Roy G. Post Papers


Summary Information

Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives
Greenewalt, Crawford H., 1902-1993
Post, Roy , (Roy Grayson), 1923-2007
Roy G. Post Papers
20th century
0.5 Linear feet (1 document box)

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Biographical/Historical note

Born in Asherton, Texas in 1923 and raised in Edinburg, Texas, Roy Grayson Post was the fourth of five children born to Ruth Grisham Post and Albert Kendall Post. He married Kate Jordan (Becky) in 1946. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1944, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1952 from the University of Texas. In the interim of these degrees, he served during WWII as a member of the Manhattan Project in Chicago. Dr. Post dedicated his professional life to applied research and later to teaching in the field of nuclear engineering and nuclear waste management. He was an engineer at General Electric Co. in Richland, Washington starting in 1952, and in 1956 moved to Texas Instruments in Richardson, Texas. In 1961 he joined the faculty of the University of Arizona as Professor of Nuclear Engineering, where he continued until becoming professor emeritus in 1988. He authored over 100 publications in the field of nuclear engineering, as well as edited books on nuclear fuel reprocessing and radioactive waste management. He served as editor of the journal Nuclear Technology from 1969 until 1988. He was founding chief executive of the Waste Management Symposia, Inc, sponsor of the annual international Waste Management conference held in Tucson, AZ from 1973 until 2007. Roy Grayson Post passed away peacefully July 23, 2007 in Tucson, AZ after a hard fought battle with cancer.

The Roy G. Post Foundation is a non-profit corporation formed by his students, peers and protégés to provide scholarships to students to develop careers in the safe management of nuclear materials and to participate in the annual Waste Management Symposium.

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Scope and Contents note

Roy G. Post papers pertains to the early years of the Atomic Energy Commission. The ephemera consists of various documents, pamphlets, reports, and documents relating to nuclear energy and nuclear waste hazards that Mr. Post collected. It also contains a small amount of ephemera pertaining to Chicago Pile 1. There is a slight amount of personally authored correspondence and copies of 3 speeches on radioactive waste by Mr. Post.

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Arrangement note


1. Documents, U.S.Government on atomic energy, 1945-1979

2. Map and pamphlet, Nuclear Energy Power Plants, 1979-1980

3. Binder, Clinton Laboratories Research and Development Problem Assignment {owned by] C. H. (Crawford) Greenewalt (1902-1993) "Lecture Series on the Nuclear Atom, March 16, 1944 through June 6 1944"

4. Pamphlets, on electric power and citizen involvement issued by Arizona Electric Power Production

5. Reports, on atomic energy and nuclear waste hazards, 1945-1982

6. Publication, "Ebasco Service, Inc., 1980, Business and Economic Charts

7. Clippings, Nuclear energy and atomic spills, 1979-1984

8. Transcript, Walter Cronkite's Universe, CBS, Aug. 24, 1982

9. Ephemera, Chicago Pile 1 (CP-1) 1944, list of "People in West Stands,Spring 1944, and chart, "New Chem", Spring 1944, office diagram of individuals working at CP-1.

10. Articles/Speeches, 1979

11. Correspondence, 1948-1980

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Nuclear power plants
  • Manhattan Project (U. S.) -- History
  • Nuclear energy -- History

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