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American Institute of Physics Physics Today Division records of Irwin Goodwin, 1983-1993.

Description of Collection

Repository

American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

American Institute of Physics. Physics Today Division.

Size of collection

6 linear feet
(6 records boxes)

Short description of collection

This collection includes government reports, newspaper clippings and university reviews of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), otherwise known as “Star Wars,” and the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC).

Language(s) of collection

English

Collection number:

AR200062

Historical Note

Irwin Goodwin was editor of the Washington Bureau of Physics Today (1983 to 1993) and Senior Editor of Physics Today, until his retirement in 2000.

The Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) was proposed by the subpanel on New Facilities of the Department of Energy’s High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP) in 1983. The site outside Waxahachie, TX was selected in 1988 and construction began in 1991. The SSC was to have been the largest and most advanced particle accelerator in the world with a 54-mile long particle accelerator oval shaped loop. Due to budget problems, the project was abandoned in October 1993 with the site 20% completed.

The Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), a satellite-based defense system, was announced by President Ronald Reagan on March 23, 1983. The Strategic Defense Initiative Organization was established in 1984 and headed by General James Abrahamson. Research by the SDI continued through the 1980s and eventually ended with the collapse of the USSR.

Scope and Contents of Collection

The papers of Irwin Goodwin contain his records pertaining to the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) and the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). The SSC papers include government reports and environmental impact studies, testimonies before Congress and the House Science, Technology, and Space Committee, newspaper clippings, and notes by Irwin Goodwin. The SDI papers include government reports, newspaper clippings, expert reports and an interview of General James Abrahamson by Irwin Goodwin. Also included are papers about the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator.

Restrictions on Use and Access

Permission of an officer of depositing organization required for access to records less than 25 years old. https://www.aip.org/history-programs/niels-bohr-library/access-application.

Selected Search Terms

These papers have been indexed in the International Catalog of Sources for History of Physics and Allied Sciences (ICOS) using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.

Persons

Goodwin, Irwin.

Institutions

Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility. Virginia.
Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (U.S.)

Subject terms

Directed-energy weapons.
Science and state. United States.
Superconducting Super Collider.

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

Organized into the following series:

  • Series I: Superconducting Super Collider
  • Series II: Strategic Defense Initiative
  • Series III: Reports of High Energy Physics Projects

This collection is arranged chronologically within each series.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

The bulk of this collection was donated to the Niels Bohr Library and Archives by Irwin Goodwin in 2000, upon his retirement from Physics Today. A small addition was later added and is shown as Series III: Reports of High Energy Physics Projects.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Lara D'Agaro in May 2007.

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], American Institute of Physics Physics Today Division records of Irwin Goodwin, 1983-1993. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information

Title

Finding Aid to the American Institute of Physics Physics Today Division records of Irwin Goodwin, 1983-1993.

Publisher

American Institute of Physics Niels Bohr Library & Archives

One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
USA
nbl@aip.org

2008

Encoding Information

Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Melanie J. Brown in May 2007. Any revisions made to this finding aid occurred as part of the editing and encoding process.

Series I: Superconducting Super Collider (SSC)

Subseries A: SSC reports

Box 1 Folder 1 Superconducting Super Collider #1, 1985-1988
Folder 2 Superconducting Super Collider #1, 1985-1988
Folder 3 Superconducting Super Collider #1, 1985-1988
Folder 4 Superconducting Super Collider #1, 1985-1988
Folder 5 Superconducting Super Collider #2, 1984-1989
Folder 6 Superconducting Super Collider #2, 1984-1989
Folder 7 Superconducting Super Collider #2, 1984-1989
Folder 8 Superconducting Super Collider #2, 1984-1989
Folder 9 Superconducting Super Collider #2, 1984-1989
Folder 10 Superconducting Super Collider #3, 1988-1990
Folder 11 Superconducting Super Collider #3, 1988-1990
Box 2 Folder 1 Superconducting Super Collider #4, 1986-1989
Folder 2 Superconducting Super Collider #4, 1986-1989
Folder 3 Superconducting Super Collider #4, 1986-1989
Folder 4 Superconducting Super Collider #4, 1986-1989
Folder 5 Superconducting Super Collider #5, 1990-1994
Folder 6 Superconducting Super Collider #5, 1990-1994
Folder 7 Superconducting Super Collider #5, 1990-1994
Folder 8 Superconducting Super Collider #5, 1990-1994

Subseries B: Other SSC documentation

Box 2 Folder 9 Superconducting Super Collider reference designs study group - draft II, 1984
Folder 10 Report of the HEPAP Subpanel on Advanced Accelerator R&D and the SSC, 1985
Folder 11 Site proposal - Ohio, 1985
Folder 12 Superconducting Super Collider Infopack, 1985
Folder 13 Site proposal - Colorado, 1985
Folder 14 Site proposal - Midwest, 1986
Box 3 Folder 1 Superconducting Super Collider - an assessment of the antiproton-proton option for the Superconducting Super Collider, May 1986
Folder 2 Superconducting Super Collider conceptual design, 1986
Folder 3 Invitation for site proposals for the Superconducting Super Collider, 1987
Folder 4 Site proposal - Oregon, 1987
Folder 5 Site proposal - Tennessee, 1987
Folder 1 Site proposal - Arizona, 1987-1988
Folder 2 Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Superconducting Super Collider, Volumes I and III, IV appendix 4, August 1988
Folder 3 Final Environmental Impact Statement, Superconducting Super Collider, Volume II, A.1, pages 1-500, December 1988
Folder 4 Final Environmental Impact Statement, Superconducting Super Collider, Volume II, A.1, pages 501-1005, December 1988
Folder 5 Final Environmental Impact Statement, Superconducting Super Collider, Volume II, A.1, pages 1006-1503, December 1988
Folder 6 Final Environmental Impact Statement, Superconducting Super Collider, Volume II, A.1, pages 1504-2006, December 1988
Folder 7 Final Environmental Impact Statement, Superconducting Super Collider, Volume II, A.1, pages 2007-2508, December 1988
Folder 8 Final Environmental Impact Statement, Superconducting Super Collider, Volume II, A.1, pages 2509-3007, December 1988
Folder 9 Final Environmental Impact Statement, Superconducting Super Collider, Volume II, A.1, pages 3008-3512, December 1988
Folder 10 Final Environmental Impact Statement, Superconducting Super Collider, Volume II, A.3, December 1988
Folder 11 Final Environmental Impact Statement, Superconducting Super Collider, Volume II, B (1 of 3), December 1988
Box 4 Folder 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement, Superconducting Super Collider, Volume II, B (2 of 3), December 1988
Folder 2 Final Environmental Impact Statement, Superconducting Super Collider, Volume II, B (3 of 3), December 1988
Folder 3 Risks and benefits of building the Superconducting Super Collider, 1988
Folder 4 Site Evaluations, 1988-1989
Folder 5 Draft supplemental environmental impact statement for the Superconducting Super Collider, August 1990
Folder 6 Report on Superconducting Super Collider cost and schedule baseline, 1991
Folder 7 Superconducting Super Collider termination plan, 1994

Series II: Strategic Defense Initiative

Box 4 Folder 9 Strategic Defense Initiative (1 of 4), 1983-1985
Folder 10 Strategic Defense Initiative (2 of 4), 1983-1985
Folder 11 Strategic Defense Initiative (3 of 4), 1983-1985
Folder 12 Strategic Defense Initiative (4 of 4), 1983-1985
Folder 13 Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator facility , 1983-1993
Folder 14 Southeastern Universities Research Association, 1983-1991
Box 5 Folder 1 Strategic Defense Initiative Organization/Innovative Science and Technology University Review, 1985
Folder 2 Strategic Defense Initiative-on campus, 1985-1986
Folder 3 Strategic Defense Initiative (1 of 4), 1985-1987
Folder 4 Strategic Defense Initiative (2 of 4), 1985-1987
Folder 5 Strategic Defense Initiative (3 of 4), 1985-1987
Folder 6 Strategic Defense Initiative (4 of 4), 1985-1987
Folder 7 Strategic Defense Initiative - foreign participation, 1985-1987
Folder 8 Strategic Defense Initiative Institute, 1986-1988
Folder 9 Strategic Defense Initiative - American Physical Society study of Directed Energy Weapons, 1987
Folder 10 Strategic Defense Initiative (1 of 4), 1987-1988
Folder 11 Strategic Defense Initiative (2 of 4), 1987-1988
Folder 12 Strategic Defense Initiative (3 of 4), 1987-1988
Box 6 Folder 1 Strategic Defense Initiative (4 of 4), 1987-1988
Folder 2 Strategic Defense Initiative spin-offs, 1987-1991
Folder 3 Strategic Defense Initiative - The First Five Years, 1988
Folder 4 Strategic Defense Initiative (1 of 3), 1988
Folder 5 Strategic Defense Initiative (2 of 3), 1988
Folder 6 Strategic Defense Initiative (3 of 3), 1988
Folder 7 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, 1990
Folder 8 Interview of General James Abrahamson (conducted by Irwin Goodwin), [undated]

Series III: Reports on High Energy Physics Projects

Box 6 Folder 9 Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator - preconceptual design report, 1985
Folder 10 Report of the 1985 High Energy Physics Advisory Panel Study of the U.S. High Energy Physics Program for 1985-1995, 1985
Folder 11 Statement of Alvin W. Trivelpiece, Director of Energy Research, before the House Science and Technology Committee, Subcommittee on Energy Development, 1986
Folder 12 High Energy Physics Advisory Panel-subpanel on future modes of experimental research in high energy physics, 1988
Folder 13 High Energy Physics Advisory Panel-subpanel on the U.S. High Energy Research Program for the 1990s, 1990
Folder 14 Superconducting Super Collider - laboratory status report, 1992
Folder 15 Superconducting Super Collider - media kits, news releases and clippings, 1992-1993
Folder 16 Joint hearing - Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate - Department of Energy’s Superconducting Super Collider, 1993
Folder 17 Department of Energy - High Energy Physics Advisory Panel - subpanel on vision for the future of high energy physics, 1994
Folder 18 Interview with Dr. Frank Press, President of the National Academy of Sciences (conducted by Irwin Goodwin), [undated]