Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

History of Atomic Energy Collection, 1896-1991

Above-ground nuclear test, ca. 1950s.
Curie, Mdme Sklodowska. Radio-Active Substances. Thesis presented to the Faculté des Sciences de Paris. (Second Edition), 1904.
Manhattan Project Pin, ca. 1945.
"Atomic Bomb Hits Nagasaki, Soviet Enters War, U.S. Bids Tokyo Quit," Boston Herald, August 9, 1945.
Severud, Fred N., and Anthony F. Merrill. The Bomb, Survival and You: Protection for People, Buildings, Equipment. New York: Reinhold, 1954.
U.S. Army photograph, annotated: "The 16th Signal Operations Bn provided 12 teletype machines and operators for the press at News Nob, Nevada Proving Grounds. 22 April 1952."
Hyde, Margaret O. Atoms Today and Tomorrow. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1955.
Atomic Research Corporation Geiger Counter, ca. 1954.
"Atomic War!" comic book, Vol I, No 2. Canton, Ohio: Junior Books, December 1952.
Smyth, Henry DeWolf. Atomic Energy for Military Purposes. Princeton University Press, 1946.

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The History of Atomic Energy Collection, containing more than 3,000 items, is a valuable resource for research on the development of nuclear technologies in the twentieth century. Highlights of the collection include the first published account of the discovery of radioactivity in 1896 by Nobel Prize winning physicist Henri Becquerel; writings on the Manhattan Project; materials concerning the congressional hearings of J. Robert Oppenheimer; and formerly classified government reports. Cultural aspects of the atomic age are also explored through fictional works, poetry, drama, and music.


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Nuclear Escalation in the Twentieth Century.
WGBH - Boston Central Independent Television, 1988.

Atomic Energy & Nuclear History Learning Curriculum
Atomic Energy & Nuclear History Learning Curriculum
This exhibit traces the development of the atomic age from the discovery of radioactivity in the late 1800s to the close of the Cold War near the end of the twentieth century.

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231 linear feet; 3,108 items

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