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Summary of John D. Rockefeller's Charities Index Cards, ca. 1863-1903

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The "Summary of John D. Rockefeller's Charities Index Cards, ca. 1863-1903" reproduces much of the information contained in Rockefeller's charities index system. It lists the name of each institution and person for whom there is a card; next to this name is a date or a range of dates that represents the first and last year for which there are entries on the card. We also have included the total amount of financial gifts noted on the card(s) for this institution or individual: these are taken from the mathematical calculations noted on the cards. Any other notation at the top of the card also is indicated on this first line, including cross references noted by Rockefeller or his staff. To facilitate the use of this list, we have added additional cross references where appropriate.

Below the name of the beneficiary we have listed in alphabetical order the names of any people listed in the entries for specific gifts; these are the people to whom Rockefeller sent or gave the money, and in many cases they are officers of the beneficiary organizations, volunteer fund raisers who contacted Rockefeller about a donation, or the relatives and friends of a needy individual. For many cards for individual gift recipients, no name appears next to the date and amount of the gift; presumably these gifts went directly to the beneficiary.

We have tried to be as accurate as possible in compiling this list, but often the small and imprecise handwriting on the cards made the names difficult to read. For doubtful entries we used other resources in the collections for clues to the precise name, but there may be a few inaccurate renderings of individual or place names. This list does not include either the dates or amounts of specific gifts. For this information, readers should consult the original cards.

To view the entries for the specific cards, please click on the letters below, based on the first letter of the last name of the individual or the organization.

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