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Richard L. Garwin addition to nuclear arms control and disarmament collection, 1967-2003

Description of Collection


American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

Garwin, Richard L.

Size of collection

1.25 linear feet
1 half manuscript box
1 records box

Short description of collection

Addition to the publications, reports, and symposia proceedings collected and donated from Richard L. Garwin's personal collection.

Language(s) of collection


Collection number:


Biographical Note

Physicist. Ph.D., University of Chicago (1949). Los Alamos National Laboratory (1950); faculty, University of Chicago (1950); researcher, IBM Watson Laboratory, Columbia University (1952-1970); consultant for the U.S. government on issues of military technology and arms control; adjunct professor in physics at Columbia University; professor of public policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. According to physicist Edward Teller, Garwin was instrumental in creating the first hydrogen bomb.

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 inertial fusion, energy policy, orbital maneuvering vehicle, aerial reconnaissance, U-2 plane program, CORONA, electromagnetic pulses, and satellites.

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.

Subject terms

Aerial reconnaissance. United States. History. 20th century
Electromagnetic devices.
Energy policy.
Space surveillance.
U-2 (Reconnaissance aircraft).

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

Collection is organized into four series:

  • Series I. JASON reports
  • Series II. Nuclear materials publications
  • Series III. Space related publications
  • Series IV. Reconnaissance related publications

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Gift of Richard Garwin, 2016.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Amanda Nelson in 2016.

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], Richard L. Garwin addition to nuclear arms control and disarmament collection, 1967-2003. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the Richard L. Garwin addition to nuclear arms control and disarmament collection, 1967-2003


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 2016. 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-79-11: Tunnel Detection, 1980

Series II: Nuclear materials publications

Box 1 Folder 2 Energy from Inertial Fusion, 1995

Series III: Space related publications

Box 1 Folder 3 Quest: OMV (Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle) and the art of spacecraft design, 1987
Folder 4 Space Data, 1967
Folder 5 Space Log, 1980
Folder 6 Space Log: Twenty-fifth anniversary of space exploration, 1982
Folder 7 Space Log, 1986-1987
Folder 8 Space Log, 1988-1990
Folder 9 Space Log, 1991-1992, 1994
Folder 10 Space Log, 1996

Series IV: Reconnaissance related publications

Box 1 Folder 11 Center for the Study of National Reconnaissance Bulletin, 2001
Folder 12 The CIA and the U-2 Program, 1954-1974, 1998
Folder 13 CORONA: America's First Satellite Program, 1995
Folder 14 The CORONA Story, 1988
Folder 15 Early Cold War Overflights: Symposium Proceedings: Volume I: Memoirs, 2003
Folder 16 Early Cold War Overflights: Symposium Proceedings: Volume II: Appendixes, 2003
Folder 17 EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) Interaction: Principles, Techniques and Reference Data, 1980
Box 2 Folder 1 National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) History: Congress and the National Reconnaissance Office, 2001
Folder 2 National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) History: Early Cold War Strategic Reconnaissance, 2003
Folder 3 National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) History: Management of the National Reconnaissance Program, 1960-1965, 1969
Folder 4 National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) History: Missile Defense Alarm: The Genesis of Space-Based Infrared Early Warning, 1988
Folder 5 The U-2: A Revolution in Intelligence, 1998