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Rockefeller Archive Center Biography

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“The Rockefeller Archive Center was established as a division of The Rockefeller University on January 15, 1974 by members of the Rockefeller Family, the Rockefeller University (RU), the Rockefeller Foundation (RF), and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF). Planning had begun in 1965 for a single facility to bring together under one roof the archival collections of the various institutions founded by members of the Rockefeller family. The family had employed an archivist since 1954; the RF began an archival program in 1967, and the University in 1969. Opened to researchers in 1975, the Rockefeller Archive Center now serves about 250 on-site researchers each year and provides reference services for its donor organizations and hundreds more off-site researchers.”

The Rockefeller Archive Center website (accessed June 29, 2007)


“The mission of the Rockefeller Archive Center is to encourage and promote the academic and applied uses of history in the diverse areas related to its collections. The staff distinguishes several complementary goals and activities that, in practice, define this mission.

1. To facilitate access to archival material held at the Center through processing and storage of records, by conveying information in the records to scholars and the staffs of depositor organizations and by delineating the historical and institutional contexts of these records.
2. To serve as a center for research in the history of philanthropy through the promotion and expansion of the Center’s collections, through various publication and outreach programs, and through the continuing and increasing participation in the scholarly community.
3. To become a primary source of information about other archives relating to American philanthropy and philanthropic institutions…”

“About Us,” The Rockefeller Archive Center website (accessed Feb. 4, 2008)

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