Peter Dobkin Hall was a seminal figure in the critical study of philanthropy, and the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives was honored to be selected by Hall as the home for his personal papers before his untimely death in 2015. We are pleased to announce we have finished processing his material and it is now open for research.
Of particular interest in this collection is Peter Dobkin Hall’s correspondence with other leading figures in philanthropy, including Virginia Hodgkinson, Pablo Eisenberg, Brian O’Connell, and Robert Payton. A selected letter from Hall to Eisenberg, linked below, shows his unflinching commitment to critical analysis of the field.
There is also extensive documentation of his work with Independent Sector, the creation of the Program on Nonprofit Organizations (PONPO), and Hall’s research process and product. The data behind the “Six Cities Project” on changing board of trustee demographics is also included in this collection, giving insight into the complexities of in using “big data” analysis in social and historical projects the the early 1990s.
Many of Peter Dobkin Hall’s published writings are also available in the Payton Philanthropic Library.