Archives Unbound: Health and Environmental Studies

These collections help us learn how the environment and our health are closely related, as well as critical issues to our society.  Researchers can find documentation about international reaction to global warming and climate change, the development of environmental health policy, the war on drugs, and a clinical view of narcotic addiction and mental health issues. 

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  • Health and Environmental Studies

    Development of Environmental Health Policy: Pope A. Lawrence Papers 1924-1983 - Correspondence, field studies, reports, scientific data, photographs, maps, and document the varied research and policy-making career of Pope A. Lawrence, an environmental health scientist with the Public Health Service (PHS) and the Environmental Health Agency (EPA). His papers contain a wealth of primary source research materials and scientific data related to environmental and industrial hygiene; radon activity; use of beryllium as a rocket propellant; uranium mining; and toxicological, biological, and chemical weapon systems, primarily from the 1950s through the 1970s, especially as related to America's atomic age federal policy.

    International Climatic Changes and Global Warming - For over the past 200 years, the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal and oil, and deforestation, have caused the concentrations of heat-trapping "greenhouse gases" to increase significantly in our atmosphere. This collection documents the U.S. response to the threat posed by climatic change and global warming. The research behind the studies, reports, and analyses represents an exhaustive review of the facts, causes, and economic and political implications of a phenomenon that threatens every region of the world.

    Johnson Presidency Administrative Histories: Health, Education and Welfare - This collection provides extensive documentation on a variety of presidential programs and initiatives. Agency and departmental records include Department of Agriculture; Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; Department of Housing and Urban Development; Endowment for the Arts; National Endowment for the Humanities; Office of Economic Opportunity; Office of Education; and Veteran’s Administration. The archive is based on the film title Administrative Histories of the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidency, Health, Education and Welfare.

    Narcotic Addiction and Mental Health: The Clinical Papers of Lawrence Kolb Sr. - Dr. Lawrence Kolb was a pioneer in the medical approach to narcotics addiction treatment, public health research, and treatment of mental illness. He was one of the first to advocate treating drug addicts as patients, not criminals. The collection deals chiefly with the subjects of drug addiction, alcoholism, juvenile delinquency, and mental health.

    The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990: Reduction of Acid Rain, Urban Air Pollution, and Environmental Policy - The 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments were a landmark effort to reduce air pollution through a variety of instruments including the use of a market-based system of tradeable pollution "permits" under its Title IV and Title V. This Archives Unbound collection consists of essential documents on the promulgation and implementation of the Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) of 1990 and other environmental issues including endangered species and protection of American wetlands.

    The International War on Drugs - Spanning the presidential administrations of Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama, The International War on Drugs documents the United States Government’s response to the global illicit drug trade.  Studies, reports, and analyses compiled by governmental and military agencies demonstrate how the U.S. organized and waged a decades-long campaign against drugs. Documents in the collection include U.S. military analyses and recommendations for halting the illegal drug trade; strategy reports from the Department of State Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs; and reports from the Congressional Research Service. Topics covered include terrorism and drug trafficking; money laundering and financial crimes; individual country reports and actions against drugs; U.S. policy initiatives and programs; U.S. bilateral and regional counterdrug initiatives.

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