NUNN, SAM.
Sam Nunn papers, 1901-2005 (bulk 1972-1996)

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-6887

rose.library@emory.edu

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/f3wtn


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Nunn, Sam.
Title: Sam Nunn papers, 1901-2005 (bulk 1972-1996)
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 800
Extent: 1809 linear feet
Abstract:Papers of United States Senator Sam Nunn, including materials relating to his family and childhood, his pre-Senate career, campaign files, files from his Senate offices, files from his post-Senate career, oral histories, photographs, audiovisual materials, awards and memorabilia, and born digital materials.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Most of the collection is closed for processing and will be opened on a rolling basis.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Separated Material

The Rose Library holds books and periodicals formerly owned by Sam Nunn. These materials may be located in the Emory University online catalog by searching for: Nunn, Sam, former owner.

Related Materials in This Repository

Sam Nunn oral history collection and Nuclear Threat Initiative records

Source

Gift of Sam Nunn, 1981, with subsequent additions.

Custodial History

The Rose Library received the collection in multiple acquisitions from Sam Nunn between 1981-2018. Materials had been stored in Nunn’s Senate office, in Senate storage, in the Federal Records Center, and in Nunn’s offices in Georgia prior to their transfer to Rose Library.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], [after identification of item(s)], Sam Nunn papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Processing

Processed by Rebecca Sherman, Elizabeth Miller, Miriam Kilimo, Jane Nichols, Davis Roberts, and Janine Warrington, beginning in 2016.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

Samuel Augustus Nunn, Jr. was born on September 8, 1938 in Perry, Georgia, to Samuel Augustus Nunn, Sr. (1888-1965) and Mary Elizabeth Cannon (1903-2000). Nunn attended the Georgia Institute of Technology (1956-1959) and Emory University (1960-1962), and he served in active duty in the United States Coast Guard from 1959-1960. Nunn served two terms in the Georgia House of Representatives (1968-1972).

In 1972 Nunn was elected to the United States Senate, where he served until his retirement in 1996. Nunn was a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (1972-1996; chair 1987-1995); the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (1974-1996; chair 1979-1980 and 1987-1994); and the Senate Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan Opposition (1987).

In 1985, Nunn helped to found the Democratic Leadership Council. He debated entering the Democratic primary in the presidential election of 1988 but ultimately decided against a presidential bid.

After retiring from the Senate, Nunn co-founded the Nuclear Threat Initiative in 2001.

Nunn married Colleen O'Brien (1937-) in 1965. They have two children, Mary Michelle (1966-) and Samuel Brian (1969-).

Samuel Augustus Nunn, Jr. was born on September 8, 1938 in Perry, Georgia, to Samuel Augustus Nunn, Sr. (1888-1965) and Mary Elizabeth Cannon (1903-2000). Nunn attended the Georgia Institute of Technology (1956-1959) and Emory University (1960-1962), and he served in active duty in the United States Coast Guard from 1959-1960. Nunn served two terms in the Georgia House of Representatives (1968-1972).

In 1972 Nunn was elected to the United States Senate, where he served until his retirement in 1996. Nunn was a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (1972-1996; chair 1987-1995); the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (1974-1996; chair 1979-1980 and 1987-1994); and the Senate Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan Opposition (1987).

In 1985, Nunn helped to found the Democratic Leadership Council. He debated entering the Democratic primary in the presidential election of 1988 but ultimately decided against a presidential bid.

After retiring from the Senate, Nunn co-founded the Nuclear Threat Initiative in 2001.

Nunn married Colleen O'Brien (1937-) in 1965. They have two children, Mary Michelle (1966-) and Samuel Brian (1969-).

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Sam Nunn from 1901-2005 (bulk 1972-1996), including materials relating to his family and childhood, his pre-Senate career, campaign files, files from his Senate offices, files from his post-Senate career, oral histories, photographs, audiovisual materials, awards and memorabilia, and born digital materials.

Arrangement Note

Organized into 15 series: (1) Family and childhood papers, (2) Pre-Senate career papers, (3) U.S. Senate campaign files, (4) U.S. Senate legislative files, (5) U.S. Senate committee files, (6) U.S. Senate press relations files, (7) U.S. Senate constituent services files, (8) U.S. Senate administrative files, (9) U.S. Senate office subject files, (10) Post-Senate career papers, (11) Oral histories, (12) Photographs, (13) Audiovisual, (14) Awards and memorabilia, and (15) Born digital materials.


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