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Penelope Ploughman Love Canal collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0100

Scope and Contents

This collection includes research materials and images relating to the environmental disaster known as Love Canal. Contents include slides, photographs, clippings, microfilm copies of additional clippings, CD-ROMs containing digital images, and a dissertation.


  • 1978-1994


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access and Use

The bulk of the Penelope Ploughman Love Canal Collection, 1978-1994, is open for research.


Records that contain personally identifiable information are restricted in order to protect individual privacy. According to HIPAA Privacy Regulations patient evaluations and medical records are closed for 50 years after date of death. If date of death is unknown, records are closed for 100 years from date of creation. Folders that are restricted are marked as such.


Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Biographical Note

Penelope Ploughman was a member of the University at Buffalo's Sociology Department and Dr. Adeline Levine's "Love Canal Research Group" from 1977-1980. Building on her work as part of the "Love Canal Research Group", Ploughman wrote her dissertation on the news coverage of Love Canal. Using her research materials and the extensive photographs she took, Ploughman developed the slide presentation The History and Development of Love Canal: From Model City Dream to Environmental Nightmare, which she used in lectures for several years.

After earning her Ph.D. in 1984, Ploughman earned a J.D. from the University at Buffalo's Law School in 1989.


5.8 Linear Feet (4 cartons, 2 manuscript boxes, 1 newspaper box)


Slides, photographs, and clippings about the environmental disaster known as Love Canal collected by Penelope Ploughman for her dissertation, The Creation of Newsworthy Events: An Analysis of Newspaper Coverage of the Man-Made Disaster at Love Canal.


This collection consists of one series: I. Love Canal Research Materials, 1978-1994

Acquisition Information

The Penelope Ploughman Love Canal Collection was donated to University Archives in February 2008 by Dr. Penelope Ploughman.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Alternate Forms

In the fall of 2008, several slides from the Penelope Ploughman Love Canal Collection, 1978-1994, were digitized for inclusion in a Love Canal digital image collection. The Love Canal digital image collection will be available through the Love Canal Collections website available at:

Processing Information

Processed by Nathan Tallman, February 2009. 4 record cartons of additional material added and finding aid updated by Jessica Hollister, April 2018.

Finding Aid for the Penelope Ploughman Love Canal collection
Finding aid prepared by Nathan Tallman.
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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