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—John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

Rockefeller Related Organizations


Agricultural Development Council Asian Cultural Council Asia Society JDR 3rd Fund
Products of Asia


Size: 224.6 cu. ft.

Contents: Contains minutes of Board of Trustees meetings, general correspondence, grant files, workshop and seminar files, and publications. Subjects include agricultural development, agricultural economics, agriculture and politics, archaeology in Burma, farm mechanization, the education of farmers, land use, and rural development.

Arrangement: Open material is arranged in six series:

  1. General (minutes of Board of Trustees, conferences, grants, and publications)
  2. American Universities Research Program
  3. Research and Training Network
  4. Training Materials Project
  5. 1983 Accession
  6. Council on Economic and Cultural Affairs

Photograph Collection: Yes

Organizational History: The Agricultural Development Council, known as the Council on Economic and Cultural Affairs, Inc. during its first ten years, was established in 1953 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd as a "charitable, scientific and educational" organization that aimed "to stimulate and support economic and related activities important to human welfare." Its focus was Asia. From its beginning, the Council committed a major part of its resources to training and research activities in the social sciences, with the central aim of strengthening professional capacity to deal with the economic and human problems of agriculture and rural development in Asia. In 1985 it merged with two other Rockefeller-related agricultural programs, the Winrock International Livestock Research and Training Center and the Rockefeller Foundation's International Agricultural Development Service to create the Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development.


Size: 200 cu. ft.

Arrangement: The material is unprocessed

Organizational History: The Asian Cultural Council was established in 1980 following the dissolution of the JDR 3rd Fund. The Council continued the work of the JDR 3rd Fund's Asian Cultural Program (1963-1979), which promoted East-West cultural understanding under the leadership of Datus C. Smith, Jr. and Porter A. McCrary.

The Council was established as a publicly supported operating foundation in 1980, and since 1991 has been formally affiliated with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Its major focus has been on providing individual fellowship awards to artists, scholars, students, and specialists from Asia undertaking research, study, travel, and creative work in the U.S. Between 1963 and 2000, the ACC grant program provided grant assistance to more than 3,100 Asian and American individuals in the arts and humanities.

Photograph Collection: No


Size: 473 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, articles, publications, documentary films, and materials pertaining to the Southeast Asia Development Advising Group (SEADAG), a multidisciplinary group of specialists, mostly social scientists, formed in 1965 to improve communications between academic scholars and officers of the United States Agency for International Development.

Photograph Collection: No

Organizational History: The Asia Society was founded in 1956 under the guidance of John D. Rockefeller 3rd to increase American understanding and appreciation of the peoples of Asia. A non-political educational organization, the Asia Society sponsors seminars and special studies to promote discussion of public affairs related to Asia, and it organizes artistic performances and exhibitions to foster awareness of the history and cultures of Asia.

JDR 3RD FUND ARCHIVES, 1956-(1963-1979)

Size: 143 cu. ft.

Contents: The collection consists of correspondence, reports, publications, administrative materials, financial records, records of meetings, and a wide array of non-textual materials documenting the Fund's programs. Subjects include art in the U.S. and Asia, the attitudes and political activities of American college students, generational conflict, education, the study and teaching of English in Asia, the performing arts in the U.S., philanthropy in American life, archaeology in Asia, and library resources in Asia.

Arrangement: Records are arranged into twelve series:
  1. Youth Task Force: General Correspondence, 1969-1974
  2. Youth Task Force: Publications, 1970-1975
  3. Youth Task Force: Yankelovich Studies, 1970-1976
  4. Philanthropy, 1969-1972
  5. Bicentennial Project, 1971-1976
  6. Other Projects, 1965-1976
  7. "The JDR 3rd Fund and Asia, 1963-1975", 1963-1978
  8. English Language Teaching in Japan, 1956-1974
  9. Asian Cultural Program, 1966-1979
  10. Arts in Education - Jane Remer Files, 1972-1979
  11. Arts in Education - Kathryn Bloom Files, 1967-1979
  12. General Records, 1963-1977
  13. Miscellaneous Files
Photograph Collection: Yes

Organizational History: The JDR 3rd Fund was incorporated in 1963 "to stimulate, encourage, promote, and support activities important to human welfare." The Fund allowed its founder, John D. Rockefeller 3rd (president of the fund from 1963 until his death in 1978), to address his varied interests in fields not served by such organizations as the Population Council and the Asia Society. The Fund was engaged in three major programs. The Asian Cultural Program (1963-1979), led by Datus C. Smith, Jr. and Porter A. McCray, promoted East-West cultural understanding. The Arts in Education program, established in 1967, aimed to make the arts an integral part of education at all levels. Another major program, the Youth Task Force, was established in October 1970 to promote collaborative efforts between youth and business and professional leaders. Led by Jerry J. Swift, the Task Force sponsored a program of local dialogues between the two groups and underwrote a series of surveys by Daniel Yankelovich, Inc. investigating the attitudes of young people, which resulted in several publications. Other projects of the Fund included the Bicentennial Project, the teaching of English in Japan, domestic volunteer service in Indonesia, and the study of the impact of private philanthropy in American life. The Fund was dissolved in 1979, but its Asian Cultural Program was continued by a new organization, the Asian Cultural Council.


Size: 29 cu. ft.

Contents: This collection is unprocessed and consists of records constituting the corporate records of Products of Asia and its subsidiaries, including Mandarin Textiles, Products of India, Tai Ping Carpets, and the Boat Division. Though the Products of Asia was founded by John D. Rockefeller, 3rd who also was the major stockholder of the corporation, his name rarely appears in the records. The majority of the papers relate to the day-to-day operations of the company.

Photograph Collection: No

Organizational History: Products of Asia was incorporated in 1955 and dissolved in 1967.

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