NUNN, Samuel Augustus (1938-)
Senate Years of Service: 1972-1997

NUNN, SAMUEL AUGUSTUS, (grandnephew of Carl Vinson), a Senator from Georgia; born in Macon, Bibb County, Ga., September 8, 1938; educated in the public schools of Perry, Ga.; attended Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga., 1956-1959; graduated, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., 1961; received a law degree from the same university 1962; served in the United States Coast Guard 1959-1960, Reserve 1960-1968; admitted to the Georgia bar in 1962 and commenced practice in Perry; farmer; member, Georgia house of representatives 1968-1972; elected in a special election on November 7, 1972, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Richard B. Russell for the term ending January 3, 1973, and at the same time elected for the six-year term ending January 3, 1979; reelected in 1978, 1984 and 1990 and served from November 8, 1972, to January 3, 1997; was not a candidate for reelection in 1996; chairman, Committee on Armed Services (One-Hundredth through One Hundred Third Congresses); partner, King & Spalding law firm in Atlanta, Ga., 1997-2003; distinguished professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga., 1997-present; co-chairman, Nuclear Threat Initiative 2001-present.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: Correspondence in Stein and Day Publishers records, 1963-1988.

Emory University
Robert W. Woodruff Library
Atlanta, GA
Papers: 1939- (bulk1972-1996). 2,000 linear feet. Senatorial and family papers documenting Nunn's childhood, education, military service, work on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee; law practice and civic service in Perry, Georgia; service in the Georgia General Assembly; service in the U.S. Senate; and post-Senate activities. The papers include audio and video recordings, microfilm, photographs, political cartoons, scrapbooks, awards, books, memorabilia, computer records, and CD-ROMs documenting both his professional and personal life. The majority of the records document Nunn's Senate career. Senate records include campaign materials and records of Senate staffs. They document his campaigns for the Senate, legislative work, Senate committee work, political activities, communication with constituents, and his decision not to run for president in 1988. Also includes Elizabeth Cannon Nunn (Nunn's mother) scrapbooks and clippings (1954-56) and (1972-96) documenting Nunn's activities in high school, the 1972 Senate campaign, and his career in the Senate. Some restrictions. Finding aid on-line.
Papers: Correspondence in Martha Wren Gaines papers, 1962-1987. Finding aid.

Georgia State University
Pullen Library Special Collections
Atlanta, GA
Papers: Correspondence in National Domestic Workers Union records, 1965-1979.
Oral history: Discussed in interview (November 8, 1978) with Tom Linder; and in interviews (1988-1989) with Lester Maddox. Maddox interviews are transcribed. Part of Georgia government documentation project.

Gerald R. Ford Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1974-1977. Correspondence and briefing materials. Finding aid.

  • Lugar, Richard G., and Sam Nunn. "U.S. Policy Regarding Nuclear Weapons in the Former Soviet Union.'' Harvard Journal of World Affairs (Spring 1993): 133-42.
  • Nunn, Sam. "The AMB Reinterpretation Issue.'' Washington Quarterly 10 (Autumn 1987): 45-57.
  • ___. "A Common-Sense Definition of 'Common Understanding.'" University of Pennsylvania Law Review 137 (May 1989): 1523-27.
  • ___. Critical Defense Choices. Edited by Hal Gulliver. Atlanta: Southern Center for International Studies, 1983.
  • ___. "The Impact of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations on Federal Policy.'' Georgia Law Review 21 (1986): 17-56.
  • ___. Nunn 1990: A New Military Strategy. Washington: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1990.
  • ___. Sam Nunn on Arms Control. Edited by Kenneth W. Thompson. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1987.
  • CSIS Stregthening of America Commission Report. Senators Sam Nunn and Pete Domenici, Co-chairmen. Washington: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1992.
  • Principles of Health Care Reform: The Second Report of the CSIS Strengthening of America Commission. Senators Sam Nunn and Pete Domenici, co-chairmen. Washington: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1994.