About this Collection

In a career spanning nearly four decades, Rockefeller Foundation officer Alan Gregg (1890-1957) became one of the most influential men in the world of medical education and research. From 1919 to 1922, he worked as a field officer in the foundation's International Health Board, later becoming Associate Director of the Medical Education Division. He then served for twenty years as Director of the Medical Sciences Division before finishing his career as the foundation's Vice President. During that time he oversaw the expenditure of millions of dollars to physicians, scientists, universities, and institutes engaged in medical training and research. In the process, he helped create the model of medical research funding that predominates in the United States today. His many achievements were honored by a special Lasker Award in 1956.

The National Library of Medicine and the Rockefeller Archive Center are the repositories for the Alan Gregg Papers. NLM's collection of Alan Gregg Papers, which range from 1939-1999, contains laboratory notebooks, research reports, published articles and books, correspondence, unpublished manuscripts, speeches, news clippings, photographs, and physical objects.

As part of its Profiles in Science project, the National Library of Medicine has made available online, in collaboration with the Rockefeller Archive Center and Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, a digitized selection of the Alan Gregg Papers. This website provides access to the portions of the Alan Gregg Papers that are now publicly available. Individuals interested in conducting research using the full collections of Alan Gregg Papers should contact the National Library of Medicine and Rockefeller Archive Center.

This Profile is designed to introduce you to the various phases of Gregg's career and professional life. Narrative sections available from the navigation bar under "The Story" focus on Gregg's life and major contributions to medical education and research.

Researchers can search the digitized items using the Search box or browse all Documents and Visuals in the collection by selecting "Collection Items" from the navigation bar.