Description: In her 1962 book “Silent Spring,” Rachel Carson, the marine biologist and conservationist, reveals the dangers of the pesticide DDT and paves the road for the environmental movement. In 2006 Discover Magazine chooses Carson’s book as one of the “25 greatest science books of all time.” Carson indicts the chemical industry for deceiving the public about DDT, which has the capability of killing hundreds of types of insects. Carson exposes how this pesticide enters the food chain, causing cancer and genetic damage. Her book is met with outrage from the chemical industry, which attempts to debunk her research and discredit her personally. However, President John F. Kennedy requests that the President's Science Advisory Committee issue a report, which ultimately confirms the validity of Carson’s research. Government supervision of the use of DDT eventually leads to banning it altogether. Public hearing transcripts from the DDT trials housed in the National Archives at College Park, Maryland are the centerpiece of the collection. Also, in the collection are videos, photos and texts.