The Brookings Institution--Devoted to Public Service through Research and Training in the Social Sciences--was incorporated on December 8, 1927. Broadly stated, the Institution has two primary purposes: the first is to aid constructively in the development of sound national policies; and the second is to offer training of a supergraduate character to students of the social sciences.
The responsibility for the final determination of the Institution's policies and its program of work for the administration of its endowment is vested in a self-perpetuating board of trustees. It is the function of the trustees to make possible the conduct of scientific research under the most favorable conditions, and to safeguard the independence of the research staff in the pursuit of their studies and in the publication of the results of such studies. It is not a part of their function to determine, control, or influence the conduct of particular investigations or the conclusions reached, but only to approve the principal fields of investigation to which the available funds are to be allocated, and to satisfy themselves with reference to the intellectual competence and scientific integrity of the staff. Major responsibility for "formulating general policies and co-ordinating the activities of the Institution" is vested in the president. The by-laws provide also that "there shall be an advisory council selected by the president from among the scientific staff of the Institution."
|DWIGHT F. DAVIS, Chairman*||MARSHALL FIELD|
|DEAN G. ACHESON, Vice-Chairman||AMORY HOUGHTON|
|ROBERT PERKINS BASS||HAROLD G. MOULTON|
|WILLIAM R. BIGGS||JOHN LEE PRATT|
|DAVID K. E. BRUCE||LESSING ROSENTHAL|
|VANNEVAR BUSH||LEO S. ROWE|
|KARL T. COMPTON||ANSON PHELPS STOKES|
|HAROLD W. DODDS||HARRY BROOKINGS WALLACE|
|JOHN G. WINANT|
|HAROLD G. MOULTON, President|
|EDWIN G. NOURSE, Vice-President|
|*Died November 28, 1945.|