This collection consists of four boxes comprising 48 folders primarily of printed or handwritten textual materials. Series I: Downwinder Activism, 1953-2002 contains notes, correspondence, meetings and activist group information, research and legal documents compiled by Irma Thomas. The content and dates for Series I are in Box 1 as follows: Folders 1-7 consist of Thomas' notes including names, addresses and phone numbers of relevant persons from 1979-1983, and her research notes related to the period of 1953-1983. Folders 8-21 consist of correspondence by and to Thomas including the periods 1953, 1969-70, 1977-84, including correspondence related to the Elisabeth MacDonald article, with Paul Jacobs, related to the John Wayne People Magazine article, with Judith Brussell, Ronald Nelson, Rosalyn Yakalow and Michelle Thomas. Folders 22-23 consist of meetings and activist group information covering the period 1976, 1980-82 and 1984, including the Dose Assessment Advisory Group. Folders 24-25 consist of research and technical information covering the period 1983-85, including radiation hazards information. Folders 26-27 consist of legal information covering the period 1979-80 and 1983 covering the movie proposal and the appeal of Bullock v. U.S.
Series II: Publications, 1978-1980 contains newspaper and magazine articles collected by Thomas primarily from the period of 1978-1984 when the Downwinders claimed their illnesses resulted from radiation exposure during 1950s and 1960s-era above ground atomic bomb testing at the Nevada Test Facility. The articles cover the subsequent Federal court litigation in the United States District Court for the District of Utah in which plaintiffs claimed health injuries from the radiation exposure and brought the litigation against the United States government. The content and dates for Series II are as follows: Box 1 Folders 28-35 consisting of publications including the following: Army Reserve Magazine (1982), Family Health Magazine (1979); Government publications (1958-61, 1979, 1982-85); Life Magazine (1979-80); Mountain West Magazine (1979, 1981); New Age Magazine (1979); and Newsweek Magazine (1979, 1982-83). Box 2 Folders 1-9 consisting of publications including the following: People Magazine (1977, 1979); Plain Truth Magazine (1977, 1982); Rocky Mountain Magazine (1981); Saturday Review (1978); Time Magazine (1979); US Magazine (1979); U.S. News & World Report Magazine (1979, 1994); Utah Holiday Magazine (1982); and WIN Magazine (1980). Box 3 Folders 1-2 consisting of publications including the following: Belleview, Washington, Daily Journal-American (1978-79, 1982-83); Deseret News (1970, 1975, 1977-84, 1994, 2001-02, and undated folder); Las Vegas Review Journal (1982); Las Vegas Sun (1978-80, 1982-84, 1994); Los Angeles Times (1977-79); and Miscellaneous Newspapers and Journals (1955, 1957, 1978-83, 1994). Box 4 Folders 1-2 consisting of publications including the following: New York Times (1979 and undated); Parade Magazine (1968, 1978, 1981, 1983); Richfield, Utah, Reaper, (1979); Salt Lake Tribune (1955-1984, various years and undated); Seattle Times (1979-83); St. George, Utah, Spectrum (1978-84); The Star (1978-79); University of Utah publications (1979, 1981-83); and Washington County News (Utah)(1953, 1955, 1957, 1978-83).