Contents and Arrangement

State Veto On Nuclear Waste, 1978

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


Staff files are arranged alphabetically by name. The files of the Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs are filed at the end of the subseries.

Collection History


A total of 809 linear feet of materials were separated from the collection in 2009 as follows: 20 linear feet of books (sent to Firestone Library and the Special Collections for further processing); 123 linear feet of redundant constituent correspondence (a 6% sample of which was retained); 59 linear feet of secondary material available from other sources (destroyed); 144 linear feet of routine constituent correspondence (destroyed); 35 linear feet of routine office files (destroyed); 101 linear feet of duplicate correspondence carbons (destroyed); 106 linear feet of clippings available from other sources (destroyed); 50 linear feet of duplicates (destroyed); 53 linear feet of material, including card files and contribution envelopes, that duplicates information available elsewhere in the collection (destroyed); 103 linear feet of case files peripheral to policy research (destroyed); 4 linear feet of book drafts peripheral to policy research (destroyed); 9 linear feet of personal records peripheral to policy research (destroyed); and 2 linear feet of blank forms and folders of no research value (destroyed).


The George S. McGovern Papers were processed with the generous support of The John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Fund.

Processing Information

Processed by Regine Heberlein in 2009. Materials were re-housed in archival boxes and grouped to document McGovern's political campaigns, service in the House of Representatives, service as Director of Food for Peace, and service in the Senate.

Boxes 940-943 added by Rachel Van Unen in 2014.

Biography written by Jessica Marati, '08. Updated by Regine Heberlein and Rachel Van Unen.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

State Veto On Nuclear Waste; George S. McGovern Papers, MC181, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
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Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
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Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 510

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Related Materials

Additional papers of Senator McGovern are housed at the McGovern Library at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD. An online finding aid is available here: The Senator George S. McGovern Collection.

Other Finding Aids

The Audiovisual Materials series, 1957-1984 (bulk 1968-1972) is described in a separate finding aid that includes an inventory: Audiovisual Materials.


Ambrose, Stephen. The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2001. Campaign '72: The Managers Speak. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1973. Marano, Richard Michael. Vote Your Conscience: The Last Campaign of George McGovern. Westport, Conn. and London: Praeger, 2003. McGovern, George. Grassroots: The Autobiography of George McGovern. New York: Random House, 1977. McGovern, George. An American Journey: The Presidential Campaign Speeches of George McGovern. New York: Random House, 1974. Miroff, Bruce. The Liberals' Moment: The McGovern Insurgency and the Identity Crisis of the Democratic Party. Lawrence, Kan.: University Press of Kansas, 2007. Stephen, Vittoria (writer/director). One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern (videorecording). 2005. Thompson, Hunter S. Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72. New York and Boston: Grand Central Publishing, [1983] 2006. Watson, Robert P., ed. George McGovern: A Political Life, a Political Legacy. Pierre, South Dakota: South Dakota State Historical Society Press, 2004.

Kennedy family
Kennedy family
Eagleton, Thomas F., 1929-2007
McGovern, Eleanor, 1921-2007
McGovern, George S. (George Stanley) (1922-2012)
Nixon, Richard M. Richard Milhous 1913-1994
Shriver, Sargent, 1915-2011