To mark the Rockefeller Foundation’s centennial, the Rockefeller Archive Center has created this website to tell the story of the Foundation’s first hundred years, drawing on primary documents, photographs and film. The documents you will find on this site represent a fraction of the records held at the Archive Center. We invite you to explore the work of one of America’s oldest philanthropies as it confronted global and domestic challenges in health, agriculture, education, and many other fields.
A General Education Board member conducts an open-air meeting on home-making in Montgomery County, Alabama in 1914.
Government health officials examine children for malaria at a village school in the Bombay Presidency, India in 1935.
Peace and Conflict
A crowd gathers around an anti-tuberculosis unit in France in 1918. These trucks were equipped with films and exhibits meant to educate the public on the care and the prevention of tuberculosis.
A scene from Coppelia performed by Rockefeller Foundation grantee, the National Ballet Guild of Canada in 1959.
Agriculture: Farmers working with the Mexican Agriculture Program plant corn in Cotaxtla, Mexico in 1964.
Classroom equipment at the Rockefeller Foundation funded Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Copenhagen, 1949.
An economist prepares a chart on economic production a the National Bureau of Economic Research in 1963.
Caption: "Hybrid corn seed ready for distribution, Corn Program, Agrarian University, La Molina, Peru." RF photo #25214g.
"The opportunities for the Foundation’s cooperation in China lie in many directions but I urgently insist that a considerable part of any future aid which...