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.

Rockefeller Related Organizations


Size: 42 cu. ft.

Contents: The Memorial's files contain material on child development and parent education, public health, interracial relations, general education, foreign and home missions, emergency relief in time of natural disasters and war, development of social sciences, and social welfare. The files cover the period from 1918-1949, with most from 1918-1929.

Arrangement: The Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Archives is divided into four series:
  1. Minutes and Dockets, 1918-1928
  2. Administration, 1918-1933
  3. Appropriations, 1917-1945
  4. Finances, 1918-1929
Series II, Administration, contains information on trustees and staff, clippings, official documents, history and consolidation, general policy, correspondence, and staff meetings. The arrangement of folders is alphabetical.

Series III, Appropriations is divided into ten subseries by areas of interest.
  1. Public Health, 1918-1934
  2. Religious, 1919-1945
  3. Emergency Relief, 1917-1919
  4. Leisure, 1918-1943
  5. Child Study and Parent Education, 1923-1944
  6. Social Studies, 1922-1942
  7. Social Welfare, 1917-1931
  8. Interracial Relations, 1918-1945
  9. General Education, 1920-1937
  10. Miscellaneous, 1918-1929
These subseries contain folders for individual appropriations plus general subject information, declinations, and information on particular individuals. Material included consists of correspondence, charts, maps, clippings, reports, and pamphlets.

Note: Series III, Appropriations, is available for purchase on microfilm, from Scholarly Resources, Inc.

Series IV Finances is an alphabetical list of folders of financial information plus ledgers, journals, cash books, analyses, and registers.

Photograph Collection: Yes

Organizational History: Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial (LSRM) was formed in October 1918 by John D. Rockefeller and was named for his late wife. Intended to contribute realistically to improvements in public welfare, the LSRM operated form the office of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. with a fluid program until 1922, when Beardsley Ruml was named director and developed a long-range program. While the LSRM sponsored research, its officers did not view research as an end in itself, and made grants for the application of newly gained knowledge. Areas of special interests were child study, education, public health, race relations, religion, social studies, and social welfare. On January 23, 1929, the Memorial was consolidated with the Rockefeller Foundation and made a final grant of $10 million to the Spelman Fund of New York to continue still-active LSRM grants that the RF could not administer.

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