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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 Also, see the RAC Bibliography of Scholarship, a comprehensive online database of publications citing RAC archival collections.
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Unhooking the Hookworm: The Rockefeller Foundation and Mediated Health

January 1, 2012

In the beginning of the 20th century, a wide array of progressive-era projects aimed at improving and modernizing metropolitan everyday life. These didactic initiatives, working top-down, brought together a cross section of civil movements at a time when many federal and municipal organizations were still in the bud. These uplift and reform campaigns zoomed in on sanitation, working conditions, childcare, education, and recreation. Initially, the campaigns mainly had a local focus such as clean-up campaigns, milk, and child care campaigns, but their range gradually expanded with the aspiration to engage with localities across the U.S. and eventually outside American borders.

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