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—John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

Rockefeller Related Organizations


Davison Fund, Inc. Historic Hudson Valley Manuscript Collection International Education Board Sealantic Fund


Size: 16 cu. ft.

Contents: The collections consist of correspondence, minutes, dockets, reports, bulletins, policy and procedure files, and vouchers. Approximately two-thirds of the records consist of correspondence and reports related to grants to a wide variety of local, national, and international institutions and organizations.

Subjects include African-Americans, charities, child welfare, education, health, hospitals, international cooperation, medicine, missionaries, music, poverty, public welfare, quality of life, race relations, religion, social problems, urban policy, East Asia, New York City, and Westchester County, New York.

Arrangement: The Davison Fund, Inc., Records are arranged in two sections according to accession. Davison I records (10 cu. ft.) were kept by the Fund's treasurer and include minutes of trustee and committee meetings and financial materials. Davison II records, the records of the Davison Fund itself, were given to the Archive Center by the Rockefeller family and are arranged in three series:
  1. Administration
  2. Appropriations
  3. Declinations
Photograph Collection: No

Organizational History: The Davison Fund was established by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in 1934 to systematize his personal giving. Its program developed from two motivations: 1) an interest in the social, cultural, educational, and health needs of New York City and environs, and 2) the recognition of the importance of "certain problems which cut across national and international boundaries and which invite the cooperation and support of thoughtful men everywhere." Its major interests were child welfare, medicine and health, the relief of distress, and the improvement of social conditions, especially with regard to poverty, race relations, and social services to African-Americans.


Size: 22 reels of 35mm microfilm

Contents: A microfilm edition of the collection and finding aids are available. Original documents may be consulted only with the permission of an officer of Historic Hudson Valley. For permission to view this collection, please contact the Historic Hudson Valley Library at (914) 366-6902, or

These manuscript collections date mostly from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries and relate to the Hudson River area in New York, specifically to the initial three historic sites owned by Historic Hudson Valley (formerly Sleepy Hollow Restorations): Sunnyside, the home of Washington Irving; Philipsburg Manor; and Van Cortlandt Manor.

Arrangement: The collections include:
  • BEEKMAN FAMILY Papers, 1721-1903. 203 items of legal and business papers of Henry and Gertrude Beekman, 18th-century landowners and entrepreneurs, and the descendants of Gerard G. and Cornelia Beekman, 19th-century owners of Philipsburg Manor.
  • CHADEAYNE AND CONKLIN FAMILY Papers, 1700-1859. 29 items of legal and business material, agreements, drafts, indentures, and deeds.
  • HAMILTON FAMILY Papers, 1843. 75 items, including letters to and from Alexander Hamilton III (1816-1889), some dating from his service as secretary of the U.S. Delegation at Madrid during Washington Irving's tenure as minister to Spain.
  • WASHINGTON IRVING Papers, 1585-(1813-1865)-1923. 366 items, including personal and family material such as manuscripts, maps, notes, wills, passports, deeds, and correspondence; and papers of the family of Irving's fiance, Matilda Hoffman.
  • PHILIPSE FAMILY Papers, 1683-1822. 50 items of legal and business papers of Frederick Philipse and other family members
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  • SCHUYLER FAMILY Papers, 1972-1850. 123 items of correspondence, bills, covenants, and indentures of Philip Schuyler and members of his family.
  • VAN CORTLANDT FAMILY Papers, 1661-(1751-1840)-1938. 1,501 items, including correspondence, indentures, rent rolls, wills, account books, receipts, and cookbooks of members of this prominent New York family, emphasizing the careers of Pierre Van Cortlandt (1721-1814) and his sons, Philip (1749-1832) and Pierre, Jr. (1762-1848).
  • MISCELLANEOUS DOCUMENTS, 1651-1903. 394 items, including business and legal documents, correspondence and autographs of literary and political figures, material on the Andre Monument in Tarrytown, N.Y. and local Revolutionary and Civil War figures.
Photograph Collection: Yes


Size: 37 cu. ft.

Collection: The collection includes personnel and fellowship files, traveling professorship records, correspondence, memoranda, charts, clippings and surveys.

Arrangement: Arranged in three series:
  1. Appropriations
  2. Finances
  3. Minutes, Dockets, Annual Reports
Photograph Collection: Yes

Organizational History: The International Education Board (IEB) was founded in January 1923 by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. for the "promotion and advancement of education throughout the world." The IEB granted fellowships to hundreds of individuals and made grants to numerous institutions in thirty-nine countries. The Board's primary fields of interest were science and agriculture, with some appropriations in the humanities and social sciences. The IEB was most active between 1923 and 1928; it was dissolved in December 1938.


Size: 48 cu. ft.

Contents: A third of the collection (16 cu. ft.), including accounting records and the minutes of trustees meetings, is closed. The collection is unprocessed. An inventory is available.

Subjects include support for education in Christian theology, the conservation and restoration of historic sites, nursing schools, public health, public welfare, theology and theological seminaries.

Photographic Collection: No

Organizational History: Established in 1938 by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. to give support to institutions and programs in which he took a personal interest, the Sealantic Fund was merged with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in 1973.

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