[MANHATTAN PROJECT]. Document commemorating the "Los Alamos New Mexico Atomic Bomb Project" SIGNED BY 30 SCIENTISTS, OFFICERS AND CIVILIANS EMPLOYED ON THE MANHATTAN PROJECT, INCLUDING GEN. LESLIE GROVES, J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER, EDWARD TELLER, ENRICO FERMI and others. Los Alamos, New Mexico n.d. [ca.1945]. 1 page, 4to, 277 x 212mm., even age-toning, minor chipping at top edge of sheet, neatly pasted at corners to stiff backing board.
THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO BUILT THE BOMB: THE SCIENTITS, ENGINEERS AND TECHNICIANS OF THE MANHATTAN PROJECT
A highly unusual document commemorating the massive, top-secret scientific and technical efforts from 1939 to 1945 which resulted in the successful deployment of the first atomic weapons. At the top of the sheet is a hand-drawn emblem of the Manhattan Project (a circular device, quartered, a smoke cloud aboue it, bracketed by four lightning bolts, two to each side, encircled by a blue band), executed in blue, black and red inks. The six-line hand-written text beneath the emblem reads: "We, the undersigned, in grateful appreciation of our joint association in the Los Alamos, New Mexico Atomic Bomb Project, hereby list below a lasting record of friendship spent in working on the World's Greatest Secret The Atomic Bomb."
Below, arranged in three neat columns on dotted lines, are the signatures of 30 individuals including: Leslie R. Groves (General and commanding officer of the Manhattan Engineering District [the Manhattan Project]); J. Robert Oppenheimer (Theoretical Physicist and Director of Los Alamos Laboratory); Samuel K. Allison (Physicist at the Metallurgical Laboratory at the University of Chicago, who also did the Trinity countdown); Lt. D.H.Dick; Edward Teller (Theoretical Physicist and Head of Thermonuclear Research Group during wartime Los Alamos); Harry S. Allen (Head of Procurement Group and later Supply and Property Group); [?] B. Auker; Lt. Col. Stanley Stewart (Manhattan Project Contracting Officer for Los Alamos); Peter M. Petersen; Gus Schultz (Foreman of the drafting room and machine shop); Dana P. Mitchell (Head of Technical Procurement and later Assistant Director of the Los Alamos Laboratory); L.B. Thompson; Robert McDermott; Enrico Fermi (Theoretical Physicist University of Chicago, also Head of the F Division at Los Alamos as well as Associate Director); Robert F. Bacher (Experimental Physicist and Head of the G[adget] Division at Los Alamos, which developed Fat Man); Capt. W.S. Parsons (Head of Chemical Division); Charles L. Critchfield (Mathematical Physicist who did much of the basic develpment work on both Little Boy and Fat Man); Edwin Creutz (Experimental Physicist who worked on the magnetic method of implosion diagnostics); William Schuster; M.W. Johnson; J.D. Clartout; Pearce Marshall; John Patrick Callahan; S.H. Young; Capt. W.A. Farina (Head of the Manhattan Projects Property Inventory Section); Margaret K. Thompson; Bruno Rossi (Experimental Physicist who did implosion diagnostics in the RaLa program and at Trinity); A.J. Dickemeyer; Clyde E. Reum (Head of the General Service and Warehouse Section). RARE.
We are grateful to Roger Meade, Laboratory Archivist/Historian at Los Alamos for valuable assistance in cataloguing.
Provenance: George P. Beyer, Security Chief of Los Alamos Project (whose signature appears in the middle column) -- The present owner.