Mrs. Shimp's records include both her personal papers as a tobacco-control activist and the records of her and her husband
Benjamin's consulting group Environmental Improvement Associates (EIA). Mrs. Shimp was the first employee to achieve a smoke-free
workplace through litigation when she won a lawsuit against her employer New Jersy Bell in 1976, and subsequently embarked
upon a career in anti-smoking activism, while continuing to work for New Jersey Bell.
The records contain biographical information and press stories about Donna Shimp and legal documents and correspondence related
to Shimp v. New Jersey Bell. Records and papers related to Mrs. Shimp's anti-smoking activism as the founder of Environmental
Improvement Associates include a large and diverse series of correspondence and subject files, documenting Mrs. Shimp's collaborations
and role as a leader in advocating for smoke-free workplaces. Mrs. Shimp's correspondence also helps to collect the experiences
of workers across the country in conflict with employers and unions in seeking smoke-free workplaces.
Books and pamphlets published by EIA are included along with draft and background information and records regarding orders
A subseries of legal cases specifically documents legal actions where Mrs. Shimp and EIA provided advice, references or inspiration.
Other groups of records document anti-smoking activism by the American Lung Association and associated regional chapters and
participants in various conferences and workshops attended by Mrs. Shimp, including the World Conferences on Smoking and Health.
Donna Shimp was first employed as a Service Representative by New Jersey Bell in 1961. In 1975, having developed acute allergic
reactions to second-hand tobacco smoke prevalent in her office, she pursued legal action against New Jersey Bell. Mrs. Shimp
won her case against New Jersey Bell using the argument that she had a common law right to a safe workplace.
Mrs. Shimp, along with her husband E. Benjamin Shimp, subsequently established the non-profit organization Environmental Improvement
Associates. Under the aegis of EIA, they published several books and manuals to aid others in eradicating smoking from workplaces.
Their publications include How to Protect Your Health at Work (1976), Smoke-Free Work Areas (1977) and Improving the Work Environment (1994) and others.
Mrs. Shimp became actively involved in anti-smoking advocacy, advising many people in their pursuits of smoke-free workplaces,
attending conferences and giving speeches regularly over the ensuing 25 years.
16 Linear Feet
(11 cartons, 2 boxes and 1 oversize box)
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