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Rockefeller Project Records, 1969-1981

By Finding aid prepared by Lawrence A. Landis.

Collection Overview

Title: Rockefeller Project Records, 1969-1981

ID: RG 161

Primary Creator: Rockefeller Project (Oregon State University)

Extent: 2.4 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Organized into five series: I. Project Proposals; II. Project Administration; III. Project Implementation; IV. Project Reports; V. Papers and Studies. Series are I-II & IV-V arranged chronologically; series III is arranged by function.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Rockefeller Project Records document a multidisciplinary study of environmental concerns and economic growth in Oregon conducted at Oregon State University in the early 1970s. The project was funded by the the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Pacific Northwest Regional Commission and directed by Emery N. Castle. The records include project proposals, administrative records, reports and studies, and documentation of the simulation models developed by the project.

Scope and Content Notes

Series I includes funding proposals submitted to the Rockefeller Foundation, National Science Foundation, the Pacific Northwest Regional Commission and other agencies. Series III contains research materials from the various computer model components and other materials pertaining to the model. Series IV includes reports submitted to the granting agencies. Series V contains papers and published studies generated by the project.

Biographical / Historical Notes

The Rockefeller Project was a multidisciplinary study of environmental concerns and economic growth in Oregon. It began in January of 1972 with a $500,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. An important element in the project was the development of a computer simulation model of human activities in Oregon, the Oregon State Simulation Model (OSSIM). Another important project element was a study of the location of people and industry in the state. Additional funding was obtained from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Pacific Northwest Regional Commission. The project concluded in 1976, although related activities continued through 1980. Emery Castle, successively Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and then Dean of the Graduate School, directed the project. Albert Halter, Professor of Agricultural Economics and Christopher Calligan, a research associate in the Electrical & Computer engineering Department, successively directed the computer simulation model development. Herbert Stoevener, Professor of Agricultural Economics, directed the work of the location decision unit.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 4 boxes, including 1 oversize box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Related Materials: Related materials are available in the Emery N. Castle Papers (MSS Castle); published reports are available in the Publications Collection (PUB 17-6).

Preferred Citation: Rockefeller Project Records (RG 161), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Other URL: A preliminary container list for the collection is available online.


Rockefeller Project (Oregon State University)
Calligan, C. C.
Castle, Emery N.
Halter, Albert N. (1927-)
Stoevener, H. H.

People, Places, and Topics

Computer simulation--Oregon.
Environmental protection--Research--Oregon.
Human beings--Effect of environment on--Research--Oregon.
Human ecology--Oregon.
Interdisciplinary research--Oregon.
Land use--Oregon--Mathematical models.
National Science Foundation (U.S.)
Pacific Northwest Regional Commission
Quality of life--Oregon.
Rockefeller Foundation
Rockefeller Project (Oregon State University)

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