Vincent Astor Foundation records

Collection Data

Description
The Vincent Astor Foundation was established in New York City in 1948 by Vincent Astor for the purpose of "alleviating human misery." Mrs. Brooke Russell Astor, widow of Vincent Astor, served as president of the foundation from 1960 until its dissolution in 1997. The collection consists chiefly of records of financial grants awarded to charitable and non-profit organizations, mainly in New York City. Grants were awarded to libraries, museums, schools, universities, settlement houses, and various civic and community improvement groups. The records reflect Mrs. Astor's personal participation in the awarding of the foundation's grants. Included also are personal papers of Mrs. Astor relating to her civic and philanthropic activities. Among these papers are correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, and videotapes recording her appearances on network television shows.
Names
Vincent Astor Foundation (Creator)
Astor, Brooke
Astor, Vincent, 1891-1959
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1900 - 1998 (Approximate)
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 3615
Topics
Charities -- New York (State) -- New York
Genres
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Television programs
Correspondence
Documents
Notes
Biographical/historical: The Vincent Astor Foundation was established in New York City in 1948 by Vincent Astor for the purpose of "alleviating human misery." Mrs. Brooke Russell Astor, widow of Vincent Astor, served as president of the foundation from 1960 until its dissolution in 1997.
Physical Description
Extent: 153 linear ft. (307 boxes, 62 volumes)
Type of Resource
Text
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b15762867
MSS Unit ID: 3615
Archives collections id: archives_collections_3615
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b5cc42d0-3d97-0135-ac75-7b6cca889faa
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