Oral Histories

Black and white photo of two elderly women in front of an old, vacant house.
Two people visit the pre-Manhattan Project site of Bruggemann Ranch.



Listen to history from those that experienced it. Below are resources to explore the oral histories of people whose lives intertwined with the Manhattan Project.

Hanford History Project

The Hanford History Project is a physical and online archive documenting the history of the Hanford nuclear production facilities and the surrounding community, the Tri Cities (Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco). Washington State University - Tri Cities hosts the Hanford History Project. Through contract with the Mission Support Alliance and the US Department of Energy, the project also manages the Hanford Collection, which is the Department of Energy's own extensive collection of documents and artifacts from Hanford's history.

Center for Oak Ridge Oral History

COROH comprises over 900 audio and video interviews capturing the story of life, people, and history in the unique “Secret City” of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Spanning the pre-Oak Ridge era, the Manhattan Project years during WWII, to present day residents.

Peace Database of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum has a navigable database of museum artifacts including video testimonies from survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, art created by survivors, and belongings of victims.

Voices of the Manhattan Project

“Voices of the Manhattan Project” is a joint project by the Atomic Heritage Foundation and the Los Alamos Historical Society to create a public archive of our oral history collections of Manhattan Project veterans and their families. Their online collection features 600 audio/visual interviews with Manhattan Project workers and their families, including J. Robert Oppenheimer, General Leslie R. Groves, Glenn Seaborg, Hans and Rose Bethe, George and Vera Kistiakowsky, and many more.

Last updated: January 3, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Manhattan Project National Historical Park
c/o NPS Intermountain Regional Office
P.O. Box 25287

Denver, CO 80225-0287


Hanford: 509.376.1647
Los Alamos: 505.661.6277
Oak Ridge: 865.482.1942

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