6.5 cubic ft.
Arranged in four series: I. Administration, II. Field Offices, III. Minutes and Reports, IV. Financial Records.
The collection includes minutes of the executive committee, administrative and financial records, correspondence, reports from field agents in various states and localities, publications and minutes of meetings.
The Rockefeller Sanitary Commission was created in 1909 by John D. Rockefeller "to bring about a cooperative movement of the medical profession, public health officials, boards of trade, churches, schools, the press, and other agencies for the cure and prevention of hookworm disease." Offices were opened in Washington, D.C., in January 1910. The Commission undertook to furnish initial impetus and to serve as an information agency for the states. It paid the salaries of field personnel, who were appointed jointly by the states and the Commission, and sponsored treatment of infected persons and education of the public in general. Although some of the programs lasted until June 1915, the campaign ended formally in 1914 and the property and records of the Commission were transferred to the Rockefeller Foundation and the International Health Board expanded the RSC's work abroad.
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The Rockefeller Archive Center.
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Greer Williams, "The Plague Killers"(New York, 1969), John Ettling "The Germ of Laziness: Rockefeller Philanthropy and Public Health in the New South" (Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London, England, 1981).