- Vincent Astor Foundation
- Call number
- MssCol 3615
- Physical description
- 153 linear feet (307 boxes, 62 volumes)
- Preferred Citation
- Vincent Astor Foundation records, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library
- Manuscripts and Archives Division
- Access to materials
- Advance notice required. Request access to this collection.Restrictions apply
The Vincent Astor Foundation was established in New York City in 1948 by Vincent Astor for the purpose of "alleviating human misery." Mrs. Brooke Russell Astor, widow of Vincent Astor, served as president of the foundation from 1960 until its dissolution in 1997. The collection consists chiefly of records of financial grants awarded to charitable and non-profit organizations, mainly in New York City. Grants were awarded to libraries, museums, schools, universities, settlement houses, and various civic and community improvement groups. The records reflect Mrs. Astor's personal participation in the awarding of the foundation's grants. Included also are personal papers of Mrs. Astor relating to her civic and philanthropic activities. Among these papers are correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, and videotapes recording her appearances on network television shows.
Source of acquisitionGift, Vincent Astor Foundation, 1998, 1998
Using the collection
LocationManuscripts and Archives Division
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018-2788
Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room, Third Floor, Room 328
Access to materialsAdvance notice required. Request access to this collection.
Series IX. Restricted Records are sealed until 2024.
Alternative form available
Series III. Annual reports (box 264) available on microfilm; New York Public Library; *ZL-498
Microfilm must be used in lieu of originals when available