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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).