Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust records
Scope and Contents
The Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust records span the lifetime of the trust, 1968
through 2010, and document the grants given by the Trust as well as all administrative
activities. The records are organized into two series: Grant Program files; and Trust
Series I, Grant Program files holds material covering the relationships the Trust built with its grantees, and includes correspondence, financial accounting records, and reports and papers issued by the grantees. The series also holds material on the Flagler and Cary families; these files hold the earliest material in the collection.
Series II, Trust Administration holds minutes, financial records, and a series of reports issued by the Trust. Copies of all Trust reports are in box 89.
- Creation: 1897-2010
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1968 - 2009
- Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open to researchers.
Biographical / Historical
Mary Flagler Cary (1901-1967) was the daughter of Harry Harkness and Anne Lamont
Flagler, and the granddaughter of Henry Morrison Flagler, one of the founders of Standard Oil
Company and a noted developer of the east coast of Florida. Raised in New York and on the
family estate in Millbrook, New York, she married 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, with the purpose of preserving the family collections and the Cary estate, Cannoo Hills, in Millbrook, New York. It was established with a term limit of fifty years and assets of $72 million. Its founding trustees were Edward S. Bentley, Herbert J. Jacobi, Helen Stanton, and Frank B. Stubbs, later joined by Edward A. Ames, Phyllis J. Mills, and Paul B. Guenther. The Trust’s administrator was Lois M. Regan.
The Trust’s first emphases were on music in New York City and on the conservation of natural resources, both of which were of great interest to Mrs. Cary. Funding was later extended to include teacher-training programs, medical research, and various community organizations in the boroughs of New York City.
The Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust trustees were empowered to terminate the Trust at anytime, and decided to terminate on June 30, 2009. The Trust’s activities were regularly described in a series of published reports beginning in 1968, and summed up in their final report, A Trust Fulfilled: Four Decades of Grantmaking by the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, by Heide Waleson (New York: the Trust, 2009).
106 Linear Feet (89 document boxes)
The Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust records span the lifetime of the trust, 1968 through 2010, and document the grants given by the Trust, as well as all administrative activities.
Collection is arranged in two series: Series I. Grant Program files, 1968-2010; and Series II. Trust Admininistration records, 1968-2010.
Cary Graphic Arts Collection
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, 2009.
Although unprocessed, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust records were arranged by the foundation’s
trustees when the office closed.
Finding aid encoded by Amy Vilz, February 2012.
- Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust. Records and correspondence (Organization)
- Institute of Ecosystem Studies (New York Botanical Garden) (Organization)
- Flagler, Henry Morrison (Person)
- Cary, Melbert Brinckerhoff (Person)
- Natural Resources Defense Council (Organization)
- Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection (Organization)
- Mary Flagler Cary Music Collection (Pierpont Morgan Library) (Organization)
- Nature Conservancy (U.S.) (Organization)
- Cary, Mary Flagler (Person)
- Cary Arboretum (Organization)
- American Music Center (New York, N.Y.) (Organization)
- Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust records
- Cary Special Collections
- Ready To Publish
- Amy Vilz
- 27 February 2012
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