Radiation Effects & Events Collections



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  • Radiation Effects and Events (RE&E) Collections encompass areas where ionized radiation has affected our world. Collections include materials related to low-dose radiation studies into Chernobyl disaster and nuclear testing in Kurchatov, Kazakhstan. The collections expand on the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) Collections. For roughly forty years the McGovern Historical Center, Texas Medical Center Library has preserved and made accessible the personal papers of ABCC staff, physicians, and nurses. Similarly, the RE&E Collections offer future advocates, scientists, researchers, and scholars an opportunity to study the purposes and accomplishments of the individuals, organizations, and institutions that study the effects of ionized radiation.

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Phillip D. Robinson, FACHE papers

  • MS 233
  • Collection
  • 1993-1994

This collection consist of materials primarily relating to Phillip Robinson's professional relationships and travels in Ukraine and Russia. The collection contains one binder of papers and several groups of photographs. There are materials pertaining to International Consortium for Research on the Health Effect of Radiation (ICRHER), Methodist Hospital, and other organizations. The materials date from 1993-1994.

An inventory provided by the donor is available.

Robinson, Phillip D.

Radiation Effects & Events

"This is What it's Like to Witness a Nuclear Explosion," by Rod Buntzen, New York Times, March 27, 2022.

"Chernobyl Workers Pick Up the Pieces After Russian Occupation," by Vivian Salama, Wall Street Journal, June 6, 2022.

NAS Leveraging Advances in Modern Science to Revitalize Low-Dose Radiation Research in the United States, 2022.

"The Atomic Museum: Mushroom-Cloud Memories," by Edward Rothstein, Wall Street Journal, April 22, 20223.

Atomic Museum: https://www.atomicmuseum.vegas/

Radiation Effects & Events. An initial overview of Radiation Effects. Project by Sachi Khemka, Student, Medical Humanities, Rice University, 2020.

During the Fall of 2020, Sachi Khemka worked with the Dr. Armin Weinberg and the McGovern Historical Center on a practicum project, An Initial Overview of Radiation Effects.

The utility of radiation is vast and complex as it can be used for cancer treatment, medical diagnostic tests, environmental sustainability, and space exploration; however, at the same time, large-scale radiation events such as the Chernobyl explosion, a disaster that affected more than 3.5 million people, can induce public anxiety and result in adverse health effects such as certain cancers and acute radiation syndrome. The project includes a series of interviews discussing not only the health effects of radiation but also the cultural, social, and political effects that radiation exposure and disasters can have on the public. Common themes seen across the series of interviews are the use of outdated treatments, the differences in treatment between countries, the necessity for effective communication with the public, and more. Personally, through these interviews, I was able to gain a more comprehensive overview of the effects of radiation as well as its utility outside of a medicinal context. I learned that some radiation events have captured the public’s attention, like the Chernobyl disaster, while others have not, such as the nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands. By learning about some of these unspoken radiation events, I was able to better understand the role of ethics and the importance of transparency in the context of radiation events and nuclear testing.

Boris Yoffe, MD papers

  • MS 215
  • Collection
  • 1990s-2000s

MS 215 Boris Yoffe, MD papers contains photographic prints and 35mm slides related to Radiation Effects and Events. They document the trips to Eastern Europe with Dr. Armin Weinberg. Other materials in the collection include: 7 books, 2 VHS cassette tapes, a Rotary Cell Culture System with 3 rotary culture vessels, and slides related to the rotary cell culture system and liver experiments. Photograph prints and 35mm slides equals less than .25 cubic feet, and the rotary cell culture system apparatus equal a cubic foot. The collection totals 1.25 cubic feet. Materials are in good condition.

Yoffe, Boris

Semey Medical University (related to Radiation Effects & Events)

Folder contains printouts of digital files related to Semey Medical University and Semipalatinsk Nuclear test site research. Semey Medical University is the largest higher education institution in the Northeast region of Kazakhstan and the main provider of medical personnel for the East Kazakhstan and Pavlodar regions. Digital files are available in the Reference Files Control Folder. Below is a list of some items included:
Letter from Altay Dyussupov, Chairman of the Board - Rector of Semey Medical University, to Dr. Armin Weinberg, March 23, 2022.
List of selected articles by SMU staff on the topics: "Influence of Low Doses of Radiation", "Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site", Almanac "Ecology. Radiation. Medicine" for information on the contribution of scientists from the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site and information about Semey Medical University.
Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site chronology.
Almanac Ecology. Radiation. Medicine - SMU (digital only)

Texas Hadassah Medical Research Foundation records

  • IC 105
  • Collection
  • 1996-2007

The Texas Hadassah Medical Research Foundation consists of one scrapbook and a recorded interview/conversation with Debbie Goldberg that document the work of the organization, which was part of Baylor College of Medicine during the late-1990s and early 2000s. The organization, led in part by Dr. Armin Weinberg, provided medical supplies, cross-cultural collaboration and professional exchanges with Israel, Palestine, Kazakhstan, Russia, and other nations. An important part of its work dealt with radiation effects and events, like Chernobyl and atomic test sites in Kazakhstan. The organization developed the Cancer Registry of survivors of radiation events.

The collection also contains photographs and printed materials related to Debbie Goldberg's work coordinating the shipment of medical supplies to Israel, Palestine, and Kazakhstan.

Accruals are expected for this collection. Materials related to the operations, administration, projects, and people of the Texas Hadassah medical Research Foundation.

Subjects: Radiation Effects & Events, Baylor College of Medicine

Texas Hadassah Medical Research Foundation

Patricia Hercules papers

  • MS 240
  • Collection
  • 1990s

Collection contains one VHS tape about nursing exchange program. Confirm subject.

Hercules, Patricia Robertson

Irina Volguina Floppy Disks

  • MS 239
  • Collection
  • 1996-2002

The Irina Volguina Floppy Disks collection contains 12 3.5" floppy disks. The disks document the cancer registry and other work she did with Armin Weinberg.

Volguina, Irina

Elizabeth Vainraub Oral History

  • MS 237
  • Collection
  • 2017-05-24

The Elizabeth Vainraub Oral History contains digital video files, audio files, photographs, and prepared questions of an oral history interview of Elizabeth Vainraub conducted by Armin Weinberg and Sara Rozin. Vainraub's work was related to addressing the effects of the Chernobyl accident on those in the area at the time and those who immigrated from there to other locations including the US and Israel.

Vainraub, Elizabeth

Randall Wright papers on Kazakhstan health care

  • MS 224
  • Collection
  • 1999-2000

The Randall Wright papers on Kazakhstan health care are related to a Baylor College of Medicine and United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) conducted health care initiatives among populations in Kazakhstan and other regions the former Soviet Union. The initial assessment was related to the affects of above ground nuclear testing of weapons on regional populations. Randall Wright is a former administrator with Methodist Hospital and UMCOR. These papers are from materials he preserved from his work in the area in the 1990s. The collection includes photos, PowerPoint slides printed on paper, regional maps, correspondence, and memos. The collection is in good condition and measures about one cubic foot (one box).

Subjects: Radiation Effects and Events, Baylor College of Medicine, United Methodist Committee on Relief ( UMCOR )

Wright, Randall

Teresa Hayes, MD, PhD papers

  • MS 213
  • Collection
  • 1994-2002

The Teresa Hayes, MD, PhD papers contains photographs, artifacts, documents, speeches, and books related to Dr. Hayes’ work with Dr. Armin Weinberg radiation effects and events projects and the United Methodist Health Initiative. in Kazakhstan and Russia. The collection equals about .5 cubic foot (1 box) and includes 286 photographs.

Subjects: Radiation Effects and Events, Baylor College of Medicine

Hayes, Teresa

Armin Weinberg, PhD papers

  • MS 211
  • Collection
  • 1990s-2020

The Armin Weinberg, PhD papers contains born-digital materials and ephemeral items related to his work in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Eastern Europe. The collection also includes two View Master projectors and “Stereoscopic Atlas of the Human Anatomy” by David L. Bassett, MD, complete set of 1-213 slides, T-shirt of "International Conference on the Health Effects of Low Dose Radiation", artifacts, books, business cards, dombra (instrument), glass hedgehog figurine, camel figurine, Kazakhstan canteen, 3 traditional Kazakhstan robes and hat, and colorimeter that belonged to his father.

The collection equals 3 cubic feet (4 boxes). Majority of collection will be submitted digitally. First ZIP file was emailed on 9/7/2016. Dr. Weinberg was issued a flash drive (HRC_32_01) to submit other ZIP files at one time. All files submitted to the collection are placed in the digital control folder in the Digital Submissions directory. A user survey describing the contents of the digital collection and formats used will be available in the control folders.

Subjects: Radiation Effects and Events, Baylor College of Medicine

Weinberg, Armin

Sara Rozin papers

  • MS 206
  • Collection
  • 1990s

The Sara Rozin papers consists of photographs related to Sara Rozin’s work with Dr. Armin Weinberg and radiation effects and events projects in Kazakhstan and Russia. The program was organized mostly through the United Methodist Health Initiative. Three videos (VHS) related to her daughter’s wedding in 1993 were digitized and are stored in the digital collection drive (DCD). The original cassettes were returned to the donor. During the reception a rabbi sang the Chernobyl Song. A clip of it has been extracted and stored with the other video files. The material is in English, Russian, and Hebrew. Collection consists of one box equaling 0.25 cubic feet and contains 202 photographs and digital video files. Digital files are stored in the digital collection drive (DCD).

Subjects: Radiation Effects and Events

Rozin, Sara

Herman Wigodsky, MD papers

  • MS 065
  • Collection
  • 1949-1988

The Herman Wigodsky, MD papers contains Chernobyl Report and photocopied correspondence. The collection consists of one box equaling 1 cubic foot. Dr. Wigodsky's largest donation to the archive was the Chernobyl Report given in November 1986. He also donated a photocopy of a letter from Manfred Leiser of the International Atomic Energy Commission.

Subjects: ABCC, Internal Medicine. Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission.

Wigodsky, Herman