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.



Size: 155 reels of 35mm microfilm

Contents: The collection focuses upon grants awarded for biomedical research to institutions in the United States during 1983-1996. Grant records include correspondence regarding application criteria, financial award, and periodic research reports. Administrative records detail program development and advisory committee decisions. A scrapbook, newspaper clippings, and photographs detail Calumet Farm, the horseracing concern which Mrs. Markey owned and operated.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in eight series:
  • Scholarships and Fellowships
  • Research Program Grants
  • General Organizational Grants
  • Program Development
  • Trustees' Minutes and Correspondence
  • Financial Administration and Reports
  • General Correspondence
  • Photographs, Scrapbook and Publications
Photograph Collection: Yes

Organizational History:The Lucille P. Markey Charitable Trust (Markey Trust) was established as a limited term trust in the will of Lucille P. Markey in 1975.  The Trust distributed over $500 million in three broad categories during its fifteen year operation.  These were: Individual Grants, including scholarships and fellowships to younger researchers; and two categories of Institutional Grants, Research Program Grants to research centers conducting advanced research, and General Organizational Grants towards the training and education of Ph.D.’s and M.D.’s pursuing careers in biomedical research.  Over the fifteen-year period of the Trust, 113 scholars were awarded grants in three existing categories from a pool of 1,203 candidates promoted by their individual institutions for grant application. A comprehensive history of the Markey Trust is included in the Trust’s Final Report, 1983-1996.  The bulk of Mrs. Markey’s estate derived from a large interest in oil and gas leases inherited from her first husband Warren Wright, and drilled on the Waddell Ranch in western Texas.  Markey’s expressed interests in health concerns to extend to generous support of biomedical institutions with an emphasis on research.

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