[Diary entry on a phone conversation with Indiana University's Herman B. Wells]
Gregg suggests reducing funding for Alfred C. Kinsey's research because of the royalties from "Sexual Behavior in
the Human Male."
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1949-03-04 (March 4, 1949)
Original Repository: Rockefeller Archive Center. Rockefeller Foundation Archives
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Research Support as Topic
Postwar Work and Retirement, 1945-1956
March 4, 1949
President Herman B. Wells, Indiana University--phone
Asks me to give a talk at the celebration of the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital in Indianapolis in behalf of that institution.
I told W. that I thought that the large income that K.* had received from his book would be almost certain to raise the question
among our trustees as to whether there was a clear case for the Foundation's supplying the main funds for K's studies
while K. was banking as much as $200,000 for future costs of maintaining his work. Told W. I had expressed this uncertainty
to K. and that I thought that it would be highly intelligent of K. to make no request of the NRC for aid in the immediate
future but to use his accumulated funds until such time as he needed support for further work. Said I realized that discontinuance
of appropriations from the Foundation to the NRC for this purpose could be interpreted as a disavowal of K. and that I thought
the best way to avoid that impasse would be for K. to take the initiative in the move suggested. W. thinks it is best for
him to talk to K. before I write K. in this sense. Agreed I would wait until K's return from the west coast.