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The staff of the Rockefeller Foundation first developed its geographical scheme of record-keeping in the 1910s, during the age of colonialism, and this is reflected in the organization of the foundation's grant (project) files in Record Group 1, Projects, of General Correspondence in Record Group 2, and of the material in Record Group 5, International Health Board/Division. As the numerical list indicates, material international in scope was filed in the 100s; material pertaining to states or protectorates of the United States was filed in the 200s; Central and South America in the 300s; England and the British Empire in the 400s; France and its colonies in the 500s; Asia in the first half of the 600s, and Netherlands/Holland and the Dutch colonies in the 650s. As the world changed, however, especially after World War II, the Rockefeller Foundation staff was forced to modify its view of the world, and filing procedures reflected this, mostly in the addition of organizational numbers for newly independent nations in Africa and Asia, and eventually in a filing system organized by programs rather than by geography.

The alphabetical table presented below is designed to help researchers identify where in the Rockefeller Foundation archives they can find material related to a specific country or region. Countries and regions are listed in alphabetical order, followed in the next column by the three-digit code used by the RF. The columns list record groups within the Rockefeller Foundation where project-related material is organized by country. Boxes are marked for those record groups where material appears documenting grants or activity in that particular country or region. In cases where none of the boxes are marked for a particular country or code, material still might be located in Record Group 2, General Correspondence.

Readers should keep in mind (1) that regions and countries may overlap; (2) that a few nations are subdivided; and (3) that the names of countries and colonies in 1920 may be different from those of 2003.

RF Record Groups (Columns)

Record Group 1 consists of RF grant (project) files. The difference between RF record groups 1.1 and 1.2 is the date on which the material was transferred to the Archive Center and processed. RG 1.1 contains material that was created earlier than material in RG 1.2 B generally material in 1.1 is from the period before 1954 and 1.2 is from the later period. It is best to check both 1.1 and 1.2 for projects in the 1940s or 1950s. Material in RG 1.2 extends into the mid 1970s. Given the 20-year closure rule for RF grant material, some 1.3 material is now open for research but very little of it is processed.

Record Group 5 contains material from the International Health Board/Division (IHB/D). RG 5.1.2 consists of project correspondence, which is organized by year and then by country or region. This series was checked for the years 1915 and earlier and 1927. Record Group 5.2 consists of special reports submitted to or collected by the IHB/D. These are organized by country or region. Record Group 5.3 contains Routine Reports for individual countries under the appropriate code, but these sometimes are incomplete. See also the collected reports in 700 Europe, which often include country reports that are not filed under that country's code. Record Group 6.1, Paris Field Office, is organized by program and then by country. It does not use the same code system as the other record groups. RG 6.1.1 consists of material prior to World War II, while RG 6.1.2 contains postwar material.

Alphabetical Guide to Country Codes in the Rockefeller Foundation Archives

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