Rockefeller Foundation Attempts to Stimulate City Planning and Urban Research in American Universities before World War II

by Ethan Schrum

Jan 1, 2012
One of the most fruitful collections in the items I planned to look at was the material related to the establishment of the School of City Planning at Harvard University in 1929, which was the first foray into city planning by a Rockefeller organization. The Rockefeller context for this move was the phasing out of the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial (LSRM) and the transfer of its social science programs to the Rockefeller Foundation (RF), effective January 3, 1928. Edmund Day, a Harvard Ph.D. in economics who had founded the University of Michigan's business school, had joined LRSM a few years earlier and became the first director of the RF's new Social Science Division and the point person for the city planning grant.
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