Collection ID: MSS026
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Summary

Creator:
Yarmolinsky, Adam
Abstract:
In 1973, the Commission on Private Philanthropy and Public Needs was formed to study the relationships between foundations, the government, and the public. To meet the needs of this study the Commission contracted with several individuals to do research and write papers. Adam Yarmolinsky served as both a researcher/author and a special consultant to the Commission. This collection includes the correspondence and papers of Adam Yarmolinsky related to his service to the Commission on Private Philanthropy and Public Needs.
Extent:
0.8 cubic feet (2 Document boxes)
Language:
Materials are in English .
Preferred citation:

Cite as: Adam Yarmolinsky Papers, 1973-1977, Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, University Library, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

Background

Biographical / Historical:

The Commission on Private Philanthropy and Public Needs (known as the Filer Commission, after its chairman John Filer) was founded in November 1973 through the efforts of John D. Rockefeller, III, House Ways and Means Chairman Wilbur D. Mills, Secretary of the Treasury George P. Shultz, and Under Secretary of the Treasury William E. Simon. The Commission was formed to study the role of philanthropic giving in the United States and to make recommendations regarding ways to strengthen and increase the effectiveness of the voluntary sector. Composed of religious and labor leaders, former cabinet members, executives of foundations and corporations, federal judges, and representatives of several minority groups, the Commission sought to reach its goal through research and debate. The findings and recommendations of the Commission were published in a final report entitled, Giving in America: Toward a Stronger Voluntary Sector.

Adam Yarmolinsky served on this Commission as a special consultant and major researcher. He brought to his work on the Commission many years of experience as a lawyer, educator, author, and foundation executive and consultant. In addition Yarmolinsky's career included government service as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, and Deputy Director of the President's Task Force on the War Against Poverty. Because of his work in both foundations and the government, Yarmolinsky was in a unique position to draw conclusions about the relationship between the two.

His research included international affairs, government affairs, charitable foundations, and a compilation of the Commission's findings and recommendations. He attended meetings and contributed to discussions on the law and philanthropy, foundations in the United States and in foreign countries, and how the findings of the Commission related to foundations and their role in society. Yarmolinsky was also involved in the Commission's publication of its final report and a five volume set of books containing selected papers written for the Commission's study.

Scope and Content:

This collection is but a small photocopied portion of the Adam Yarmolinsky Papers at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library. The folder headings and order have been kept the same as the original collection to lessen the difficulty of locating the originals if the need should arise.

The papers are divided into two sub-series: Organizations and Agencies and Filer Commission. Both sub-series contain Yarmolinsky's papers related to his work on the Commission and include meeting agendas, final and draft copies of papers written for the Commission, correspondence with other members, and criticism of his work. This collection documents his work on the Commission and serves as an example of the way the research of the Commission was conducted and the relationship between the Commission and those who did its research.

Acquisition information:
Presented by Jonathan Lever, Arlington, MA, January, 1997, A1998/99-003. Photocopied from the Adam Yarmolinsky Papers at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, Boston, MA.
Rules or conventions:
DACS-Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Bibliography:
Adam Yarmolinsky. Marquis Who's Who, a division of Reed Elsevier, Inc. Who's Who in American Politics. Lexis-Nexis: 1997.

Access

RESTRICTIONS:

This collection is open to the public without restriction.

TERMS OF ACCESS:

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

PREFERRED CITATION:

Cite as: Adam Yarmolinsky Papers, 1973-1977, Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, University Library, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

CAMPUS:
IUPUI
LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
University Library
755 West Michigan Street
Room 0133
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202, United States
CAMPUS:
IUPUI
CONTACT:
speccoll@iupui.edu