Project Chariot: Additional Resources

Project Chariot and the Cold War:

Additional Resources for Study


The premier source of information about Project Chariot is a book written by Dan O'Neill entitled, The Firecracker Boys, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994. [A 2nd edition is now available] Various U.S. Atomic Energy Commission reports on Project Chariot can also be found in major libraries with large government holdings. In addition, there are a fair number of books, magazine and journal articles with important data pertaining to Project Chariot. Your local reference librarian should be of considerable assistance in tracing down these particular sources.

A second major resource is the Oral History collection of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Rasmuson Library. This material includes extensive tape recordings of interviews by Dan O'Neill with many of the participants of Project Chariot.[ Further information regarding access to this collection is provided below under 'Sources from the World Wide Web'].

As for finding materials on the Internet, one place to begin is by exploring the U.S. Government's declassified files on Project Chariot. This data can be found in several locations:

(1) One site is the Department of Energy's Office of Human Radiation Experiments Information Management System [HREX]. First, go to the site's home page which is: - Then click on: Human Radiation Experiments Information Management System [HREX]. At this point, you have two choices. Unless you are familiar with computer data base management, choose the Standard category under Search Mode. If you are familiar with such matters [or wish to broaden your horizons] click on Expert Mode. Then click on Start HREX. You are now ready to begin your search. Under How To Search, type: Project Chariot and then click on Search For. You are now presented with a series of documents from the Department of Energy pertaining to Project Chariot. Much of the data is of limited value. However, the viewer is provided with significant insights into governmental and scientific management thinking of the time.

(2) Another Department of Energy www site offers an additional access to declassified files. First, go to the Department site at: - Then select OpenNet which takes you to the Department of Energy's declassified files. Once in OpenNet, request "Project Chariot" in the search form. At that point, you will be told that there are a substantial number of documents referring in one way or another to Project Chariot. Select a document that looks interesting and determine how it can be obtained. [Unfortunately, the complete documents are not presently available 'online.'] After viewing what is available, you can request a summary Report Query. At this point, you have just completed the first step in obtaining government documents on Project Chariot on the World Wide Web.

We at Arctic Circle are also obtaining various government records, documents, letters, academic articles, and resolutions passed by Inupiat villages pertaining to Project Chariot. They will be listed below as they become available. Finally, if you find other sources unknown Arctic Circle, please inform us and we will immediately bring them to the attention of other viewers.

Additional References

Electronic Sources from the World Wide Web:

Alaska's Trailblazers for Academic Freedom AFT - On Campus

Nuclear Landscaping. Al Teich - Technology & the Future [2002]

The Environmental Legacy of the Cold War. An address by U.S. Senator Frank H. Murkowski at the U.S. Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee Workshop on Arctic Contamination, Anchorage, Alaska, May 2, 1993.

Project Chariot: Nuclear Legacy of Cape Thompson. A presentation by Douglas L. Vandegraft at the U.S. Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee Workshop on Arctic Contamination, Anchorage, Alaska, May 6, 1993.

Interview with Edward Teller. [Reflections by Dr. Teller on his life, work, and legacy].

Atomic Energy Commission Offenses Against the Peace and Security of the Inupiat of Point Hope.A Press Release by the Native Village of Point Hope, October 17, 1992.

Administration of Radioactive Substances to Human Subjects. A declassified document from the Atomic Energy Commission, dated January 8, 1947. {76k}

Recorded interviews with participants involved in Project Chariot can be found in the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Rasmuson Library, Oral History Collection. Information on how patrons can borrow copies of these recordings is available from the Oral History Office, Alaska and Polar Regions Department of the Rasmuson Library.

Printed Library Sources

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Committee on Science in the Promotion of Human Welfare. "Science and Human Welfare: The AAAS Committee on Science in the Promotion of Human Welfare states the issues and calls for action,'' Science (8 July 1960), pp. 68-73.

Broad, William J. Teller's War: The Top Secret War Behind the StarWars Deception. Simon & Schuster, 1992,

Brooks, Paul, The Pursuit of Wilderness. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co, 1971.

Brooks, Paul, and Joseph Foote. (19 April 1962) ''The Disturbing Story of Project Chariot," Harper's p. 60.

Coates, Peter, "Project Chariot: Alaskan Roots of Environmentalism," Alaska History Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 2, Fall, 1989.

Foote, Don Charles Project Chariot and the Eskimo People of Point Hope Alaska: September 1959 to May 1960. Prepared for the USAEC, 1960.

Magraw, Katherine. 1988. 'Teller and the 'Clean Bomb' Episode." The Bulletin of the Atomic Seientists (May 1988), pp. 32 37.

Morgan, Lael. Art and Eskimo Power: The Life and Times of Alaskan Howard Rock. Epicenter Press, 1988.

O'Neill, Dan. The Firecracker Boys. St Martin's Press, 1994.

O'Neill, Dan, [comp] Project Chariot: A Collection of Oral Histories. 2 vols. Alaska Humanities Forum, 1989.

O'Neill, Dan. "Project Chariot: How Alaska Escaped Nuclear Excavation." The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 45 (December 1989): pp. 28-37, 1989.

Pruitt, William O., Jr. "Radioactive Contamination," Naturalist (Spring 1963) pp. 20 26.

Rainey, Froelich G. The Whale Hunters of Tigara. American Museum of Natural History, 1947.

Teller, Edward. 'We're Going to Work Miracles.'' Popular Mechanics ( March 1960).

Teller, Edward, and Albert L. Latter. Our Nuclear Future . . . Facts Dangers and Opportunities. Criterion, 1958.

Teller, Edward, with Allen Brown. The Legacy of Hiroshima. Doubleday, 1 962.

Teller, Edward, and Wilson K. Talley, Gary H. Higgins, and Gerald W. Johnson. The Constructive Uses of Nuclear Explosives. McGraw-Hill, I968.

Vanstone, James W. Point Hope: An Eskimo Village in Transition. University of Washington Press, 1962.

Wassemman, Harvey, and Norman Solomon. Killing Our Oun. The Disaster of America's Experience With Atomic Radiation. Delacorte Press, 1982.

Weaver, Lynn E., ed. Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Explosives. University of Arizona Press, 1970.

Wilimovsky, Norman J., and John N. Wolfe, eds. The Environment of the Cape Thompson Region Alaska. U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 1966.

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