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Ed Arnold papers

Identifier: Y006

Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Ed Arnold Papers (1976-2009) consists of office files, meeting minutes, conference and workshop materials, campaign flyers, project information, audio and visual materials, periodicals, and artifacts. The contents of this collection covers Ed Arnold's involvement and his contributions to battling nuclear proliferation, fighting for social justice, and bringing awareness to environmental issues. Due to his position as the executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), Atlanta Chapter (1985-2008), he collected a vast amount of office files that include correspondences with members, legal documents, and outlines of their goals. The meetings, conferences, and workshops series consists of many meeting minutes, conference pamphlets, and workshops flyers that educated and brought attention to issues that PSR was passionate about, such as National Security: A Global Imperative, which was a symposium held at the Carter Center to bring awareness to nuclear war, nuclear waste, and to end nuclear proliferation. The campaigns and projects series includes several plans, forms, and files about PSR allied organizations. This series includes materials from Woman's Action for Nuclear Disarmament (WAND). There are also applications and petitions that were submitted to government officials about banning certain toxins or suing companies that illegally dumped dangerous waste. The Campaigns and projects series includes materials relating to the PSR's long battle against the Savanah River Nuclear plant. This nuclear plant was utilized for reprocessing nuclear waste and the PSR fought to prevent the creation of a "Yucca Mountain of the South,” utilizing newsletters, correspondence, and informational articles. The reference materials series holds copious amounts of fact sheets, books, monographs, guides, news clippings, handbooks, periodicals, pamphlets, and excerpts from medical journals that Arnold utilized to cite his information included in agendas for meetings, newsletters, and correspondence to PSR ATL members. There are some separated materials in this collection including some audiovisual materials comprised of videotapes, DVDs, and audiocassettes of the conferences along with that there are also photographs, slides, and artifacts of the many events that PSR held.


  • Creation: 1976-2009
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1980 - 2000


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use. Born-digital files may contain restricted content and require review by Special Collections & Archives staff prior to access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Biography of Ed Arnold

Ed Arnold (1939-2008) served as the Executive Director of the Atlanta Chapter of the Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) from 1985-2008. Arnold graduated from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Business Administration. After a long career in business, he set his sights on protecting the environment from the dangers of nuclear weapons. In 1985, he became Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Atlanta chapter, where he was a fiercely committed leader for all PSR Atlanta activities and was charge for all membership communication. Prior to joining PSR, Ed was active in numerous community organizations and church groups, including over five years of service on the Board of Directors and one year service as President of the Unitarian Universal Congregation of Atlanta (UUCA), a church that works towards social justice. He was a founding member of the Faith and Environment Connection, and served on the Steering Committee for "The Peoples Agenda" and on the Board of the United Association/Atlanta. Essentially, his social activism comprised of protests, demonstrations, marches, environmental conferences, battles against nuclear proliferations through lobbying for public policies, and nonprofit/volunteer work all in the hopes to bring awareness to important issues and produce positive changes. In April 2008 he was diagnosed with leukemia and in June 2008 he passed away.

History of the Physicians for Social Responsibility

Physicians' for Social Responsibility (PSR) is comprised of individuals from the medical community who are concerned with various issues such as nuclear proliferation, environment impact, human health, and safe energy. Founded in 1961, PSR was formed by medical professionals with one goal in mind: to educate the medical profession and warn the world about the dangers of nuclear weapons. It then grew into a national organization with local and medical student chapters, and became part of a global network of physicians groups in 1980, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), which was founded on the PSR model. The efforts of this campaign to reverse the nuclear arms race were recognized in 1985 with the Noble Peace Prize. PSR's mission then expanded to meet the challenges of a new century by incorporating additional issues such as global climate change, toxic pollution, and gun violence.


45 Linear Feet (in 36 boxes)

3.31 Gigabytes (13 disk images)

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Ed Arnold Papers

Ed Arnold served as executive director of the Atlanta chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. His papers (1976-2009) consists of office files, meetings minutes, conferences, workshops, campaign flyers, project information, audio and visual materials, periodicals, and artifacts documenting his environmentalism and antinuclear activism.


The papers are arranged into five series:

  1. Series I: Office Files, 1980-2009
  2. Series II: Meetings, Conferences, and Workshops, 1997-2005
  3. Series III: Campaigns and Projects, 1972-2008
  4. Series IV: Reference Materials, 1963-2008
  5. Series V: Separated Materials, 1984-2009

Access Procedures

Born-digital content is found in Series IV and must be accessed in the Special Collections & Archives reading room. Access to this material requires an appointment and at least two working days’ advance notice; consult Special Collections staff for assistance. Files are stored in the Special Collections preservation system and can be made available by request on a reading room computer, subject to any restrictions deemed necessary after a department review. Some digital content in the series is inaccessible due to degraded media.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Caroline Rivard, June 25, 2010.

List of Separated Material

Separated to the Book Collection

  1. Amler, Robert W, Teresa L. Ramsey, and Priscilla L. Young. Inventory of Child Health Activities. Atlanta, Ga: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 1997. Print.
  2. Amler, Robert W, and H B. Dull. Closing the Gap: The Burden of Unnecessary Illness. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987. Print.
  3. Beyond the Bomb: Dismantling Nuclear Weapons and Disposing of Their Radioactive Wastes. San Francisco: Tides Foundation, 1994. Print.
  4. Bumpus, Laura. Responding to Climate Change 2006 : Solutions Aux Changements Climatiques 2006. London: Entico Corp, 2006. Print.
  5. Bucher, Joel. Global Warming: A Political, Economic and Scientific Backgrounder. Washington, D.C: Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation, 1997. Print.
  6. Carbon Down Profits Up. Weybridge: Climate Group, 2004. Print.
  7. Cook, Cheryl, Enid M. Gorman, and Lorette Picciano-Hanson. A Directory of Environmental Resources and Activities in the North American Religious Community. New York: Joint Appeal by Religion and Science for the Environment, 1992. Print.
  8. Cortright, David, Alistair Millar, George A. Lopez, and Linda M. Gerber. Toward a More Secure America: Grounding U.s. Policy in Global Realities. Notre Dame, Ind: Joan B. Kroc Institute, 2003.
  9. Drell, Sidney D, Philip J. Farley, and David Holloway. The Reagan Strategic Defense Initiative: A Technical, Political, and Arms Control Assessment. Cambridge, Mass: Ballinger, 1985.
  10. An Educational Exhibit About the Effects and Dangers of Nuclear War. Place of publication not identified: publisher not identified, 1980. Print.
  11. Election 1992: Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Issues. New York: The Association, 1992. Print.
  12. Florida Environmental Equity & Justice Commission, Final Report. Tallahassee, Fla: Environmental Science Institute, Florida A&M University, 1997. Print
  13. Goldman, Lynn, Shayna Cunningham, and Luca Bucchini. Emerging Links between Chronic Disease and Environmental Exposure. Washington, DC: Physicians for Social Responsibility, 2003.
  14. Goldman, Lynn, Yutaka Aoki, and Luca Bucchini. Emerging Links between Chronic Disease and Environmental Exposure. Washington, DC: Physicians for Social Responsibility, 2003.
  15. Graedel, T E, and Paul J. Crutzen. Atmosphere, Climate, and Change. New York: Scientific American Library, 1997. Print.
  16. Gray, Peter. Facing Reality: The Future of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex. San Francisco: Tides Foundation, 1992. Print.
  17. Gray, Peter. Reprocessing: The U.S. Department of Energy's Wasteful, Dangerous Scheme to Resume Plutonium Separation. Santa Barbara, CA: Project for Participatory Democracy, 1997. Print.
  18. Gray, Peter. "Stockpile Stewardship" of Nuclear Weapons: The Deal to Subsidize Nuclear Weaponeers. Santa Barbara, CA: Project for Participatory Democracy, 1998. Print.
  19. Hanna, Kathi E, and Christine Coussens. Rebuilding the Unity of Health and the Environment: A New Vision of Environmental Health for the 21st Century. Washington, D.C: National Academy Press, 2001. Print.
  20. Hight, Joe, and Frank Smyth. Tragedies & Journalists: A Guide for More Effective Coverage. Seattle, WA: Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, 2002. Print.
  21. Hwang, Ann, and Karen P. Stillerman. Environmental Endocrine Disruptors: What Health Care Providers Should Know. Washington, DC: Physicians for Social Responsibility, 200.
  22. Is Preventing Catastrophic Terrorism a Priority?: Or an Afterthought?Washington, D.C.: Nuclear Threat Initiative, 2004.
  23. Kaufman, Richard F. The Full Costs of Ballistic Missile Defense. Washington, DC: Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, 2003.
  24. Musil, Robert K. Death by Degrees: The Emerging Health Crisis of Climate Change in Georgia. Washington, DC: Physicians for Social Responsibility, 2000.
  25. Persistent Organic Pollutants (pops) and Human Health: A Publication of the World Federation of Public Health Associations' Persistent Organic Pollutants Project. Washington, D.C: WFPHA, 2000.
  26. Physicians for Social Responsibility -- Drinking water and disease : what health care providers should know, (Washington, D.C.),
  27. Physicians for Social Responsibility -- Death by degrees : the emerging health crisis of climate change in Georgia -- (Washington, DC)
  28. Research Triangle Institute., and United States. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Toxicological Profile for Endrin. Atlanta, Ga.: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, U.S. Public Health Service, 1996. Print.
  29. Sivard, Ruth L. World Military and Social Expenditures, 1987-88. Washington, D.C: World Priorities, 1987. Print.
  30. Toxicological Profile for Chlorinated Dibenzo-P-Diotoxins: Draft. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Public Health Service, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 1997. Print.
  31. Toxicological Profile for Endrin and Endrin Aldehyde: Update. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 1996. Print.
  32. U.S. Dept of Energy. Draft environmental impact statement : continued operation of K-, L-, and P-reactors, Savannah River Site, Aiken, South Carolina, 1990
  33. Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, A journey to understanding : a six-session Central America study guide, [1987?]
  34. Zogorski, John S. The Quality of Our Nation's Waters: Volatile Organic Compounds in the Nation's Ground Water and Drinking-Water Supply Wells. Reston, Va: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Minh Nguyen at the file level, 2014-2015. Digital media processed by Haley Price under the supervision of Katherine Fisher, 2020.

Ed Arnold:
A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library
Minh Nguyen and Hal Hansen
November 2015
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