Decade: 1960s

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New Research: Ecological Design, Regional Theater, Political Science in Brazil, and Refugee Relief

Newly-published research reports using the archival records of the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Near East Foundation.

Photo of Hillcrest, the home of the Rockefeller Archive Center

New Research: Malaria Control in Palestine, Japanese Women’s Intellectual Networks, the Congress for Cultural Freedom, and Human Rights

New RAC Research Reports draw from the holdings of the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and more.

“Highest Standards”: Elite Philanthropy and Literary Black Voices during the Civil Rights Era

Against a backdrop of white, establishment concepts of literary excellence, one foundation struggled to appreciate Black voices.

Photo of Hillcrest, the home of the Rockefeller Archive Center

New Research: Nutrition Science, a Foundation in Greece, Polish Social Scientists, and Animal Testing

Our first 2021 edition of the New Research series presents four recently published RAC Research Reports drawing on diverse archival material from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and Population Council.

Funding a Social Movement: The Ford Foundation and Civil Rights, 1965-1970

A story recounting many accusations, from rigged elections to the meddling of big private money in grassroots organizing.

Early Experiments in Public Broadcasting

The American public broadcast system as it exists today came out of years of work by organized philanthropy.

Black Education and Rockefeller Philanthropy from the Jim Crow South to the Civil Rights Era

Applying a vast fortune to the American race problem, but with decades of false assumptions and well-intended approaches that fell short.

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.

In Brief: James Baldwin’s Creative Writer’s Fellowship

How a foundation provided the final ingredient to an era-defining novel.

Ted Watkins and the Rockefeller Foundation: An Unlikely Partnership

How a charismatic community activist from Watts challenged a foundation’s civil rights strategy through a jobs training program.