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Americans for Rational Energy Alternatives Records

Identifier: MSS-788-BC

Scope and Content

Most of materials in this collection originate between 1975 and 1988. The majority of materials were received by AREA and retained as resources for the own use. Their interests revolved primarily around nuclear technology and the promotion of its safe usage, although other sources of power were also of interest to them. Consequently, much of this collection deals with nuclear energy and its consequences while other documents describe alternative sources of energy including coal.

This collection is arranged into four series:

Pro-Nuclear Groups contains original materials produced by AREA and their contemporaries including the United States Council on Energy Awareness and the Atomic Industrial Forum. Generated documents include newsletters, reprints, slideshows, news releases, primers, and letters.

Nuclear Technology houses documents related to the development and application of nuclear power. Diverse subjects include reactors, nuclear fuel, nuclear mishaps such as Three Mile Island and Chernobyl.

Energy and Energy Corporations includes pamphlets and flyers produced by major energy producing organizations as well as more specific research compiled by AREA related to energy possibilities and sources. Materials touch on alternative energies, New Mexico energy resources, energy availability, coal and uranium mining and environmental issues.

Nuclear Waste and WIPP were both of paramount interest to AREA. Consequently, AREA assembled materials related to WIPP and other nuclear repositories. This series houses clippings, reports and releases dealing with the storage, transport and hazards of nuclear waste.


  • 1963-1992
  • Majority of material found within 1975-1988

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Background Information

Americans for Rational Energy Alternatives (AREA) was a non-profit citizens' group incorporated in 1977 and based mostly in Albuquerque, New Mexico. AREA researched and publicized sources of energy not tied to gas or oil. For the most part, the group was interested in nuclear power. Their period of activity coincided with the beginning of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), Carlsbad, New Mexico. AREA was heavily involved in promoting this nascent project. AREA also held interests in coal production within New Mexico as well as alternative sources of energy.


5 boxes (3.85 cubic feet)


The Americans for Rational Energy Alternatives collection is comprised of materials kept, collected, and generated by a non-profit group committed to promoting non-oil sources of energy.


This collection is organized into four series:
  1. Pro-Nuclear Groups
  2. Nuclear Technology
  3. Energy and Energy Corporations
  4. Nuclear Waste and WIPP

Related Archival Material

Citizens for Alternatives to Radioactive Dumping Records, Center for Southwest Research. University of New Mexico Harry Kinney Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico James R. Toulouse and Charlotte J. Toulouse Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico

Separated Material

US Council for Energy Awareness. Nuclear Info (Nos. 143-274) have been transferred to the University Libraries general collection for cataloguing.
Finding Aid of the Americans for Rational Energy Alternatives Records, 1963-1992
Edited Full Draft
Jason Strykowski
© 2007
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Finding aid is in English
Funding provided by: The University of New Mexico. Center for Regional Studies

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131