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Robert Sitton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165785

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165785.001.0001

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Mr. Rockefeller’s Office

Mr. Rockefeller’s Office

(p.297) 28 Mr. Rockefeller’s Office
Lady in the Dark

Robert Sitton

Columbia University Press

This chapter details Nelson Rockefeller's appointment as the government's Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs at the outset of World War II. In its broadest aspects the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs envisioned multifaceted involvement in film production, distribution, and control during the war. The involvement of the Museum and the Rockefeller office was authorized by the founder of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), Colonel William Donovan, whose office was kept apprised of the library's work. The OSS later evolved into the Central Intelligence Agency. The OSS through the Rockefeller office used the Museum as a production facility to address the problem of declining enlistment; the Why We Fight series is widely regarded as among the most effective propaganda efforts ever made.

Keywords:   Nelson Rockefeller, World War II, Museum of Modern Art, Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs, Office of Strategic Services, Colonel William Donovan, propaganda films, Why We Fight

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