrew Carnegie, and the first major modern philanthropic organization of its kind in the world. At Carnegie’s request Plowshares, together with Columbia University, developed the third-phase of their expansive oral history project.

The first two phases of the Carnegie Corporation Oral History Project, which began in 1966 and was completed in 2000, resulted in more than 700 hours of audio interviews, 60 hours of video interviews, and 14,171 pages of transcript covering Carnegie Corporation’s evolution and expansion into a global philanthropy in the areas of teaching and education, international peace, and science and technology.

This third phase is focused on exploring the grantmaker’s most recent 14 years, which coincides with the arrival and leadership of current President Vartan Gregorian.  Plowshares Media is thrilled to be a part of documenting the fascinating and historically relevant story of the Carnegie Corporation’s charitable giving. The centerpiece of this phase was 35 2-camer interviews of between 1 and 2 hours each.

Some of the luminaries who participated in the project:

Janet Robinson

President and CEO of The New York Times Company


Thomas Kean

48 Governor of New Jersey, Chairman of the the 9/11 Commission