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Catalog Number 86.106.362
Object Name Release, News
Scope & Content Printed on the cover: R.G. Elliott, (undecipherable hand writing)
Las Vegas Test Site Releases January 1, 1951- March 1952.

Contents: Contains news releases of the re-activation of the Nevada Test Site for future test operations and related matters. A plastic tab labelled "Present Operations". One release from the members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Atomic Energy stated that army troops positioned near a test "gained a beachhead of experience in tactical atomic uses." Another release gave the maximum reading of radiation in the city of Las Vegas as "1/6000 of the total amount received by the tongue in a complete dental X-ray." A release confirmed "measurable radiation found at Los Angeles" but said it was "not considered significant." A release detailed the "off-site blast effects evaluation project" detailing blast/shock wave effects, blast sound waves, and other studies. A Memorandum For The Press dated Oct. 25, 1951 details security guidance on the tests and "information , such as technical data on the devices being tested being restricted under the Atomic Energy Act." An undated document titled "Background Data On Nevada Test Site Construction" which deals with the site's selection, first tests, costs, numbers of workers, and facilities.
A section of releases which "pertain to construction, personnel and organization in re Nevada Test Site and the Las Vegas Field Office from mid-February to Aug. 1951." A document titled "Fact Sheet On Nevada Proving Ground" which was designed to describe the contractors and the scope of their work as well as pricing. However, most documents announce the awarding of bids.
A plastic tab titled "Operation Ranger." The following releases pertain to operations in Jan. and Feb., 1951. A release dated Feb. 4, 1951 advising that "The risk of window breakage may be reduced..." and describing what methods to reduce breakage. A release dated Feb. 2, 1951, Operation Ranger, Baker-2 shot. A release dated Jan. 27, 1951 Operation Ranger, Able shot.
A release dated May 3, 1951 describing the termination of "claim adjustment activity in the Las Vegas area."
An undated "Information For the Press and Radio" document describing a hand-bill prepared to "warn prospectors, hunters, tourists....of possible dangers from test activities withing the limits of the Las Vegas Bombing and Gunnery Range." The actual hand-bill follows and states in part "NO PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE TIME OF ANY TEST WILL BE MADE". A five-page listing titled "PRESS" which lists names and contact information of newspapers, bureaus, magazines, radio and television stations. A listing of "Las Vegas Officials", "County Officials", "Las Vegas Military" and "Site Area Officials."
Tests: Oct. 22, 1951 Operation Buster, Able shot. Nov. 1, 1951 Operation Buster, Dog shot. Nov. 19, 1951 Release on Operation Jangle, Sugar shot. Nov. 5, 1951 Release on Operation Buster, Easy shot. Nov. 29, 1951 Releases on Operation Jangle, the Uncle shot;
People Mentioned: Richard G. Elliott, Dr. Alvin C. Graves, Dr. Everett F. Cox, Caroll L. Tyler, Major Gen. W. B. Kean, Dr. J. C. Clark, Milton A. Rex, James E. Reeves, Senator McMahon, Henry L. Johnson, Col. Kenner, F. Hertford, Reuben E. Cole, Seth R. Woodruff, Jr., Ralph P. Johnson, Edgar C. Althaus, Dr. David Bradley, Major W. R. Sturges, Jr., William J. McElwreath, Richard L. Kennedy, Dr. Thomas L. Shipman,
Catalog type Archive
Title Las Vegas Test Site Releases January 1951- March 1952
Collection Elliott
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Lexicon sub-category Documentary Artifact