Suggested originally by historian Eli Evans, then President of the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the actual creation of this pioneering online venture in “living history” was led by the Revson Foundation and by the early and continuingly generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, whose President Vartan Gregorian helped unflaggingly in obtaining further major contributions to its development. These came from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Peter G. Peterson and Joan Ganz Cooney Fund, the Commonwealth Fund, the Ford Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation and – from the corporate community – Mutual of America.
Additional contributions for this unique historical archive came as well from strong supporters of Richard Heffner’s Open Mind such as Mark Zauderer, Steve Axinn, the Garfinkle-Minard Foundation, the Morse Family Foundation, Nedra Bloch, Eugene M. Lang Foundation, Lear Family Foundation, Dr. Elissa Kramer and Jay Newman, Joann and Kenneth Wellner Foundation, Howard Rubenstein, Hon. Sol Wachtler, Mildred Caplow, Joan Leiman, Robert Rifkind, David and Helen Gurley Brown, Hon. Mario Cuomo, Person Diamond Foundation, Phyllis & Gerald LeBoff, Elizabeth Prioleau, Mei-Nar Chou & Larry Daitch, Robert Becker, Hon. Edward I. Koch, the Spencer Foundation, Bill Abrams and Julie Salamon, Professor James MacGregor Burns, Professor Howard Gardner, Hon. Robert M. Morgenthau and Marvin Traub.
We are grateful as well to all those who over the past half century and more have made possible the continuing production and distribution of Richard Heffner’s Open Mind and the other programs preserved in this archive and made freely available here to everyone, everywhere, and for all time.