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Guide to the Chemical Demilitarization Media Project, 1985-1991
 

Accession Number: HC 30
The Chemical Demilitarization Media Project
Bulk, 1985-1991
10.4 linear ft.
Online Catalog Record (BANC)

Overview
History
Series Description
Series I - Alternative Technologies
Series II - Demilitarization/Detoxification
Series III - Environmental Impact Studies
Series IV - Newspaper Clippings
Series V - Public Hearings
Series VI - Reports and Committees
Series VII - Subject Files
Series VIII - Videotapes

Access and Use

Provenance: Joseph T. Gray entrusted his clippings, research materials, and videotapes of persons and events surrounding the chemical weapons debate to Berea College in 1993, while retaining the right to refuse permission for publication or multiple photocopies.

Restrictions: Permission to publish based upon research use of the videos must be obtained from Joseph T. Gray. The permission of Mr. Gray must be secured for any duplication whatsoever of the video material. Upon the death of Mr. Gray such permission must be secured from Berea College. Researchers are allowed to make single photocopies for their private use.

Preferred Citation: Chemical Demilitarization Media Project, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, Ky.

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Overview

The Chemical Demilitarization Media Project Collection documents Joseph T. Gray’s six years of research on the subject of chemical weapons demilitarization. Its primary focus is the debate over disposal alternatives to incineration of nerve gas and other weapons stored at the Bluegrass Army Depot in Madison County, Kentucky. Materials include reports, news clippings, publications, and videotapes. The video material consists mainly of interviews with various involved persons, the proceedings of public meetings in Madison County, and related congressional hearings in Washington, DC, all during the early 1990s.

History

Joseph T. Gray worked with Appalshop in Whitesburg, Kentucky, making documentaries, until he decided to work independently. While living in Somerset, Kentucky, he sought funding to produce a documentary on the question of how to dispose of deteriorating chemical weapons stored at the Army's Bluegrass Depot in Madison County, Kentucky. Although he followed the hearings and shot raw footage of interviews, etc., he never received the funding he needed to edit and produce a documentary on the subject.

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Series Description
26 Manuscript Boxes

(Box list available by clicking series links below)

Series I Minutes Box 1

This series consists of books, reports, and miscellaneous articles discussing alternative technologies for the destruction of chemical weapons. Thermal treatment preprocessing and postprocessing operations, high temperature and low pressure pyrolysis, enzyme technology, and electrochemical treatment are examples of the several alternatives described in this material.

Series II Newsletters Boxes 1-4

This series consists of reports and publications that describe the status of the U.S. Army's chemical weapons stockpile. The reports go into detail outlining how these weapons should be destroyed and what progress the army has made toward this goal. The material is particularly remarkable for the relatively slight degree of discussion regarding environmental risk factors associated with the destruction process.

Series III Environmental Impact Studies Boxes 4-6

This series consists of reports, a book, and various articles regarding the potential effect of the Army's chemical weapons disposal plan on the environment. The Johnston Atoll Base in the Pacific is one example used in many of the studies because it is using incineration to destroy its chemical weapons. Both the Anniston Army Depot and the Bluegrass Army Depot are also investigated in various reports.

Series IV Newspaper clippings Box 6, cont.

This series contains news clippings related to the U.S. Army's chemical weapons storage. The articles cover a fourteen-year period, primarily focusing on the Bluegrass Army Depot in Madison County, Kentucky. Topics include safety, public reaction/protest, accidents, and the status of the weapons.

Series V Public Hearings Boxes 7-9

This series is composed of minutes taken at various public meetings. The focus of these meetings was to discuss chemical weapons disposal, safety, and environmental impact. The bulk of the meetings were held in Madison County, Kentucky.

Series VI Reports and Committees Boxes 9-10

The material in this series includes reports drawn up by independent groups and by committees. The reports focus on various chemical weapons such as GBond VX, the Army's procedure for safe storage of these weapons, the advantages/disadvantages of incineration, and citizens' perspectives on the Army's chemical weapons disposal plans.

Series VII Subject Files Boxes 10-11

This series is composed of minutes taken at various public meetings. The focus of these meetings was to discuss chemical weapons disposal, safety, and environmental impact. The bulk of the meetings were held in Madison County, Kentucky.

Series VIII Videotapes Boxes 11-26

This series consists of videotapes, a tape log, and tape content notes. This material mainly consists of interviews with various involved persons, the proceedings of public meetings in Madison County, and related congressional hearings in Washington, DC, all during the early 1990s. The original tapes are in U-matic SP master broadcast videocassette format, but VHS viewing tapes are available in Special Collections & Archives.

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