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Physicians for Social Responsibility Records

 Collection
Identifier: SCPC-DG-175

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence, financial files, memoranda, newsletters, legislative files, publicity materials, and videocassettes.

Dates

  • 1970-

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Most of this collection is stored off-site. Please contact the Curator at least two weeks in advance of a visit to the Peace Collection to discuss retrieval of off-site materials.

Copyright and Rights Information

None.

Historical

Founded in 1961 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by a group of physicians. PSR is an organization, and association of doctors concerned with the challenge of the nuclear age: "man's scientific knowledge now provides an unprecedented opportunity for medical and social advance; yet thermonuclear war poses a supreme threat to the health and survival of mankind." Since prevention is the only effective remedy, and therapy, these physicians are attempting to explore a new area of preventive medicine: the prevention of nuclear war. Their aims are to "provide for the medical community the scientific data on which political decisions must in part be based; to alert physicians to the dangerous implication of the arms race; to involve physicians in serious exploration of peaceful alternatives..."

Extent

239 Linear Feet (239 linear ft.)

Overview

Founded in 1961 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by a group of physicians. PSR is an organization, and association of doctors concerned with the challenge of the nuclear age: "man's scientific knowledge now provides an unprecedented opportunity for medical and social advance; yet thermonuclear war poses a supreme threat to the health and survival of mankind." Since prevention is the only effective remedy, and therapy, these physicians are attempting to explore a new area of preventive medicine: the prevention of nuclear war. Their aims are to "provide for the medical community the scientific data on which political decisions must in part be based; to alert physicians to the dangerous implication of the arms race; to involve physicians in serious exploration of peaceful alternatives..."

Arrangement

The Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) records have not yet been processed by the staff of the Peace Collection. The materials have been refoldered, but remain in the exact order they were sent. Files are not in completely chronological or alphabetical order. The collection is divided into several sections, reflecting how and when each section was received by the Peace Collection. Each section is labeled by its Accession number, the internal Swarthmore College Peace Collection record number each time PSR records are received.

Custodial History

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers/records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Physcians for Social Responsbility, 1994 [Acc. 94A-073]; 1997 [Acc. 97A-003]; 2000 [Acc. 00A-037]; 2001 [Acc. 01A-007, Acc. 01A-034, Acc. 01A-044]; 2003 [Acc. 03A-009, Acc. 03A-068]

Archived websites for Physicians for Social Responsibility

These web sites were created by the Physicians for Social Responsibility national office. Beginning in 1997 the Wayback Machine of the Internet Archive periodically captured Peace Action's web site.

The links provided here are for the convenience of researchers interested in the history of the Physicians for Social Responsibility's web presence. The Swarthmore College Peace Collection has no control over the web sites or how they are saved by the Internet Archive.

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.psr.org/

http://wayback.archive-it.org/223/*/http://www.psr.org/

Related Materials

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Separated Materials

Audiovisual items were moved to the Audiovisual Collection.

Legal Status

Copyright may have been transferred to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection. The rights to some items in this collection may have been retained by the creators/authors (or their heir), as stipulated by United States copyright law. Please contact the SCPC Curator for further information.

Processing Information

This collection remains unprocessed.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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