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  • Title: Robert S. Norris collection
    Date (inclusive): 1898-2003
    Collection Number: 2008C9
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 88 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes (45.0 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Photocopies of government documents, correspondence, diaries, reports, memoranda, studies, and printed matter; microfilm; and sound recordings and transcripts of interviews relating to General Leslie R. Groves and the development of the atomic bomb. Used as research material for the book by R. S. Norris, Racing for the Bomb: General Leslie R. Groves, the Manhattan Project's Indispensable Man (South Royalton, Vt., 2002). Includes photocopies of documents released in response to Freedom of Information Act requests.
    Creator: Norris, Robert S. (Robert Stan)
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2008.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Robert S. Norris collection, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Biographical Note

    Dr. Robert S. Norris is a senior research associate with Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in Washington, D.C. His principal areas of expertise include all aspects of the nuclear weapons programs of the United States, Soviet Union/Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea.
    Dr. Norris received his PhD in political science from New York University in 1976 and has taught at New York University; Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; Miami University's European campus in Luxembourg; and American University in Washington, D.C. He has been with the NRDC since 1984 and lives in Annapolis, Maryland.
    Robert S. Norris NRDC web page, http://www.nrdc.org/nuclear/norris/norris.asp 

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The files in the Robert S. Norris collection were used as research material by Norris in the writing of Racing for the Bomb: General Leslie R. Groves, the Manhattan's Project's Indispensable Man, published by Steerforth Press in 2002.
    The files also contain material about the Manhattan Project and related matters. The files consist of mostly Xerox copies of files from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Library of Congress (LOC), Truman Presidential Library, Hoover Presidential Library, The Bancroft Library, Office of History, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hagley Library, West Point Special Collections, and the Los Alamos archives. A great deal of material comes from Record Group 77, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Manhattan Engineer District (MED) files and from RG 200, the Personal Papers of General Leslie R. Groves. Two useful NARA microfilm collections from RG 77 are included, the Harrison-Bundy Files (9 rolls) and "Top Secret" correspondence of special interest to General Groves (5 rolls).
    The collection is organized into series, retaining the donor's folder titles and arrangement of supporting materials for the book chapters and related research files.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World War, 1939-1945 -- Japan
    Atomic bomb
    World War, 1939-1945 -- United States
    Nuclear weapons
    United States. Army. Corps of Engineers
    Groves, Leslie R., 1896-1970