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PAPERS OF INDIVIDUALS - FOUNDATION RELATED


CONRAD W. ANNER PAPERS, 1912-(1919-1934)-1945

Size: 0.5 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection consists of one folder of correspondence from 1933 and 1945, and reports related mostly to Anner's work for the Rockefeller Foundation and the China Medical Board of New York. A few items relate to his work at Colonial Williamsburg. The collection contains no personal papers.

Photograph Collection: Yes

Biography: Conrad W. Anner (1889-1960), an architect, worked for the Rockefeller Foundation on the design and construction of the Peking Union Medical College, 1919-1930. He returned to the U.S. in 1931 and became superintendent of construction at Colonial Williamsburg.




MARSHALL C. BALFOUR PAPERS, 1949-1968

Size: 9 items

Contents: The collection includes a curriculum vita (1961), a biographical sketch, reports by Balfour, and lists of officers and staff of the International Health Board of the Rockefeller Foundation.

Biography: Marshall C. Balfour (1896-1976) was a member of the International Health Division of the RF from 1926 until his retirement in 1960.




CLAUDE H. BARLOW PAPERS, 1919-1964

Size: 3 cu. ft.

Contents: Subjects include conservation, environmental studies, hookworm, and schistosomiasis in Egypt.

Arrangement: Arranged in six series:

1. Correspondence, 1919-(1929-1950)-1964
2. Articles
3. Notes and Research Data. 1930-1932, 1950-1951
4. Reports
5. Reprints
6. Maps

Photograph Collection: Yes

Biography: Claude Heeman Barlow (1876-1969) was a doctor of medicine who served as a medical missionary to China (1908-1928) before joining the staff of the International Health Division of the Rockefeller Foundation (1929-1951). Online Finding Aid




JOHN Z. BOWERS PAPERS, 1950-1985

Size: 25 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection contains books and manuscripts, journal articles, book reviews, and reprints; material on Japan and China, and on the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission; three volumes of annual reports of the Radiation Effects Research Foundation, 1975-1980; and the published proceedings of the Macy Conferences. Also included are Shields Warren's photographs of Nagasaki in 1947 and diaries of observations he made during tests of the atomic and hydrogen bombs at Eniwetok in 1948.

Arrangement: Although the collection is unprocessed, the inventoried papers are available to researchers.

Photograph Collection: Yes

Biography: John Z. Bowers (1913-1993), a physician, educator, author, and an expert on medicine and medical education in Japan and China, served as deputy director of the Atomic Energy Commission in Washington (1947-1950), president of the Macy Foundation (1965-1980), and was associated with the Rockefeller Foundation.

Biographical Sketch




JOHN C. BUGHER PAPERS, 1926-(1950-1966)

Size: 26.5 cu. ft.

Contents: Subjects include atomic fallout, atomic medicine, disaster mobilization, civil defense, genetics, Japan, radiobiology, yellow fever, cancer, radiation, pathology, leukemia, malaria, hunting, and fishing.

Arrangement: Arranged in seven series:

1. General files
2. Articles and speeches
3. General reprints
4. Atomic Energy Commission
5. Atomic Energy Commission reprints
6. Memorabilia
7. Audio/visual

Photograph Collection: Yes

Biography: John Clifford Bugher (1901-1970) taught bacteriology and pathology at the University of Michigan (1922-1937) before joining the Rockefeller Foundation, where he served as a member of the field staff (1937-1951) and as a consultant for nuclear affairs (1951-1952). After serving as director of the Atomic Energy Commission's division of biology and medicine (1952-1955), Bugher returned to the RF as director for medical education and public health (1955-1959).




WALLACE BUTTRICK PAPERS, 1888-1926

Size: 0.3 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection includes a genealogy and a history of the Buttrick family, a sketch of the life of Wallace Buttrick, summaries of his work with the China Medical Board, letters about a trip to England in 1917, two articles by Buttrick on education, and material related to his pastorate in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Photograph Collection: Yes

Biography: Wallace Buttrick (1853-1926) was a Baptist minister who served as secretary (1902-1917), president (1917-1923), and chairman (1923-1926) of the General Education Board, and as a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation (1917-1926).

Online Finding Aid




JACKSON DAVIS PAPERS, 1898-1947

Size: 40 items

Contents: These papers include correspondence (18 items, mostly with his nephew at William and Mary College, (1898-1903); addresses; a review of the Stingray Conferences on southern education, 1932-1943; testimonials; and clippings.

Photograph Collection: Yes

Biography: Jackson Davis (1882-1947), an educator and school administrator in Virginia, became the first state agent for rural schools for Blacks in Virginia (1909-1915). He served as general field agent for the General Education Board (1915-1933) and as its assistant director (1929-1933), associate director (1933-1946), and director (1946-1947). He was also secretary of the International Education Board (1923-1938).




NELSON C. DAVIS PAPERS, 1913-1933

Size: 20 cu. ft.

Contents: Two groups of materials are of special interest in the collection: an array of foreign language medical literature; and lecture notes, class papers, laboratory notebooks, and course syllabi gathered by Davis during his education at the University of California at Berkeley (B.A. 1917, M.A. 1919), the University of California Medical School (M.D. 1921), and Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (Ph.D. 1931).

Arrangement: Arranged in three series:

1. Personal papers, 1913-1933, including correspondence, financial articles records, class notes and papers
2. Professional papers, 1921-1933, including reports, laboratory assignments diaries, and field notes related to IHB
3. Printed matter

Photograph Collection: No

Biography: Nelson Caryl Davis (1892-1933) developed an interest in tropical diseases while stationed in the Philippines (1910-1912). After earning a medical degree, he joined the staff of the Rockefeller Foundation's International Health Board (1922-1933), researching hookworm and malaria in South America. He later served as director of the Yellow Fever Laboratory at Bahia, Brazil (1928-1933).




KENNETH N. DAYTON, 1974-1987

Size:  0.25 cubic feet

Contents:  Kenneth N. Dayton was a Trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation.  His papers contain material on the nomination of a new president of the Rockefeller Foundation.

Photograph Collection:  No




WILBUR G. DOWNS PAPERS, 1928-1950, 1964-1976, 1981

Size: 2 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection includes excerpts from the travel and laboratory diaries (1931-1944) of Rockefeller Foundation personnel, three volumes of correspondence (1940-1970), and a volume of Downs' trip diary with interview notes (1971-1976).

Arrangement: Access is limited. Arranged in three series.

Series 1 - Correspondence
Series 2 - Diaries
Series 3 - Laboratory Studies

Photograph Collection: No

Biography: Wilbur George Downs (1913-1991), an educator and physician, served on the staff of the Rockefeller Foundation (1941-1961) and was associate director (1961-1971). He also served as director of the Virus Research Program in the Division of Biomedical Sciences (1961-1971).

Online Finding Aid




LAWRENCE B. DUNHAM PAPERS, 1887-(1914-1959)-1971

Size: 2 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, drafts of speeches, clippings, pamphlets, and a scrapbook. Approximately one-quarter of the collection consists of private correspondence, most of it before 1948, and another quarter covers his service on the Domestic Relations Court. There is no material regarding his work for the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial, and his tenure at the Bureau of Social Hygiene is documented only lightly.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged alphabetically by personal or an institutional name.

Photograph Collection: Yes

Biography: Lawrence Boardman Dunham (1882-1959) was a lawyer, businessman, deputy police commissioner of New York (1914-1922), staff member of the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial (1915-1928), director of the Bureau of Social Hygiene (1928-1934), secretary to Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia (1933-1934), and justice of the Domestic Relations Court of New York City (1934-1942).




EDWIN EMBREE PAPERS, 1925-1930

Size: 19 items

Contents: The collection includes six pieces of correspondence (1929-1930); Rockefeller Foundation General Bulletins (1922-1924); an early history of Rockefeller Foundation programs; Family Journal (1925-1926); articles and speeches.

Photograph Collection: Yes

Biography: Edwin Rogers Embree (1883-1950) served the Rockefeller Foundation as secretary (1917-1924), director of the Division of Studies (1925-1927), and vice-president (1927), then served as president of the Rosenwald Fund (1927-1948) until its termination in 1948, when he became president of the Liberian Foundation.




CHARLES B. FAHS PAPERS, 1929-1979

Size: 5 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection includes correspondence, books and articles by Fahs, honorary degrees and awards presented to him, a book about his mother, Sophia Lyon Fahs, clippings, and books about Japan and Japanese culture.

Arrangement: Processed. The collection is arranged in 6 series.

Series 1. Personal Papers
Series 2. Professional Papers
Series 3. Professional Correspondence
Series 4. Manuscripts, Publications, and Speeches
Series 5. Awards and Citations
Series 6. Photographs

Photograph Collection: Yes

Biography: Charles Burton Fahs (1908-1980), an educator and expert on Japan and the Far East, served the Rockefeller Foundation as assistant director (1946-1948), associate director (1949), and director (1950- 1962) of the Division of Humanities.

Online Finding Aid



LEO M. FAVROT PAPERS, 1932-1949

Size: 0.3 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection includes a volume of testimonials (most dated 1939) from well-known individuals; awards and citations, clippings, four family letters (1938-1944), speeches on race relations in rural communities (ca. 1925) and schools for Black children (1932), and his recollections of New Orleans in the 1890s.

Photograph Collection: No

Biography: Leo Mortimer Favrot (1874-1949) was a teacher and school administrator in Louisiana before becoming a state agent for Black schools in Arkansas (1913-1916) and Louisiana (1916-1923), and field agent for the General Education Board (1923-1939).




MARY E. FERGUSON PAPERS, 1891, 1909-(1950-1970)-1975

Size: 3 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection includes notes, correspondence, interviews, drafts of chapters (including unpublished chapters), and material related to the writing and publication of Ferguson's China Medical Board and Peking Union Medical College (1970). The strength of the collection lies in the primary source documents, including interviews with former PUMC staff members and reports about China during the Japanese occupation and after nationalization in 1951.

Arrangement: Arranged in two series:

1. Research material, 1891-1971

2. China Medical Board/Peking Union Medical College History manuscript, 1950-1975

Photograph Collection: Yes

Biography: Mary Esther Ferguson (1897-1989) was the registrar (1928-1950), assistant secretary (1930, 1932), and secretary (1933-1941, 1944-1950) of the Peking Union Medical College, and associate secretary of the United Boards for Christian Higher Education in China (1950-1960).




JOHN A. FERRELL PAPERS, (1914-1932)-1944

Size: 0.3 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection includes office records, reports, financial records, miscellaneous executive committee papers, memoranda, and statistics related to the work of the International Health Division of the Rockefeller Foundation, and information on county health departments and programs. Almost all of the material is dated prior to 1932, except for diary notes from 1943-1944. There is no significant correspondence.

Photograph Collection: Yes

Biography: John Atkinson Ferrell (1880-1965) was a teacher, a public school administrator, and a county health superintendent in North Carolina before joining the Rockefeller Sanitary Commission as state director for North Carolina (1910-1913). He then became associate director of the International Health Division (IHD) of the Rockefeller Foundation (1914-1944).




LEWIS W. HACKETT PAPERS, 1902-1962

Size: 20 cu. ft.

Contents: Subjects covered include epidemiology, insecticides, malaria, public health nursing, tropical medicine, and yellow fever.

Arrangement: Arranged in seven series:

1. Correspondence: General, (1902-1951)-1960, Buenos Aires Office, 1941-1949, and Personal, 1875-1948
2. Diaries, 1910-1962
3. Speeches, manuscripts, and reprints, 1920-1961
4. Reports, 1921-1948
5. Malaria data, Egypt, 1938-1940
6. Miscellaneous
7. Photographs, negatives, and slides (13 boxes of photographs and 3 slide cases)

There is a calendar for the correspondence.

Photograph Collection: Yes

Biography: Lewis Wendell Hackett (1884-1962), recipient of the first Ph.D. in public health from Harvard in 1913, joined the staff of the International Health Board of the Rockefeller Foundation in 1914. Between 1914 and 1949, Hackett served that organization in seventeen countries, investigating and combating hookworm disease and malaria, and promoting public health. The major phases of his career included work in Central America (1914-1924), Italy (1924-1940), and South America (1940-1949).





J. GEORGE HARRAR PAPERS, 1926-(1958-1962)-1982

Size: 15 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection documents Harrar's activities outside of the Rockefeller Foundation between 1958 and 1982, especially his preeminence as an expert in world agriculture, and his interest in world hunger, food production, and private philanthropy. Few of his scientific writings are represented in the collection.

Arrangement: Confidential correspondence and material related to the Rockefeller Foundation are closed until 21 years old. Arranged in three series:

1. Correspondence, 1946-1982
2. Speeches, manuscripts, and publications, 1930-1979
3. Miscellany, 1926-1982, including biographical information, awards, and clippings

Photograph Collection: Yes

Biography: Jacob George Harrar (1906-1982), generally regarded as the father of "the Green Revolution," was a plant pathologist who formed and headed the Rockefeller Foundation's pioneering agricultural program in Mexico (1942-1952). He later served the Rockefeller Foundation as deputy director for agriculture (1952-1955), director for agriculture (1955-1959), vice-president (1959-1961), and president (1961-1972).




WILLIAM P. JACOCKS PHOTOGRAPHS, 1915-1941

Size: 491 items

Contents: The collection contains four photograph albums of Jacocks' trips to Egypt, Asia (1916-1917), Trinidad (1916), and the British West Indies (1916-1918). The photographs depict shipboard activities, the Suez Canal and Port Said; and the pitch industry, "coolies", and scenic views of Trinidad. There are a few photographs of India and Ceylon (1935) and a photograph of the American High Commissioners in India (1941). Also included are 27 lantern slides showing snail clearance from irrigation ditches and fields in Egypt (1930s).

Biography: William P. Jacocks (1877-1965) was a doctor or public health. He was a staff member (1915) of the Rockefeller Sanitary Commission for the Eradication of Hookworm Disease in the British West Indies, staff member of the Rockefeller Foundation in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and India; and public health advisor to the governments of Ceylon and India.




JOHN JANNEY PHOTOGRAPHS, 1938, 1946

Size: 3 items

Contents: The collection contains three group photographs with Janney, two in Rumania, and one at the International Health Division regional staff meeting (1946).

Biography: John Janney (b. 1893) was a staff member of the Rockefeller Foundation from 1921-1951.




ELVIN A. KABAT, 1934-1990

Size: 5.6 cu. ft.

Contents: This collection contains both personal and professional materials of Dr. Kabat. The personal materials include a curriculum vitae, biographical notes, appointment information, personal correspondence with colleagues and friends, news releases, lecture series information, notes from his sabbatical, and correspondence concerning his numerous publications. The professional materials are composed mainly of correspondence between Dr. Kabat and many of his lab assistance and co-workers. There are files on Dr. Kabat's work on the Matheson Commission, project proposals, requests for materials, letters of recommendations, critiques, some lab notes, lecture notes, letters from former students, and applications from those seeking to study under Dr. Kabat, as well as notes from Dr. Manfred Martin Mayor's memorial speech, notes from the Louisa Gross Horowitz Prize Committee, and letters of gratitude from former students, and correspondence pertaining to Dr. Kabat's involvement with numerous societies and organizations. Awards from various organizations, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and various other notifications of awards can also be found here.

Arrangement: This collection is arranged in two series. Within each series, materials are arranged alphabetically.

Series 1 - Personal
Series 2 - General Correspondence

Biography: Elvin A. Kabat (1914-2000), a pioneer in the field of immunochemistry, worked for three decades on standardizing immunological science. In the late 1930s he worked as a Fellow at the Institute of Physical Chemistry for the Rockefeller Foundation and later he was as a leading member of the faculty at Columbia University. He spent much of his early career working on the structure and immunochemistry of blood-group substances, analyzing the binding properties of antibodies and developing immunodiagnostic tests for multiple sclerosis. He paved the way for the modern experimental autoimmunity process. Kabat also devoted much of his time to mentoring new and often passed-over scientists. He aided foreign medical and chemistry students and provided opportunities to women and African American students here in the United States during a time when these opportunities were virtually non-existent.

Through his hard work and endless efforts, a Kabat database was created to aid students in standard immunochemistry. Kabat was also a prolific writer. He had authored numerous books, Sequences of Proteins of Immunological Interests and Kabat and Mayer's Experimental Immunochemistry, which became the text book for all future graduate and doctoral students. He often submitted articles on his latest research and often contributed to the Immunochemical Studies on Blood Groups.

Kabat was known for his tireless pursuit of honesty and justice. Through the Freedom of Information Act, Dr. Kabat discovered that during the McCarthy era he was placed on a watch list because of his Eastern European heritage and for his work with the National Research Council and the United States military.


J. AUSTIN KERR PAPERS, 1925-1974

Size: 2.4 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection consists of unpublished manuscripts, correspondence, reports, and memoranda.

Arrangement: The collection is unprocessed. An inventory is available.

Photograph Collection: No

Biography: John Austin Kerr joined the staff of the International Health Division of the Rockefeller Foundation in 1926 and served as a consultant to the World Health Organization. He was director of the Ente Regionale per la Lotta Anti-Anofelica en Sardengna (ERLAAS) in 1946-1947 and worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development in the Philippines in 1965-1966. His activities included research on hepatitis, yellow fever, and malaria in Brazil and the Philippines.




FREDERICK W. KNIPE PHOTOGRAPHS AND FILMS, 1930-1951

Size: 105 items

Contents: The photographs depict the Rockefeller Foundation sponsored Durazzo Lagoon Salinification Project and the Tirana River Project in Albania. The films document the RF's work in Bulgaria, Albania, India, and Italy.

Biography: Frederick W. Knipe (b. 1893) was a staff member of the International Health Division of the Rockefeller Foundation from 1930-1951.




JOHN H. KNOWLES PAPERS, 1960-1979

Size: 47 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection includes personal and professional correspondence, speeches, articles, books, office files, manuscripts, scrapbooks, clippings, tapes, films, printed material, and memorabilia reflecting Knowles' tenure at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Also documented in the collection are his trips to Vietnam (1967) and China (1975); his post as lecturer at Harvard Medical School; the 1969 controversy over his nomination for the position of assistant secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; his books Doing Better and Feeling Worse, China Diary, Principles of Internal Medicine, and the unpublished manuscript, "Dr. Knowles' Journal."

Arrangement: Arranged in five series:

1. Early career, 1944-1959 (1.3 cu. ft.)
2. Massachusetts General Hospital, 1947-1972 (22.6 cu. ft.)
3. Interim, 1971-1972 (1 cu. ft.)
4. Rockefeller Foundation, 1971-1980 (10 cu. ft.)
5. Miscellaneous, 1959-1979 (12 cu. ft.)

Photograph Collection: Yes

Biography: John Hilton Knowles (1926-1979) was a physician, general director of the Massachusetts General Hospital (1962-1971), and president of the Rockefeller Foundation (1972-1979).




HAROLD H. LOUCKS PAPERS, 1920-(1951-1965)-1976

Size: 1 cu. ft.

Contents: The papers focus on the years after World War II and the reconstruction of the Peking Union Medical College. Loucks toured the Far East on CMB-sponsored trips during 1951-1964; his reports and correspondence describe the social and political climate in various countries as well as the status of medical education. The Richard Hoeppli file of letters, describing in some detail the PUMC and China after 1951, are of special interest.

Arrangement: Arranged in three series:

1. Correspondence, 1920-(1950-1976)
2. China Medical Board, Inc. 1946-(1951-1964)
3. China Medical Board/Peking Union Medical College

Photograph Collection: No

Biography: Harold H. Loucks (b. 1894) became assistant resident in surgery at the Peking Union Medical College in 1922, the head of surgery in 1930, and was employed by the China Medical Board, Inc. (1948-1955) and the China Medical Board of New York (1955-1963, 1965).




ESTUS H. MAGOON PHOTOGRAPHS, 1914-1929

Size: 11 items

Contents: Subjects include Albanian street scenes (1914-1918), the Sanitary Commission Unit in Greece (1915), work in Costa Rica against malaria (1929), and an Indian home and mahogany logging in South America.

Biography: Estus Magoon was a sanitary engineer and staff member (1919-1957) of the International Health Board/Division of The Rockefeller Foundation. The collection includes photographs relating to Magoon's work as a sanitary engineer with the American Red Cross during World War I and his tenure with the International Health Board.




JOHN MARSHALL PAPERS, 1925-(1940-1962)-1980

Size: 3.4 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection includes speeches, articles, an unpublished history of the Villa Serbelloni, trip diaries, correspondence, and awards.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in two series:

1. General files, 1925-(1940-1960)-1980
2. Villa Serbelloni administrative files (1959-1961)-1967.

Photograph Collection: Yes

Biography: John Marshall (1903-1980) served the Rockefeller Foundation as assistant director (1933-1940) and associate director (1940-1962) of the Division of Humanities; associate director (1962-1970) of the Division of Humanities and Social Science; and director of the Villa Serbelloni (1959-1970).




HARRY M. MILLER PAPERS, 1959-1970

Size: 0.8 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection includes manuscripts (0.5 cu. ft.) and three bound volumes, in Spanish, which honor Dr. Miller.

Arrangement: The collection is unprocessed.

Photograph Collection: No

Biography: Harry Milton Miller (1895-1980) served the Natural Sciences Division of the Rockefeller Foundation as a fellowship administrator (1932-1934), assistant director (1934-1946), and associate director (1946-1950).




MRS. CHARLES T. MURPHY COLLECTION

Collection: This collection consists of one manuscript box of postcards from all over the world. Subjects include landscapes; buildings; churches and religious shrines; works of art; and people. Countries represented in the collection include: Austria, Burma (Myanmar), Canada, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), China, Egypt, England, France, Holland, India, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Tibet, United States.

Photograph Collection: Yes




WILL M. MYERS PAPERS, 1946-1970

Size: 8 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection includes correspondence. Diaries, course and committee notes, information files, clippings and papers relating to the International Grasslands Conferences, which Myers organized in 1952.
Subjects include the Agricultural Experiment Station (Tohoku, Japan), the All India Institute of Medical Research, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, International Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), research and economic aspects of agriculture, agronomy, ecology, genetics, grasslands, plant breeding, and population.

Arrangement: Arranged in seven series:

1. History, 1941-1968 (1.5 cu ft.)
2. Grasslands Conferences, 1949-1960 (1 cu. ft.)
3. International Institutes of Agriculture, 1966-1970 (0.5 cu. ft.)
4. Myers' speeches and reprints, 1950-1969 (0.5 cu. ft.)
5. Memorabilia and awards (0.5 cu. ft.)
6. Other reprints (4 cu. ft.)
7. Accession 53, 1966-1970

Photograph Collection: Yes

Biography: Will Martin Myers (1911-1970) was a plant geneticist, an authority on international agriculture, consultant for the Far Eastern Command in Japan (1946-1947); head of the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota (1952-1963); consultant and temporary staff member of the Rockefeller Foundation (1954-1960, 1962-1964); associate director for agriculture sciences with the Foundation (1964-1965); director of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Nigeria (1965-1967); and vice-president of the Rockefeller Foundation (1967-1970).




LEONARD OUTHWAITE PAPERS, 1929-1977

Size: 5 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, research notes, typescripts, and biographical material, including a scrapbook documenting his Atlantic Ocean voyage.

Arrangement: Arranged in three series:

1. Biographical material, 1930-1977
2. Projects, 1929-1962
3. Research and writing, 1930-1978

Photograph Collection: Yes

Biography: Leonard Outhwaite (1892-1979) was an anthropologist, author, staff member of the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial (1923-1928), and consultant in various fields from population growth to museum programs.




DOROTHY PARKER PAPERS, 1932-1985 (Bulk: 1945-1978)

Size: 10.66 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection consists of correspondence, pamphlets, memoranda, articles, travel notes and itineraries, speeches, library plans, and publications including bibliographies, reports, and newsletters.

Arrangement: The Dorothy I. Parker Papers are arranged into 6 series, several of which are divided into subseries.

Series 1 - Rockefeller Foundation, 1938-1985 (6.8 cubic feet)
     Subseries 1: General Correspondence
     Subseries 2: Publications
     Subseries 3: Assignments- Latin America, Mexican Agricultural Program
     Subseries 4: Assignments- Latin America, Agricultural Program
     Subseries 5: Assignments- Asia, Indian Agricultural Program (IAP)
     Subseries 6: Assignments- Asia, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
     Subseries 7: Assignments- Asia, Other Libraries
     Subseries 8: Library Programs- Other
     Subseries 9: Post-Retirement- Cotton Project
     Subseries 10: Post-Retirement- Other
     Subseries 11: Rockefeller Foundation Programs- Other
Series 2 - U.S. Government Departments and Programs, 1962-1981 (1.7 cubic feet)
     Subseries 1: Department of Agriculture
     Subseries 2: Department of State - Agency for International Development (AID)
     Subseries 3: Other
Series 3 - United Nations, 1974-1975 (0.17 cubic feet)
Series 4 - Friends and Colleagues, 1957-1979 (0.34 cubic feet)
Series 5 - Professional Organizations, 1955-1981 (1.3 cubic feet)
     Subseries 1: Asociacion Interamericana de Bibliotecarios y Documentalistas Agricolas (AIBDA)
     Subseries 2: Instituto Interamericano de Ciencias Agricolas (IICA)
     Subseries 3: International Association of Agricultural Librarians and Documentalists (IAALD)
     Subseries 4: Other
Series 6 - Miscellaneous/Ephemera, 1932-1978 (0.34 cubic feet)

Photograph Collection: Only one photograph of Parker is included in the collection, and it is from the Office of Special Studies, Mexico.

Biography: Dorothy Inez Parker (b. January 23, 1910, d. July 30, 1999) was an agricultural librarian, bibliographer, library consultant, editor, and author, with a strong background in botany. From 1945 to 1970, Dr. Parker worked primarily as a bibliographer and librarian with the Rockefeller Foundation's agricultural programs. In May 1960, Dr. Parker became Assistant Director for Agricultural Sciences at the Rockefeller Foundation's New York office. In 1963, she was promoted to Associate Director, a position she held until retirement in 1970. From 1960 to 1970, Dr. Parker was in charge of the library projects associated with all of the Foundation's programs. After retirement, she continued working on selected projects with the International Institute of Rice Research (IRRI) and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). She also was a consultant for the U.S. Department of State's Agency for International Development (AID), as well as the Rockefeller Foundation's Cotton Project and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). She traveled extensively throughout her career, surveying university libraries and agricultural research centers across the world.

Please refer to the online finding aid for further information on this collection.



RICHARD M. PEARCE PAPERS, 1906-1930

Size: 0.3 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection consists of one scrapbook of letters, diplomas, and clippings. Correspondence is mostly to Pearce from associates and letters to Mrs. Pearce after her husband's death.

Photograph Collection: Yes

Biography: Richard Mills Pearce (1874-1930) was a pathologist and director of the Medical Sciences Division of the Rockefeller Foundation (1919-1930).




JOHN A. PINO PAPERS, 1968-1982

Size: 0.5 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection consists of speeches and articles regarding various aspects of agriculture and agricultural development. Subjects include agricultural research priorities, livestock production, and the problems of meeting world food requirements.

Arrangement: The collection is processed. There is a finding aid.

Photograph Collection: No

Biography: John Anthony Pino was the assistant director (1960-1963), associate director (1965-1970), and director (1970-1982) of the Agricultural Sciences program of the Rockefeller Foundation.




WICKLIFFE ROSE PAPERS, (1902-1933), 1958

Size: 1 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection includes correspondence, notes, poems, stories, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia. The correspondence consists mainly of letters of congratulation, condolence or gratitude.

Arrangement: The material is arranged in three series:

1. Tennessee, 1902-1910
2. Rockefeller Interests, 1909-1928
3. Personal, 1911-1933, 1958

Photograph Collection: Yes

Biography: Wickliffe Rose (1862-1931) was an educator, an original trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation (1913-1928), executive secretary of the Rockefeller Sanitary Commission (1910-1915), director of the International Health Board (1915-1923), and president of the General Education Board and the International Education Board (1923-1928).




DEAN RUSK PAPERS, 1952-1962

Size: 2 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection includes correspondence, speeches and articles. The speeches and articles are concerned with the role of philanthropy in American society and in international economic and social development during the 1950s, at the height of the Cold War. The speeches and articles cover issues relating to the process of policy development; relations with the Soviet Union; the politics of the Korean War; the operation of the United Nations; and the economic and social significance of tax exemption accorded to philanthropic foundations. A few items are dated as late as 1962, documenting writings on foreign policy and reactions to those writings.

The highlight of this collection is the rough text of a statement that Rusk made to RF staff in December 1954, in which he addressed the subject of the Reece Committee investigation of foundations. Rusk welcomed the expected statement in the Reece Committee report that no new legislation would be sought to change the law affecting foundations. He took note of principal objections to the work of the philanthropic community, including the Rockefeller Foundation: that philanthropy supported something of a left-wing influence in American society, and that the Foundation's support of empirical research constituted a potential or actual subversion of established American values.

The correspondence files and some of the speech files consist of letters that document either arrangements for specific occasions, most notably speeches, or Rusk's contacts with a range of leaders in the academic and governmental foreign policy establishment. The collection includes an index to the Speech files; for some of Rusk's appearances, there are notes rather than full text, and for some appearances, neither notes nor text appears.

Related Material: This small collection complements the Rusk material that is maintained as part of the archives of the Rockefeller Foundation. The Foundation archives contain a relatively brief officer's diary kept by Rusk, and correspondence by and to him. The most substantive correspondence appears in numerous grant administration (Record Group 1) and program and policy (Record Group 3) files. This documentation shows the foundation's president in many respects functioning as a first among equals, often actively exchanging views with division officers and then making a final decision.

Arrangement: Arranged in three series.

Series 1 - Subject Files
Series 2 - Published Articles
Series 3 - Speeches

Photograph Collection: Yes

Biography: Dean Rusk (1909-1994), a steward of American domestic and foreign policy during the Cold War, was president of the Rockefeller Foundation from 1952-1960. He left the foundation to become Secretary of State in the John F. Kennedy Administration, serving in that post from 1961-1969.




SHELDON J. SEGAL PAPERS, 1970-1974

Size: 2 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection includes annual reports of the Population Council and correspondence.

Arrangement: The collection is unprocessed. A finding aid is available.

Photograph Collection: No

Biography: Sheldon Jerome Segal (B. 1926) was the director of the Population Sciences Division of the Rockefeller Foundation (1978-1991).




HUGH H. SMITH PAPERS, 1927-1988

Size: 3 cu. ft.

Contents: Subjects include public health, administration of the Rockefeller Foundation, IHD history, yellow fever, and tuberculosis.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in two series:

1. Series 1, 1931-1967 (2 cu. ft.) is arranged chronologically. It consists of correspondence relating to Smith's association with the Rockefeller Foundation and material about the Foundation's virus laboratories.

2. Series 2, 1927-1988 (1 cu. ft.) is arranged alphabetically by type of material. The bulk of it is correspondence, but there are also medical and scientific reprints, and personal miscellany. The correspondence is arranged chronologically and falls into two categories: that from Rockefeller Foundation and International Health Division colleagues, and letters between Smith and his wife, Mary.

Photograph Collection: Yes

Biography: Hugh Hollingsworth Smith, (b. 1902) doctor of public health, served as a staff member and assistant director of the International Health Division (1930-1951), and associate director of the Division of Medicine and Public Health (1951-1954) of the Rockefeller Foundation.




THE KENNETH C. SMITHBURN PAPERS, 1922-(1938-1959)-1974

Size: 6.4 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection documents the career of research scientist Kenneth C. Smithburn in the identification and isolation of viruses, particularly the Yellow Fever virus in Africa. The papers also document more broadly the Foundation's interest in public health through the International Health Division and its successor, the Division of Medicine and Public Health.

Arrangement: The papers are arranged in four series:

  • Series I - Subject Files
  • Series II - Professional Diaries
  • Series III - Personal Papers
  • Series IV - Printed Material
Online Finding Aid

Biography: Kenneth C. Smithburn was born October 19, 1904 in Noblesville, Indiana. He received the B.S.(1926) and the M.D.(1928) degrees from Indiana University.

From 1930-1938, Smithburn was a staff member of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in New York (later known as The Rockefeller University). In 1939, he joined the Yellow Fever Research Institute, Entebbe, Uganda, becoming director in 1946, a post he held until 1948. In 1953 he organized and directed a unit for research in Johannesburg, South Africa on Arthropod-borne viruses under the joint sponsorship of the Rockefeller Foundation, the South African Institute for Medical Research and the Poliomyelitis Research Foundation. He remained there until 1959, when he retired.

Smithburn was appointed to the Hemorrhagic Fever Commission (1952-1954), and the Virus and Rickettsial Disease Commission (1953). He was a member of the following organizations: American Association of Immunologists, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He was a fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences and an honorary member of the British Medical Association.

Smithburn was a prolific writer, publishing both individually and jointly over ninety monographs. Subjects covered in these publications include: meningogoccal meningitis, anemia, experimental tuberculosis, epidemiology of yellow fever, neurotropic viruses isolated in Africa, immunological relationships between viruses, and antiviral immunity surveys. Kenneth C. Smithburn died in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 23, 1973.




E. C. STAKMAN PAPERS, 1911-1969

Size: 1 cu. ft.

Contents: Over three-quarters of the collection consists of reprints of scientific papers, with the remainder being correspondence, clippings, speeches, and reprints. There is no personal correspondence.

Photograph Collection: No

Biography: Elvin Charles Stakman (1885-1979) was an agricultural specialist, educator, humanitarian, member of the University of Minnesota faculty (1909-1953), and consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation (1953-1979).




DAVID H. STEVENS PAPERS, 1929-1950

Size: 2 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection includes correspondence, pamphlets, reports, speeches, and a book manuscript, "Something about Education." There is no personal correspondence.

Arrangement: The material is arranged in two series:

1. Personal papers, 1933-1976
2. Rockefeller Foundation records, 1929-1975

Photograph Collection: No

Biography: David Harrison Stevens (1884-1980) was an educator, author, vice-president of the General Education Board (1930-1938), and director of the Humanities Division of the Rockefeller Foundation (1932-1949).




JOHN STREMLAU, 1966, 1977-1988

Size:  10.5 cubic feet

Contents:  The collection consists of personal and office correspondence, clippings, conference information and proceedings, memoranda, and reports.

Documented in this collection are Stremlau's activities as RF Program Officer.  It includes peer reviews and evaluations of grants proposed by other Foundation divisions.  Stremlau was also a member of the staff committee (1976-1986) overseeing the RF's international conference center in Bellagio, Italy, and these activities are documented in the files.

The collection's strengths are in the documentation of the communication and cooperation between philanthropies, and an individual foundation officer's interaction with the world of his program area.

Arrangement:  This collection is arranged in four series:

Series 1 - Subject Files
Series 2 - Rockefeller Foundation
Series 3 - Rockefeller Foundation - Soviet Studies Competition
Series 4 - Pocantico Project

Photograph Collection:  Yes

Biography:  John Stremlau (b. 1944) graduated from Wesleyan University (B.A. 1966) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (M.A. 1967, M.A.L.D. 1968, Ph.D. 1974).

He joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 1974 to help establish the Conflict in International Relations Program, in which he continued to be active until its termination in 1987.  Dr. Stremlau was a Program Associate (1974-1975) and Assistant Director (1976-1976) of the Social Science Program, and Assistant Director (1976-1979), Associate Director (1979-1983), and Acting Director (1984-1987) of the International Relations Program of the Rockefeller Foundation.

The program supported relevant research and training on an international scale in the areas of international security and economic relations.  Activities included aid in the development of new international relations research and training institutions in China, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa.

Dr. Stremlau left the Rockefeller Foundation in 1987 to work with The Rockefeller Family and Associates in cooperation with Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government as the Director of the Pocantico Project, intended to create an institute for science and technology in international affairs.  Action on the project was deferred in 1988, and Dr. Stremlau then worked with the World Bank, the John D. and Catherine MacArthur Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Kettering Foundation, and Rhodes University.  In 1989 Dr. Stremlau became a Deputy Directory of Policy Planning with the U. S. State Department.

He is the author of "International Politics of the Nigerian Civil War" (Princeton, 1977), and the editor of "The Foreign Policy Priorities of Third World States" (Westview Press, 1982).




GEORGE K. STRODE PAPERS, 1910-1953

Size: 4 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection includes personal material (0.5 cu. ft.) and awards, medals, diplomas and memorabilia (3.5 cu. ft.).

Arrangement: The collection is unprocessed. An inventory is available.

Photograph Collection: No

Biography: George King Strode (1886-1958) served the International Health Board/Division of the Rockefeller Foundation in a variety of capacities: associate state director in Maryland (1916-1917); hookworm field staff in Brazil (1923); director of hookworm, malaria, and county health work in Brazil and Paraguay (1924-1925); director of field work in Brazil (1926); assistant director (1927-1937); assistant director of Paris Field Office (1936); associate director (1938-1944); scientific director (1944-1949); and director (1944-1951). He also served the Rockefeller Foundation as director (March 1951) of the Division of Medicine and Public Health, as vice-president (1931), and as acting president at various times between 1944 and 1950.




GEORGE E. VINCENT PAPERS, 1929-1945

Size: 20 items

Contents: The collection includes clippings, three pieces of correspondence by Vincent (1929-1932), and a memo by Vincent from Germany in November 1933 commenting on the Nazi government. The major portion of the collection is 1941 testimonials to Vincent. Among the correspondents are George E. Vincent and A. C. Krey.

Arrangement: Folder Inventory:

Box 1
  • Folder 1 - Correspondence, 1929-1932
  • Folder 2 - Vincent Family Bulletin, November 1933
  • Folder 3 - Testimonials, 1941
  • Folder 4 - Clippings, 1941
  • Folder 5 - Miscellaneous Clippings, 1929-1945
  • Folder 6- Collected Articles and Addresses
  • Folder 7- Collected Articles and Addresses
  • Folder 8- Collected Articles and Addresses
Photograph Collection: No

Biography: George Edgar Vincent (1864-1941) was a member of the General Education Board (1914-1929), president of the Rockefeller Foundation (1917-1929), trustee of the Peking Union Medical College (1917-1929), and a member of the China Medical Board of New York, Inc. (1930-1938).




BENJAMIN E. WASHBURN PAPERS, 1905-(1913-1939)-1960

Size: 3.5 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection includes correspondence and reports concerning campaigns to combat hookworm, malaria, tuberculosis, yaws, and yellow fever, especially in Jamaica. There are twelve scrapbooks of clippings from Jamaican newspapers which provide a complete record of the IHD's work there. There is a small amount of personal material.

Arrangement: The material is arranged in three series:

1. Field Office files, 1916-1937
2. Scrapbooks, 1916-1937
3. Miscellaneous, 1913-1960

Photograph Collection: Yes

Biography: Benjamin Earle Washburn (1885-1979) was a physician, public health officer, and author. He served as field director of the Rockefeller Sanitary Commission in North Carolina (1913-1914) and as health officer in Nash County, North Carolina (1914). He was also an officer of the International Health Division of the Rockefeller Foundation, serving in Trinidad, North Carolina, Jamaica, the West Indies, and Central America (1915-1939).




WARREN WEAVER PAPERS, 1912-1987 (Bulk: 1932-1978)

Size: 32 cu. ft.

Contents:The collection consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, speeches, manuscripts, articles, reprints, photographs and a selection of oversized materials including awards, citations and degrees.

Arrangement:

1. Correspondence, 1912-1978 (5.5 cu. ft.);
2. Biographical, 1932-1978 (0.5 cu. ft.);
3. Rockefeller Foundation, 1933-1961 (2.5 cu. ft.);
4. Travel, 1932-1961 (1.5 cu. ft.);
5. Salk Institute for Biological Studies, 1961-1973 (4 cu. ft.);
6. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 1957-1974 (3.5 cu. ft.);
7. Sloan-Kettering Institute, 1959-1973 (0.8 cu. ft.);
8. General Files, 1932-1979 (3.5 cu. ft.);
9. Speeches & Articles, 1937-1966 approximate (1 cu. ft.);
10. Awards, Citations and Degrees, 1936-1969 (2 cu. ft.);
11. Manuscripts, 1963-1965 (2 cu. ft.);
12. Reprints, 1920-1987, (Bulk: 1932-1977) (6 cu. ft.);
13. Photographs & Special Formats

Photograph Collection: Yes

Biography: Warren Weaver (b. July 7, 1894, d. November 24, 1978) was a scientist, mathematician and science administrator, best known as one of the pioneers of machine translation and as an advocate and supporter of science in all its forms. Weaver joined the administration of the Rockefeller Foundation and General Education Board as Director of the Division of Natural Sciences in 1932, and later served as Director, Division of Science and Agriculture, 1951-1955, and as Vice President for Natural and Medical Sciences, 1955-1959. His vast experience as a science administrator includes but is not limited to his service with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Salk Institute of Biological Studies and the Sloan-Kettering Institute. Weaver's personal research interests focused in the fields of communication and probability theory.

See the online finding aid for further information.




GREER WILLIAMS PAPERS, 1963-1967

Size: 1.4 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection includes one cubic foot of newspaper clippings on various topics, an outline for a book on arbovirus research, and drafts of various articles.

Arrangement: The collection is unprocessed, and there is no finding aid.

Photograph Collection: No

Background: Greer Williams (1909-1986) was a consultant for the Medical and Natural Sciences Division of the Rockefeller Foundation (1963-1966). He was the author of Virus Hunters (1959) and Plague Killers (1969), a history of the International Health Division of the RF.




JOSEPH H. WILLITS PAPERS, 1945-1965

Size: 8.5 cu. ft.

Collection: The collection includes correspondence, speeches, reports, memoranda and a book manuscript.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in five series:

1. General files, 1915-1969 (2 cu. ft.)
2. National Bureau of Economic Research, 1934-1959 (1 cu. ft.)
3. Educational Survey, 1953-1959 (3.5 cu. ft.)
4. "Excellence and Mediocrity in Colleges and Universities," 1950-1969 (1 cu. ft.)
5. Armonk and Byram Hills (New York) Schools, 1937, 1960-1964 (1 cu. ft.)

Photograph Collection: Yes

Biography: Joseph Henry Willits (1889-1979) was an educator, dean of the Wharton School of Finance and Economics (1933-1939), director of the Division of Social Sciences of the Rockefeller Foundation (1939-1954), and director of the Educational Survey of the University of Pennsylvania (1954-1959).




ROBERT F. WINTER PAPERS, 1945-1949

Size: 1 item of 353 pages

Contents: The collection consists of a diary, which discusses, among other subjects, cultural and social history, and political and military activity in China.

Biography: Robert F. Winter (1887-1987) was an English and humanities teacher at Tsing Hua (Qinghua) University in Kunming, China. Winter began teaching in China in 1923, and first received Rockefeller Foundation (RF) support in 1938 as a staff member of the Orthological Institute of China, which he later directed. The RF also financed his visit to the U.S. in 1943-1944, and his return to China, after which he received RF support through Tsing Hua University until 1952. Winter sent his diary to officers of the RF for their interest and safekeeping. It does not include any information regarding his RF grants; this material and Winter's correspondence are located in the RF archives, Record Group 1.1, Series 601 China.




STERLING WORTMAN PAPERS, 1964-1981

Size: 6 cu. ft.

Contents: The material includes administrative subject files, articles, correspondence, reports, and speeches.

Arrangement: Access is limited. The collection is unprocessed, and there is no finding aid.

Photograph Collection: No

Biography: Sterling Wortman (1923-1981) earned a doctorate in plant breeding and genetics from the University of Minnesota in 1950 and joined the Rockefeller Foundation as a corn breeder assigned to its field office in Mexico (1950-1954). He served as the head of the plant breeding department (1955-1960) of the Pineapple Research Institute in Hawaii, and later directed that Institute (1964-1965). In 1960 he helped establish the International Rice Research Institute, which he served as assistant director (1960-1961) and associate director (1963), and in 1966 helped create the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. He served the Rockefeller Foundation as director of the Agricultural Sciences Division (1966-1970), vice-president (1970-1979), and acting president (1979).


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