Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Newell Mack Collected Papers,
1960-1986 (bulk 1967-1969)

Collection: CDG-A

Contact Information

Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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Telephone: (610) 328-8557 (Curator); Fax: (610) 328-8544
Email: wchmiel1@swarthmore.edu (Curator); URL: http://www.swarthmore.edu/Library/peace/

Descriptive Summary
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers.
Mack, Newell Brackett (1934-1986)
Newell Mack Collected Papers
Inclusive Dates
Dates of papers, 1960-1986
Call Number

Language of Materials
Materials in English
15 linear inches [papers only]
Papers of Newell Mack, an activist against the ABM missile system and nuclear weapons.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
Usage Restrictions
Alternate Form of Material
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Carla Johnston, 2010 [acc. 10A-056]
Processing Information
Processed by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, January 2014
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Newell Mack Collected Papers (CDG-A), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Copyright Notice
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.

Online Catalog Headings
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See tripod record

Related Collections
Carla Johnston Collected Papers (CDG-A)

Historical Background
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.

Collection Overview
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.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Biographical information
Correspondence, 1964, 1966-1968
Correspondence, 1969
Correspondence by others [some re: NM]
Involvements (probable)
Writings: mss. "Nuclear War and the Control of Population Size"
ABM: SCRAM mailings [incomplete set]
Notes for lecture/paper
Maps, sketches, etc.
Reference material [2 folders]


This collection last updated on April 13, 2017