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Meals for Millions Foundation records, 1946-1967
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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Related Material

  • Title: Meals for Millions Foundation records
    Collection number: 1107
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 24.0 linear ft. (48 boxes and 1 oversize box)
    Date (inclusive): 1946-1967
    Abstract: The Meals for Millions Foundation of Los Angeles was a non-profit organization dedicated to the eradication of hunger in the world through “three-cent meals.” The plan was formulated by Clifford Clinton (of Clinton Cafeterias of Los Angeles), who, with the assistance of Dr. Henry Borsook of the California Institute of Technology, organized the Foundation in 1946. After the Foundation began to change course in 1965, executive secretary Florence Rose resigned, and became associated with Investors Overseas Services until her death in 1969. In 1979, the Foundation merged with the American Freedom from Hunger Foundation. The collection consists of correspondence, financial records, publications, notebooks, newspapers, photographs, two phonograph records, and a film from the office and personal files of Meals for Millions executive secretary, Florence Rose.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Meals for Millions Foundation

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Ernest Chamberlain, 1971.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Meals for Millions Foundation Records (Collection 1107). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233394 

    Biography

    The Meals for Millions Foundation of Los Angeles was a non-profit organization dedicated to the eradication of hunger in the world through “three-cent meals”; the plan was formulated by Clifford Clinton (of Clinton Cafeterias of Los Angeles), who, with the assistance of Dr. Henry Borsook of the California Institute of Technology, organized the Foundation in 1946; its basic product was Multi-Purpose Food (MPF), a tasteless additive that could be mixed with virtually anything to provide one-third of the daily vitamins, minerals, and protein needed by the average adult; after the Foundation began to change course in 1965, executive secretary Florence Rose resigned, and became associated with Investors Overseas Services until her death in 1969; in 1979 the Foundation merged with the American Freedom from Hunger Foundation.

    Biographical Narrative

    The Meals for Millions Foundation of Los Angeles was a non-profit organization dedicated to the eradication of hunger in the world through “three-cent meals.” The plan for such a program was formulated by Clifford Clinton (of Clifton cafeterias in Los Angeles), who, with the assistance of Dr. Henry Borsook of Caltech organized the foundation in 1946. The basic product of the foundation, known as Multi-purpose Food, was a tasteless additive that could be mixed with virtually anything. Developed by Dr. Borsook, MPF was said to provide one-third of the daily vitamins, minerals, and protein needed by the average adult.
    Shortly after setting up the Foundation, Clinton brought in Florence Rose and Ernest Chamberlain to be co-directors and take over the day-to-day management. This collection or archive consists primarily of the office and personal files of Miss Rose, most of which she rescued from destruction when Meals for Millions began to change course in 1965. Florence Rose left the Foundation at that time and was then associated with Investors Overseas Services until her death in 1969.
    The collection came to UCLA indirectly (via Smith College) from Ernest Chamberlain, close friend and confident of Miss Rose. The files have been alphabetically listed and their arrangement retained as originally filed. Consequently, a great deal of duplication exists throughout and the interrelationships of materials are often cloudy at best.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, financial records, publications, notebooks, newspapers, photographs, two phonograph records, and a film from the office and personal files of Meals for Millions executive secretary, Florence Rose.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Alphabetical files of the Meals for Millions (MFM) Foundation (Boxes 1-21).
    2. Miscellaneous unsorted correspondence and ephemera (Boxes 22-26).
    3. Miscellaneous printed material (Boxes 27-30).
    4. MFM notebook files of printed material (Boxes 31-37).
    5. MFM projects in foreign countries (Boxes 38-47).
    6. Miscellaneous files re soybeans, MFM staff and financial information, newspapers (Box 48).
    7. Two records by Peggy Lee produced for MFM, photographs, People to people film (Oversize box).

    Related Material

    Ernest R. Chamberlain papers (Collection 2019).  Available at UCLA Library Special Collections.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Meals for Millions Foundation--Archives.
    Rose, Florence.