The Rockefeller Archive Center
“If we assist the highest forms of education – in whatever field – we secure the widest influence in enlarging the boundaries of human knowledge.”
—John D. Rockefeller, Sr.


The Rockefeller Archive Center is a major repository and research center for the study of philanthropy and its impact throughout the world.

In addition to the papers of the Rockefeller family, the RAC's collections include the records of the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, Near East Foundation, Commonwealth Fund, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Henry Luce Foundation, W. T. Grant Foundation and many other philanthropic organizations.

The RAC also holds the records of organizations founded by members of the Rockefeller family, such as the Asia Society, Rockefeller University, Population Council, and Trilateral Commission, as well as the records of other nonprofit organizations, such as the Social Science Research Council, Institute of International Education and Foundation Center. The papers of leaders of the philanthropic community, Nobel Prize laureates, and world-renowned investigators in science and medicine supplement the institutional collections.

The RAC's own research and education efforts work to advance the study of philanthropy through independent research, workshops and conferences, and web-based publications. As an operating foundation, the RAC is also dedicated to developing methods and tools that can be of service to the larger archival community.