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Thomas P. O'Farrell Papers (MS-00639)

Abstract

The Thomas P. O'Farrell Papers (1900-1999) are comprised of scientific reports collected by Thomas O’Farrell over the course of his career studying wildlife ecology, particularly its connection to nuclear radiation. Materials include original, reprinted, and photocopied editions of scientific reports on animal and plant life around the world, focusing primarily on the Mojave and Great Basin Deserts, Alaska, Washington, and the Pacific Ocean. Reports come from institutions including the Desert Research Institute (DRI), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA), and the United States Department of Energy (DOE), as well as affiliated universities.

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Date
1900-1999
bulk 1950-1999
Extent
29.80 Cubic Feet (46 boxes)
24.92 Linear Feet
Resource Type
Papers
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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be protected by copyrights and other rights. See Reproductions and Use on the UNLV Special Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permissions to publish.

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Scope and Contents

The Thomas P. O'Farrell Papers (1900-1999) are comprised of scientific reports collected by Thomas O’Farrell over the course of his career studying wildlife ecology, particularly its connection to nuclear radiation. Materials include original, reprinted, and photocopied editions of scientific reports on animal and plant life around the world, focusing primarily on the Mojave and Great Basin Deserts, the Nevada Test Site, Alaska, Washington, and islands in the Pacific Ocean. Reports come from institutions including the University of Nevada System’s Desert Research Institute (DRI), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA), the United States Department of the Interior (DOI), and the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), as well as affiliated universities.

Biographical / Historical Note

Thomas P. O’Farrell studied zoology and entomology at the University of Tennessee, where he received his Ph.D. in the 1960s. O’Farrell worked under contract with various institutions such as the Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, EG&G, the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA), the United States Department of Energy (DOE), and the University of Nevada System’s Desert Research Institute (DRI). He authored reports primarily on wildlife ecology, with a focus on connections to radioactivity in and around nuclear sites in the United States, including Hanford in Washington, the Nevada Test Site, and various parts of Alaska. His research focused on the effects of human presence and radiation on various species of animals such as mice and donkeys.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into two series:

Series I. Reports by title, 1933-1991;

Series II. Reports by author, 1900-1999.

Preferred Citation

Thomas P. O'Farrell Papers, 1900-1999. MS-00639. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas. Nevada.

EAD ID
US::NvLN::MS00639
Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were donated in 1995 by Thomas P. O'Farrell; accession number 1995-052.

Physical Location

Some materials are stored in the Lied Automated Storage and Retrieval Unit (LASR). Advanced notice may be required to access these materials.

Processing Information

In 2019, as part of an archival backlog elimination project, Billy Marino rehoused and arranged the materials, wrote the finding aid, and entered the data into ArchivesSpace.

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