The booklet 'A League of Peace: A Rectorial Address delivered to the Students in the University of St. Andrews, 17th October, 1905 by Andrew Carnegie, Esq., LL.D.', has been reprinted by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to commemorate the 2013 Centennial of the Peace Palace in the Hague, Andrew Carnegie's enduring monument to the cause of international peace and justice.
Andrew Carnegie's philanthropic career began around 1870. He is best known for his gifts of free public library buildings. When Carnegie retired from business in 1901, he set about in earnest to distribute his fortune. In addition to libraries, he provided hundreds of church organs to local communities. Carnegie's wealth helped to establish numerous colleges, schools, nonprofit organizations and associations both in his adopted country, as well as in Scotland and throughout the globe. His most significant contribution, both in terms of money and in terms of enduring influence, was the establishment of several endowed trusts or institutions bearing his name. By the time of his death in 1919, Andrew Carnegie had given away about $350 million, but the legacy of his generosity continues to unfold in the work of the trusts and institutions that he endowed.