The Near East Foundation’s institutional records are housed at the Rockefeller Archive Center in Tarrytown, NY. Our collection consists of documents and images from 1915 to the late 1990s. The bulk of our materials relate to NEF’s work from the 1940s – 1980s. However, there are several boxes of materials from the Near East Relief era. These include photographs, documents, letters, drawings, scrapbooks, and assorted publications. Some of the materials are extremely fragile, and their use is at the discretion of the archivists. The collection has not yet been arranged by date or subject matter. The NEF collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Our records contain very little information on the Armenian, Assyrian, and Anatolian Greek Genocide itself. While that event gave rise to the founding of our organization, Near East Relief focused on rescue, rehabilitation, and development in the aftermath of the Genocide.
We have almost no information on individual children. We do not have lists of names of children that lived in specific orphanages. However, the archives provide an excellent overview of Near East Relief’s work and are always of great interest to family historians and researchers.