Register of the Henry S. Rowen papers

Finding aid prepared by Amanda Mellinger
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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Title: Henry S. Rowen papers
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1973-1975
Date (inclusive): 1967-1976
Collection Number: 2010C6
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 4 manuscript boxes (1.6 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, writings, notes, reports, studies, and printed matter relating to peaceful uses of nuclear energy, and particularly to nuclear excavation.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Rowen, Henry S.


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Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], Henry S. Rowen papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives


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Biographical Note

Henry S. Rowen is currently a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, a professor of public policy and management emeritus at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a senior fellow emeritus of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.
Rowen was born in Boston in 1925 and completed a bachelors degree in industrial management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Afterwards he completed a masters degree in economics at Oxford University in 1955. Rowen was assistant director of the US Bureau of the Budget from 1965 to 1966 and then president of the RAND Corporation from 1967 to 1972. He was also chairman of the National Intelligence Council from 1981 to 1983. It was during the decades between 1960 and 1980 that Rowen was particularly involved with the investigations into peaceful nuclear explosions.
Rowen was assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs in the US Department of Defense from 1989 to 1991, and from 2001 to 2004 he served on the Secretary of Defense Policy Advisory Board. From 2004 to 2005, he served on the Presidential Commission on the Intelligence of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. Rowen is an expert on international security, economic development, and high-tech industries in the United States and Asia. His current research focuses on the rise of high technology in Asia.
Rowen's biography is available from the Hoover Institution and from Stanford's Institute for International Studies. 

Scope and Content

Correspondence, writings, and notes created by Henry S. Rowen with additional reports, studies, and printed matter from others relating to peaceful uses of nuclear energy and particularly to nuclear excavation. Most of the materials were created between 1970 and 1975, and some of the materials were created directly for the International Atomic Energy Agency conference of 1975.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Nuclear energy.
Nuclear excavation.


Biographical File, 1975-1976

Scope and Content

A draft and revised copy of Rowen's research paper titled The Economics of Peaceful Nuclear Explosions accompanied by handwritten and typed notes.
Box-folder 1 : 1

Personal Writings, 1976

Box-folder 1 : 2

Personal Notes, 1975

Box-folder 1 : 3

Personal Comments on Gulf Universities Research Consortium (GURC), undated


Correspondence file, 1974-1975

Scope and Content

A small group of correspondence written to Rowen in 1975 and a few copies of correspondence from other individuals from 1974.
Box-folder 1 : 4

Correspondence Sent to Henry Rowen, 1975

Box-folder 1 : 5

Correspondence Sent to Others, 1974


Subject Files, 1966-1976

Scope and Content

This series is composed of subject folders organized by the creator on topics related to peaceful nuclear explosions. Topics include use of peaceful nuclear explosions for building and energy purposes, test explosion projects, and politics. Most of the materials are dated between 1973 and 1976.
Box-folder 1 : 6

Canals, 1967-1975

Box-folder 1 : 7

Harbors, 1966-1969

Box-folder 1 : 8

Economis Analysis by Others, 1969-1975

Box-folder 1 : 9

Treaties, 1975

Box-folder 1 : 10

Safety, 1975

Box-folder 1 : 11

Arms Control and Prolifer, 1974-1975

Box-folder 1 : 12

Enjay Chemical Company, 1976

Box-folder 1 : 13

Environment, 1971-1974

Box-folder 1 : 14

Plowshare, 1973

Box-folder 2 : 1

Peaceful Nuclear Explosion Reactor (PACER), 1974-1975

Box-folder 2 : 2

Foreign Application, 1974-1975

Box-folder 2 : 3

Oil Shale, 1973-1975

Box-folder 2 : 4

Hydrothermal, 1973

Box-folder 2 : 5

Ore Leaching, 1973-1974

Box-folder 2 : 6

Progress Reports Proposals, 1967-1975

Box-folder 2 : 7

European Trip, 1976

Box-folder 2 : 8

Gas Stimulation, 1972-1974


Writing By Others, 1970-1976

Scope and Content

This series is comprised of reports and research papers written by people other than the creator. Most of the writings were compiled for an International Atomic Energy Agency conference in 1976 or were related to peaceful nuclear explosion testing.
Box-folder 2 : 9

Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, 1974

Box-folder 2 : 10

CER Geonuclear Corporation, 1970 October 29

Box-folder 3 : 1

Elkins, Lloyd E., et al, April 1975

Box-folder 3 : 2

Emelynov, V. S., June 1973

Box-folder 3 : 3

Fleming, Edward H., 1974 February 27

Box-folder 3 : 4

Israel, Y. A., et al, March 1976

Box-folder 3 : 5

Nordyke, Milo D., 1973-1975

Box-folder 3 : 6

Otway, Harry J. and Pahner, Philip D., January 1976

Box-folder 3 : 7

Panofsky, Wolfgang K. H., 1974-1975

Box-folder 3 : 8

Roncalio, Teno, 1974 March 12

Box-folder 3 : 9

Scoville, Herbert Jr., September 1974

Box-folder 3 : 10

Unidentified, 1974

Box-folder 3 : 11

White, M., 1975 August 24


Printed Matter, 1967-1975

Scope and Content

Reports and publications produced about the peaceful uses of nuclear explosions with analysis of United States and the Soviet Union's research. Notable items include a technical manual for Project Wagon Wheel in Wyoming and the final report for Project PACER in Nevada.
Box-folder 3 : 12

Articles and Clippings, 1970-1975

Box-folder 3 : 13

Project Ketch, July 1967

Box-folder 3 : 14

Project Wagon Wheel: Technical Studies Report, 1971 December 31

Box-folder 4 : 1

Conventional Excavation Methods and Costs for Use in Feasibility Studies of Nuclear and Conventional Earthwork Projects, March 1970

Box-folder 4 : 2

Design of a Waterway Connecting the Orinoco and Rio Negro Rivers in the Federal Territory of Amazonas, Venezuela, June 1972

Box-folder 4 : 3

Plowshare Technology Assessment Materials Resources Analysis, January 1973

Box-folder 4 : 4

A Review of Soviet Data on the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Explosions, 1974 April 1

Box-folder 4 : 5

Project PACER Final Report, July 1974

Box-folder 4 : 6

Project PACER Final Report Appendixes, July 1974

Box-folder 4 : 7

Peaceful Nuclear Explosions, April 1975