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Virginia Reilly Papers

Provenance

Minnie Belle Reilly Maltby, New York City, NY contacted Mrs. Charles (Jennie S.) Scheuber, Fort Worth (Carnegie) Public Library in 1923 regarding a permanent loan of family artwork and memorabilia. It is believed the Virginia Reilly Papers came into the possession of the library at this time as Mrs. Maltby divulges there were no heirs with which to leave family documents. Mrs. Maltby was the daughter of Wilson Reilly IV of Chambersburg, PA. The family moved to Fort Worth in 1880 for a short time where Mr. Reilly worked for the railroads.

Scope and Contents Note

The focus of the collection is the establishment and operation of the Carnegie Public Library. The collection consists of correspondence, pamphlets, and statements from 1899 - 1935. The majority of correspondence is addressed to or from Mrs. Charles (Jennie S.) Scheuber. A letter dated June 30, 1899 from Andrew Carnegie to Mrs. D. B. Keeler conveys Mr. Carnegie’s decision to fund a “Free Library” for the City of Fort Worth. The bulk of the collection is from 1916 and it takes up 1 box. This collection is part of our Digital Archive. Click here to view the digital collection.

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Last updated: Oct. 20, 2014