Vivian B. Allen Foundation Records, 1946-1972

Mss 007
3.8 c.f. (3 cartons and 2 document boxes)

ABSTRACT

Vivian B. Allen (VBA) Foundation was created in 1938 in New York State by Vivian Beaumont Allen with the stated purpose, "to promote the well-being of mankind in the United States of America and elsewhere in the world, including as a means to that end research, publication, the establishment and maintenance of charitable, benevolent, religious and educational activities, agencies and institutions already established." Upon Mrs. Allen’s death in 1962, VBA Foundation began to liquidate itself and was dissolved in 1971.

The records consist of correspondence between VBA Foundation and grant applicants, including notification of awards or rejections, and descriptions of projects under consideration for grants; and administrative records and correspondence of the Board of Directors, including Board meeting agenda and minutes, and Memoranda distributed to the Board Members. The collection contains records dating back to 1946.

ACCESS

This collection is open to the public without restriction. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

PREFERRED CITATION

Cite as: Vivian B. Allen Foundation Records, 1946-1972, Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, University Library, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

ACQUISITION

Presented by Foundation Center, New York, New York, as part of initial Historical Foundation Collection, May 1997. A1997-007.

Processed by Michael A. Piper, September 1997.

HISTORICAL NOTE

Unfortunately, there is not much extant biographical evidence on Vivian Beaumont Allen. We do know that she created the foundation with the dream of continuing the work of her father, a pioneer in medical rehabilitation. She specifically sought to advance the well-being of mankind through the support of medical and nursing education (in the form of scholarships for deserving students), the support of religious and social charities (such as the Salvation Army and numerous Settlement Houses in New York City), and the support of the arts (particularly theater and opera). Two major accomplishments of Mrs. Allen are the National Rehabilitation Center at the National Jewish Hospital in Denver, which was built in the memory of her father, and the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, which houses the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center.

When Mrs. Allen died in 1962, her daughter Josephine Pope took over leadership of the Foundation and helped to tighten the focus on its giving patterns. In order to meet the stipulations set forth in Mrs. Allen’s will, the Foundation began to limit its donations to strictly medical and nursing education, international student assistance, population control and family planning, and a few social charities. This was a very pronounced move away from the highly personalized pattern of giving to which Mrs. Allen had been prone in earlier years. During the mid- to late sixties, for reasons not given in the records, the Foundation began to liquidate its assets and in 1971 legally dissolved.

The Board Members included: Vivian Beaumont Allen, President 1938-1962; Mrs. Shepard Krech, Vice-President 1938-1965; Caroline Dent, Secretary ?-1950; Beekman Pool, Secretary 1950-1971; George Warren, Treasurer ?-1971; Josephine Pope, Trustee 1957-1962, President 1962-1971; Dr. Frode Jensen, Vice-President 1965-1971; Mrs. H.A. Inness-Brown, Trustee 1938-1960; Logan Fulrath, Trustee 1960-1966; Arthur W. Pope, Trustee 1963-1967, Director 1967-1971.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The Records of the Vivian B. Allen Foundation contain two series:

Applicant Correspondence, consists of appeals from various organizations and individuals requesting the assistance of the VBA Foundation; letters from VBA to the applicants either confirming a grant or donation, requesting more information, or stating regrets for a refusal; and informational packets either sent to VBA by applicants or gathered by VBA for use by the Board Members in making grant decisions.

In the mid-1950's VBA changed its policy of granting scholarship aid directly to students and began a program of creating endowments at institutions which would then be used to make the scholarships available to deserving students. For this reason, during this time period applicants began to change from individual students requesting aid to institutions making endowment appeals. Individual student appeals are filed under the institution at which they were to be studying.

Administrative Records and Correspondence, include the minutes and agenda of Board meetings; memoranda sent to Board Members from either the Foundation Secretary (Beekman Pool) or other Board Members; general correspondence between Board Members concerning Foundation business; financial documentation and correspondence, including annual financial statements and dissolution documents; and legal correspondence with the Foundation’s legal counsel.

 


SERIES LIST

 

CONTENTS BOX FOLDER
Applicant Correspondence
  A — General 1957-1971 1 1
  Accion 1965 1 2
  African-American Institute, Inc. 1965-1971 1 3
  American Academy of Dramatic Arts 1959 1 4
  American Field Service 1968-1971 1 5
  American Museum of Natural History 1959-1963 1 6
  American National Theater and Academy 1959-1960 1 7
  American Red Cross 1959-1966 1 8
  Amherst College 1969 1 9
  Arthritis and Rheumatism Foundation 1959-64 1 10
  Association of American Medical Colleges 1965 1 11
  B — General 1958-1966 1 12
  Bates College 1959-1969 1 13
  Berea College 1963-1965 1 14
  Big Sisters, Inc. 1966-1971 1 15
  Boston University 1960-1965 1 16
  Bowdoin College 1969-1972 1 17
  Boys’ Club of New York 1969-1971 1 18
  Boys Harbor, Inc. 1959-1968 1 19
  Brooklyn Hospital 1964 1 20
  Brown University 1964-1971 1 21
  Bucknell University 1969-1971 1 22
  C — General 1954-1971 1 23
  Cancer Care 1959-1971 1 24
  Carnegie Hall Corporation, Inc. 1960-1963 1 25
  Center for International Understanding 1959 1 26
  Child Development Center 1961-1968 1 27
  Child Welfare League of America 1962-1964 1 28
  Children’s Village 1959-1971 1 29
  Colby Junior College 1959-1960 1 30
  Colorado, University of — School of Medicine 1963-1967 1 31
  Columbia University    
       Barnard College 1963-1967 1 32
       College of Physicians and Surgeons 1953-1971 1 33-34
       New York School of Social Work 1952-1966 1 35
       School of the Arts 1963-1968 1 36
  Comeback, Inc. 1961-1965 1 37
  Community Council of Greater New York, Inc. 1957-1963 1 38
  Community Service Society of New York 1959-1969 1 39
  Cornell University    
       Medical College 1953-1964 1 40
       New York Hospital School of Nursing 1953-1969 1 41
  Cuttingham College & Divinity School 1 42
  D — General 1951-1969 1 43
  Dartmouth College 1963-1972 1 44
  E — General 1957-1970 1 45
  Educational Fellowship Fund 1970-1971 1 46
  Exodus House 1965-1967 1 47
  Experiment in International Living 1961-1968 1 48
  F — General 1952-1968 1 49
  Florence Crittenton League, Inc. 1963-1969 1 50
  Foreign Policy Association 1959-1965 1 51
  French Hospital of the French Benevolent Society 1953-1964 1 52
  G — General 1955-1963 1 53
  George Washington University — School of Medicine 1960-1963 1 54
  Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, Inc. 1959-1966 1 55
  Girls and Boys Service League, Inc. 1960-1968 1 56
  Goodspeed Opera House 1960-1963 1 57
  Graham Home for Children 1961-1967 1 58
  Grosvenor Neighborhood House, Inc. 1963-1967 1 59
  H — General 1953-1966 1 60
  Hamilton College 1965-1970 1 61
  Hampton Institute 1965-1970 1 62
  Harvard University    
       School of Public Health 1963-1971 1 63
       Medical School 1953-1971 1 64
  Hospital for Special Surgery 1956-1967 1 65
  Howard University 1962-1971 1 66
  I — General 1955-1966 2 1
  Institute of International Learning 1961-1969 2 2
  Instituto de Cultura Hispanica 1963 2 3
  International Center in New York, Inc. 1967-1970 2 4
  International House 1961-1965 2 5
  International Rescue Committee 1957-1963 2 6
  International Social Service 1959-1966 2 7
  J — General 1961-1967 2 8
  Johns Hopkins University and Hospital 1954-1971 2 9
  K — General 1959 2 10
  Kentucky, University of 1963-1967 2 11
  Kips Bay Boys’ Club 1960-1967 2 12
  L — General 1954-1965 2 13
  Lenox Hill Hospital 1953-1971 2 14
  Leonard Wood Memorial for the Eradication of Leprosy 1961-1967 2 15
  Lincoln Center Repertory Theater (Vivian Beaumont Theater) 1956-1970 2 16-20
  M — General 1954-1967 2 21
  Manhattan School of Music 1948-1963 2 22
  Maternity Center Association 1953-1969 2 23
  Medical College of Virginia 1961-1965 2 24
  Medico, Inc. 1960 2 25
  Meharry Medical College 1957-1970 2 26
  Menninger Foundation 1952-1967 2 27
  Metropolitan Opera Guild 1951-1962 2 28
  Midtown International Center 1963-1966 2 29
  Minnesota Medical Foundation 1963 2 30
  Minnesota, University of — Medical School 1961-1963 2 31
  Missouri, University of 1963-1965 2 32
  Mount Sinai Medical Center 1965-1971 2 33
  Muscular Dystrophy Association of America, Inc. 1962-1965 2 34
  Musicians’ Emergency Fund, Inc. 1957-1962 2 35
  N — General 1954-1965 2 36
  National Association for Mental Health, Inc. 1952-1965 2 37
  National Association for Practical Nurse Education, Inc. 1955-1970 2 38
  National Council on Alcoholism, Inc. 1957-1963 2 39
  National Council on Crime and Delinquency 1963 2 40
  National Fund for Graduate Nursing Education 1960-1965 2 41
  National Fund for Medical Education 1957-1963 2 42
  National Information Bureau, Inc. 1960-1970 2 43
  National Jewish Hospital at Denver (National Rehabilitation Center) 1952-1961 2 44
  National Organization for Mentally Ill Children, Inc. 1960 2 45
  National Repertory Theater Foundation 1963-1965 2 46
  New England Institute for Medical Research 1962-1965 2 47
  New York, City College of 1961-1964 2 48
  New York, State University of — Downtown Medical Center 1961-1963 2 49
  New York City Cancer Committee 1958-1959 2 50
  New York City Youth Board 1963 2 51
  New York Heart Association 1953-1962 2 52
  New York Infirmary 1950-1963 2 53
  New York Public Library 1959-1971 2 54
  New York Shakespeare Festival 1958-1965 2 55
  New York University Medical Center 1952-1971 2 56
  Northeastern University 1950-1968 2 57
  Northwestern University 1963-1969 2 58
  O — General 1960-1961 3 1
  Outward Bound, Inc. 1968-1972 3 2
  P — General 1957-1968 3 3
  Pace College 1966-1971 3 4
  Pan-American Medical Association 1960-1962 3 5
  Phelps-Stokes Fund 1964-1970 3 6
  Philharmonic Symphony Society of New York 1951-1959 3 7
  Pierpont Morgan Library 1960-1962 3 8
  Pittsburgh, University of 1960-1961 3 9
  Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. 1951-1971 3 10
  Population Council 1966-1972 3 11-12
  Presbyterian Hospital 1957-1967 3 13
  Q — General 3 14
  R — General 3 15
  Retina Foundation 3 16
  Riverdale Children’s Association 3 17
  Robert College of Istanbul Turkey 1962-1968 3 18
  Rochester, University of 1961-1969 3 19
  Roosevelt Hospital 1962-1964 3 20
  S — General 1957-1969 3 21
  St. James Church 1963-1970 3 22
  St. Luke’s Hospital 1953-1964 3 23
  Salvation Army 1955-1971 3 24
  Seamen’s Church Institute of New York 1957-1967 3 25
  Slack Center for Research in Personality 1960 3 26
  Society for the Rehabilitation of the Facially Disfigured 1956-1963 3 27
  Society of St. Johnland 1962-1965 3 28
  Spence-Chapin Adoption Service 1954-1959 3 29
  Spoleto Festival 1958-1963 3 30
  Stadium Concerts, Inc. 1952-1963 3 31
  Stanford University — Medical School 1961-1965 3 32
  State Charities Aid Association 1963-1971 3 33
  Swarthmore College 1969-1971 3 34
  T — General 1957-1965 3 35
  Theatre in Education 1963-1965 3 36
  Travel Program for Foreign Diplomats, Inc. 1963-1965 3 37
  Trinity College 1967 3 38
  Tufts University — School of Medicine 1963 3 39
  Tuskegee Institute 1961-1970 3 40
  U — General 1954-1971 3 41
  Union Settlement 1951-1971 3 42
  United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, Inc. 1957-1965 3 43
  United Hospital Fund 1950-1969 3 44
  United Nations 1957-1968 3 45
  United Negro College Fund 1951-1971 3 46
  United Neighborhood Houses of New York, Inc. 1969-1971 3 47
  University of the South 1958-1965 3 48
  USO Defense Fund 1952-1961 3 49
  V — General 1957-1965 3 50
  Vanderbilt University 1963-1971 3 51
  Vassar College 1953-1963 3 52
  Vermont, University of 1957-1963 3 53
  Visiting Nurse Service of New York 1952-1961 3 54
  Vocational Advisory Service 1960-1962 3 55
  W — General 1953-1968 3 56
  Weidenbaum, Sherman S. 1958-1959 3 57
  William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology 1962-1963 3 58
  World Population Emergency Campaign 1960-1961 3 59
  XYZ — General 1954-1965 3 60
  Young Men’s Christian Association 1959-1971 3 61
  Young Women’s Christian Association 1952-1957 3 62
  Youth Consultation Service 1953-1957 3 63
  Youth Development, Inc. 1963-1971 3 64
Administrative Records and Correspondence
  Allen, Vivian Beaumont 1953-1959 4 1
  Board of Directors    
       Meeting Agenda 1952-1969 4 2
       Meeting Minutes 1950-1971 4 3
       Memoranda 1950-1971 4 4
  Chase Manhattan Bank N.A. 1966-1969 4 5
  Contributions 1951-1971 4 6
  Employees 1960-1965 4 7
  Financial Statement Reports 1956-1970 4 8-9
  Foundation Center Library 1946-1957 5 1
  Fulrath, Logan 1963 5 2
  Inness-Brown, Mrs. Alwyn (Virginia) 1961 5 3
  Internal Revenue Service 1967 5 4
  Jensen, Dr. Frode 1963-1971 5 5
  Jessup, John B. 1964-1972 5 6
  Krech, Mrs. Shepard 1959-1961 5 7
  New York State Department of Social Welfare 1966 5 8
  Pool, Beekman 1959-1972 5 9
  Pope, Mrs. Arthur W. (Josephine) 1958-1971 5 10
  Sample Letters 1961-1967 5 11
  Select Committee on Small Business of the House of Representatives of the United States of America 1961 5 12
  Touche, Niven, Bailey and Smart Accountants 1952-1971 5 13-14
  Warren, George E. 1958-1970 5 15

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