Welcome to RE:source, the Rockefeller Archive Center‘s storytelling platform. We are a team of historians, archivists, and educators working from the idea that philanthropy has impact on everyday life, sometimes in ways that many of us don’t realize.

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Philanthropy by and for Women

Arts & Culture

Field-Building Fairy Godmothers

Moving scholarship by and about women from margin to center.

Arts & Culture

In Brief: The Rockefeller Foundation Supports Renowned Urbanist Jane Jacobs

One foundation officer’s confidence helped give voice to a famous postwar critique of urban renewal.

Race & Social Justice

In Brief: Manels Before #MeToo

A foundation’s early criticism of the all-male conference panel, before #nomoremanels

International Relations

In Brief: The 1995 Beijing Women’s Conference

The global conversation about women’s issues takes a big step forward.

Philanthropy's Fight Against Infectious Disease

Recently Published

Medicine & Public Health

Cover Your Mouth: Controlling an Epidemic through Hygiene

Century-old tips to prevent infection still make sense today.

Issues in Philanthropy

How Philanthropy Helped History Go Public

What began as an attempt to find more job opportunities for historians went further and launched a new field.

Arts & Culture

Programming for the People: Diversity in Early Public Television

How philanthropy helped carve out a public space for the expression of race, culture, and critical perspectives.

Race & Social Justice

In Brief: The South African Institute of Race Relations

How did a US foundation manage to work under apartheid?

Providing Care for End of Life

Medicine & Public Health

The Commonwealth Fund Brings Hospice Care to America

Care for the dying, not care for a cure, was a new idea in the 1970s.

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Medicine & Public Health

Photo Essay: The Rockefeller Sanitary Commission and the South

How battling hookworm on rural farms laid the groundwork for a global public health system.

Medicine & Public Health

Funding a Sexual Revolution: The Kinsey Reports

The inside story of the study that first questioned binary sexuality and spurred outcry and controversy.

Issues in Philanthropy

From Populist Crusade to Comprehensive Regulation: the Tax Reform Act of 1969

Is private wealth an obstacle to democracy? Fifty years ago, Congress thought so.

Medicine & Public Health

The “Insulin Gift”

In 1923, a wealthy philanthropist’s funding helped make life-saving treatment for diabetes available to patients and doctors.