Historical Documents

This 191-page document, written by the B Reactor Museum Association, is the official record of B Reactor construction and operation. It is kept in the archives of the Library of Congress. Read “B-Reactor HAER”

Links of Related Interest

The Hanford Nuclear Site is run by the Richland Operations Office (DOE-RL) of the U.S. Department of Energy and is the home of the B Reactor. Hanford was Site W during the Manhattan Project and created plutonium for the Trinity test and the Nagasaki atomic bomb. Provides current information about clean up activities on the 560-square-mile Hanford Site as well as historical documents and photographs.
Hanford News is an online resource of the Tri-City Herald, with current news and archive of Hanford, Department of Energy and nuclear-related articles and information. Includes Hanford history, photos, documents and related links.
The Manhattan Project Heritage Preservation Association provides a comprehensive source of factual information. The organization is committed to providing a thoroughly documented historical research site for the individual desiring to gain a complete understanding of America’s atomic bomb effort during World War II. The information is catalogued and presented in a variety of ways, including high quality digitized photos, digitized images of original documents and newspaper articles, and stories and reminiscences of Manhattan Project veterans. Contains the largest collection of photos (700), documents (110), scientist biographies (115), and newspaper articles (34) on the Internet and gives concise definitions of many little-known operations and terms.
The Atomic Heritage Foundation, Washington DC, is dedicated to preserving the history of the Manhattan Project. It is working to raise Congressional and other support for preserving major historic facilities and other aspects of the history for public education, interpretation, and commemoration. The Foundation is working with BRMA and other organizations on a Manhattan Project 60th Anniversary commemoration. The nonprofit corporation invites individual tax-deductible contributions to assist in these endeavors.
Fifty Years from Trinity is The Seattle Times Web edition of a special supplement that was printed on July 16, 1995. Includes supplementary material, interactive activities, and Internet links.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is another Department of Energy site in Tennessee. Oak Ridge was the Manhattan Project’s Site X and separated uranium 235 from natural uranium for the Hiroshima atomic bomb.
Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, is also under the Department of Energy. Los Alamos was the Manhattan Project’s Site Y, and is where the first atomic bombs were designed and built. Includes a link to the Bradbury Science Museum.
The Trinity Atomic Web Site tells the story of nuclear weapons through historical documents, photos, and videos. Includes criticality accidents, nuclear test photos, nuclear weapon physics and effects, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and more.
The Nuclear Weapon Archive contains an interesting and broad assortment of nuclear weapons documents and links.
“Venona: Soviet Espionage and the American Response, 1939-1957” on the CIA Web site, is an exhibit of the National Cryptologic Museum, Ft. Meade, Maryland. It consist of thousands of decoded and declassified messages that reveal details about Soviet espionage against the U.S. atomic bomb program in the 1940s and ’50s. The first nuclear reactors built in the Soviet Union bore a remarkable resemblance to those that already existed at Hanford.