Letter from Clifford K. Beck to Dr. Charles Marshall

Typescript
2 pp.
August 24, 1950


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COPY
NORTH CAROLINA STATE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND ENGINEERING
OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
RALEIGH

August 24, 1950
United States Atomic Energy Commission
Declassification Office
101 Constitution Avenue
Washington, D. C.

Attention: Dr. Charles Marshall

Dear Dr. Marshall:

According to the understanding reached in our discussion
in Washington last week, I am submitting a request that our re-
port
"Program Administration and Installation Design of the
Nuclear Reactor Project at North Carolina State College,"
July 5, 1950, by Clifford Beck and colleagues, be declassified.
Six copies of the report are attached hereto, for use in pro-
cessing
through the routine declassification procedure.

Certain information contained in this report will prevent
its declassification according to regulations now in effect.
It is our hope, however, that the report may be judged by new
guides, now under consideration, and that the new guides may
be officially adopted in the very near future.

If it should develop that new guides which would permit the
declassification of this report are not adopted, or if their ac-
ceptance
is unduly delayed, it is our request that the informa-
tion
contained in this report be specifically examined on the
possibility that declassification may be permitted as an excep-
tion
to existing regulations, even though instructions of pre-
sent
guides might be overstepped at one or two points.

Finally, if neither of these courses are feasible, it is
requested that declassification be accomplished with whatever
minimum deletion is necessary.

Our concern in this involves much more than an academic
interest in the present boundary between information of classi-
fied
and that of unclassified nature.

The ease or difficulty which we may experience in building
the Nuclear Reactor described in this report, or indeed the
feasibility of attempting the project at all, depends in a large
part on the portion of the project which may be constructed and
operated as an unclassified establishment. Hence our keen
interest in this decision, and our desire for as early an answer
as possible.


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Dr. Marshall Page 2 August 24, 1950

Please accept our thanks for the cooperation courtesy
you have extended us.
Sincerely yours,
Clifford K. Beck, Head
Department of Physics

CKB:met

Enclosures 6

cc: Dean J. H. Lampe
Dr. Kenneth Pitzer
Dr. Joseph Platt
Dr. Herman Roth