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   Gerald Freund Papers, 1952-1997 [Bulk Dates: 1975-1995]

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Gerald Freuns Papers; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

Abstract

The papers of philanthropic advisor and writer Gerald Freund. The collection primarily documents Freund’s work with several philanthropic organizations and also includes his academic pursuits and publications.

At a Glance

Call No.:MS#1710
Bib ID:6910321 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Freund, Gerald, 1930-
Title:Gerald Freund Papers, 1952-1997 [Bulk Dates: 1975-1995]
Physical description:62.5 linear feet (50 boxes)
Language(s): Material is in English
Access: This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. The files of the Whiting Foundation will be closed until 2049  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into eleven series

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Description

Scope and Content

The Gerald Freund Papers is comprised of materials relating to Freund's career as both an advising philanthropist and an academic writer and historian. The collection contains professional correspondence, administrative files, subject files, and financial records that document Freund's work at several philanthropic organizations, particularly his work at Private Funding Associates and the MacArthur Foundation. The collection also includes academic papers, notes, and research that relate to his academic career and published works.

There are twenty three (23) unprocessed boxes which are listed in Series XI.

Series I: Education

This series documents Freund’s academic life, as an undergraduate at Haverford College and a graduate student at Oxford College. It also includes professional academic work: teaching at Haverford College, work as acting dean at Hunter College and Yale, and as an academic consultant for several other collegiate institutions.

Subseries I.1: Haverford College

This subseries is arranged chronologically, and contains his notes, papers, and interest in student organizations.

Subseries I.2: Oxford College

This subseries is arranged chronologically, and contains Freund’s notes, as well as personal correspondence and photos.

Subseries I.3: Teaching, Professorship, Deanship and Academic Consulting

This subseries is arranged into three groups: Teaching and Professorship, which chronologically documents his work as professor at Haverford College; Deanship, which documents his work as dean alphabetically by school, and Academic Consulting, which alphabetically documents his files and reports for academic institutions.

Series II: Private Funding Associates

This series, split into two sections, documents Freund’s work as the president of the firm Private Funding Associates. The first section, arranged chronologically, depicts administrative files of the firm, including proposals, research, advertising, and formal correspondence. The second section, arranged alphabetically, includes all of the firm’s Projects and Collaborations with corporations, foundations, and philanthropic institutions. These files contain proposals, correspondence, research, and general information.

Series III: Rockefeller Foundation

This series, arranged chronologically, documents Freund’s work as the Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation. Files include correspondence, research, and philanthropic consultations. This series is especially strong in documenting Freund’s work as the director of the Warren Weaver Fellows Program, with files that range from 1988 to 1993.

Series IV: Harlem Educational Activities Fund

This series demonstrates the work Freund completed on behalf of the Harlem Educational Activities Fund, abbr. HEAF. The series consists of four categories: Administrative Files, Financial Records, Programs, and Mott Hall. The administrative and financial files, arranged chronologically, document the staff, board meetings, correspondence, press, and general information of the organization. The Programs section, arranged alphabetically by organization, documents the programs that were instituted and maintained by the fund. Lastly, the Mott Hall section, arranged chronologically, details the specific programs and records at Mott Hall High School.

Series V: MacArthur Foundation

This series documents Freund’s work as the Vice President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, as well as the Director of the MacArthur Prize Fellows Program. The files, arranged chronologically, detail meeting notes, correspondence, and proposals for the foundation. It also includes selection committee notes, correspondence, and reports for the Prize Fellows Program.

Series VI: Whiting Foundation

This series documents Freund’s work at the Whiting Foundation, as well as his role as the Director of the Whiting Writers’ Awards. The Administrative Files and Whiting Writers’ Awards Program Files, arranged chronologically, include correspondence, and information about nominees, nominators, panels, board meetings, and winners of the award. The Foundation Files, arranged alphabetically by organization, document collaboration with other philanthropic projects.

The files of the Whiting Foundation will be closed until 2049

Series VII: Woodstock Country School

The Woodstock Country School series documents Freund’s attendance of the school, his participation on the Board of Trustees, work with the Woodstock Country School Foundation, as well as his role and involvement regarding the Woodstock Country School History Manuscript project. The series, organized chronologically, includes class notebooks, alumni directories, correspondence, foundation files, and drafts of the WCS History Manuscript.

Series VIII: Miscellaneous Correspondence

This series, arranged alphabetically by subject and by year, includes Freund’s personal and professional correspondence spanning the years 1973 to 1996.

Series IX: Subject Files

This series documents Freund’s work for several different organizations, both for corporate entities and pro bono cases. It also contains files that document his membership to several organizations, such as the Institute of Current World Affairs Council and the LOTOS Club.

Subseries IX.1: Pro Bono Files

This subseries, arranged alphabetically by name, contains files pertaining to Freund’s pro bono work, and includes correspondence, proposals, and research information.

Subseries IX.2: General Subject Files

This subseries, arranged alphabetically by name, contains files for various cultural institutions and philanthropic organizations that interacted with Freund throughout his career, without any formal attachment to a particular role in his professional career. It includes correspondence, review papers, and board meeting reports. It also demonstrates his larger roles in the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund Writers’ Project, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, and other philanthropic ventures.

Series X: Published Books

This series depicts Freund’s academic interests in both German history and American philanthropy. It is comprised of the research, drafts, bound copies and correspondence relating to Freund’s three published books.

Subseries X.1: Unholy Alliance

This subseries includes drafts and correspondence relating to his book Unholy Alliance: Russian-German Relations from the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk to the Treaty of Berlin. It is arranged chronologically.

Subseries X.2: Germany Between Two Worlds

This subseries, arranged chronologically, includes drafts and correspondence relating to his book Germany Between Two Worlds.

Subseries X.3: Narcissism and Philanthropy

This subseries contains files pertaining to both the writing and research of Narcissism and Philanthropy: Ideas and Talent Denied. It contains drafts, notes, and proposals, as well as correspondence and notes from the book’s editor, Emily Mandelstam. The series also contains the research Freund used for his book, including articles on giftedness, talent, and creativity. The subseries is arranged chronologically.

Subseries X.4: Research

This subseries, arranged chronologically, includes the research Freund collected relating to both foreign relations and government systems, with an emphasis on Germany. It also documents Freund’s activity as council member of the Council on Foreign Relations, from years 1969-1978.

Series XI: Unprocessed Boxes

This series comprises twenty-three (23) boxes of material which is yet to be processed.

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Using the Collection

Offsite

Access Restrictions

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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The files of the Whiting Foundation will be closed until 2049

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Gerald Freuns Papers; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers processed 2014 Emily B. King, New York University, Class of 2015.

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion May 3, 2014 Finding aid written in English.
    2014-05-03 xml document instance created by ceh

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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History / Biographical Note

History

Gerald Freund was born in Berlin in 1931. His family then immigrated to Britain, then to New York, during World War II. He graduated from Haverford College and Oxford in 1952 and 1955, respectively. Freund became an active member of both the academic and philanthropic communities. He taught at Haverford College, and was also the dean of humanities and arts at Hunter College.

He served as the president of Private Funding Associates and was the first director of the MacArthur Foundation's Prize Fellows Program. He also worked for the Rockefeller Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and helped set up the Rona Jaffe Awards and Lillian Gish Prize. In addition to his philanthropic work, Freund has written two books about Russian and German relations, Unholy Alliance , and Germany Between Two Worlds, in addition to Philanthropy and Narcissism , which explores the past aspects and future prospects of philanthropy in America.

Freund died of lung cancer in 1997. He was 66.

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