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American Foundations oral history project

Repository: Indiana University. Center for the Study of History and Memory

Collection Description (CRHP): See especially interviews with African American scholar and Minneapolis Foundation director Emmett D. Carson, who discusses his childhood, parents, and educational background, as well as the role of minorities in philanthropic endeavors; Brian O'Connell, a philanthropist at the Independent Sector, who speaks about diversity and the interplay between government, the CRM, and philanthropy; Alan Pifer, former president of the Carnegie Corporation, who discusses the impact of the Civil Rights Movement on the diversity of the boards of philanthropic organizations; James P. Shannon, the former vice president and director of the General Mills Foundation; and Paul Ylvisaker (Ford Foundation), who comments on the increasing diversity within philanthropy.

Collection Description (Extant): The American Foundations Oral History Project consists of a series of interviews with prominent American philanthropists, each of whom relates their background, the development of their values, and their philosophies of philanthropy. The purpose and state of American philanthropy, including those family foundations and corporate foundations, form a central topic, as do the recent trend of increasing diversity and opinions on grant evaluation and philanthropic assessment. In addition, many interviewees comment on the role of government in philanthropy and the system of ethics at play in American philanthropy.

This collection consists of forty-two interviews collected over the course of two years. Interviews range from fifty to one hundred-fity minutes. All interviews consist of audiotapes and typed transcripts.

Access Copy Note: Interviews are housed in Weatherly Hall North, Room 122. Copies are also housed at the Indiana University Archives in Herman B Wells Library E460. For other locations housing the interviews from this project, please contact the Center for the Study of History and Memory office.

Date(s): 1989-1993

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: ohrc001

Extent: 42 interviews. Audiotapes, transcripts, and collateral materials.

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: See also the 1992 interview with Jean Fairfax (in the "Council on Foundations, 1991-1992" collection, Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory, ohrc031). She comments on philanthropy in the context of civil rights, diversity, and ethics, placing a special emphasis on the historical patterns of African-American philanthropic or charitable giving.

Interviewees: Emmett D. Carson, Brian O'Connell, Alan Pifer, James P. Shannon

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American philanthropists
Fund raising
Human services


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