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Digital Library

The documents available in the Digital Library are a small but purposeful sampling of material from the Rockefeller Archive Center’s (RAC) Rockefeller Foundation collection. The RAC holds approximately 9,000 cubic feet of material from the Rockefeller Foundation, occupying roughly two miles of shelf space in the RAC vaults. For more on the RAC holdings, consult our on-line finding aids.

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This collection of more than 1,800 documents includes internal reports and memoranda, correspondence about RF projects, program overviews, excerpts from board meeting dockets and entries from Foundation staff members’ diaries.  The documents cover a broad range of the Foundation’s work in the twentieth century, including public health, medical education, agriculture, arts and culture, peace and conflict, natural sciences, and social sciences.

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This collection of more than 500 images includes photographs, charts, blueprints, drawings, and ephemera. It visually documents the Rockefeller Foundation’s rich history of work in public health, medical education, agriculture, arts and culture, peace and conflict, natural sciences, and social sciences. 

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The Rockefeller Archive Center’s film collection includes many films created by or commissioned for the Rockefeller Foundation. This sampling of film clips showcases some of the Foundation’s work in the early twentieth century in public health, medical education, and African American education.

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Rockefeller Foundation staff wrote or commissioned narrative overviews of their work. Some of these "insider histories" are contemporaneous accounts of a particular program's development; some have looked back over the decades at an entire division's work or have focused on programs in a specific region. They provide a valuable entry point into some of the RF's programs.