Fosdick, Raymond B. (Raymond Blaine), 1883-1972

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Raymond B. Fosdick was an attorney, undersecretary-general of the League of Nations (1919-1920); Trustee of The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (1921-1936) and The Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial (1921-1928); trustee (1923-1938) and president (1936-1938) of the International Education Board; trustee (1922-1948), president (1936-1948), and chairman (1932-1936) of The General Education Board; and trustee (1921-1948) and president (1936-1948) of the Rockefeller Foundation.

From the description of Papers, 1919-1936. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 154270273

Epithet: President of the Rockefeller Foundation New York

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001149.0x0003c5

A graduate in the Princeton Class of 1905, Fosdick devoted his professional life to public service: Commissioner of Accounts for New York City (1910-1913), chairman (1917-1918) of the Commission on Training Camp Activities of the Army and Navy Department, special representative of the War Department in France (1918-1919), under secretary general of the League of Nations (1919-1920), and president (1936) of the Rockefeller Foundation and legal adviser for John D. Rockefeller, Jr. From 1920 to 1936, Fosdick was a member of the Curtis, Fosdick, and Belknap law firm.

From the description of Raymond B. Fosdick papers, 1910-1971 (bulk 1919-1951) (Princeton University Library). WorldCat record id: 79241693

Lawyer and member of the Business Men's Committee, Interchurch World Movement of North America.

From the description of History of the Interchurch World Movement of North America : typescript, circa 1923. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 721087914

Raymond Blaine Fosdick was born in Buffalo, New York on June 9, 1883 to the parents of Frank and Amie (Weaver). Fosdick graduated from Princeton University in 1905. He continued his course of study at New York Law School where he obtained his LL.B. in 1908.

Fosdick's professional life was devoted to public service. From 1910 to 1913, Fosdick was appointed Commissioner of Accounts for the city of New York. He investigated city and county government in an effort to rid New York of corrupt politicians and corporations participating in illegal activities.

On January 1, 1913 he was retained by the Bureau of Social Hygiene, funded by John D. Rockefeller, Sr. to make a comprehensive study of all aspects of police administration and work in Europe. He spent 1913 in Europe and later wrote European Police Systems, published in February 1915. From 1915 to 1916, Fosdick was a member of the New York City Board of Education, an organization that concentrated on the development of educational facilities. Concurrently, Fosdick was a member of the General Board of Education and the International Education Board.

Upon the United States″ entry into World War I, Mr. Fosdick was released by the Bureau to take the Chairmanship of the Commission on Training Camp Activities of the Army and Navy Department. The goal of this department was to keep morale high among soldiers stationed at home and abroad. It sponsored activities that promoted health, athletics, and recreation in order to “conserve the vitality of the men”. Various rules and regulations were established by the Department that prohibited prostitution, gambling, and alcohol.

During part of this period he served also as a Special Representative of the War Department in France, and as a Civilian Aide to General Pershing during the Paris Peace Conference. In 1919 and 1920, Fosdick served as Under Secretary General for the League of Nations until it became clear that the United States was not going to ratify the League of Nations covenant. He returned to the Bureau of Social Hygiene and resumed his work on American police systems. In 1933 he served on the Liquor Study Committee and later wrote the book Toward Liquor Control, published in 1933.

From 1920 through 1936, Fosdick was a member of the Curtis, Fosdick, and Belknap law firm. He was elected president of the Rockefeller Foundation and assumed the position on July 1, 1936. Fosdick worked at the Rockefeller Foundation until his retirement in 1948. He died in Newtown, Connecticut on July 19, 1972.

From the guide to the Raymond Blaine Fosdick Papers, 1910-1971, (Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections)

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referencedIn Frank Lyon Polk papers, 1883-1942 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Office of the Messrs Rockefeller. General files. 1890-1961. Rockefeller Archive Center, Rockefeller University, Pocantico Hills
referencedIn Ferguson, Mary E., b. 1897. Papers, 1950-1970. Rockefeller Archive Center, Rockefeller University, Pocantico Hills
referencedIn Arthur Clarence Walworth papers, 1868-2003, 1868-1994 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Pearce, Richard M., 1874-1930. Papers, 1906-1930. Rockefeller Archive Center, Rockefeller University, Pocantico Hills
referencedIn Edward Mandell House papers, 1885-2007, 1885-1938 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Raymond Blaine Fosdick Papers, 1910-1971 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections.Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Public Policy Papers.
creatorOf Vol. CIV (ff. 232). Sept.-Dec. 1936.includes:f. 1 Azaj Wavqueh Martin, Ethiopian diplomatist: Letter to Lord Cecil from Azaj Wavqueh Martin: 1936: Signed.f. 3 Bolton Peace Week Committee: List of affiliated organisations of Bolton Peace Week Comm... British Library
referencedIn Alan Gregg Papers, 1900-1985 History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine
referencedIn Bureau of Social Hygiene. Archives, 1911-1940. Rockefeller Archive Center, Rockefeller University, Pocantico Hills
referencedIn House, Edward Mandell, 1858-1938. Edward Mandell House papers, 1885-2007 (inclusive), 1885-1938 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Fosdick, Raymond Blaine, 1883-. History of the Interchurch World Movement of North America : manuscript, 1923. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Lecture Notes Collection, 1772-1990 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections.Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Princeton University Archives.
referencedIn Eastman, Max Forrester, 1883-1969. Eastman mss. 1892-1968 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Letters sent to Walter Hines Page from various correspondents, English period, 1876-1937. Houghton Library
referencedIn House, Edward Mandell, 1858-1938. Edward Mandell House papers, 1885-1938 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Willits, Joseph H. (Joseph Henry), 1889-1979. Papers, 1954-1965. Rockefeller Archive Center, Rockefeller University, Pocantico Hills
creatorOf Vol. CV (ff. 220). Jan.-May 1937.includes:f. 2 P. A. Argyropoulu, Greek politician: Correspondence between Lord Cecil and P. A. Argyropoulu: 1936-1943: Fr.: Signed. f. 3 Amadeo Giannini, Italian politician and historian: Correspondence between Lord C... British Library
referencedIn Frank Lyon Polk papers, 1883-1942 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Vol. CIII (ff. 263). April-Aug. 1936.includes:ff. 1, 9 Leopold Gustav Alexander von Hoesch, German diplomatist: Correspondence, partly on his behalf, with Lord Cecil: 1934-1936: Signed.f. 3 Sir Arthur Willert, KBE: Correspondence between Lord Cec... British Library
referencedIn Papers of Manley Ottmer Hudson, 1894-1960 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Favrot, Leo M., 1874-1949. Papers, 1932-1949. Rockefeller Archive Center, Rockefeller University, Pocantico Hills
referencedIn Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949. Papers, 1872-1949 Houghton Library
referencedIn George Sarton additional papers, 1901-1956 Houghton Library
referencedIn Roscoe Pound papers, 1888-1964 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Stanford University fiftieth anniversary celebration collection, 1940-1941 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial. Archives. 1918-1930. Rockefeller Archive Center, Rockefeller University, Pocantico Hills
creatorOf National Council for Prevention of War (U.S.). Records, 1921-1975. Swarthmore College, Peace Collection, SCPC
referencedIn Abraham Flexner Papers, 1865-1989, (bulk 1900-1959) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Hudson, Manley Ottmer, 1886-1960. Papers, 1894-1960 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
creatorOf Fosdick, Raymond B. (Raymond Blaine), 1883-1972. Letter signed : to Belle Greene, 1920 May 28. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn John Foster Dulles oral history collection, 1964-1967 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections.Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Public Policy Papers.
referencedIn Burlingham, Charles Culp, 1858-1959. Papers, 1876-1960 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Gilchrist, Huntington, 1891-1975. Papers of Huntington Gilchrist, 1913-1973 (bulk 1919-1955). Library of Congress
creatorOf Vol. CVIII (ff. 204). Nov. 1937-Jan. 1938.includes:f. 1 Ivor Miles Windsor-Clive, 2nd Earl of Plymouth: Letters to Lord Cecil from Lord Plymouth: 1936, 1937: Signed. ff. 4, 105 International Peace Campaign: Memoranda, etc., rel. to the International ... British Library
referencedIn Rockefeller Foundation. Rockefeller Foundation Archives,1910-(1912-1989). Rockefeller Archive Center, Rockefeller University, Pocantico Hills
creatorOf Fosdick, Raymond B. (Raymond Blaine), 1883-1972. History of the Interchurch World Movement of North America : typescript, circa 1923. Library of Congress
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Flexner, Abraham, 1866-1959. Abraham Flexner papers, 1865-1989 (bulk 1900-1959). Library of Congress
creatorOf Fosdick, Raymond Blaine, 1883-. History of the Interchurch World Movement of North America : manuscript, 1923. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Stokes, Anson Phelps, 1874-1958. Anson Phelps Stokes family papers, 1761-1960 (inclusive), 1892-1958 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Gregg, Alan, 1890-1957. Alan Gregg papers, 1900-1985. National Library of Medicine
referencedIn Thomas W. Lamont John Masefield collection, 1918-1947. Houghton Library
creatorOf Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964. Roscoe Pound papers, 1888-1964. Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Raycroft, Joseph Edward, 1867-. Joseph E. Raycroft papers, 1888-1992. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964. Papers, 1888-1964. Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
creatorOf Fosdick, Raymond B. (Raymond Blaine), 1883-1972. Papers, 1919-1936. Rockefeller Archive Center, Rockefeller University, Pocantico Hills
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Thomas W. Lamont John Masefield collection, 1918-1947. Houghton Library
referencedIn Sweetser, Arthur, 1888-1968. Papers of Arthur Sweetser, 1926-1968. Library of Congress
referencedIn Bollingen Foundation Records, 1927-1981, (bulk 1945-1973) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Roscoe Pound Papers Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966. William Ernest Hocking Papers, 1860-1979 Houghton Library
referencedIn Anson Phelps Stokes family papers, 1761-1960, 1892-1958 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Fosdick, Raymond B. (Raymond Blaine), 1883-1972. Raymond B. Fosdick papers, 1910-1971 (bulk 1919-1951) Princeton University Library
referencedIn Walworth, Arthur, 1903-. Arthur Clarence Walworth papers, 1868-2003 (inclusive), 1868-1994 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Bollingen Foundation. Bollingen Foundation records, 1927-1981 (bulk 1945-1973). Library of Congress
referencedIn Stanford University fiftieth anniversary celebration collection, 1940-1941. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
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associatedWith Baker, Newton D. (Newton Diehl), 1871-1937. person
correspondedWith Bollingen Foundation. corporateBody
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associatedWith Byrd, Richard Evelyn, 1888-1957. person
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
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correspondedWith Flexner, Abraham, 1866-1959. person
associatedWith Fosdick family. family
associatedWith Gilchrist, Huntington, 1891-1975. person
associatedWith Greene, Belle da Costa, person
associatedWith Gregg, Alan, 1890-1957. person
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associatedWith House, Edward Mandell, 1858-1938. person
associatedWith Hudson, Manley O. (Manley Ottmer), 1886-1960. person
associatedWith Institute of International Research. corporateBody
associatedWith Interchurch World Movement of North America. corporateBody
correspondedWith Lamont, Thomas W. (Thomas William), 1870-1948 person
associatedWith Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial. corporateBody
associatedWith League of Nations. corporateBody
associatedWith Lynd, Robert Staughton, b. 1892. person
associatedWith National Council for Prevention of War (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865). corporateBody
associatedWith New York (N.Y.). Commissioner of Accounts. corporateBody
associatedWith Office of the Messrs Rockefeller. corporateBody
associatedWith Page, Walter Hines, 1855-1918 person
associatedWith Pearce, Richard M., 1874-1930. person
associatedWith Polk, Frank Lyon, 1871-1943. person
associatedWith Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964. person
associatedWith Raycroft, Joseph Edward, 1867- person
associatedWith Rockefeller Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1874-1960. person
correspondedWith Sarton, George, 1884-1956 person
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associatedWith Stokes, Anson Phelps, 1874-1958. person
correspondedWith Sweetser, Arthur, 1888-1968. person
associatedWith United States Steel Corporation. corporateBody
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associatedWith United States. War Dept. Commission on Training Camp Activities. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Chicago. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Chicago. Library. Special Collections Research Center. corporateBody
correspondedWith Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949 person
associatedWith Walworth, Arthur, 1903- person
associatedWith Willits, Joseph H. (Joseph Henry), 1889-1979. person
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United States
Oldham, Lancashire
Canada
Spain, Europe
Antarctica
Europe
Wandsworth, Surrey
Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire
United States
United States
New York (N.Y.)
Streatham, Surrey
New York (N.Y.)
Antarctica
Subject
Public administration--20th century
Military training camps--20th century
Interdenominational cooperation
World War I
World War, 1914-1918--War work
International relations--20th century
Christian union
Military training camps--Canada--20th century
World War, 1914-1918--War work--Europe
Missionaries--History--20th century
Protestant churches
Philanthropinism
Manuscripts, American
World War, 1914-1918--Peace
Evangelistic work
Military training camps--United States--20th century
European history
American history/20th century
International organization
American politics and government
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Lawyers
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Death 1972

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