Committee for Environmental Information 1972-1973

A Guide to the Collection of Oral History Interviews at Indiana University Bloomington

Finding aid prepared by the staff of the Center for the Study of History and Memory with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Preservation and Access, 2000-2002

Creator: Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory
Title: Committee for Environmental Information
Collection No.: ohrc029
Dates: 1972-1973
Quantity:

Quantity: 4 Interviews

(Audio files, transcripts, and collateral materials )
Abstract: The four interviews in the project discuss the creation of the Committee for Environmental Information. The interviewees talk about how they became involved in the group and the politics that they had to deal with along the way. Also discussed are the political and military situations of the time.
Location: Interviews are housed in Franklin Hall, Room 0030A. Contact ohrc@indiana.edu for more information. Copies of interview transcripts are also held by the IU Libraries University Archives. For other locations housing the interviews from this project, please contact the Center for Documentary Research and Practice office.
Language: Materials are in English
Repository: Center for Documentary Research and Practice
Franklin Hall 0030B
601 E. Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Business Number: 812-855-2856
ohrc@indiana.edu
URL: https://cdrp.mediaschool.indiana.edu/

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains four interviews over the course of a year, ranging from forty-five to eighty minutes. All interviews consist of typed transcripts and audio reels.

Restrictions

Usage Restrictions:

The archive of the Center for Documentary Research and Practice at Indiana University is open to the use of researchers. Copies of transcript pages are available only when such copies are permitted by the deed of gift. Scholars must honor any restrictions the interviewee placed on the use of the interview. Since some of our earlier (pre-computer) transcripts do not exist in final form, any editing marks in a transcript (deletions, additions, corrections) are to be quoted as marked. Audio files may not be copied for patrons unless the deed of gift permits it, and a transcript is unavailable for that interview. The same rules of use that apply to a transcript apply to the audio interview. Interviews may not be reproduced in full for any public use, but excerpted quotes may be used as long as researchers fully cite the data in their research, including accession number, interview date, interviewee's and interviewer's name, and page(s).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[interviewee first name last name] interview, by [interviewer first name last name], [interview date(s)], [call number], [project name], Center for Documentary Research and Practice, Indiana University, Bloomington, [page number(s) or tape number and side if no transcript; if digital audio and no transcript, cite time when quote occurs].

Acquisition Information

Oral history interviews conducted by the Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory from 1968 to the present, with particular focus on the history of twentieth-century America and the Midwest.

Collection Inventory

Bauer, Walter , April 27, 1973

No(s): 73-009

Physical Description: 18 pages; 1 reel, 3 3/4 ips, 45 minutes; index; photocopy of picture of interviewee

Scope and Content Note: Dr. Walter C. Bauer tells about how the Committee for Environmental Information formed out of concern over radioactivity in the late nineteen fifties. A non-partisan group, it attracted those who were interested in stopping arms proliferation and testing, as well as those who were concerned with radioactive contamination of food, air, and soil. Bauer was one of the founding members and remained with the group despite its growth.

Indexed Terms:

  • Occupations:
    • surgical pathologist
  • Places:
    • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Subjects:
    • atomic energy
    • radiation
  • Corporate Bodies:
    • Atomic Energy Commission
    • Barnes Hospital
    • Bulletin Nuclear Information
    • Committee for Nuclear Information
    • Globe Democrat
    • Hardy Salt Company
    • Ohio State University
    • Washington University
  • Family Names:
    • Compton
  • People:
    • Baumgardner, Walter
    • Brodine, Virginia
    • Commoner, Barry
    • Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969
    • Folwer, John
    • Gellhorn, Edna
    • Hardy, Walter
    • Pauling, Linus C.
    • Pond, Alex
    • Reynolds, J.B.
    • Stevenson, Adlai

Access Status: Open

Brodine, Virginia Warner , May 12, 1972

No(s): 72-012

Physical Description: 30 pages; 1 reel, 3 3/4 ips, 70 minutes; index

Scope and Content Note: Virginia Warner Brodine, born on February 18, 1915, tells about the creation of the Committee for Environmental Information. She describes what led her and others to become involved in the organization. She also talks about the organization's early years and how people reacted to what they were doing.

Indexed Terms:

  • Occupations:
    • journalist
  • Places:
    • Bodega Bay, California
    • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Subjects:
    • 1957 Pauling Petition
    • 1963 Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
    • 1967 Freedom of Information Act
    • environment
    • McCarthyism
    • milk testing
    • nuclear fallout
    • nuclear power
    • nuclear war
    • Project Chariot
    • Project Plowshare
    • radioactivity
    • supersonic transport
    • unions
  • Corporate Bodies:
    • American Association for the Advancement of Science
    • Committee for Nuclear Information
    • International Ladies Garment Workers Union
    • League of Women Voters
    • Metropolitan Church Federation
    • Scientists Committee for Radiation Information
    • Scientists Institute for Public Information
    • St. Louis Committee for Environmental Information
    • Pacific Gas and Electric
    • Physicians for Social Responsibility
    • Washington University
  • People:
    • Abele, Ralph
    • Bauer, Walter
    • Baumgarten, Judy
    • Carson, Rachel Louise
    • Commoner, Barry
    • Condon, Ed A.
    • Fowler, John
    • Friedlander, Mike
    • Gellhorn, Edna
    • Hohenemser, Christoph
    • Hohenemser, Kurt
    • Malamas, Marcelle
    • Mattison, Lin
    • Mead, Margaret
    • Moog, Florence
    • Pauling, Linus C.
    • Pesonen, Dave
    • Peterson, Malcom
    • Reynolds, J.B.
    • Wigner, Eugene

Access Status: Open

Commoner, Barry , April 24, 1973

No(s): 73-011

Physical Description: 36 pages; 2 reels, 3 3/4 ips, 85 minutes; no index

Scope and Content Note: Barry Commoner, born in 1915, describes his education and how he came to be a scientist. He talks about his experiences as a scientist during World War II and how this prompted his involvement in various scientific organizations. He describes how the Committee for Environmental Information came to be and the function it served.

Indexed Terms:

  • Places:
    • Brooklyn, New York
    • Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • Patuxent River
    • Soviet Union
    • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Subjects:
    • 1945 May-Johnson Bill
    • atomic bomb
    • Cold War
    • DDT
    • discrimination
    • McCarthyism
    • New Deal
    • nuclear fallout
    • radiation
    • Russo-Finnish Way
    • Science
  • Corporate Bodies:
    • American Association for the Advancement of Science
    • Association of Scientific Workers
    • Atomic Energy Commission
    • Columbia University
    • Cornell University Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College
    • Federation of American Scientists
    • Federation of Atomic Scientists
    • Harvard University
    • Scientists Institute for Public Information
    • Senate Military Affairs Subcommittee
    • Seth Low Junior College
    • United States Department of Agriculture
    • University of Illinois
    • Washington University
    • WPA
  • People:
    • Bauer, Walter
    • Baumgarten, Judy
    • Brodine, Virginia
    • Bronk, Detler
    • Bush, Vannevar
    • Carson, Rachel Louise
    • Condon, Ed A.
    • Deutsch, Babette
    • Dunn, Leslie C.
    • Edman, Irwin
    • Fowler, John
    • Gellhorn, Edna
    • Kilgore, Harley M.
    • LeMar, Victor
    • Magnuson, Warren G.
    • Mead, Margaret
    • Metcalf, Robert
    • Modell, Walter
    • Oppenheimer, Julius Robert
    • Pauling, Linus C.
    • Stevenson, Adlai
    • Thimann, Kenneth
    • Weaver, Warren

Access Status: Open

Novick, Sheldon , March 29, 1973

No(s): 73-010

Physical Description: 20 pages; 1 reel, 3 3/4 ips, 50 minutes; no index

Scope and Content Note: Sheldon Novick, editor of Environment Magazine and employee of the Committee for Environmental Information and the Scientists' Institute for Public Information, tells about the formation of the Committee of Environmental Information. He especially describes Barry Commoner's role in the creation of CEI and the national mood which helped lead to the creation of CEI.

Indexed Terms:

  • Occupations:
    • editor
  • Places:
    • Bodega Bay, California
    • England
    • Ohio
    • San Andreas fault
    • San Francisco, California
    • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Subjects:
    • conservation
    • nuclear fallout
    • nuclear testing
    • politics
    • Science
    • Silent Spring
    • weapons
  • Corporate Bodies:
    • Antioch College
    • Environment
    • Federation of Atomic Scientists
    • Office of Naval Research
  • People:
    • Brodine, Virginia
    • Carson, Rachel Louise
    • Commoner, Barry
    • Oppenheimer, Julius Robert
    • Pauling, Linus C.
    • Teller, Edward

Access Status: Open