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Melvin Benarde papers

Ms. Coll. 1031

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Benarde, Melvin A.
Title:
Melvin Benarde papers
Date [inclusive]:
1968-1970
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 1031
Extent:
1.2 linear feet (3 boxes)
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Melvin Benarde papers collection is a set of typescript drafts of books written and edited by Melvin Benarde. Benarde is the author of ten books on the topic of humanity's effect on the environment and a professor in the Graduate Program in Industrial Hygiene at Temple University, the Department of Community Medicine at Hahnemann Medical School, and the Environmental Studies Institute at Drexel University. The typescripts are annotated, some heavily and some with copy edits and instructions to typesetters. Titles include Race Against Famine,  Our Precarious Habitat,  Disinfection, and  The Chemicals we Eat.
Cite as:
Melvin Benarde papers, 1968-1970, Ms. Coll. 1031, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

Melvin A. Benarde, PhD, is the author of ten books on the topic of humanity's effect on the environment. He is the former director of Temple University's Environmental Resource Center and a professor in their Graduate Program in Industrial Hygiene, professor and acting chairman in the Department of Community Medicine at Hahnemann Medical School, and Associate Director of the Environmental Studies Institute at Drexel University.

Scope and Contents

The Melvin Benarde papers collection is a set of typescript drafts of books written and edited by Melvin Benarde. The typescripts are annotated, some heavily and some with copy edits and instructions to typesetters. Titles include Race Against Famine,  Our Precarious Habitat,  Disinfection, and  The Chemicals we Eat. The collection is arranged in four series, one containing each of the aforementioned four titles, in order of each title's publishing date.

Series I comprises all materials relating to Race Against Famine (published 1968 June 01). It includes an author-corrected setting copy of the book as well as an ad for the book from  The New York Times Book Review (located in Box 1 Folder 2).  Race Against Famine is about solving the problem of world hunger and malnutrition. Benarde proposes solutions such as increasing agricultural output and low-cost, high-protein food production.

Series II includes an author-corrected setting copy of Our Precarious Habitat (published in 1970). Benarde wrote  Our Precarious Habitat to inform the general public about how science and technology affect daily life and to teach laypeople how to evaluate environmental issues in a non-heated and objective manner. The book was also intended for use in college classrooms and directed at students with limited or no science backgrounds. Some of the topics covered are: the ecology of health and disease; chemicals in our foods; pesticides; waste-disposal systems; air, water, and noise pollution; radiation; population; and the political aspects of pollution.

Series III contains an author-corrected setting copy of Disinfection (published in 1970).  Disinfection, edited by Benarde, is a compilation of works by several scholars on the topic of fighting microbial disease. According to Benarde's introduction to  Disinfection, its goal is "to advance in a more creative way the field of disinfection research." Authors represented in this volume include: Paul M. Borick, Carl W. Bruch, Mary K. Bruch, L. F. L. Clegg, Velvl W. Greene, Klaus Grossgebauer, W. B. Hugo, A. E. Humphrey, Bernard W. Koft, John Liston, A. L. Linewaver, Shigeshi Nagasawa, Haruki Nishimura, D. J. Olivant, Rollin E. Pepper, A Prokop, D. A. Shapton, Toshio Tsuchiya, and V. I. Vashkov.

Series IV is made up of four versions of The Chemicals we Eat: a first draft (box 2 folders 5-6), an author-corrected typescript (box 3 folders 1-2), a typesetting copy (box 3 folders 3-6), and a Xerox copy (box 3 folders 7-8). In  The Chemicals we Eat, Benarde itemizes and discusses both natural chemicals and chemical additives in our food supply and assesses their necessity, effectiveness, and any potential benefits or dangers they might pose. In general, Benarde expresses approval of the use of chemical additives in food and disapproval of the mass hysteria surrounding the effects of chemical additives.

The collection could be useful to those researching attitudes about environmental and health sciences in the 1960s and 1970s or those interested in pedagogy relating to those fields.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2014 September 18

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Molly B. Hutt

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use, however the materials may not be reproduced by any means, digital, photocopy, or otherwise.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Custodial History note

Gift of Melvin Benarde 1970, 1971.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Drafts (documents)
  • Typescripts
Subject(s)
  • Authors
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Communicable diseases
  • Food supply
  • Human beings--Effect of environment on

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Collection Inventory

Race Against Famine, annotated typescript.

Box Folder

Author-corrected setting copy, 1968.

1 1

Ad for Race Against Famine clipped from  The New York Times Book Review, undated.

1 2

Our Precarious Habitat, annotated typescript.

Box Folder

Pages 1-99, 1968 August.

1 3

Pages 100-236, 1968 August.

1 4

Pages 237-375, 1968 August.

1 5

Pages 376-459, 1968 August.

1 6

Disinfection, annotated typescript.

Box Folder

Front matter and chapters 1-2, 1970.

1 7

Chapters 3-6, 1970.

2 1

Chapters 7A-7C, 1970.

2 2

Chapters 8-9, 1970.

2 3

Chapters 10-11 and back matter, 1970.

2 4

The Chemicals We Eat, annotated typescripts.

Box Folder

First draft, chapters 1-2, undated.

2 5
First draft, page 91, timeline of agricultural laws, and chapters 5-7, undated.
Scope and Contents note

This file contains two distinct versions of chapter 5.

2 6

Author-corrected typescript, front matter and chapters 1-3, 1970 March.

3 1

Author-corrected typescript, chapters 4-7, 1970 March.

3 2

Typesetting copy, chapters 1-2, undated.

3 3

Typesetting copy, chapter 3, undated.

3 4

Typesetting copy, chapter 4, undated.

3 5

Typesetting copy, chapters 5-7, undated.

3 6

Xerox copy, front matter and chapters 1-3, 1970 December 30.

3 7

Xerox copy, chapters 4-7, 1970 December 30.

3 8