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Oral history interview with Alan J. Pifer [electronic resource], 1997-1998.

Creator: Pifer, Alan J.
Project: Carnegie Corporation project. Pt. 2.
(see all project interviews)
Phys. Desc. :transcript: 355 pages sound files : digital preservation master, WAV files (96 kHz, 24 bit) video file : digital preservation master, mxf files
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note


Scope and Contents

Alan Jay Parrish Pifer, b. 1921. Childhood in Massachusetts; education : Groton School, Harvard University, 1940-1941, 1945-1947, B.A., Emmanuel College, Cambridge University 1947-1948; executive secretary, Fulbright Commission, London, England, 1948-1953; Carnegie Corporation: management of African program, 1953-1963, vice president, 1963-1965, acting president, 1965-1967,president 1967-1984; presidential initiatives: inclusion of women and minorities in the foundation, educational television, creation of Second Carnegie Inquiry on Poverty in Southern Africa, civil rights interests, Consortium for the Advancement of Private Higher Education; reflections on foundation work: scope of grant-making, program budgeting and funding, hiring and appointments, relationship with staff, trustees and other foundations, accountability and evaluation, risk-taking, responsibility to public, influence of Carnegie family; public profile; personal commitment to political transformation in Southern Africa; post-Carnegie career: evolving view of foundations, advisory role, work on social issues of elderly and minorities; reminiscences of colleagues.


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Copyright for sessions 1-6 held by The Carnegie Corporation of New York. Copyright for session 7 held by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York.

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