Guide to the Rockefeller Project Records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Rockefeller Project (Oregon State University)
Title: Rockefeller Project Records
Dates: 1969-1981 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2.4 cubic feet (4 boxes, including 1 oversize box)
Collection Number: RG 161
Summary: The Rockefeller Project Records document a multidisciplinary study of environmental concerns and economic growth in Oregon conducted at Oregon State University in the early 1970s. The project was funded by the the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Pacific Northwest Regional Commission and directed by Emery N. Castle. The records include project proposals, administrative records, reports and studies, and documentation of the simulation models developed by the project.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Contact Information: Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
Languages: Materials inEnglish. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

The Rockefeller Project was a multidisciplinary study of environmental concerns and economic growth in Oregon. It began in January of 1972 with a $500,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. An important element in the project was the development of a computer simulation model of human activities in Oregon, the Oregon State Simulation Model (OSSIM). Another important project element was a study of the location of people and industry in the state. Additional funding was obtained from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Pacific Northwest Regional Commission. The project concluded in 1976, although related activities continued through 1980. Emery Castle, successively Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and then Dean of the Graduate School, directed the project. Albert Halter, Professor of Agricultural Economics and Christopher Calligan, a research associate in the Electrical & Computer engineering Department, successively directed the computer simulation model development. Herbert Stoevener, Professor of Agricultural Economics, directed the work of the location decision unit.

Content Description

Series I includes funding proposals submitted to the Rockefeller Foundation, National Science Foundation, the Pacific Northwest Regional Commission and other agencies. Series III contains research materials from the various computer model components and other materials pertaining to the model. Series IV includes reports submitted to the granting agencies. Series V contains papers and published studies generated by the project.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Rockefeller Project Records (RG 161), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Organized into five series: I. Project Proposals; II. Project Administration; III. Project Implementation; IV. Project Reports; V. Papers and Studies. Series are I-II & IV-V arranged chronologically; series III is arranged by function.

Related Materials :  

Related materials are available in the Emery N. Castle Papers; published reports are available in the Publications Collection (PUB 17-6).

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Project Proposals, 1969-1976
1 Rockefeller Grant Proposal, 1969-1972
1 Rockefeller Foundation, initial proposal, May 1971
1 "Global Systems Analysis and Simulation (GLOSAS) of Energy, Resources, and Environmental (ERE) Systems", 1973?
1 Rockefeller Foundation, 4 post-doctoral fellowships, June 1973
1 National Science Foundation Research Applied to National Needs (RANN), October 1973
1 Rockefeller Foundation, interdisciplinary fellowships, December 1973
1 National Science Foundation RANN, February 1974
1 National Science Foundation. "Macro-Dynamic Modelling of Open Regional Economies", February 1974
1 National Science Foundation Land Use Proposal (old), 1974?
1 Rockefeller Foundation, third year funding, March 1974
1 Rockefeller Foundation, International Center for Aquatic Resources Management, May 1974
1 Rockefeller Foundation, "Historical and Descriptive Study of a Multidisciplinary Research Program", August 1974
1 Pacific Northwest Regional Commission, "Participation of the Public Utilities Commissioner (PUC) in the Implementation of the Oregon State Simulation Model (OSSIM)," November 1974 and modified draft, 1975?
1 National Science Foundation - Land Use, 1974-1975
1 National Science Foundation, "Equity Considerations and Compensation Techniques as Related to Increased Public Control of Land Use", December 1974
1 Pacific Northwest Regional Commission Energy Proposal, 1975
1 Rockefeller Foundation, project termination, April 1975
1 Ford Foundation, Natural Resources Policy Fellowship Program, 1976
1 Pacific Northwest Regional Commission, "Implementation of the Oregon State Simulation Model", June 1976

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Series II:  Project Administration, 1971-1977
1 Budget Information, 1971-1977
1 Bardsley & Haslacher, Inc. contract, 1974
1 Advisory Council, 1974-1975
1 Executive Committee, 1973-1975
1 Pacific Northwest Regional Commission correspondence and financial reports, 1975-1977
1 Battelle correspondence and reports, 1974-1976
1 Warren Devine, 1974-1976
1 Memos to file, 1972-1976
1 Miscellaneous, 1974-1976
1 Rockefeller general, 1973-1974
1 Project personnel, 1972
1 Office space, 1976
1 Mailing list information, 1975-1976
1 Project termination, 1974-1976
1 Advisory Council Chair's and Project Director's (E.N. Castle's) Notes and Records, 1972-1974

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Series III:  Project Implementation, 1972-1977
Willamette Simulation Unit
1 Demographic Component
1 Research materials
1 Report drafts
3 folders
2 Economic Component
2 Forest Products Sector research materials
2 Manufacturing Sector research materials
2 Services Sector research materials
2 General research materials
Land Use Component
2 Research materials
2 Report drafts
Energy Component
2 Energy Fair, April 1977
2 Report draft (final version)
Pollution Component
2 Department of Environmental Quality, 1975
2 Air Quality, 1972-1974
Transportation Component
2 Research materials
2 Report draft (final version)
Government Revenue Component
2 Political institutions
2 Quality of Life, 1972-1975
2 Household model, July 2, 1973
2 Other sub-models, 1972-1973
2 Model critiques, 1974-1975, 1980
2 Plots, 1975-1976
2 Chapter 10 rough draft
2 Data tables used in thesis (Calligan?) but not included in thesis (for final report)
OSSIM Users Advisory Group
2 Correspondence, 1975-1976
2 Growth/No Growth Scenarios, Round 1, December 18, 1975
4 OSSIM output samples, 1975-1977
apx 12x17 in.
2 OSSIM general, 1972-1977
2 Liaison, 1974-1976
2 Salishan seminar, April 1976
2 Investigation Units A-C miscellaneous research materials

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Series IV:  Project Reports, 1972-1981
2 Progress report, 1 Feb 1973
2 Progress reports, July 31, 1972 and February 1, 1973
Willamette Simulation Unit
2 Progress reports, February, Sept and December 1973
2 Interim report and related correspondence, Nov 1974
2 Progress report, "Equity Considerations and Compensation Techniques as Related to Increased Public Control of Land Use", May 15, 1975
2 OSSIM special report, August 12, 1975
2 OSSIM final report documentation, 1974-1976
2 Final report and related correspondence, 1975-1981
2 Simulating Oregon's Future Electrical Energy Demand, 1977
Final report of projects funded by the Pacific Northwest Regional Commission and published as Engineering Experiment Station Bulletin 54.

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Series V:  Papers and Studies, 1973-1976
3 " State Population Policies: Conflict and Choice" , R. Kenneth Godwin & W. Bruce Shepard, 1974?
3 " Energy in the Oregon Economy: A Systems Simulation" , Warren D. Devine Jr., April 1974
3 " Self-Consistency in Estimating Future Electrical Energy Consumption" , W. D. Devine Jr., C. C. Calligan, O. D. Osborne, October 1975
3 " Growth vs equilibrium, or growth and equilibrium" , George B. Carson Jr., undated
3 " Transportation energy Conservation and Environmental Impact" , Robert D. Layton, undated
3 Papers in progress, 1975-1976
3 Miscellaneous project publications, 1974-1976
Project studies
3 Population policies available to the State of Oregon, Kenneth Godwin, August 1973
3 Thoughts for the energy crisis: The economics of insulation and heating systems in typical Willamette Valley homes, James B. Fitch, Jan 1974
3 Migration and Oregon -- 1970: Patterns and Implications, Arnold G. Holden & W. Bruce Shepard, May 1974
3 Income Distribution Patterns in Oregon: A Comparison of Oregon Counties Through Time, Fitch & John E. Schefter, Nov 1974
3 State Land Use Policies: Winners and Losers, Godwin & Shepard, November 1974
3 Land: Its Use and Abuse in Oregon, 1848-1910, William Robbins, December 1974
3 The Early Conservation Movement in Oregon, 1890- 1910, Robbins, April 1975
3 The Population of Oregon, 1940-1970, Hans Plambeck, May 1975
3 Migrants in Three Willamette Valley Towns: Why They Move and How They Adapt, John A. Young, July 1975
3 The People Who Leave Oregon, Holden & Shepard, August 1975
draft & published versions
3 The Oregon Environment: Development vs. Preservation, 1905-1950, Robbins, December 1975
3 The Quality of Life as Oregonians See It, Robert Mason, G. David Faulkenberry & Alexander Seidler, December 1975
3 The Effects of Population Changes on Local Governments in Oregon, Godwin & Fitch, February 1976
3 The Rockefeller Project: A Critical Look, George B. Carson Jr., June 1976

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    • Corporate Names :
    • National Science Foundation (U.S.)
    • Pacific Northwest Regional Commission.
    • Rockefeller Foundation.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Computer simulation--Oregon.
    • Environmental protection--Research--Oregon.
    • Human beings--Effect of environment on--Research--Oregon.
    • Human ecology--Oregon.
    • Interdisciplinary research--Oregon.
    • Land use--Oregon--Mathematical models.
    • Quality of life--Oregon.
      • Other Creators :
      • Calligan, C. C.
      • Castle, Emery N.
      • Halter, Albert N., 1927-
      • Stoevener, H. H.

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