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Norman C. Rasmussen papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MC-0542

Scope and Contents

Materials include: articles, talks, writings, committee files, course notes, job search for junior faculty, and reports.


  • 1956 - 1995


Access note

This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical Note

Adapted from MIT News Office releases of July 13, 1975, July 25, 2003

Norman C. Rasmussen (1927-2003) earned a PhD in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1956. He was an instructor in the physics department from 1956 to 1958. In July 1958 he was appointed assistant professor of nuclear engineering at MIT, associate professor in 1961, and in 1965, professor (1965-1994). He directed the MIT summer session for professional program in nuclear power reactor safety beginning in 1969, and was named head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering July 1, 1975, serving in that position until 1981.

In 1974 Rasmussen directed a study prepared for the US Atomic Energy Commission (later the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission) on the public risk from nuclear power plant accidents. The report was released in 1975 as Reactor safety study: an assessment of accident risks in U.S. commercial nuclear power plants: main report. The study is also known as WASH 1400. In addition to serving as a consultant to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Dr. Rasmussen consulted with private companies.


15 Cubic Feet (15 record cartons)

Language of Materials



Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.

Processing Information note

Collection reviewed spring 2011 and folders created by Rasmussen acting in his administrative role as head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering were transferred into AC 346, Department of Nuclear Engineering records (boxes 8, 9, 10, 11 of that collection (drawn from multiple boxes of Rasmussen-detailed matching list in Rasmussen collection control file.


The following boxes have been screened:

- Box 1 (NM, 8/21/2017) all open - Box 2 (CT, 8/21/2017) - Box 3 (CT, 8/21/2017) all open - Box 4 (?) all open

Preliminary Inventory to the Papers of Norman C. Rasmussen
Preliminary Inventory
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 October 8: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.

Repository Details

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