HISTORY CHANNEL: THE ROCKEFELLERS PART 9 OF 9
-The Family Archives-
The Rockefeller Archive Center, a division of Rockefeller University, is a vast three-story underground bunker built below the Martha Baird Rockefeller Hillcrest mansion on the family estate at Pocantico (see Kykuit). Along forty-foot-long walls of shelves on rails, patrolled by ten full-time archivists, is the entire repository of personal and official papers and correspondence of the complete family and its members, along with historical papers of its numerous foundations, as well as other non-family philanthropic institutions. These include: the Commonwealth Fund, Charles E. Culpeper Foundation, Lucille P. Markey Charitable Trust, and the John and Mary R. Markle Foundation.
In total, it holds over 70 million pages of documents and contains the collections of forty-two scientific, cultural, educational and philanthropic organizations.
Only the expurgated records of deceased family members are publicly available to scholars and researchers; all records pertaining to living members are closed to historians. As Nelson Rockefeller's researcher, Cary Reich, discovered however, in the case of Nelson's voluminous 3,247 cubic feet of papers, about only one third of these files had been processed (that is, each page vetted by the archivists) and released to researchers up to 1996.
Records in the collection are only available up until the early 1960s, generally 1961. Major subjects in the collection include:
* The Arts,
* African-American history,
* International Relations,
* Economic Development,
* Social Sciences,
* Social Welfare,
* Women's history.