Here is a little more information I came across since yesterday’s post. This is from Joseph G. Butler, Jr. Recollections of Men and Events: An Autobiography. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons. 1927.
P 89: “I told Mr. Frick that what I had in mind was to build a memorial that would be educational in every respect and would include a library. He favored this suggestion and remarked, “How much do you think I should contribute?” In reply to this question I asked him is he would permit it to be called the Frick Library. He said, “Under no circumstances; but tell me how much you want.” I said that $50,000, payable on the installment plan, might be sufficient but perhaps it might cost twice that amount. Of course I did not expect him to contribute the whole sum mentioned. He replied, “Excuse me a moment,” and went back to his office, returning with a check for $50,000 payable to the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial Association. I was very agreeably surprised and felt encouraged. The original check is in the Relic Room of the Memorial at Niles.”
P 273: “After starting to raise the fund to build the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial, at Niles, Ohio, I first saw judge Elbert H. Gary and he gave me much encouragement, together with a substantial subscription. I next saw Mr. Frick and discovered that it would be possible to raise a larger sum for the Memorial than I had thought. Mr. Frick asked me to make out a schedule of what I had in mind and come and see him again when in New York. All this antedated the drawing of the plans by McKim, Mead and White. On my next visit to New York, I called upon Mr. Frick and told him my plans—briefly, the building to contain an Auditorium, a relic room, a G.A.R. Quarters and a library. I emphasized the latter to the fullest extent. This interview was in the Art Gallery, adjoining Mr. Frick’s office. I then asked Mr. Frick if he could see his way clear to finance the Library portion of the proposition and he asked me how much it would require. I told him fifty thousand dollars, which could be paid on the installment plan. He excused himself and went to his office. He soon came back with a check made out in his own handwriting for the sum of fifty thousand dollars. This check is framed and in the relic room at the Memorial. Subsequent to this I called upon Mr. Frick on my monthly visits to New York and kept him fully posted as to our progress. He was helpful in many ways. He came to Niles with of friends in October, 1919, when we discussed a business matter of much importance.”