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Splitting the Atom
From its beginnings at the University of Chicago in the 1930s, America's attempt to harness the power of the atom was nothing short of monumental. Ultimately this project involved thousands of individuals, many of whom toiled in near total secrecy from the prying eyes of the world. Even President Truman, who authorized the use of atomic weapons for the only time in human history, was told of the project's existence only months before. While U.S. troops were giving their last full measure far from home, thousands of Americans were putting their minds and strong backs into a project that would help end the war and usher in the atomic age.
uranium enrichment

uranium enrichment

ca. 1944

Photograph of Early Construction of Y-12

Construction of Y-12

1943

Pass for James Chadwick

Pass for James Chadwick

October 21, 1944

Balance Sheet of Silver from the US Mint

Silver from U.S. Mint

December 19, 1943

Cubicle Operator

Cubicle Operator

ca. 1944

Allocation of Product

Product for Oppenheimer

February 22, 1944

Aerial View of K-25

Aerial View of K-25

1944-1946

 
Air Speed Request

Air Speed Request

August 6, 1945

 
Photograph of Cyclotron

Photograph of Cyclotron

1942-1945