The Ford Foundation has awarded the Rockefeller Center Archive $3.2 million to preserve and store Ford Foundation materials.
The Rockefeller Archive Center, repository for the records of the Rockefeller family, Rockefeller philanthropies, and other nonprofit organizations, announced today that it will house the archive of the Ford Foundation, the nation’s second-largest philanthropy.
The Rockefeller Archive Center, which was created in 1975 in a Rockefeller family property called Hillcrest, is headquartered in Pocantico Hills in Westchester County. The Center already houses the archives of a broad range of nonprofit organizations, including the Social Science Research Council, the Asia Society and the Foundation Center.
he Ford Foundation Archive documents the Foundation’s extensive international leadership in economic development, human rights and microfinance, as well as major U.S. movements, including the environment, civil rights, legal aid, and women’s rights, and such domestic challenges as urban development and reproductive health.
The records of the Ford Foundation join a collection in which scholars can currently research the origins of such hallmark organizations as the University of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Colonial Williamsburg, Spelman College, the Asia Society and Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital. In addition, the Rockefeller Archive Center houses the records of the building of Rockefeller Center, Riverside Church and the Cloisters; the creation of National Parks such as Acadia, Jackson Hole, Grand Teton, Great Smokey Mountains, and Virgin Islands and the early history of organizations as diverse as the League of Nations, the London School of Economics, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and the Mount Palomar Observatory. In addition to transferring the archive, the Ford Foundation has awarded the Rockefeller Archive Center a grant of $3.2 million to store and care for the collection and to maintain its accessibility to a broad international community of researchers.
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