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Richard L. Garwin nuclear arms control and disarmament collection, 1963-2011

Description of Collection


American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

Garwin, Richard L.

Size of collection

3 linear feet
3 records boxes

Short description of collection

Publications, reports, and symposia proceedings collected and donated from Richard L. Garwin's personal collection.

Language(s) of collection


Collection number:


Biographical Note

Richard Garwin is a physicist who received his Ph.D. in 1949 from the University of Chicago under Enrico Fermi. On Fermi's invitation, Garwin went to Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1950. At this time he was appointed to a faculty position at the University of Chicago. According to Edward Teller, Garwin was instrumental in creating the first hydrogen bomb. In 1952, Garwin joined IBM's Watson Laboratory at Columbia University in a research capacity (until 1970), while consulting at Los Alamos and for the United States government on issues of military technology and arms control. He has also been an adjunct professor in physics at Columbia University, and a professor of public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Scope and Contents of Collection

Publications, reports, and symposia proceedings collected and donated from Richard L. Garwin's personal collection. Includes reports from his time with JASON, and publications on subjects such as nuclear arms, disarmament, global strategies for nuclear technology with Soviet Union, Russia, the United Kingdom, North Korea, and India, arms control in space, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) publications, data security and declassification, energy policy, science policy and the United States government, symposia proceedings on aneutronic energy, nuclear war and space and climate change.

Restrictions on Use and Access

Researchers must have an approved access application on file in order to access archival materials.

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.


JASON Defense Advisory Group.
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


Great Britain.
Soviet Union

Subject terms

Climatic changes.
Congresses and conventions.
Data protection
Energy policy.
Nuclear arms control.
Nuclear disarmament.
Nuclear warfare.
Nuclear weapons.
Science and state.
Space flight.
Space sciences.

Genre terms


Organization and Arrangement of Collection

Collection is organized into seven series:

  • Series I. JASON reports
  • Series II. Nuclear materials publications and workshops
  • Series III. Space related publications
  • Series IV. Data related publications
  • Series V. Science policy publications
  • Series VI. Symposia
  • Series VII. Miscellaneous publications

Each series is organized alphabetically or chronologically by report number.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Gift of Richard L. Garwin, 2013.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Amanda Nelson in 2013.

Some publications were separated to become individual manuscript biographies, institutional histories, and miscellaneous physics collections.

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], Richard L. Garwin nuclear arms control and disarmament collection, 1963-2011. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the Richard L. Garwin nuclear arms control and disarmament collection, 1963-2011


American Institute of Physics Niels Bohr Library & Archives

One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740


Encoding Information

Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Amanda Nelson in 2013. Any revisions made to this finding aid occurred as part of the editing and encoding process.

Series I: JASON reports

Box 1 Folder 1 JSR-91-330: Small Satellites and RPAs in Global-Change Research, December 1992
Folder 2 JSR-92-331: Verification of Dismantlement of Nuclear Warheads and Controls on Nuclear Materials, January 1993
Folder 3 JSR-94-140: Counter Proliferation, January 1998
Folder 4 JSR-94-345: Science Based Stockpile Stewardship, November 1994
Folder 5 JSR-95-116: DNA Computing, October 1995
Folder 6 JSR-95-230: Advanced Radar Technology for Wide Area Surveillance and Fire Control Quality Tracking, January 1998
Folder 7 JSR-96-115: New Technological Approaches to Humanitarian Demining, November 1996
Folder 8 JSR-96-125: Grand Challenges, March 1997
Folder 9 JSR-96-130: High Performance Human-Computer Interfaces, September 1997
Folder 10 JSR-96-325: Use of the Fast Flux Test Facility for Tritium Production, October 1996
Folder 11 JSR-96-605: Army Battlefield Communications, September 1999
Folder 12 JSR-97-110: High Energy Density Explosives, October 1997
Folder 13 JSR-97-115: Nanoflyer, October 1997
Folder 14 JSR-97-120: Insonification for Area Denial, January 1998
Folder 15 JSR-97-142: Small Unit Operations, June 1998
Folder 16 JSR-97-155: Characterization of Underground Facilities, April 1999
Folder 17 JSR-97-160: An Unconventional, Highly Multipath-Resistant, Modulating Scheme, September 1997
Folder 18 JSR-97-300: Subcritical Experiments, March 1997
Folder 19 JSR-97-310: Review of the Superconducting Accelerator Option for the APT Program, January 1997
Folder 20 JSR-97-320: Signatures of Aging, January 1998
Folder 21 JSR-97-600: Imaging Infrared Detectors II, October 2000
Folder 22 JSR-98-140: 100 lbs. to Low Earth Orbit (LEO): Small-Payload Launch Options, October 1999
Folder 23 JSR-98-320: Signatures of Aging Revisited, March 1998
Folder 24 JSR-99-300: Remanufacture, October 1999
Folder 25 JSR-04-132: Horizontal Integration: Broader Access Models for Realizing Information Dominance, December 2004
Folder 26 JSR-05-300: Engineering Microorganisms for Energy Production, June 2006
Folder 27 JSR-06-130: High Energy Density Materials, October 2006
Folder 28 JSR-06-330: DARHT, October 2006
Folder 29 JSR-08-506: High Frequency Gravitational Waves, October 2008
Folder 30 JSR-10-102: Science of Cyber-Security, November 2010

Series II: Nuclear materials publications and workshops

Box 1 Folder 31 Atomic Legacy of the Cold War at the Arctic Seabed: Radioecological Consequences and Technical and Economic Problems of Radiation Remediation at the Arctic Seas, 2009
Folder 32 Castle Bravo: Fifty Years of Legend and Lore - A Guide to Off-Site Radiation Exposures, April 2004
Folder 33 Challenges for the 1990s for Arms Control and International Security, 1989
Folder 34 The Containment of Underground Nuclear Explosions, October 1989
Folder 35 The Day After: Action in the 24 Hours Following a Nuclear Blast in a U. S. (United States) City - A workshop of the Preventive Defense Project, April 2007
Folder 36 Dismantling the Bomb and Managing the Nuclear Materials, 1993
Box 2 Folder 1 The Elephant in the Room: The Soviet Union and India's Nuclear Program, 1967-1989, 2011
Folder 2 The Future of the UK (United Kingdom)'s Strategic Nuclear Deterrent: the White Paper, 2007
Folder 3 The Future of the UK (United Kingdom)'s Strategic Nuclear Deterrent: the White Paper - Volume II, 2007
Folder 4 Global Stability Through Disarmament: A special workshop sponsored by the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Division of Scientific and Environmental Affairs, August 1993
Folder 5 A Handful of Soldiers: An exhibition produced by the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division Office of Cultural Affairs, 2001
Folder 6 Ibrae Ras Technical Crisis Centre Nuclear Safety Institute, 2008
Folder 7 North Korea's Efforts to Acquire Nuclear Technology and Nuclear Weapons: Evidence from Russian and Hungarian Archives, August 2006
Folder 8 NPS (Nuclear Powered Submarines) Dismantling Issues: Emergency Response Exercise, 2011
Folder 9 NUDETS: Cocking the Trigger on Nuclear War, 2000
Folder 10 The Post Cold War SIOP (Single Integrated Operational Plan) and Nuclear Warfare Planning: A Glossary, Abbreviations, and Acronyms, January 1999
Folder 11 Report on the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, August 1996
Folder 12 Research Required to Support Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Monitoring, 1997
Folder 13 Reykjavik and Beyond: Deep Reductions in Strategic Nuclear Arsenals and the Future Direction of Arms Control, 1998
Folder 14 Securing the Bomb 2010: Securing All Nuclear Materials in Four Years, April 2010
Folder 15 Seismic Verification of Nuclear Testing Treaties, May 1988
Folder 16 Strategic Master Plan for Decommissioning the Retired Russian Nuclear Fleet and Environmental Rehabilitation of its Supporting Infrastructure in Northwest Russia, 2006-2007
Folder 17 Strategy Options for the UK (United Kingdom)'s Separated Plutonium, September 2007
Folder 18 Storage and Disposition of Weapons-Usable Fissile Materials Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, February 1996
Folder 19 The U. S. (United States) - Russia Joint Threat Assessment on Nuclear Terrorism, May 2011
Folder 20 User's Guide to DOE (Department of Energy) Facilities, January 1984

Series III: Space related publications

Box 2 Folder 21 Arms Control in Outer Space: Hearings before the Subcommittee on International Security and Scientific Affairs of the Committee on Foreign Affairs House of Representatives, 1983-1984
Folder 22 The Impact of Space Exploration on Mankind, October 1984
Folder 23 The Impact of Space Exploration on Mankind - Conclusions, October 1984
Folder 24 NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) 1958-1983, 1983
Folder 25 Separation Requirements for Protection of High-Altitude Satellites from Co-orbital Antisatellite Weapons, March 1985
Folder 26 Space Data, 1966
Folder 27 Space Log 1976, 1977
Folder 28 Space Log 1977, 1978
Folder 29 Space Log 1978-1979, 1980
Folder 30 Space Log 1993, 1994
Folder 31 Space Log 1995, 1996
Folder 32 Space Log 1997-1998, 1999

Series IV: Data related publications

Box 3 Folder 1 The Considerations of Data Security in a Computer Environment, circa 1968
Folder 2 Drawing Back the Curtain of Secrecy: Restricted Data Declassification Decisions 1946 to the Present (RDD-3), 1996
Folder 3 Drawing Back the Curtain of Secrecy: Restricted Data Declassification Decisions 1946 to the Present (RDD-4), 1998

Series V: Science policy publications

Box 3 Folder 4 Energy: The Next Twenty Years - An Overview, 1979
Folder 5 International Perceptions of U. S. (United States) Nuclear Policy, February 2007
Folder 6 Science Advice to the President - special issue of Technology in Society, 1980
Folder 7 Science and Technology - Executive Office of the President Office of Science and Technology Policy, 1992

Series VI: Symposia

Box 3 Folder 8 Aneutronic Energy: Proceedings of the International Symposium on the Feasibility of Aneutronic Power, 1987
Folder 9 International Seminar on the World-Wide Implications of a Nuclear War, 1981
Folder 10 International Seminar on Nuclear War - 2nd Session: How to Avoid a Nuclear War, 1982
Folder 11 International Seminar on Nuclear War - 3rd Session: The Technical Basis for Peace, 1983
Folder 12 Proceedings IBM Scientific Computing Symposium Large Scale Problems in Physics, 1963
Folder 13 Proceedings of the Eleventh Amaldi Conference on Problems of Global Security, 1999
Folder 14 Proceedings of the International Conference "Enrico Fermi and the Universe of Physics", 2001
Folder 15 Space - A New Era: Fifth National Space Symposium Proceedings Report, 1989

Series VII: Miscellaneous publications

Box 3 Folder 16 Advanced Fuel Cycle Economic Sensitivity Analysis, December 2006
Folder 17 Climate Change and Acid Rain, 1986
Folder 18 The Natural Philosopher - volume 1, 1963
Folder 19 Zababakhin Scientific Talks, 1991