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The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb

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Building the Atomic Bombs
Using the Atomic Bombs
Strategic Bombing Survey Reports
Post War Use of Atomic Energy
Contemporary Viewpoints
Soviet Union and the Bomb

Building the Atomic Bombs

Albert Einstein to Franklin D. Roosevelt
       March 25, 1945    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

Henry Stimson to Harry S. Truman
       April 24, 1945    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

Notes of Meeting of the Interim Committee
       May 9, 1945    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

Log of the Interim Committee of the Manhattan Project
       May 9, 1945    View (17 pages)    |    (PDF)

J. A. Darry to Leslie R. Groves
       May 12, 1945    View (7 pages)    |    (PDF)

Notes of Meeting of the Interim Committee
       May 14, 1945    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

Notes of Meeting of the Interim Committee
       May 18, 1945    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

Notes of Meeting of the Interim Committee
       May 31, 1945    View (17 pages)    |    (PDF)

Notes of Meeting of the Interim Committee
       June 1, 1945    View (10 pages)    |    (PDF)

Minutes of Meeting held at the White House
       June 18, 1945    View (45 pages)    |    (PDF)

Notes of Meeting of the Interim Committee
       June 21, 1945    View (8 pages)    |    (PDF)

Notes of Meeting of the Interim Committee
       July 6, 1945    View (5 pages)    |    (PDF)

Petition to the President of the United States
       July 17, 1945    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

Leslie. R. Groves to Henry Stimson
       July 18, 1945    View (14 pages)    |    (PDF)

Notes of Meeting of the Interim Committee
       July 19, 1945    View (8 pages)    |    (PDF)

John Stone to General Arnold
       July 24, 1945    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Draft statement on the dropping of the bomb
       July 30, 1945    View (8 pages)    |    (PDF)

Henry Stimson to Harry S. Truman, with attached draft press release
       July 31, 1945    View (13 pages)    |    (PDF)

Matthew J. Connelly to James Byrnes, with attached Leo Szilard letter
       September 6, 1945    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Press release
       February 4, 1946    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

"The Atomic Bomb" by Eben Ayers
       ca. 1951    View (7 pages)    |    (PDF)

"Tentative chronology of part played by scientists in decision to use the bomb against Japan"
       May 29, 1957    View (6 pages)    |    (PDF)

Using the Atomic Bombs

Henry Stimson to Harry S. Truman, with handwritten Truman reply on reverse
       July 30, 1945    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Press release by the White House
       August 6, 1945    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

Press release by Henry Stimson
       August 6, 1945    View (7 pages)

Translation of leaflet dropped on the Japanese (AB-11)
       August 6, 1945    View (1 page)

Translation of leaflet dropped on the Japanese
       August 6, 1945    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

Strategic Bombing Survey Reports

"The Decision for Peace", excerpt from report of the United States Strategic Bombing Survey
       ca. June, 1946    View (8 pages)    |    (PDF)

U. S. Strategic Bombing Survey: The Effects of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
       June 19, 1946    View (51 pages)    |    (PDF)

Franklin D'Olier to Harry S. Truman, with related material
       June 20, 1946    View (3 pages)

"United States Strategic Bombing Survey: The Effects of the Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki"
       June 30, 1946    View (45 pages)    |    (PDF)

United States Strategic Bombing Survey
       July 1, 1946    View (34 pages)    |    (PDF)

United States Strategic Bombing Survey: Japan's Struggle to End the War
       July 1, 1946    View (59 pages)    |    (PDF)

Post War Use of Atomic Energy

Memo for the Record, Manhattan Project
       July 20, 1945    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memoranda re: Manhattan Project
       August 6, 1945    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memo by George Harrison
       September 8, 1945    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memo re: Russia and the atomic bomb
       September 11, 1945    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memorandum by George Harrison
       September 14, 1945    View (2 pages)

Memoranda for the record
       September 14, 1945    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memoranda of conversation
       September 25, 1945    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memo of conversation with Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and Dean Acheson
       September 25, 1945    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Philip Fleming to Harry S. Truman
       September 28, 1945    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memorandum of conversation
       October 3, 1945    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memoranda from discussions
       October 3, 1945    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memoranda for the files
       October 11, 1945    View (7 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memorandum of meeting
       October 17, 1945    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memoranda for the files
       November 1, 1945    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Memoranda from meetings
       November 10, 1945    View (9 pages)    |    (PDF)

Press release re: Operation Crossroads
       May 13, 1946    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

Press release
       August 2, 1946    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

"The Evaluation of the Atomic Bomb as a Military Weapon"
       June 30, 1947    View (39 pages)    |    (PDF)

Thomas Murray to Harry S. Truman
       January 16, 1953    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Harry S. Truman to Thomas Murray
       January 19, 1953    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

Contemporary Viewpoints

Diary entries
       June 1, 1945    View (6 pages)    |    (PDF)

Notes by Harry S. Truman on the Potsdam Conference
       July 16, 1945    View (10 pages)

Notes by Harry S. Truman on the Potsdam Conference
       July 17, 1945    View (9 pages)    |    (PDF)

Telegram, Richard Russell to Harry S. Truman
       August 7, 1945    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

Harry S. Truman to Richard Russell
       August 9, 1945    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

Correspondence between Harry S. Truman and Samuel Cavert
       August 11, 1945    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

Harry S. Truman to Roman Bohnen
       December 12, 1946    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

Harry S. Truman to Karl Compton
       December 16, 1946    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

"Truman and the Atom Bomb"
       ca. 1951    View (5 pages)    |    (PDF)

Diary entry by Eben Ayers
       August 6, 1951    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

Correspondence between Harry S. Truman and James Cate, with attached White House memos
       December 6, 1952    View (17 pages)    |    (PDF)

Notes regarding June 18, 1945 meeting
       June 7, 1954    View (3 pages)    |    (PDF)

Excerpt from Transcript of Interview with former President Truman
       ca. 1955    View (2 pages)    |    (PDF)

"The Atomic Bomb", third draft
       ca. 1955    View (6 pages)    |    (PDF)

Handwritten notes by former President Truman
       ca. 1958    View (7 pages)

Correspondence between Tsukasa Nitoguri and Harry S. Truman
       March 12, 1958    View (4 pages)    |    (PDF)

Harry S. Truman to Irv Kupcinet
       August 5, 1963    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

Harry S. Truman to Mrs. Haydon Klein, Jr.
       August 4, 1964    View (1 page)    |    (PDF)

Soviet Union and the Bomb

"Collection and Identification of Fission Products of Foreign Origin" by Peter King and N. Friedman
       Not Dated    View (11 pages)    |    (PDF)

Henry Stimson to Harry S. Truman, accompanied by a memorandum
       September 11, 1945    View (8 pages)    |    (PDF)

Clinton P. Anderson to Harry S. Truman
       September 25, 1945    View (5 pages)    |    (PDF)

Kenneth McKellar to Harry S. Truman, accompanied by a report
       September 27, 1945    View (7 pages)    |    (PDF)

"Soviet Intentions and Capabilities"
       February 20, 1950    View (20 pages)    |    (PDF)