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Guide to the Fallout Preparedness Committee records, 1961-1963.

Summary

The Fallout Preparedness Committee was appointed by President Deryl Hart in September of 1961 to prepare Duke University for a possible nuclear attack. The collection contains miscellaneous reports on the effects of a nuclear blast; diagrams of shelter spaces in Duke University buildings; second (1962), interim (1963), and third (1963) reports of the committee actions planned at Duke in the event of a nuclear attack and surveys of facilities; engineering design study for fallout shelter areas.

Collection Details

Record Group
UA.03.02.0007
Title
Fallout Preparedness Committee records
Date
1961-1963
Creator
Duke University. Fallout Preparedness Committee
Extent
0.5 Linear Feet, 250 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

The collection contains miscellaneous reports on the effects of a nuclear blast; diagrams of shelter spaces in Duke University buildings; second (1962), interim (1963), and third (1963) reports of the committee actions planned at Duke in the event of a nuclear attack and surveys of facilities; engineering design study for fallout shelter areas.

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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Fallout Preparedness Committee Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Fallout Preparedness Committee, 1961-1963
Box 1
Fallout Preparedness Committee, Progress Report 2 (1962)
Box 1
Fallout Preparedness Committee, Interim Report (1963)
Box 1
Fallout Preparedness Committee, Report 3 (1963)
Box 1
Fallout Preparedness Committee, Engineering Design Study/ J.N. Pease and Company
Box 1
 

Historical Note

The Fallout Preparedness Committee was appointed by President Deryl Hart in September of 1961 to prepare Duke University for a possible nuclear attack. The forerunner to this committee was commissioned on July 11, 1961 by Dean Barnes Woodhall to study the problem of fallout protection for the Duke Medical Center. President Hart expanded the responsibilities of the committee to encompass the entire University Community. This committee met regularly for two years and thoroughly studied and made provisions for the possibility of nuclear attack and two week confinement in the wake of nuclear radiation. The committee conducted numerous investigations into the problems of shelter, water, food, ventilation, and medical care in the case of a nuclear attack and held extensive training seminars to prepare the entire campus for fallout procedures.

Related Material

  • Inventory of the J. Deryl Hart Records, 1957-1980. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Inventory of the Paul M. Gross Papers, 1939-1979. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Inventory of the Barney Lee Jones Papers, 1957-1995. (University Archives, Duke University.)


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Provenance

The Fallout Preparedness Committee records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in June 29, 1983.

Processing Information

Processed by Sally Sullivan, May 2008

Encoded by Sally Sullivan, May 2008

Accession 83-58 is described in this finding aid.