Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust records
Mary Flagler Cary (1901-1967) was the daughter of Anne Lamont and Harry Harkness Flagler, and the granddaughter of Henry Morrison Flagler, one of the founders of Standard Oil Company. She was raised in New York City and in Millbrook, New York, and married the New York businessman and collector Melbert B. Cary Jr. (1892-1941). In 1923 The Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust was established in January 1968 as a testamentary charitable trust, by the will of the late Mary Flagler Cary.
The Trust’s first emphasis was on music in New York City and on the conservation of natural resources, both of which were of great interest to Mrs. Cary, as well as the support of libraries caring for the collections of rare music, books, and playing cards formed by Melbert B. and Mary Flagler Cary during their lifetimes. Funding was later extended to include teacher-training programs, medical research, and various community organizations in the five boroughs of New York City The Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust Records spans the duration of the trust, 1968 through 2009, and primarily document the grants given by the Trust as well as all administrative activities. The records hold material covering the relationships the Trust built with its grantees, including correspondence, financial accounting records, and reports and papers issued by the grantees, as well as the Trust's trustee meeting minutes, financial records, and a series of reports issued to describe its activities. Also included is a small group of files with genealogical, biographical, and photographic material (1897-2009) related to the Cary and Flagler families Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust Records, Melbert B. Cary Jr. Graphic Arts Collection, The Wallace Center, Rochester Institute of Technology.