Radiation Effects & Events Archive Project

About the Project
The archivists of the Texas Medical Center’s McGovern Historical Center in cooperation with Dr. Armin Weinberg at Baylor College of Medicine , and William “Jack” Schull, Professor Emeritus of Human Genetics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, are creating a new family of collections under the umbrella of “Radiation Effects and Events.” This new collecting area is building on our “Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission” collections and will encompass other areas where ionized radiation has affected our world.

Since the late 1980s, the Texas Medical Center Library’s McGovern Historical Center has collected the papers of the people who participated in the work of the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission, which studied the effects of ionized radiation on the survivors of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Working together, scientists, historians, public-health officials, librarians and archivists have preserved and made publicly accessible collections of personal papers from many ABCC participants, including William “Jack” Schull, Grant Taylor, Carl Tessmer, and many others. That collection s now consists of 20 individual collections measuring a total of 200 linear feet of boxes.

The establishment of an archive related to the events at Chernobyl Ukraine, Kurchatov Kazakhstan and other places, will enable future advocates, scientists, researchers and scholars an opportunity to study thoroughly the purposes and accomplishments of the institutions and people involved. Without this effort to preserve the material, the records may be scattered and hidden or, worse, destroyed.

Related Resources

Selected Documents and Images from RE&E Archive, MS211 Armin Weinberg, PhD papers

The following documents pertain to the Department of Energy grant proposal submitted by Dr. Weinberg and his colleagues to begin a collaborative study of health effects related to the Chernobyl accident: