Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum


Atomic
  Atomic Bomb blast.

 
About the Collection

  This collection focuses on The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb. It includes documents totaling almost 600 pages, covering the years 1945-1964. Supporting materials include an online version of "Truman and the Bomb: A Documentary History," edited by Robert H. Ferrell.
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1945

March

  • Albert Einstein to Franklin D. Roosevelt, March 25, 1945  Scanned version (1 page)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • April

  • Henry Stimson to Harry S. Truman, April 24, 1945  Scanned version (1 page)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • May

  • Notes of Meeting of the Interim Committee, May 9, 1945  Scanned version (3 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Log of the Interim Committee of the Manhattan Project, May 9, 1945  Scanned version (17 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • J. A. Darry to Leslie R. Groves, May 12, 1945  Scanned version (7 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Notes of Meeting of the Interim Committee, May 14, 1945  Scanned version (4 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Notes of Meeting of the Interim Committee, May 18, 1945  Scanned version (3 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Notes of Meeting of the Interim Committee, May 31, 1945  Scanned version (17 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • June

  • Notes of Meeting of the Interim Committee , June 1, 1945  Scanned version (10 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Diary entries , June 1, 1945  Scanned version (6 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Minutes of Meeting held at the White House, June 18, 1945  Scanned version (45 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Notes of Meeting of the Interim Committee , June 21, 1945  Scanned version (8 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • July

  • Notes of Meeting of the Interim Committee, July 6, 1945  Scanned version (5 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Notes by Harry S. Truman on the Potsdam Conference , July 16, 1945  Scanned version (10 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Notes by Harry S. Truman on the Potsdam Conference, July 17-30, 1945  Scanned version (9 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Petition to the President of the United States, July 17, 1945  Scanned version (1 page)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Leslie. R. Groves to Henry Stimson, July 18, 1945  Scanned version (14 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Notes of Meeting of the Interim Committee, July 19, 1945  Scanned version (8 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Memo for the Record, Manhattan Project , July 20, 1945  Scanned version (2 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • John Stone to General Arnold, July 24, 1945  Scanned version (2 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Henry Stimson to Harry S. Truman, with handwritten Truman reply on reverse, July 30, 1945  Scanned version (2 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Draft statement on the dropping of the bomb , July 30, 1945  Scanned version (8 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Henry Stimson to Harry S. Truman, with attached draft press release, July 31, 1945  Scanned version (13 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • August

  • Press release by the White House, August 6, 1945  Scanned version (3 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Memoranda re: Manhattan Project , August 6, 1945  Scanned version (3 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Press release by Henry Stimson, August 6, 1945  Scanned version (7 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Translation of leaflet dropped on the Japanese (AB-11), August 6, 1945  Scanned version (1 page)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Translation of leaflet dropped on the Japanese, August 6, 1945  Scanned version (1 page)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Telegram, Richard Russell to Harry S. Truman, August 7, 1945  Scanned version (4 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Harry S. Truman to Richard Russell, August 9, 1945  Scanned version (1 page)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Correspondence between Harry S. Truman and Samuel Cavert, August 11, 1945  Scanned version (3 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • September

  • Matthew J. Connelly to James Byrnes, with attached Leo Szilard letter, September 6, 1945  Scanned version (2 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Memo by George Harrison , September 8, 1945  Scanned version (2 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Memo re: Russia and the atomic bomb , September 11, 1945  Scanned version (3 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Henry Stimson to Harry S. Truman, accompanied by a memorandum, September 11, 1945  Scanned version (8 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Memorandum by George Harrison, September 14, 1945  Scanned version (2 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Memoranda for the record , September 14, 1945  Scanned version (4 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Memoranda of conversation, September 25, 1945  Scanned version (2 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Memo of conversation with Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and Dean Acheson, September 25, 1945  Scanned version (2 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Clinton P. Anderson to Harry S. Truman , September 25, 1945  Scanned version (5 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Kenneth McKellar to Harry S. Truman, accompanied by a report, September 27, 1945  Scanned version (7 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Philip Fleming to Harry S. Truman, September 28, 1945  Scanned version (2 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • October

  • Memorandum of conversation , October 3, 1945  Scanned version (2 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Memoranda from discussions, October 3, 1945  Scanned version (4 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Memoranda for the files, October 11, 1945  Scanned version (7 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Memorandum of meeting, October 17, 1945  Scanned version (3 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • November

  • Memoranda for the files, November 1, 1945  Scanned version (2 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Memoranda from meetings, November 10, 1945  Scanned version (9 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • 1946

    February

  • Press release, February 4, 1946  Scanned version (4 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • May

  • Press release re: Operation Crossroads , May 13, 1946  Scanned version (4 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • June

  • "The Decision for Peace", excerpt from report of the United States Strategic Bombing Survey , June 1946  Scanned version (10 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • U. S. Strategic Bombing Survey: The Effects of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, June 19, 1946  Scanned version (51 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Franklin D'Olier to Harry S. Truman, with related material, June 20, 1946  Scanned version (3 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • "United States Strategic Bombing Survey: The Effects of the Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki", June 30, 1946  Scanned version (45 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • July

  • United States Strategic Bombing Survey, July 1, 1946  Scanned version (34 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • United States Strategic Bombing Survey: Japan's Struggle to End the War, July 1, 1946  Scanned version (59 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • August

  • Press release, August 2, 1946  Scanned version (3 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • December

  • Harry S. Truman to Roman Bohnen, December 12, 1946  Scanned version (2 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Harry S. Truman to Karl Compton, December 16, 1946  Scanned version (1 page)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • 1947

    June

  • "The Evaluation of the Atomic Bomb as a Military Weapon", June 30, 1947  Scanned version (39 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • 1950

    February

  • "Soviet Intentions and Capabilities" , February 20, 1950  Scanned version (20 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • 1951

  • "The Atomic Bomb" by Eben Ayers  Scanned version (7 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • "Truman and the Atom Bomb"  Scanned version (5 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • August

  • Diary entry by Eben Ayers, August 6, 1951  Scanned version (1 page)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • 1952

    December

  • Correspondence between Harry S. Truman and James Cate, with attached White House memos, December 6, 1952  Scanned version (17 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • 1953

    January

  • Thomas Murray to Harry S. Truman, January 16, 1953  Scanned version (2 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Harry S. Truman to Thomas Murray, January 19, 1953  Scanned version (1 page)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • 1954

    June

  • Notes regarding June 18, 1945 meeting, June 7, 1954  Scanned version (3 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • 1955

  • Excerpt from Transcript of Interview with former President Truman  Scanned version (2 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • "The Atomic Bomb", third draft  Scanned version (6 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • 1957

    May

  • "Tentative chronology of part played by scientists in decision to use the bomb against Japan" , May 29, 1957  Scanned version (6 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • 1958

  • Handwritten notes by former President Truman  Scanned version (7 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • March

  • Correspondence between Tsukasa Nitoguri and Harry S. Truman , March 12, 1958  Scanned version (4 pages)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • 1963

    August

  • Harry S. Truman to Irv Kupcinet , August 5, 1963  Scanned version (1 page)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • 1964

  • Harry S. Truman to Mrs. Haydon Klein, Jr., August 4, 1964  Scanned version (1 page)  |    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
  • Not Dated

  • "Collection and Identification of Fission Products of Foreign Origin" by Peter King and N. Friedman   (11 pages)    Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
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