Friday, December 30, 2011

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility collection

Founded in 1961, Physicians for Social Responsibility is a a leading advocate for environmental health and nuclear disarmament. The organization's Oregon chapter was founded in 1982 by a group of health care professionals concerned with the health threats of nuclear war. Today, the chapter also addresses issues such as global warming, environmental toxins, and food safety.

For the last few months, Karen has been collaborating with the Oregon chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility to develop our upcoming exhibit,
Celebrating 30 Years of Work for a Healthy and Peaceful World. During this process, we also began working with Oregon PSR's leadership to establish an archival collection of their organizational records here in HC&A. Our mission to preserve the history of medicine in the Pacific Northwest makes this a natural partnership, as does our holding of a complementary collection of the papers of Dr. Charles Grossman, a leader in Oregon PSR. The first accession has already arrived, and Oregon PSR has put a call out to their membership to contribute additional materials to the collection.

We commend Oregon PSR's leadership for recognizing the significance of their records - not only to the history of the organization, but also to the history of our region. We are excited to be working with Oregon PSR to preserve these important records of Oregon's environmental and social history.