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The Rockefeller Archive Center
Established in 1974 to preserve and make accessible the records of the Rockefeller family, its philanthropic institutions, and other organizations the family has created, the Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) has grown to become the premier research facility for the history of philanthropy. Its creation reflected the Rockefeller family’s growing awareness of the significance of its philanthropic legacy, the importance of transparency, and the benefits serious scholarship can bring to the vitality of the nonprofit sector. In addition to family members, RAC founding partners were the Rockefeller Foundation, Rockefeller University (which administered the Archive Center until 2008), and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, which donated the lion’s share of the RAC endowment with gifts totaling $6.5 million. The Fund also contributed Hillcrest, the former home of Martha Baird Rockefeller in Sleepy Hollow, New York, and funded its renovation from personal residence to state-of-the-art archival facility.