Collection: Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant

The Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant, which operated for about 50 years beginning in the early 1950s, manufactured the plutonium pit that is the explosive detonator of a hydrogen bomb. This collection examines the history of the plant from many points of view. It contains more than 150 interviews with workers, managers, regulators, protestors, and people in the surrounding community.

Lockhart, Ann – OH1439
Interview Date: 2006

People: Al Hazle, Bini Abbott, Dr. Ellen Mangione   Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant Topics: education and early jobs, job with the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment from 1978 to 1990, job as public relations director … Continue reading

Lowder, Harvey R. – OH0754
Interview Date: 1995

Rocky Flats, Boulder in 1950s, University of Colorado in early 1950s, Albuquerque (NM), nuclear soil (waste) contamination, Atomic Energy Commission, anti-nuclear demonstrations.    

Malone, Patrick – OH1529
Interview Date: 1998

This interview takes place during a walk from Boulder to Rocky Flats on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the 1978 demonstrations. Patrick Malone was well known for his participation in those activities, especially his construction of a teepee … Continue reading

Malone, Patrick A. – OH1443
Interview Date: 2006

People: Morey Wolfson, Daniel Ellsberg, Gyoshen Sawada, Allen Ginsberg Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant Topics: growing up in a farming family, undergraduate student years at CSU during the Vietnam War, doing soil and concrete testing on Rocky Flats site, … Continue reading

Markey, Maggi – OH1417
Interview Date: 2006

People: Jack Murphy, Wallly Toevs, Virginia Aragon, Soapy Smith, Clela Rorex, Charlotte Houston, Anne Leffingwell, Bob Jenkins   Places: Boulder County   Topics: Boulder County Board of Commissioners, League of Women Voters, County Commissioner from 1975 to 1982, reaction to … Continue reading

McCormick, Pat – OH1454
Interview Date: 2007

Current work in health care. Development of political values. Peace and justice work. Political activism at Rocky Flats (prayer vigils, interactions with guards, twelve years of civil resistance activities, affinity groups, 1982 protest action by Sister Pat Mahoney and Sister … Continue reading

McKamy, Jerry – OH1206
Interview Date: 2004

People: Robert Rothe, Jim Stone Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant Subjects: work at Rocky Flats from 1983 to 1997 (in Critical Mass Laboratory validating criticality safety codes, Criticality Safety engineer and manager, Safeguards Measurements group which measured and tracked … Continue reading

McKay, Charles Church – OH1155
Interview Date: August 6, 2003

Topics: raising cattle, Church’s Crossing stage stop, land owned by the Church family, mineral rights to land bought by Rocky Flats, mining (gravel, sand, clay, and rock), real estate development in the Rocky Flats area, relationship between Rocky Flats personnel … Continue reading

McKinley, Wes – OH1532
Interview Date: 1998

Wes McKinley and Patty Calhoun tag team as narrators in this recorded discussion about the Rocky Flats grand jury. The occasion for their dialogue is the 20th reunion of Rocky Flats activists, and the event takes place at the Rocky … Continue reading

McKinley, Wes – OH1271
Interview Date: 2004

People: Ray Geyer (Rocky Flats worker), Jacque Brever (Rocky Flats worker), Jon Lipsky (FBI agent), Allen Divers (expert on “flyover” film), David Skaggs (former Congressman), Macon Cowles (environmental attorney), Jonathan Turley (attorney), Mike Norton, Caron Balkany Places: Rocky Flats nuclear … Continue reading

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