Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Robert S. Norris collection
Date (inclusive): 1898-2003
Collection Number: 2008C9
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material:
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.
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.
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2008.
[Identification of item], Robert S. Norris collection, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.
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.
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
World War, 1939-1945 -- United States
United States. Army. Corps of Engineers
Groves, Leslie R., 1896-1970