Beginnings of the Modern Population Movement

  • Oscar Harkavy
Part of the The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis book series (PSDE)


The Ford Foundation made its first population grant in July 1952. It was a three-year grant of $60,000 to the Population Reference Bureau, a tiny organization that, prior to the foundation’s grant, had raised only $12,910 in 1952. The grant was very much an ad hoc action recommended to the Board of Trustees by Chester Davis, an agricultural economist and conservationist and former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, who was one of the foundation’s original senior officers. There is no written record as to what prompted Davis, now long deceased, to recommend this grant.


Birth Control Oral History Rockefeller Foundation Population Work Ford Foundation 
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  • Oscar Harkavy
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  1. 1.The Ford FoundationNew YorkUSA

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