Autograph drafts relating to dedication of Statue of Liberty
New York, 
World Papers, Box 9
Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi’s statue of Liberty Enlightening the World, given with money donated by the French public, came with the stipulation that the United States raise the money for her pedestal on Bedloe’s Island in New York harbor. After years of solicitation, the American committee remained short $100,000 of the $250,000 needed. In May of 1885, as the statue was about to be shipped from France, he used his own editorial page to rally support, writing: “The World is the people’s paper, and it now appeals to the people to come forward and raise this money.” He pledged that every donor’s name would be published in the World, asking only that they “Give something, however little.” By the next morning, contributions began to pour in, and by August 11, the money was raised from over 120,000 contributors. It was also good for business.
Gift of Joseph Pulitzer, Jr.