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Rockefeller Archive Center Research Reports are created by recipients of research travel stipends and by many others who have conducted research at the RAC. The reports demonstrate the breadth of the RAC's archival holdings, particularly in the study of philanthropy and its effects. Read more about the history of philanthropy at resource.rockarch.org. Also, see the RAC Bibliography of Scholarship, a comprehensive online database of publications citing RAC archival collections.
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Running Head: Formative Foudation Support Research Note on Formative Foundation Support for Minority-Language Broadcasting

January 1, 2012

An overlooked part of the development of public broadcasting in America is the key role that Rockefeller philanthropy played in studying and funding educational radio before World War II. This paper recounts one little-known example of funding, started in 1938, directed to underserved minority audiences. It is the first example of a foundation underwriting the creation of American public media designed for non-English speakers.

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