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Atomic and Nuclear St. Louis History

A guide to researching: early atomic history, Manhattan Project connections, Baby Tooth Survey project, efforts to end nuclear proliferation, and environmental advocacy around nuclear waste and nuclear power in St. Louis.

Contact Info

contact special collections

Archive, Manuscript & Rare Book collections are accessed in Olin Library at the Special Collections reading room.

HOURS:  Monday - Friday 9:00-5:00 by appointment

LOCATION:  Olin Library, 1st floor, Danforth Campus


*collections stored offsite require advance notice for retrieval and use

Questions about a specific topic? Contact:

University Archives: Sonya Rooney

Rare Books: Cassie Brand

Manuscript: Joel Minor 

Local History: Miranda Rectenwald

Modern Graphic History Library: Skye Lacerte

Film & Media Archive: Andy Uhrich

WU Archives and Special Collections

The Department of Special Collections has many archive collections about St. Louis-area nuclear history, such as:
  • notable physicists who taught at Washington University
  • advocacy and education groups, often with community members, faculty and faculty spouse
  • records of local corporations involved in atomic research

Also, the Modern Literary Manuscripts includes notable authors, several who spoke on the topic of nuclear and atomic power.

Please note: Collection inventories (finding aid) are linked below, however most materials are in original (paper) format and not available online.  Contact the Department of Special Collections by phone or email to access the collections.

Early atomic research / Manhattan Project
Baby Tooth Survey / Nuclear Advocacy and Education 
 Poetry and Literature on nuclear topics

WU School of Medicine Archives

The following collections are located at the Bernard Becker Medical Library, Archives & Rare Book department.

How to access: Contact the Becker Archives for further information about materials listed below.
Location: 7th floor, Becker Library
Hours: M-F 9am-5pm, or by appointment
Telephone: (314) 362-4236

Digitized archives

Digitized primary source documents available online:

Published Sources (Secondary Sources)

Resources from other Archives and Museums (not WU)

State Historical Society of Missouri (SHSMO)

To access materials in these collections, contact the St. Louis branch located on the campus of UMSL. 

Harvard University Archives

Contact Harvard Libraries via link below

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