Rodman C. Rockefeller: Letters, Speeches, and Journals

One of our biographies, this edited volume captures the life of a socially conscious businessman and philanthropist. Services included:

  • Comprehensive research in archives and personal papers
  • Curation of sources to produce compelling entries
  • Historically informed introductory sections and footnotes to provide necessary context
  • Co-authorship with the subject’s widow


This member of the fourth generation of the legendary American family, left a legacy as a philanthropist, a pioneer of economic development, and at the vanguard of the North American Free Trade Agreement. He was also a prolific writer and diarist. The challenge was to tell the story of this life largely through his own words.


Drawing from private writings, extensive research at the Rockefeller Archive Center, and an oral history project conducted for an earlier corporate history, Dr. Durr worked with co-author Sascha Rockefeller to curate a collection that takes the reader through Rodman Rockefeller’s life through seven chapters. A final chapter offers reflections on his life and career by family members and colleagues. The high-quality case bound biographies feature images accompanying the entries as well as 16 pages of glossy photographs in an inside spread. “This book of letters is a treasure.” Rockefeller’s sister Ann Roberts wrote, “Many of the qualities that I loved and admired about Rod shine through his words.”

Project Specifications

  • 7”x10”
  • 248 pages
  • Case bound
  • 16-page glossy center photo spread