Haim, Mark, Collection, c. 1976-1989 (WUNP5796) -- Preliminary Inventory

approximately 8 linear feet

BIOGRAPHICAL/ORGANIZATIONAL SKETCH

Mark Haim (pronounced Hime) grew up in New York City and attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook, from which he graduated in 1971 with an interdisciplinary degree in social sciences. He moved to Columbia, Missouri, shortly thereafter and became increasingly involved in social and environmental activism. He helped found an anti-nuclear organization, Missourians for Safe Energy (MSE), in Columbia in 1976. The organization’s primary focus was to prevent the construction of the Callaway Nuclear Power Plant near Fulton, Missouri. MSE members led demonstrations and protests, held public meetings, canvassed door-to-door, conducted petition drives, and spoke to various groups. MSE incorporated in 1979 and established a governance structure for a statewide organization. However, the core group of active members remained small, and fundraising proved difficult. Also, despite the efforts of MSE, construction on the Callaway Plant continued virtually unabated.

In February 1980, Mark and Susan Haim had a son, Abe. Around that same time Mr. Haim and others involved with MSE formed Citizens for a Radioactive Waste Policy (CRP) “to promote responsible management of nuclear waste and to assure that huge inventories of commercial reactor waste are not produced in Missouri until it can be demonstrated the waste will be effectively isolated from the environment.” The organization conducted a statewide petition drive and successfully placed Proposition No. 11 on the November 1980 ballot. If passed, the proposition would have prohibited the operation of a nuclear power plant in Missouri unless a federally-approved waste-storage site existed and the plant owners/operators had posted a bond securing the costs of decommissioning the plant. Union Electric, the owner of the Callaway Plant, argued that the passage of the proposition would negatively affect Missouri’s economy and cause an energy crisis. The initiative failed 1,201,821 (61 percent) to 772,597 (39 percent) and the Callaway Plant eventually went into service in 1984. CRP dissolved shortly after the November 1980 election. Many of its members, including Mr. Haim, became active in Missouri Energy Action (MEA), a new statewide grassroots organization “dedicated to assuring safe and affordable energy for the people of Missouri.”

Other organizations in which Mr. Haim became involved included Columbians Against Throwaways, Citizens for Sustainable Resource Use, the Columbia Community Grocery, and the Earth Day Coalition. Still a Columbia resident, he is director of Mid-Missouri Peaceworks and coordinator of the Peace Nook, a “non-profit, volunteer-based community resource center.”

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The Mark Haim Collection consists of correspondence, financial and membership records, promotional materials, newspaper clippings, background and research materials, and other records of Missourians For Safe Energy, Citizens for a Radioactive Waste Policy, Missouri Energy Action and other similar state organizations, c. 1976-1989. Although they are not fully processed, most of the records have been placed within folders in 10 manuscript boxes and arranged into four organizational series.

The first series, Missourians For Safe Energy (MSE), comprises boxes 1-7 and part of box 8. The inclusive dates for most items in the series are 1976 to 1980. The series is broken down into three subseries: Callaway Nuclear Power Plant/Union Electric, Miscellaneous subjects, and Organizational materials. Within the Organizational materials subseries, the records are further subdivided into printed materials intended for wide distribution (e.g. flyers, news releases) and non-printed materials (e.g. correspondence).

The second series, Missouri Energy Action (MEA), comprises parts of boxes 8 and 9. The inclusive dates are 1981 to 1984, and the records are all either printed or non-printed organizational materials.

The third series, Citizens for a Radioactive Waste Policy (CRP), comprises parts of boxes 9 and 10. Nearly all records in this series are dated 1980. The series consists of two subseries: Miscellaneous and Organizational materials. Again, the latter subseries is arranged by printed and non-printed records.

One large folder in box 10 includes miscellaneous records for the fourth series, Missouri Citizens Action (MCA). The remaining records in the collection are housed in four records center boxes (or cubes) and one oversize box. The records center boxes mostly contain financial and membership records for the various organizations. Records center box 4 also contains CRP press releases and campaign materials. The oversize box primarily holds MSE and CRP posters.

Although the collection is not fully indexed in the card catalogue, researchers should consult the reference staff with questions about specific names and subjects that may be found in the records.

BOX LIST

Box 1, 20 foldersMissourians For Safe Energy (MSE)
Callaway Nuclear Power Plant/Union Electric
Clippings, 10 folders (re. Benson & Emmons reports, construction/safety inspections, MSE protests/demonstrations, Bill Smart case, etc.)
Maps/Diagrams, 1 folder (Callaway, Gasconade, Osage Counties)
Reports, 9 folders (Benson, Emmons, NRC, UE)
Box 2, 15 foldersMissourians For Safe Energy (MSE)
Callaway Nuclear Power Plant/ Union Electric
Reports, 10 folders (NRC reports/inspections, UE, Public Service Commission reports/testimony, etc.)
Misc., 5 folders
Box 3, 17 foldersMissourians For Safe Energy (MSE)
Miscellaneous subjects
Booklets, 3 folders
Clippings, 5 folders (re. Weldon Spring, MU research reactor, etc.)
Flyers, 2 folders
Legislative Directories/Rosters, 1 folder (Mo., c. 1978-1983)
Newsletters, 1 folder (c. 1977-1979)
Photos, 1 folder (Hematite plant)
Reports, 4 folders (Weldon Spring, DNR Missouri Energy Conservation Plan)
Box 4, 28 foldersMissourians For Safe Energy (MSE)
Miscellaneous subjects
Reports, 5 folders (Weldon Spring, etc.)
Testimony, 3 folders (re. electric lines’ biological effects, Hematite plant)
Misc., 6 folders (electric lines cases, Forelaws On Board, solar energy, etc.)
Organizational materials—printed
Balloon Cards, 3 folders (November 1977, September 1979)
Booklet, 1 folder
Flyers/leaflets, 1 folder
Newsletters, 2 folders
News releases, 2 folders
Posters/broadsides, 1 folder
Publicity material, 1 folder
Song sheets, 1 folder
Survey, 1 folder
Misc., 1 folder
Box 5, 17 foldersMissourians For Safe Energy (MSE)
Organizational materials—non-printed
Bylaws, 1 folder
Classes, 3 folders
Correspondence, 12 folders (c. 1977-1980)
Documents, 1 folder (incorporation papers)
Box 6, 10 foldersMissourians For Safe Energy (MSE)
Organizational materials—non-printed
Journals/Notebooks, 4 folders (1977-1980)
Leases, 1 folder (1980-1981)
Lists, 5 folders (individuals and organizations)
Box 7, 23 foldersMissourians For Safe Energy (MSE)
Organizational materials—non-printed
Lists, 15 folders (individuals and organizations)
Manuscripts, 1 folder
Minutes, 1 folder (meetings, 1979-1980)
Notes, 1 folder
Petitions, 1 folder (1978)
Survey, 4 folders (“Stopping nuclear power,” 1977; phone survey on nuclear issues, c. 1979)
Box 8, 18 foldersMissourians For Safe Energy (MSE)
Organizational materials—non-printed
Survey, 4 folders (“Nuclear attitudes poll,” January 1980)
Misc., 7 folders (statements, in-house communication, etc.)
Missouri Energy Action (MEA)
Miscellaneous subjects
Citizens Utility Board records, 2 folders (1982)
Missouri Statewide Energy Coalition materials, 4 folders (1981-1983)
Misc., 1 folder
Box 9, 30 foldersMissouri Energy Action (MEA)
Organizational materials—printed
Flyers/leaflets, 1 folder
News releases, 1 folder
Posters, 1 folder
Publicity material, 1 folder
Statements, 1 folder (1981-1982)
Organizational materials—non-printed
By-laws, 1 folder
Classes, 2 folders
Correspondence, 3 folders
Documents, 1 folder
Lease, 1 folder
Lists, 1 folder
Minutes, 1 folder (1981-1984)
Notes, 1 folder
Petitions, 1 folder
Survey, 1 folder
Misc., 3 folders
Citizens for a Radioactive Waste Policy (CRP)
Miscellaneous—printed
Articles, 4 folders (1977-1980)
Clippings, 3 folders (1980)
Flyers/pamphlets, 1 folder
Proposition 11 opposition, 1 folder
Box 10, 27 foldersCitizens for a Radioactive Waste Policy (CRP)
Organizational materials—printed
Booklet, 1 folder (“Proposition 11 Questions Answered Claims Debunked”)
Clippings/advertisements, 1 folder
Flyers/pamphlets, 1 folder
News releases, 1 folder
Posters/broadsides, 1 folder
Publicity materials, 1 folder
Statements, 1 folder
Organizational materials—non-printed
“Bike Away” materials, 1 folder
Correspondence, 3 folders
Documents, 1 folder
Election data, 1 folder
Endorsements, 2 folders
Journal, 1 folder
Legislation, 1 folder
Lists, 3 folders
Minutes, 1 folder (1980-1981)
Notes, 1 folder
Petitions, 2 folders
Misc., 2 folders
Missouri Citizens Action (MCA)
Misc., 1 folder
Records Center Box 1MSE and MEA
Organizational materials
Card file
Financial records

Bank statements

Records Center Box 2MSE, MCA, CRP, and Great Plains Federation (GPF)
Organizational materials
Account books
Financial records
Bank statements
Ledgers
Lists
Records Center Box 3Citizens for a Radioactive Waste Policy (CRP)
Organizational materials
Bank statements
Campaign reports
Card files
Records Center Box 4Citizens for a Radioactive Waste Policy (CRP)
Organizational materials
Subject files
Press releases
Campaign reports
Financial records
Oversize BoxMSE and CRP
Miscellaneous
Posters
Maps/diagrams
Newsletter

INDEX TERMS

These index terms are the subjects, people, places, etc. under which this collection is listed in all available indexes at The State Historical Society of Missouri-Columbia. If you are interested in a specific index term, please contact the reference staff.