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Gilbert P. Church papers

1943-1945
 Collection
Accession: 1463

Abstract

Gilbert P. Church (1910-1993) was a civil engineer and the field project manager for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company at the Hanford Site during the Manhattan Project. His papers relate to the construction by DuPont for the United States government of the Hanford Engineer Works plutonium plant near Pasco, Washington.

Dates

  • 1943-1945

Creator

Extent

12 item(s)

Biographical Note

Gilbert P. Church (1910-1993) was a civil engineer and the field project manager for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company at the Hanford Site during the Manhattan Project.

Church joined the DuPont Company in 1933, where he helped organize construction projects in Delaware, New Jersey, and Louisiana. In 1939, he was appointed assistant construction superintendent for a smokeless powder plant in Memphis, Tennessee, and later worked as project manager in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Charleston, West Virginia, Hartford, Illinois, and Rosemount, Minnesota.

In 1943, the DuPont Company selected Church to lead their Manhattan Project efforts. Church, along with Major Franklin T. Matthias and A.E.S. Hall surveyed sites in Washington, Oregon, California, and California before choosing Hanford as the site for the world's first full-scale nuclear production reactor. Church was assigned Project Manager of the Hanford site, where he helped supervise the construction of project facilities and living quarters for the site's 50,000 workers.

After the war, Church continued to work for DuPont on various construction projects until his retirement in 1974.

Scope and Contents

The Gilbert P. Church (1910-1993) papers relate to the construction by E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company for the United States government of the Hanford Engineer Works plutonium plant near Pasco, Washington. They include details on the construction for the plant, a notebook on the "history of the transportation department" at Hanford, newspaper clippings on Hanford and other nuclear plants, reports on atomic energy to DuPont Company stockholders, correspondence to Acting Secretary of War, reports on Hanford, a facility audit, and printed material.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access; this collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Gilbert P. Church papers
Status:
Date:
1974
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2021: Ashley Williams

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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