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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Robert S. Norris collection
    Dates: 1898-2003
    Collection Number: 2008C9
    Creator: Norris, Robert S. (Robert Stan)
    Collection Size: 90 manuscript boxes (36 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Collection relates to General Leslie R. Groves and the development of the atomic bomb, containing photocopies of government documents, correspondence, diaries, reports, memoranda, studies, and printed matter, microfilm, sound recordings, and transcripts of interviews. 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.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: English

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    Access to audiovisual materials requires at least two weeks advance notice. Audiovisual materials include sound recordings, video recordings, and motion picture film. Hoover staff will determine whether use copies of the materials requested can be made available. Some materials may not be accessible even with advance notice. Please contact the Hoover Institution Archives for further information.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Robert S. Norris collection, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2008.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    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 Ph.D. 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 were used as research material by Robert S. Norris in the writing of Racing for the Bomb: General Leslie R. Groves, the Manhattan's Project's Indispensable Man, a biography of General Leslie R. Groves , 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.


    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.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Groves, Leslie R., 1896-1970.
    Atomic bomb.
    Nuclear weapons.
    World War, 1939-1945--United States.
    World War, 1939-1945--Japan.
    United States. Army. Corps of Engineers.