Register of the Elwin H. Covey. Association of Oak Ridge Engineers and Scientists Files MSS 656

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Elwin H. Covey. Association of Oak Ridge Engineers and Scientists Files
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 656
Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections Library
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.2 Linear feet (1 archives box)
Date (inclusive): 1945-1947
Abstract: The Elwin H. Covey, Association of Oak Ridge Engineers and Scientist Files includes correspondence, flyers, informational materials and newsletters. Materials range in date from 1945-1947 and document the Association of Oak Ridge Engineers and Scientists' efforts to influence early U.S. atomic energy policy.
Creator: Covey, Elwin H.

Historical Background

Various organizations of atomic energy scientists and engineers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, one of the primary research and production facilities of the Manhattan Project, consolidated in June 1946 to form the Association of Oak Ridge Engineers and Scientists (AORES). These organizations included the Oak Ridge Engineers and Scientists (ORES), formerly the Atomic Engineers of Oak Ridge (AEOR) and the Atomic Production Scientists of Oak Ridge (APSOR) and the Association of Oak Ridge Scientists (AORS), formerly the Association of Oak Ridge Scientists at Clinton Laboratories (AORSCL). These groups were concerned with international control and regulation of atomic energy, dissemination of information to the public and were greatly influential in getting the McMahon Bill passed, which became the Atomic Energy Act of 1946 and established the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.
Elwin H. Covey was Secretary of the Information and Records Committee of the AORSCL, as well as a member of the organization's Subcommittee on Compilation of Lists and Indexes. He held the position of the Chairman of the Membership Committee of the AORS before the group's amalgamation.

Scope and Contents

The Elwin H. Covey, Association of Oak Ridge Engineers and Scientists Files contain materials, relating to the activities of the AORES and its efforts to influence U.S. and international atomic energy policy. Materials include correspondence and reports pertaining to the origins and evolution of the organizations which made up the AORES, bills, excerpts from hearings, and speeches and political legislation related to the May-Johnson Bill and the McMahon (Atomic Energy) Act of 1946. The collection also contains copies of AORS, ORES and AORES Newsletters including the Federation of American Scientists report on the 9/22/46 council meeting. Materials range in date from 1945-1947 and remain in their original order.

Acquisition Information

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Preferred Citation

Elwin H. Covey. Association of Oak Ridge Engineers and Scientists Files, MSS 656. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Association of Oak Ridge Engineers and Scientists -- Archives.
Manhattan Project (U.S.)
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
Atomic theory
Nuclear physics

 

FILES 1945-1947

Box 1, Folder 1

AORSCL and ORES - Business and correspondence, origin and evolution of AORES 9/14/45-1/14/47

Box 1, Folder 2

Political - Exhortations and legislation - Bills, May-Johnson, and McMahon's Atomic Legislation Act ca. 11/1/45-2/28/47

Box 1, Folder 3

AORS, ORES and AORES newsletters, includes Federation of American Scientists Report on 9/22/46 council meeting 2/27/46-5/23/47