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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Rockefeller Philanthropies and Malaria Control in Early 20th Century Palestine

April 30, 2021

This report summarizes two weeks of research at the Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC), conducted in April 2019. I focused my research on the involvement of Rockefeller philanthropies such as the International Health Board and Rockefeller Foundation in antimalarial operations in British-ruled Palestine during the beginning of the 20th century. The research I conducted at the RAC helped me determine that the most important scientific unit working to combat malaria in Palestine as well as to facilitate Jewish settlement in the country was, in essence, a quasi-Rockefeller agency. Additionally, the research I conducted suggests that the events in Palestine should be placed in a broader, global context of the interventions of Rockefeller's International Health Board around the world.

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A stage for policy making: health promotion and the making of public health problems in Jerusalem from the Ottomans to the Mandate (1908-1925)

January 1, 2016

Two men were standing on a rather crammed exhibition stand, welcoming the visitors among cholera outfit boxes, boards running slogans such as "Stamp out sickness and pest -- Encourage health", and charts and diagrams regarding smallpox and other diseases. The picture was shot by Paul Carley, a malaria expert working for the International Health Board of the Rockefeller Foundation, during the Health Week organized in Palestine from the 17th to the 22nd of November 1924. The (Zionist) Hadassah Medical Organization had initiated the program, with the support of the British mandatory government, with a successful health exhibition in Jerusalem as a highlight of the week.

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