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Carnegie Corporation project : oral history, 1966-1970.

Project: Carnegie Corporation project.
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Phys. Desc. :Transcripts: 10,169 pages Sound recordings: 128 reels
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

The Carnegie Corporation of New York, established by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding, is one of the oldest, largest, and most influential of American foundations. The Corporation's areas of grantmaking have remained consistent since its early years: education; democracy; higher education and research in Africa; and international peace and security. Under the auspices of these themes, Carnegie has supported adult education, area studies, art education, cognitive research, education testing, library science, music education, national security, social science research, and teacher education.

Scope and Contents

This project traces the first 58 years of Andrew Carnegie's central philanthropic organization. Officers, staff members, and grant recipients discuss its work in adult education, area studies, art education, cognitive research, education testing, library science, music education, national security, social science research, teacher education, and other areas. The Corporation's relations with other Carnegie institutions over the years are delineated in many memoirs. Others detail the Corporation's own administrative history, as well as its relations with other major foundations and the federal government. Others trace the work of independent agencies which originally received all or part of their funds from the foundation. In general, the design of the project was to provide comprehensive and candid information about the foundation, its work, and those who have served "to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding." The material is rich in personal recollections of grantees and members of the Corporation's board and staff. Prominent among those discussed are James R. Angell, James Bertram, Nicholas Murray Butler, Oliver C. Carmichael, Robert Franks, Walter Jessup, Nicholas Kelley, Frederick Paul Keppel, Clyde Kluckhohn, Thomas W. Lamont, William S. Learned, Russell C. Leffingwell, Arthur Page, Henry Pritchett, Elihu Root and Elihu Root, Jr., Beardsley Ruml, James E. Russell, William F. Russell, Whitney H. Shepardson, Irvin Stewart, and Samuel A. Stouffer. Participants and pagination of transcripts: Walter Adams, 39; Florence Anderson, 656; Geoffrey Andrew, 64; Clarence Beeby, 89; Bernard Berelson, 119; Karl Bigelow, 138; Paul Buck, 87; W. Randolph Burgess, 50; ; Frederick H. Burkhardt, 84; Vannevar Bush, 58; James W. Campbell, 151; Roberta Capers, 124; Morse Cartwright, 242; Henry Chauncey, 88; Eric Clarke, 76; James B. Conant, 88; Lawrence Cremin, 107; Cornelis de Kiewiet, 117; Réné d'Harnoncourt, 65; Harold W. Dodds, 70; Charles Dollard, 329; Katherine Ford, 61; William T.R. Fox, 97; John W. Gardner, 221; Morris Hadley, 84; Samuel S. Hall, Jr., 115; Caryl P. Haskins, 251; Edward Pendleton Herring, 129; Alger Hiss, 67; Alice Hoctor, 48; Kenneth Holland, 35; John C. Honey, 82; Robert Hoppock, 49; Everett C. Hughes, 43; Frederick Jackson, 305; Guion G. Johnson, 67; Guy B. Johnson, 64; Joseph Johnson, 50; Devereux C. Josephs, 150; Francis Keppel, 61; Eric Larrabee, 89; Robert M. Lester, 872; R. McAllister Lloyd, 67; Trevor Lloyd, 45; Dorothy R. Loemker, 73; Margaret Mahoney, 86; Ernst G. Malherbe, 68; William Marvel, 278; Thomas R. McConnell, 87; Constance McCue, 60; Earl McGrath, 107; Lloyd Morrisett, 214; Lois Murkland, 24; Gunnar Myrdal, 122; Isabelle C. Neilson, 42; Frederick Osborn, 140; G. Raleigh Parkin, 152; Talcott Parsons, 41; James Perkins, 64; Alan Pifer, 273; Alan Pifer and Eli Evans, 149; David Riesman, 84; John Russell, 290; Frederick Sheffield, 61; Arthur Singer, 138; Harold Spivacke, 76; Stephen Stackpole, 398; Ralph Tyler, 139; Robert E. Ward, 81; Robertson D. Ward, 49; Bethuel Webster, 25; Robert J. Wert, 200; Benjamin D. Wood, 123; John E. F. Wood, 52; Henry Wriston, 219; Donald Young, 180.


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