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Newell Mack Collected Papers

Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-Mack, Newell B.

Scope and Contents

This small collection of papers, received from Carla Johnston, covers some of Mack's efforts to protest against nuclear weapons and convince leaders to ban their use. Large gaps in information exist, but some glimpses into his work is possible. Much of the collection is made up of reference material that Mack likely read and/or disseminated to others.


  • Creation: 1960-1986
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1967-1969


Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research without restrictions.

Copyright and Rights Information


Biographical note

Newell Brackett Mack was an arms control and environmental policy consultant for researchers, public policy makers, and government officials. He was credited by some as being an initiator in 1968 of nationwide opposition to the deployment of the ABM missile system and the subsequent vote by the U.S. Senate to abandon the ABM.

Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Mack was the son of Julian Ellis Mack, who headed the optics division of the Manhattan Project. Mack grew up at the Los Alamos site where his father worked on the development of the atom bomb. Mack and his sister, Cornelia, were among the first to walk the sands of the first atomic test in New Mexico in July 1945. It was this experience that led him to devote his efforts toward nuclear arms control.

Mack attended Harvard College, and graduated with a B.A. from Haverford College. He served as a Science Policy Consultant at Harvard's Jefferson Laboratory Energy and Environmental Policy Center, and as a research associate at the MIT Center for International Studies. He died at age 52 after a brief illness.


1.25 linear ft. (15 linear in.)


Papers of Newell Mack, an activist against the ABM missile system and nuclear weapons.

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Custodial History

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Carla Johnston, 2010 [acc. 10A-056].

Legal Status

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

Processing Information

Processed by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, January 2014.

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