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.
Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1908-1979 


Nelson A. Rockefeller (1908-1979) was a businessman, politician, statesman, art collector, and philanthropist. A grandson of John D. Rockefeller, the founder of the Standard Oil Company, and the son of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, he extended the family's tradition of public life from business and philanthropy into government service and politics.

A detailed chronology of Nelson Rockefeller's life

The Rockefeller Archive Center has nearly 3,000 cubic feet of Nelson Rockefeller's papers and photographs open for research. These records document his career in public service and his philanthropic, business, and civic activities. They also highlight his interests in art, architecture, Latin America, and travel.

The records are subdivided into Personal, Gubernatorial, and Vice Presidential materials.

The Nelson Rockefeller photograph collection comprises approximately 125,000 images in 7 series. A selection of these photos is now digitized.

The images below may be used without written permission, but please credit the Rockefeller Archive Center. Contact us for additional photo selections or topics and for details on requesting permission to publish.

1) The Rockefellers at their summer home in Seal Harbor, Maine, in 1910: Abby, John 3rd, John Jr., Nelson, and Babs.

2) Ten-year-old Nelson Rockefeller designed his own costume for a school play in 1919.

3) Recent Dartmouth College graduate Nelson Rockefeller poses in front of his new car in 1930.

4) Nelson Rockefeller enjoys a quick meal during a western hunting trip in 1934.

5) As Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs, Nelson Rockefeller served in Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration and is seen here with the President in 1942.

6) Governor of New York Nelson Rockefeller confers with President John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office in 1962.

7) Chief of Staff Donald Rumsfeld, President Gerald Ford, Counselor Jack Marsh, Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the White House in 1975.

8) President Gerald Ford and Vice President Nelson Rockefeller at the unveiling of a portrait of First Lady Betty Ford at the White House in 1975.

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