NUNN, SAM.
Sam Nunn papers, 1861-2010 (bulk 1973-1996)

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

Digital Material Available in this Collection

Collection Stored Off-Site

All or portions of this collection are housed off-site. Materials can still be requested but researchers should expect a delay of up to two business days for retrieval.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Nunn, Sam.
Title: Sam Nunn papers, 1861-2010 (bulk 1973-1996)
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, 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: Portions of the collection are closed for processing.

Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance to access this collection.

Series 1: Due to preservation concerns, Wilbur Vinson's Masonic certificate is closed to researchers.

Series 4: Investigation files and nomination files containing confidential materials are restricted for 50 years, in accordance with Senate Resolution 474 (96th Congress). Nomination files in the Rief files are restricted until 2046, 50 years from the latest date of creation in the file set. Nomination files in Subseries 4.4: Legislative Assistant files are restricted until 2046, 50 years from the latest date of creation. Nomination files in Subseries 4.7: In-House Counsel files are restricted until 2040, 50 years from the latest date of creation. Personnel files containing confidential materials are restricted by the donor until 2047.

Series 9: Constituent casework files with personally identifiable information in the Washington, D.C. office subject files are restricted until 2053. Constituent casework files with personally identifiable information in the Atlanta office subject files are restricted until 2055. Constituent casework files with personally identifiable information in the Savannah office subject files are restricted until 2061.

Series 10: Special restrictions apply: Selected portions of oral history transcripts, supplemental materials, and transcription notes are restricted by the donor until 2042. Audio recordings of oral histories (located in Subseries 12.1: Audio recordings) are restricted by the donor until 2042.

Series 12: Audio recordings of select meetings are restricted until 2032. Audio recordings of oral histories are restricted until 2042. Audio recordings pertaining to investigations are restricted for 50 years, in accordance with Senate Resolution 474 (96th Congress). Use copies have not been made for all video recordings in this collection. Researchers must contact the Rose Library at least two weeks in advance for access to these items. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder the Rose Library's ability to provide access to audiovisual material.

Series 14: Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance for access to unprocessed born digital materials in this collection. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder the Rose Library's ability to provide access to unprocessed born digital materials. Use of the original digital media is restricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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

Related Materials in Other Repositories

Richard B. Ray papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia

Two-Party Georgia Oral History Project, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia

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 1981-2022. Materials had been stored in Nunn’s Senate office, in Senate storage, in the Federal Records Center, in Nunn’s offices in Georgia, and in Nunn's home 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.

Appraisal Note

The collection was acquired by David Estes, Head of Special Collections, as part of the Rose Library’s holdings in modern politics. Rose Library staff removed and shredded approximately 900 linear feet of constituent casework files (in 1997 and 2018) that contained personally identifiable information and were maintained by Nunn’s office as a separate series of records. Rose Library staff also removed and shredded 53 linear feet of military service academy applications in 1997. Rebecca Sherman removed and shredded a small amount of additional constituent casework files found in other series and eighteen linear feet of personnel files containing personally identifiable information. Rebecca Sherman removed and shredded bound Senate hearings transcripts and reports, as well as books that were duplicates of items already owned by Emory Libraries. Duplicates found throughout the collection were removed and shredded. All appraisal decisions made during processing from 2016-2022 were made by Rebecca Sherman in consultation with Sam Nunn and Randy Gue, Assistant Director for Collection Development and Curator of Political, Cultural, and Social Movements Collection.

Processing

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

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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 1861-2010 (bulk 1973-1996), including materials relating to his family and childhood, his pre-Senate career, campaign files, files from his Senate offices, oral histories, photographs, audiovisual materials, awards and memorabilia, and born digital materials.

Arrangement Note

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


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