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Lester G. Paldy Papers

Collection Number
UA 2165

OCLC Number

Lester G. Paldy 

This collection was donated by Lester G. Paldy in January 2015 and June 2015.

Extent, Scope, and Content Note 
The collection is comprised of 1.1 cubic feet of: research notes; manuscripts; correspondence; personal files; and related documents created in the 1990s. Subject coverage includes nuclear weapons and global security.

Arrangement and Processing Note
The papers have been arranged in the original order maintained by Lester G. Paldy. The collection was processed in June 2015 by  Kristen J. Nyitray. Updated April 2019.


Restrictions on Access
The collection is open to researchers without restriction.

Rights and Permissions 
Stony Brook University Libraries' consent to access as the physical owner of the collection does not address copyright issues that may affect publication rights. It is the sole responsibility of the user of Special Collections and University Archives materials to investigate the copyright status of any given work and to seek and obtain permission where needed prior to publication.  

[Item], [Box], Lester G. Paldy Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Stony Brook University Libraries.

Historical Note
Lester G. Paldy is Distinguished Service Professor of Technology and Society at Stony Brook where he has taught since 1967. He currently serves as Faculty Director of the Undergraduate College of Leadership and Service. He enlisted in the Marine Corps as a private in 1952 during the Korean War after graduating from New York's Stuyvesant High School and served for six years, earning a commission and rising to the rank of Captain despite his lack of college training.  He left the Marines in 1958 to enter Stony Brook to study physics, graduating with its second class in 1962. After graduate work at the University of Maryland and Hofstra University, he joined the Stony Brook faculty in 1967. In 1991, he was a member of the U.S. Nuclear Proliferation Treaty delegation to the United Nations. His Washington service also included appointments as senior staff associate at the National Science Foundation and State Department Visiting Fellow. He received teaching awards from the American Association of Physics Teachers and served as editor in chief of the Journal of College Science Teaching for 30 years. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of  Science and was decorated by the Central Intelligence Agency for his contributions to national security and arms control.

Nuclear warfare.
Nuclear weapons.
Nuclear arms control.
Nuclear disarmament.


Box 1 

  • Manuscript, "Cold War Memoirs" (3f)
  • Talks and papers, including: "The Impact of Environmental Politics on Russian Nuclear Weapons Testing Policy" by Les Paldy (1991); "Arms Control: The Verification Protocol to the Threshold Test Ban Treaty: Preamble to Political Decision" by Les Paldy (1991); "Environmental Politics and the Dismantlement of Weapons of Mass Destruction" by Les Paldy (1994)

Box 2

  • Unpublished manuscripts
  • Educational talks (2f)
  • Forum on Global Security
  • Correspondence on nuclear issues

Box 3

  • Nuclear trip reports
  • Nuclear talks and talk outlines (3f)

Box 4 

  • Binder: The Sixth ISODARCO-Beijing Seminar on Arms Control, October 29-November 1, 1998
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