The Foundation for the National Archives has selected David M. Rubenstein, the co-founder and managing director of the Carlyle Group, to receive its 2011 Records of Achievement Award.
Rubenstein, a philanthropist who has demonstrated a great love for historic documents, lent the National Archives a 1297 copy of the Magna Carta. He purchased the document at auction in 2007.
“David has been actively involved in public life and has made a commitment to promoting civic literacy and understanding of the documents who make us who we are,” said Ken Lore, the chairman and president of the foundation. The foundation raises money for special projects at the Archives.
In June Rubenstein gave the foundation $13.5 million for a new gallery, which will include a new display for the Magna Carta and translations from the original Latin.
In making the announcement Thursday Lore said Rubenstein had provided “opportunities for people to learn about the country through original documents” at several Washington institutions.
The Records of Achievement Award will be given at a November 2 gala at the Archives, co-chaired by Caroline Kennedy and Edwin Schlossberg.