The Barton C. Hacker Papers document Hacker’s career as a historian of radiation safety, and primarily consist of materials related to his service as historian to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Dosimetry Research Project, beginning in 1979. The collection also contains general research materials, committee documents, and conference proceedings and papers.
Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections & University Archives Research Center
Barton C. Hacker is Curator of Armed Forces History at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Beginning in 1979, he served as Historian at Reynolds Electrical and Engineering Company (REECo), working on the Dosimetry Research Project for the Department of Energy, which sought to comprehensively identify, locate, and centralize records related to human radiation exposure. He formerly served as Laboratory Historian at the University of California's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and has held teaching or research positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Iowa State University, the University of Houston, University of Chicago, and Oregon State University (from 1986-1992).
He is a recipient of the Leonardo da Vinci Medal of the Society for the History of Technology and of several writing prizes. He has curated major exhibits on Submarines in the Cold War and West Point in the Making of America. His publications include books on the history of Project Gemini, radiation safety in nuclear weapons testing, and world military institutions, as well as many articles and book reviews on a wide range of topics in the history of military technology.
The Barton C. Hacker Papers document Hacker’s career as a historian of radiation safety, and primarily consist of materials related to his service as historian to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Dosimetry Research Project, beginning in 1979. These records reflect his efforts to identify and locate records related to human radiation exposure in institutions and organizations around the country, and his later scholarly work on radiation exposure and hazards. The collection includes indexes and chronologies, photocopies of original archival documents and records, correspondence, articles, clippings, publications, conference proceedings, and manuscripts.
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Restrictions on Access :
The collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation :
Barton C. Hacker Papers (MSS HackerB), Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.
The Barton C. Hacker Papers are arranged into four series: I: Department of Energy Dosimetry Research Project Research Files, 1955-1991; II: General Research Files, 1960-1995; III: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Files, 1995; IV: Papers and Conference Materials, 1974-1994. Folders are arranged chronologically within each series.
Acquisition Information :
These materials were donated by Barton C. Hacker in 2006.
Series I: Department of Energy Dosimetry Research Project Files, 1955-1995
Series I, Department of Energy Dosimetry Research Project Research Files, contains indexes, document lists, and records surveys of archival documents related to human radiation testing and exposure that Hacker located at various U. S. institutions and organizations, including the Defense Nuclear Agency, the Atomic Energy Commission, and the Reynolds Electrical and Engineering Company. It also contains calendars and chronologies of events in radiation history prepared by Hacker to assist in his task of locating and compiling records related to those events. Though the majority of the series are compilations of or lists of records and archival sources, there are some photocopies of archival documents related to Hacker’s work.
Dosimetry Research Project Mission and Task Documents, 1978, 1982
Brief History of Nuclear Weapons Testing Support by REECo and Affiliated Companies, undated
Evaluation of Radioactive Fallout, Armed Forces Special Weapons Project, undated
REECo Historical Radiation Records and Field Documents, 1955-1957, 1980
Columbia University, Lamont Geological Observatory, Project Sunshine Progress Report, 1955
REECo Historical Radiation Records, 1955, 1961
REECo Historical Radiation Records, Operations Teapot, Plumbob, Hardtack II, 1955-1961
REECo Historical Radiation Records and Field Documents, 1958-1961
REECo Historical Radiation Records, Radiation Area Personnel Listings, 1959-1961
Series III: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Files, 1995
Series III, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Files, consists of reports and committee materials related to two committees that Hacker was an active part of while employed there: the Human Subjects Task Force, and the Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Exposure.
Nuclear Weapons Information Project Archiving Plan Draft, 1995
Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Exposure, Update on Marshall Islands, 1995
Series IV: Papers and Conference Materials, 1974-1994
Series IV, Papers and Conference Materials, consists of conference proceedings and readings for two conferences, primarily the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation Summer Session, as well as several papers delivered by Hacker at various conferences.
Nucleonics Week: Reactor Safety, 1974-1975
Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation: Sociological Perspectives, 1985
Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation: Historical Perspectives, 1987
Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation: Summer Seminar on Global Security and Arms Control Sessions 1-5, 1987
Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation: Summer Session on Global Security and Arms Control Session 6-14, 1987
Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation: Summer Seminar on Global Security and Arms Control Sessions 15-22, 1987
“Bravo and the Marshallese: The 1954 H-Bomb Test and Its Consequences” , 1992
“Coming in from the Cold: Science, Politics, and Nuclear Weapons Testing“, 1993
“Radioactive Atolls: Cleaning Up After the Bombs, 1958-1978”, 1994