Towards the close of the 14th century all the separate portions had come by inheritance or bequest into the hands of Rudolph IV.
The institution owes its origin to a bequest left by John McDonogh.
According to Aubrey, Selden left him an equal bequest, but this seems to be a mistake.
The art association of Indianapolis was founded in 1883; and under its auspices is conducted an art school (1902) in accordance with the bequest of John Herron (1817-1895), the school and museum of the association being housed in the John Herron Art Institute, dedicated in 1906.
His chief benefaction, however, was a bequest of $400,000 for the foundation and endowment of a public library in New York City, since known as the Astor library, and since 1895 part of the New York public library.