Topic: History of Medicine

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.

Timeline: American Foundations and the History of Public Health

Key points in the history of American foundations’ engagement with public health.

In Brief: Manels Before #MeToo

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

Funding a Sexual Revolution: The Kinsey Reports

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

The “Insulin Gift”

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

The Commonwealth Fund Brings Hospice Care to America

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

The Long Road to the Yellow Fever Vaccine

The yellow fever vaccine developed in the 1930s has been used worldwide ever since. Creating it took years and cost several lives. Some thought it would never happen.