Inventory of the Carl R. Gerber papers

Finding aid prepared by Tess McCarthy
Hoover Institution Library and Archives
© 2014, 2015
434 Galvez Mall
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-6003

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


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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


Atomic Energy Comission (AEC) Correspondence 1962-1972

Scope and Contents note

Letters to stakeholders, including United States government entities (such as the United States Congress) and private sector interests (such as the El Paso Natural Gas Company). Correspondence is related to the dissemination of information regarding the various Plowshare operations and the AEC's informational materials, which include transcripts of talks, project information sheets, proposals, and memoranda.
box 1, folder 1


box 1, folder 2


box 1, folder 3


box 1, folder 4


box 1, folder 5


box 2, folder 1


box 2, folder 2


box 2, folder 3


box 2, folder 4



Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and Plowshare Program Records 1962-1995

box 2, folder 5

Sections A - C 1962-1995

Scope and Contents note

[Bulk dates: 1963-1972] A) Carl R. Gerber personal files B) Glossary of Plowshare and related terms, December 1962; Plowshare chronology, July 31, 1971 C) Annual reports
box 2, folder 6

Section D 1962-1995

Scope and Contents note

[Bulk dates: 1962-1972] D) Technical information; fact sheets
box 3, folder 1

Sections E - G 1962-1995

Scope and Contents note

[Bulk dates: 1963-1972] E) Public information, general--press clipping, releases, brochures, booklets F) Critique of Final Report of the A-PICSC, April 1971 G) GAC review, May 1972
box 3, folder 2

Sections H - K 1964-1995

Scope and Contents note

[Bulk dates: 1964-1973] H) Congressional hearings, general I) Non-proliferation/disarmament J) Charges for nuclear explosives K) Publications/presentations: --Talk given to the New York section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, April 15, 1964 --Engineering with Nuclear Explosives, Chemical Engineering, July 6, 1964 --Industrial and scientific applications for nuclear explosives, BNES lecture, September 26, 1966
box 3, folder 3

Sections L - P, 1962-1995

Scope and Contents note

[Bulk dates: 1962-1972] L) Briefings/remarks: --Remarks at Gasbuggy briefing, December 9, 1969 --ANS and Southern Colorado State College talk outline, October 1969 --"Nuclear Explosives as an Engineering Tool," book chapter, 1988 --Thirteen other outlines (1968-1972) M) Scientific uses N) Excavation O) Underground engineering uses, except Gasbuggy P) Gasbuggy, general
box 3, folder 4

Sections Q - S 1965-1995

Scope and Contents note

[Bulk dates: 1965-1971] Q) Gasbuggy background/data sheets/etc. R) Gasbuggy press clippings, releases, speeches, etc. S) Gasbuggy project planning
box 3, folder 5

Sections T - XYZ, 1967-1995

Scope and Contents note

[Bulk dates: 1967-1968] T) Gasbuggy project operations U) Gasbuggy detonation day V) Gasbuggy related material W) Gasbuggy critique XYZ) [No materials follow this tab]
box 3, folder 6

Project Gasbuggy scrapbook, after 1967


Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) File, 1963-1997

Scope and Contents note

Bound printed materials, including selected annotated bibliographies for Peaceful Uses for Nuclear Explosives and Plowshare, published by the United States Atomic Energy Commission.
box 4, folder 1

Peaceful Uses for Nuclear Explosives, 6th revision, annotated bibliography, circa 1963

box 4, folder 2

Peaceful Uses for Nuclear Explosives, 7th revision, annotated bibliography, 1964 January

box 4, folder 3

Peaceful Uses for Nuclear Explosives, 7th revision, supplement 1, annotated biliography 1965 April

box 4, folder 4

Plowshare, booklet, 1966 March

box 4, folder 5

Plowshare, 8th revision, annotated bibliography, 1966 May

box 4, folder 6

Plowshare, 8th revision, supplement, 1969 April

box 4, folder 7

Plowshare: A Selected, Annotated Bibliography of the Civil, Industrial, and Scientific Uses for Nuclear Explosions, 9th revision 1971 September

box 4, folder 8

Nuclear explosives, printed materials 1964-1997