11/21/2012 03:48 pm ET Updated Jan 21, 2013

'So Grateful to Be So Blessed'

Thanksgiving and philanthropy go hand in hand. No one felt this more strongly than Andrew Carnegie, who in his day set a new American course for philanthropy that continues to inspire today.

As people everywhere give thanks and launch this year's holiday season, here's a look at some private papers of Mr. Carnegie, whose birthday -- November 25, 1835 -- we celebrate this weekend... unique reminders of the importance of giving back.

(These images are from the Carnegie Collections at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library of Columbia University in New York.)

November 25 is Andrew Carnegie's Birthday