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Preprints and Technical Reports

U.S. Atomic Energy Commission reports at the Library

The Library holds a large collection of declassified United States Atomic Energy Commission (USAEC) reports dating from the 1940's until the USAEC was abolished by the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974.  Search the catalog for a full listing of our U.S. Atomic Energy Commission Technical Reports holdings by browsing call number 541.2 or by browsing the title using the acronym for the series (e.g. BNL, KAPL, ORNL, etc.).  Reports may be printed on paper or available only as microfiche or microcard (microopaque).  Please use the Ask a LIbrarian service or email the subject specialist for assistance in finding these reports.  Some examples of the over 1100 USAEC report series are shown here:

  • BNL. U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. Oak Ridge, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Technical Information Division, 194-. 541.2 17 Crerar Dewey Collection

  • LA. U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. Oak Ridge, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Technical Information Division, 194-. 541.2 15 Crerar Dewey Collection

  • KAPL-M-AJB. U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. Oak Ridge, USAEC, 19- 541.2 541 Crerar Dewey Collection

  • NPG. U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. Oak Ridge, Technical Information Service. 541.2 182 Crerar Dewey Collection 

  • ORNL / United States Atomic Energy Commission.Oak Ridge : U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Technical Information Division, 194- 541.2 8 Crerar Dewey Collection

  • TEM. U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. Oak Ridge, 19- 541.2 63 Crerar Dewey Collection 

About the technical reports from Wikipedia:  "The AEC issued a large number of technical reports through their technical information service and other channels. These had many numbering schemes, often associated with the lab from which the report was issued. AEC report numbers included AEC-AECU (unclassified), AEC-AECD (declassified), AEC-BNL (Brookhaven National Lab), AEC-HASL (Health and Safety Laboratory), AEC-HW (Hanford Works), AEC-IDO (Idaho Operations Office), AEC-LA (Los Alamos), AEC-MDCC (Manhattan District), AEC-TID, and others. Today, these reports can be found in library collections that received government documents, through the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), and through public domain digitization projects such as HathiTrust.."  - (accessed July 16, 2019)

There is also a technical report titled  "Availability listing of USAEC reports" available online at HathiTrust

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