Institution: Ford Foundation

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.

New Research: Early Work-Relief Program, Urban Planning, Educational Broadcasting, and International Studies in the 1930s

Four new research reports delve into unique stories drawn from the history of the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations.

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.

New Research: Black Conservatives, Climate Policy, African Universities, and Aid to Intellectuals

Research reports drawing on several Rockefeller Archive Center collections span continents, disciplines, and eras.

The Fairy Godmothers of Women’s Studies

Moving scholarship by and about women from margin to center.

In Brief: The South African Institute of Race Relations

How did a US foundation manage to work under apartheid?

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.

Photo Essay: Mexico and the Launch of the Green Revolution

One foundation’s program in Mexico created the blueprint for ending hunger worldwide.