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  • Title: Carl R. Gerber papers
    Date (bulk): 1962-1971
    Collection Number: 2015C9
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 4 manuscript boxes (1.7 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, memoranda, reports, printed matter, and photographs relating to the Atomic Energy Commission's Plowshare Program, which developed proposals for peaceful uses of nuclear explosions, including Project Gasbuggy plans for natural gas release.
    Creator: Gerber, Carl R.
    Creator: U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2014.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Carl R. Gerber papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Biographical Note

    Carl Reading Gerber was born April 12, 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated with a B.A. in chemistry from Oberlin College in 1958. Gerber's summer employment included positions at the Lewis Laboratory of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Cleveland, Ohio and the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York. He taught freshman chemistry part time at the University of Wisconsin, where he earned his M.A. in inorganic chemistry in 1960. From June 1960 to June 1961, Gerber worked as a technical intern at the Division of Technical Information (DTI) of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and he worked as Technical Editor of DTI's Publications Branch from December 1960 to December 1961.
    Gerber next worked for the Division of Peaceful Nuclear Explosives of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), where he was involved with the planning and gathering of technical information needed to successfully launch the Plowshare Program. He served as a Program Development Specialist engaged in research and the dissemination of program materials, and in 1969 Gerber became Assistant Director of the Division.
    In later years, he continued to be involved with research related to energy and the environment, including serving as the U.S. representative on the Energy and Environment Group of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Correspondence, memoranda, reports, and printed matter (such as supplements and brochures) relating to the Plowshare Program, which proposed peaceful uses of nuclear explosions, including Project Gasbuggy plans for natural gas release. These materials provide details about Plowshare experiments, complete with date, name, purpose, location, and research areas, such as: natural gas stimulation, engineering, peaceful explosions, excavation, underground engineering, seismic effects, and neutron physics. Other materials, such as symposium proceedings, illustrations, diagrams, communications, and photographs, are also included.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Nuclear energy
    Nuclear excavation