NELSON A. ROCKEFELLER FOUNDED
AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT ARCHIVES, 1946-1968
Size: 143 cu. ft.
Contents: Includes correspondence, memoranda, quarterly reports, and publications of the AIA and its various programs, as well as administrative materials. (See also AIA material in the Rockefeller Family Archives, RG 4 (Nelson A. Rockefeller) and RG 12 (Public Relations).
Arrangement: Processed material is arranged in three series:
Organizational History: The American International Association for Economic and Social Development (AIA) was established by Nelson A. Rockefeller in 1946. An outgrowth of his previous work as Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs, the AIA aimed to promote "self-development and better standards of living, together with understanding and cooperation" in Latin America. AIA efforts concentrated on cooperative programs with the governments of Brazil and Venezuela. The programs provided information about and assistance with farming, homemaking, health, and nutrition.
INTERNATIONAL BASIC ECONOMY CORPORATION ARCHIVES, 1945-1977 (IBEC)
Size: 94 cu. ft. (paper based)
Contents: The collection contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, publications, minutes, dockets, photographs, tape recordings, and films. Subjects include agriculture in Latin America, the economics of agriculture, foreign business enterprise, the food industry in Latin America, housing, hybrid corn, investment banking, dried milk, poultry breeding, silk manufacture and trade, and shopping centers and supermarkets in Latin America.
Arrangement: (250 reels of microfilm and approximately 10,000 cards of microfiche.) All microform material is open for use. The papers are open but unprocessed. An inventory is available. See also the Nelson A. Rockefeller Papers and the Wayne G. Broehl Papers.
Photographic Collection: Yes
Organizational History: The International Basic Economy Corporation (IBEC), founded by Nelson A. Rockefeller in 1947, operated on the premise that a private American business corporation that focused on developing the "basic economies" of developing countries could turn a profit and encourage others, especially nationals in those countries, to establish competitive businesses. During 1947-1955, IBEC established a subsidiary in Venezuela that formed companies in the fishing, wholesale grocery (and later retail supermarkets), and milk industries. IBEC also established five agricultural companies in Brazil and invested modestly in Brazilian manufacturing and investment banking. During 1956-1971, IBEC vastly expanded its activities, entering such fields as mutual funds, housing, coffee, and poultry, and working in thirty-three countries on four continents. By 1972, the subsidiaries and joint ventures were reorganized into five operating groups: food, housing, distribution, industrial, and financial services. The company began a divestiture program in 1973; by 1980, when it merged with Booker McConnell Limited, its primary activities were related to agriculture. The name of the company was changed to Arbor Acres Farm, Inc. in 1985.
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