Preliminary Guide to Environmental Sources
The Rockefeller Archive Center
Pocantico Hills, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591-1598
- Nelson A. Rockefeller, Gubernatorial Papers, 1959-1974
Nelson Rockefeller served as governor of New York State from January 1, 1959 to December 18, 1973. He was the first person to be elected to four consecutive four-year terms as a state governor.
Additional series are being processed as the Nelson A. Rockefeller papers project is expected for completion by January 1, 2001. At this time, the following series are available for research in RG 15:
55th Street Series, 1968-1975 This series documents Governor Rockefeller's actions between 1968 and 1974 and is comprised primarily of correspondence with everyday citizens as well as those in public service. One section of the correspondence deals with Rockefeller's selection to serve as President Ford's vice president. Other files deal with the many projects that Governor Rockefeller undertook in the period between the governorship and the vice presidency, including the Critical Choices Commission and the National Commission on Water Quality.
Finding aids: Box List
GUBERNATORIAL OFFICE Records, 1959-1973, 862 reels of microfilm. The collection is arranged in two series:
- Alphabetical name file (342 reels)
- Subject files (520 reels), organized alphabetically within terms of office: 1959-1962; 1963-1966; 1967-1970; 1971-1973
A finding aid is available. The collection consists of correspondence, reports and memoranda. Subjects include all aspects of New York State's administration, including fiscal policy, employment, pensions, social security, civil rights, college campus demonstrations, juvenile delinquency, drug problems, economic issues, public works, public safety, rent control and education.
GUBERNATORIAL SPEECHES Series, 1958-1973 This series contains Rockefeller's reading copy of speeches and transcripts of his remarks at press conferences. Some files contain drafts of speeches.
Broad topics include both New York State and national government, politics, and public policy issues. Also included are speeches he made during Rockefeller's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 1960, 1964, and 1968.
GUBERNATORIAL PRESS RELEASES Series, 1961, 1967-1973 This series includes press releases documenting Rockefeller's governmental and political activities. Also included are Rockefeller's speeches; travel itineraries and schedules; and some background material.
Subjects covered include Rockefeller's "Town Meetings," held in 1967, 1969, and 1972; the Presidential Mission to Latin America in 1969; and the Critical Choices Commission. There are also many New York State reports issued by the various agencies of the state; position papers for Rockefeller and information on other candidates during the 1964 and 1968 presidential campaigns.
ALBANY SCRAPBOOK Series, 1958-1973, 13 reels of microfilm. A collection of newspaper clippings of the Rockefeller governorship and related New York State governmental and political issues.
- Office of the Messrs Rockefeller. General files. 1890-1961.
580 cubic ft.
This collection documents the activities and interests of three generations of the John D. Rockefeller family.
Authorization to publish extended passages must be requested separately.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. joined his father's personal office on October 1, 1897, and became his father's closest associate in the growing philanthropic activities of the office. Although Mr. Rockefeller, Sr. made only occasional visits to the office after 1897, he maintained close contact with it's activities.
In 1897, there were seven employees in the office, by 1960, the number had grown to over 200. John D. Jr.'s five sons joined the office during the 1930's.
Under the guidance of Rockefeller, Jr. and a small number of close associates, the office supervised a growing number of diversified philanthropies. During his lifetime he gave over $550,000,000 to many charitable projects.
The General Files were assembled in the Rockefeller Family offices in New York at 26 Broadway and at Room 5600, 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Formally organized in the Rockefeller Family archives in 1954, transferred to the Rockefeller Archive Center in 1981.
Access restrictions: Portions restricted. Consult the archivists.
Finding aids: Registers available at the Center.
Finding aids: Card catalog available at the Center.
Subjects: Conservation of Natural Resources. National Parks and reserves. Outdoor recreation.
- Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Archives, 1941-1989.
520 cubic ft.
Project files include correspondence, memoranda, reports, financial records, and background material relating to grant applications and grant administration.
Photocopy services available for on site researchers. Authorization to publish extended passages must be requested separately.
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund was established in 1940 by John D. 3rd, Nelson A., Laurance S., Winthrop and David Rockefeller. It makes grants to local, national, and international philanthropic organizations that depend on the general public for funds. The program also includes support for, and in some cases direct operation of, experimental or new undertakings.
Access restrictions: Series 3-6 open through current year minus 10.
Access restrictions: Series 4 portions restricted. Consult the archivist.
Access restrictions: Series 1, 2 closed.
Finding aids: Box list for unprocessed material available at the Center.
Subjects: Conservation of Natural Resources. Natural resources.
- Rye Historical Society. Scrapbook collection, 1844-1973.
Scrapbooks containing clippings, lists, photographs, programs, notices, newsletters, and other items. Subjects include World War II civilian defense, marriages, births, and deaths in Westchester County, World War I military draft, news and events in Rye, the life and career of Theodore Fremd, history of Rye, Girl Scouts in Rye, life and career of Livingston Platt, Rye Development Program (1945-1947), Rye High School, Rye police department and local crimes, history of Westchester County, Visiting Nurse Association of Rye, Woman's Club of Rye, and wildlife sanctuaries for geese and swans. There is also a volume of clippings from New York City papers relating to cases before the U.S. Circuit Court concerning slavery, 1844-1852.
Finding aids: Box list.