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 (inclusive): 1967-1976
Date (bulk): 1973-1975
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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[Identification of item], Henry S. Rowen papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives


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Biographical Note

Henry S. Rowen was a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, a professor of public policy and management emeritus at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, and a senior fellow emeritus of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.
Rowen was born in Boston on October 11, 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. In 2004–5, he served on the Presidential Commission on the Intelligence of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. Rowen was an expert on international security, economic development, and high-tech industries in the United States and Asia. Rowen passed away in Palo Alto, California on November 12, 2015.

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.


Writings, 1975-1976

Scope and Content

Includes 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

writings, 1976

Box-folder 1 : 2

notes, 1975

Box-folder 1 : 3

comments on Gulf Universities Research Consortium (GURC), undated


Correspondence, 1974-1975

Scope and Content

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

Received, 1975

Box-folder 1 : 5

Sent, 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.
Box-folder 1 : 6

Canals, 1967-1975

Box-folder 1 : 7

Harbors, 1966-1969

Box-folder 1 : 8

Economic 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 and 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., 1975 April

Box-folder 3 : 2

Emelynov, V. S., 1973 June

Box-folder 3 : 3

Fleming, Edward H., 1974 February 27

Box-folder 3 : 4

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

Box-folder 3 : 5

Nordyke, Milo D., 1973-1975

Box-folder 3 : 6

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

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., 1974 September

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 research by the United States and the Soviet Union. 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, 1967 July

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, 1970 March

Box-folder 4 : 2

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

Box-folder 4 : 3

Plowshare Technology Assessment Materials Resources Analysis, 1973 January

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, 1974 July

Box-folder 4 : 6

Project PACER Final Report Appendixes, 1974 July

Box-folder 4 : 7

Peaceful Nuclear Explosions, 1975 April