The Center for Health, Environment and Justice
CHEJ has donated many of its publications, documents and files generated over the past 30 years to Tufts University in Medford, MA. These historical records are now accessible through the Tufts University Digital Library, the home to CHEJ’s archival records dating back to 1981 when the organization was founded. Included are CHEJ publications such Everyone’s Backyard, Environmental Health Monthly, Action Line and numerous guidebooks and fact-packs; community newsletters; newspaper clippings; general office files; files from our Grassroots Conventions; special projects files; mini-grant files; and the personal files of Lois Gibbs, CHEJ executive Director and Stephen Lester, CHEJ’s Science Director. Many issues of Everyone’s Backyard are available online already here.
Also included in the archives are the personal files and documents related to Lois’ work at Love Canal in Niagara Falls, NY, including files maintained by the Love Canal Homeowners Association. At some time all of Lois’ and Stephen’s files and documents related to their work at Love Canal will be donated to these archives.
These files and documents provide a historical view of CHEJ’s pioneering work to organize grassroots communities in their fight for Environmental Justice. The research guide for CHEJ’s records can be found here.