This page contains articles on a variety of important events and milestones at the lab and ephemera from those events. It also includes information on the early administrative organization of the lab.
The lab’s official groundbreaking on December 1, 1968 marked the beginning of construction on the linac, the first part of the lab’s accelerator complex.
- The Invitation
- The Press Release
- Construction Contract Awarded
- The Event
- Remarks by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg, Chairman U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
- Remarks by James T. Ramey, Commissioner U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
- Remarks by Gerald F. Tape, Commissioner U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
- Special Earth-Moving Demonstration
When it was founded in 1967, the lab was originally known simply as the National Accelerator Laboratory. In 1969, the Atomic Energy Commission announced that the lab would be named in honor of physicist Enrico Fermi. The lab held its dedication ceremony in 1974.
- Enrico Fermi, Nobel Laureate Physicist — April 1969
- NAL to Become Enrico Fermi Laboratory in 1972 — April 1969
On May 11, 1974, the National Accelerator Laboratory (NAL) became Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory at a dedication ceremony held in front of the lab's new Central Laboratory Building (which was later named Wilson Hall). Within a few weeks of the dedication ceremony, the lab's publications began referring to the lab as Fermilab.
- NAL Dedication Set for May 11 — April 11, 1974
- The Dedication Program — May 9, 1974
- A Time for Dedication... — May 9, 1974
- The Dedication of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory — May 16, 1974
- Weekend of Dedication Activities — May 23, 1974
- In Memoriam — January 5, 1978
This is a collection of articles about the early organizational structure of the lab, its departments, and the Users Organization.
- R.R. Wilson's Version of an Organizational Plan at Cornell University — c. 1949-1950
- Harold Ticho to Head NAL Users' Group — April 1969
- DUSAF: Master Planning — April 1969
- Theoretical Physics Section is Formed — November 1969
- Fifth Anniversary Luncheon with DUSAF — June 29, 1972
- ASCE Award Presented — November 16, 1972
- DUSAF Celebrates 6th Anniversary — July 5, 1973
On January 17, 1965, the National Academy of Sciences sponsored a meeting of presidents from twenty-five major research universities to discuss the management of the planned 200 GeV accelerator facility that would later become Fermilab. At this meeting, the attendees decided to form the Universities Research Association (URA) to manage the laboratory. URA filed its articles of incorporation on June 21, 1965. J. C. Warner, president of the Carnegie Institute of Technology, served as URA’s first president, and the organization held its first annual meeting on November 7 of that year.
- The Presidents of URA — February 2005 (with later additions)
- 1967 URA Annual Report — December 5, 1967
- URA 200 BeV Accelerator Meeting (April 7-8, 1967)
- URA-ERDA Sign Third Contract — July 8, 1976
- The Council of Presidents of URA Annual Meeting (February, 1977) — February 17, 1977
- URA Board Meets Here — March 3, 1977
- A Party for an Old Friend — March 3, 1977
The Users Organization is an organization of scientists and engineers who use facilities and resources provided by the lab for their experiments. It is led by an Executive Committee, the UEC. The organization held its first meeting in April 1967 at Argonne National Laboratory. The Annual Users Meetings held at Fermilab provide a forum for the experimenters to discuss scientific and administrative ideas and concerns.
- NAL Users Organization Hears Construction Progress Report — April 16, 1970
- Early Users Meetings Photo Gallery, 1967-1978
- Early Users Meetings Photo Gallery, 1979-1989
- NAL, University of Chicago to Co-host "Rochester Conference" — May 6, 1971
- NAL Welcomes XVI High Energy Physics Conference — September 14, 1972
- Topical Conference Proves Popular Here — January 11, 1973
- Festival of Nations Dinner in the Soviet Union — February 27, 1975
- APS/AAPT Meets in Chicago Area — February 17, 1977
- Journalists to View the United States at Fermilab Forum — October 20, 1977
- What a Party! 15th Anniversary — July 8, 1982
- 370 Participate in Annual Users Meeting — July 8, 1982
- The Dedication of the Energy Saver (Tevatron II) — April 28, 1984
- The Dedication of the Proton-Antiproton Collider (Tevatron I) — October 11, 1985