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    Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Archive containing a bronze lapel pin and numerous documents, booklets, and other items dated during the early 1940s from Tennessee's Manhattan Project site - known as the Atomic City.

    The bronze lapel pin reads, "Manhattan Project / A Bomb." This bronze pin was given to one who had participated in the Manhattan Project for one year (silver pins were given to those who served over one year). Also included are two certificates from the War Department dated August 6, 1945 (the day the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima), certifying that William E. Woods and Shirley Woods had "participated in work essential to the production of the Atomic Bomb, thereby contributing to the successful conclusion of World War II."

    Three booklets are also in the archive: the first is marked "Restricted" and entitled "Information Bulletin for Oak Ridge Residents" (23 pages) explaining the "various facilities and services" at Oak Ridge; the second is a technical handbook entitled "Nuclear Instrument Handbook" (52 pages); the third is entitled "For Your Information: A Guide to Oak Ridge" (35 pages) and contains a fold-out map of the city (33.5" x 13"). Also, a large map entitled, "Map of Oak Ridge Atomic Capital of the World" (41.5" x 28") and featuring three major maps and numerous images of the city. Additionally, a program for a May 1946 production of The Pirates of Penzance (6 pages).

    The archive also contains facsimiles, newspaper articles, the Carbide Courier ("A publication by and for the employees of Carbide and Carbon Chemicals Corporation in Oak Ridge," dated March 26, 1946), a visitor pass dated September 19, 1946, and more.

    This archive belonged to William and Shirley Woods, who worked with the Carbide and Carbon Chemicals Corporation at Oak Ridge from February 1945 until October 1946. Their names appear on many of the items.

    Fearing that Germany might develop nuclear weapons, President Franklin Roosevelt secretly approved an atomic program in 1941; by 1942, the Manhattan Project had begun. The government chose a location in eastern Tennessee that same year and named it Oak Ridge. It became one of three primary sites for the Manhattan Project's research and production. All items in this archive have been well cared for.


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