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A Guide to the "First Temple of the Atom" documents

Scope and Content
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First temple of the AtomScope and Content

This digital collection consists of ca. 150 items, 1949-1956, chiefly letters and writings of Clifford K. Beck relating to the establishment and building of the first nuclear reactor at North Carolina State College and the establishment of the Nuclear Engineering program.

During the construction and test phases, numerous memorandum passed between project participants. These crucial documents detail experimental results and reactor specifications. Dr. Raymond L. Murray collected, saved, and donated these crucial documents to the NC State University Archives at the Raymond L. Murray Raleigh Research Reactor Project Notebook project site.


Documents: 1951 | 1952 | 1953 | 1954 | 1955 | 1956

Proposal of a Nuclear Reactor at North Carolina State College [XML] [HTML]
March 30, 1950
Collection: Department of Nuclear Engineering, UA 105.16
Extent: 24 pp , 373 Kb, including 24 images

Dr. Clifford Beck proposes the building of a joint North Carolina State College-Atomic Energy Commission 5 KW nuclear reactor of the uranium "water-boiler" type. To be used as the core of an instructional and research program in Nuclear Engineering, Dr. Beck reasons that Duke University, the University of North Carolina, several medical schools and a number of other institutions in the vicinity of Raleigh, North Carolina, would benefit from the proposed reactor program. Enclosing a tentative schematic design of the reactor, and identifying key faculty and research members associated with the project, Dr. Beck estimates that detailed design and construction can be accomplished in from eight to ten months and would be completed at a total cost of $150,000.

Letter from J. H. Lampe to Colonel J. W. Harrelson, with enclosures [XML] [HTML]
April 14, 1950
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 5 pp., 103 Kb, including 5 images

Letter from J. H. Lampe to Mr. James Boyd [XML] [HTML]
May 12, 1950
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 2 pp., 31 Kb, including 2 images

Contract No. AT-(40-1)-1032 [XML] [HTML]
June 5, 1950
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 7 pp., 170 Kb, including 7 images

Letter from Clifford K. Beck to Col. J. W. Harrelson [XML] [HTML]
June 24, 1950
Collection: Office of Finance and Business, Capital Improvements, UA 3.8
Extent: 3 pp., 31 Kb, including 3 images

Letter from J. H. Lampe to Colonel J. W. Harrelson, with enclosure [XML] [HTML]
July 5, 1950
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 4 pp., 83 Kb, including 4 images

Program Administration and Installation Design of the Nuclear Reactor Project at North Carolina State College [XML] [HTML]
July 5, 1950
Collection: Department of Nuclear Engineering, UA 105.6
Extent: 81 pp., 2.7 Mb, including 81 image

Letter from Clifford Beck to Chancellor J. W. Harrelson [XML] [HTML]
August 4, 1950
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 2 pp., 37 Kb, including 2 images

Memorandum from J. McCree Smith to Colonel J. W. Harrelson [XML] [HTML]
August 7, 1950
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 4 pp., 81 Kb, including 4 images

Memorandum from J. G. Vann to Dean J. H. Lampe with enclosure [XML] [HTML]
August 9, 1950
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 3 pp., 50 Kb, including 3 images

Memorandum from Clifford Beck to Dean J. H. Lampe [XML] [HTML]
August 15, 1950
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 2 pp., 37 Kb, including 2 images

Letter from Clifford K. Beck to Dr. Charles Marshall [XML] [HTML]
August 24, 1950
Collection: Office of Finance and Business, Capital Improvements, UA 3.8
Extent: 2 pp., 25 Kb, including 2 images

Letter from J. H. Lampe to Acting President W. D. Carmichael and Chancellor J. W. Harrelson [XML] [HTML]
September 23, 1950
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 2 pp., 39 Kb, including 2 images

Letter from J. H. Lampe to Mr. David Clark [XML] [HTML]
November 27, 1950
Collection: Office of Finance and Business, Capital Improvements, UA 3.8
Extent: 2 pp., 30 Kb, including 2 images

1951

Staff Memorandum No. 15, Staff Assignments [XML] [HTML]
February 6, 1951
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 2 pp., 35 Kb, including 2 images

Letter from J. H. Lampe to Col. J. W. Harrelson [XML] [HTML]
March 27, 1951
Collection: Office of Finance and Business, Capital Improvements, UA 3.8
Extent: 2 pp., 28 Kb, including 2 images

Letter from C. L. Marshall to Dr. Clifford K. Beck [XML] [HTML]
June 1, 1951
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 1 p., 15 Kb, including 1 image

Letter from J. H. Lampe to Mr. J. G. Vann [XML] [HTML]
June 7, 1951
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 2 pp., 40 Kb, including 2 images

Letter from G. Milton Small to J. H. Lampe [XML] [HTML]
September 19, 1951
Collection: Office of Finance and Business, Capital Improvements, UA 3.8
Extent: 3 pp., 35 Kb, including 3 images

Letter from G. Milton Small [XML] [HTML]
December 13, 1951
Collection: Office of Finance and Business, Capital Improvements, UA 3.8
Extent: 1 p., 14 Kb, including 1 image

1952

Further Design Features of the Nuclear Reactor at North Carolina State College [XML] [HTML]
January, 1952
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 81 pp., 1.4 Mb, including 106 images

Letter from J.H. Lampe to Mr. J.G. Vann, with enclosure [XML] [HTML]
March 28, 1952
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 2 pp., 34 Kb, including 2 images

Letter proposing contract to provide nuclear engineering training. [XML] [HTML]
April 2, 1952
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Engineering, UA 105.1
Extent: 2 pp., 45 Kb, including 2 images

This letter is a proposal for a contract between Oak Ridge Nuclear Laboratories and N.C. State College to begin a nuclear engineering training program. Course requirements and student qualifications are outlined.

Letter from Clifford K. Beck to Dean J. H. Lampe [XML] [HTML]
June 9, 1952
Collection: Office of Finance and Business, Capital Improvements, UA 3.8
Extent: 3 pp., 49 Kb, including 3 images

Current Status of Construction on the Nuclear Reactor and the Nuclear Reactor Building at North Carolina State College, with photographic enclosures [XML] [HTML]
August 1, 1952
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 6 pp., 85 Kb, including 6 images

Letter from J. H. Lampe to Mr. John Harden [XML] [HTML]
August 8, 1952
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 1 p., 21 Kb, including 1 image

1953

First Temple of the Atom [XML] [HTML]
ca. 1953
Collection: Engineering Publications, UA 105.200
Extent: 20 pp , 707 Kb, including 48 images

Letter from Clifford K. Beck to Milton Small [XML] [HTML]
May 11, 1953
Collection: Office of Finance and Business, Capital Improvements, UA 3.8
Extent: 2 pp., 28 Kb, including 2 images

Letter from Chancellor J. W. Harrelson to Mr. William B. Allred [XML] [HTML]
April 6, 1953
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 1 p., 21 Kb, including 1 image

Letter from Clifford K. Beck to Milton Small [XML] [HTML]
June 6, 1953
Collection: Office of Finance and Business, Capital Improvements, UA 3.8
Extent: 2 pp., 26 Kb, including 2 images

Procedure for Critical Experiment [XML] [HTML]
July 10, 1953
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 10 pp., 1.7 Mb, including 13 images

Memorandum from Clifford Beck, A. C. Menius, and Raymond Murray [XML] [HTML]
July 16, 1953
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 3 pp., 61 Kb, including 3 images

Letter from Herman Roth to J. H. Lampe [XML] [HTML]
September 11, 1953
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 1 p., 18 Kb, including 1 image

1954

letter from J. H. Lampe to Malcolm Campbell, with enclosures [XML] [HTML]
February 3, 1954
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 4 pp., 63 Kb, including 4 images

In February 1954, the President of Turkey and his wife were scheduled to visit the United States. Among the sites on their itinerary was the Nuclear Reactor, as well as the School of Textiles.

Emergency Procedures in case of Catastrophe Involving the Raleigh Research Reactor [XML] [HTML]
September 6, 1954
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 4 pp., 67 Kb, including 4 images

1955

Memorandum from Clifford K. Beck to Dr. Herman Roth [XML] [HTML]
June 10, 1955
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 7 pp., 107 Kb, including 7 images

Study of Incident Involving Fuel Leak in North Carolina State College Reactor [XML] [HTML]
June 22, 1955
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 4 pp., 58 Kb, including 4 images

Letter from F.W. Gilbert to Dr. Clifford Beck, with enclosure [XML] [HTML]
July 12, 1955
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 4 pp., 55 Kb, including 4 images

Memorandum from Dr. Clifford Beck to Dean J.H. Lampe [XML] [HTML]
July 15, 1955
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 6 pp., 99 Kb, including 7 images

Memorandum concerning disposal and examination of components from the Raleigh Research Reactor. [XML] [HTML]
July 19, 1955
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 4 pp., 59 Kb, including 8 images

With the failure of the fuel cell in the first "Raleigh Research Reactor" Dr. Beck discusses sending items to the Oak Ridge Nuclear Laboratory to determine levels of contamination and the reasons and location of the leak in the cylinder.

1956

Report on the Inspection of the First Raleigh Research Reactor [XML] [HTML]
January, 1956
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 4 pp., 79 Kb, including 4 images

Letter from Donald R. Hamilton, et al. to President William Friday [XML] [HTML]
March 15, 1956
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Engineering, UA 105.1
Extent: 2 pp., 35 Kb, including 2 images

letter from J. H. Lampe to Dr. Raymond L. Murray, with enclosure [XML] [HTML]
June 6, 1956
Collection: College of Engineering Dean's Office, Nuclear Reactor, UA 105.1
Extent: 4 pp., 56 Kb, including 4 images