Rockefeller Archive Center

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 Also, see the RAC Bibliography of Scholarship, a comprehensive online database of publications citing RAC archival collections.
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The Rockefeller Foundation and the History of Science

January 1, 2012

My research topic was the history of the history of science in the United States, broadly defined, especially after 1950. I visited the Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) for seven days and used several collections. At first I looked at the files relating to the few grants given to historians of science and mathematics (but not medicine, as others have worked on that and it is quite separate). This took me as far back as the 1930s and showed a certain mellowing over the years, as Warren Weaver, at first quite negative toward funding any aspect of the history of science, became more supportive in his later years and by 1970 was quite proud of some of the ventures he supported (by then he was at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation).

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