Gridley, F. P., Princeton Lake. Princeton, F. P. Gridley, . The souvenir brochure from the presentation of Princeton Lake, later known as Lake Carnegie, to Princeton University by Andrew Carnegie on December 5, 1906, with then Princeton President Woodrow Wilson escorting benefactor Andrew Carnegie. 29 plates on 15 leaves, 18 cm x 23 cm, showing the building of the dam in Kingston, the building of bridges and the process of creating a lake from backing up the Millstone River and Stony Brook. Original illustrated paper cover damp-stained on the lower edge. Wrapper loose, partial fold separation. This copy is signed in pencil by Princeton University photographer, Elizabeth G.C. Menzies.
An idea born in 1902 according to Howard Russell Butler, Class of 1876, when he accompanied Andrew Carnegie on a visit to Princeton to see Ex-President Grover Cleveland. Barbara L. Johnson stated in the Town Topics, Princeton, N.J., Wednesday, July 20, 1988, “It is believed that Lake Carnegie was the first man-made lake in the United States created specifically for competitive rowing.” One copy is recorded in the Princeton University Library.