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Records of the National Archives and Records Administration: Records of the Harry S. Truman Library: Museum Visitor Comment Books: Atomic Bomb Gallery Visitor Comment Books (Record Group 64)

Dates: 2001-2019

The Atomic Bomb Gallery Visitor Comment Books contain the opinions of visitors to the Truman Library’s museum regarding the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 8 linear feet, 4 linear inches (about 16,000 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: The donor gave to the U.S. government the copyrights in this material and in any other material received by the U.S. government and maintained in a depository administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Documents created by U.S. government officials in the course of their official duties are in the public domain. Copyright interest in other documents presumably belongs to the creators of those documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: David Clark (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016).
Updated by: Haley Petersen (2019) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.

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AGENCY HISTORY NOTE

The Records of the Harry S. Truman Library are included among the Records of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Record Group 64. From the time of the Library’s establishment in 1957 until 1985, the Library was part of NARA’s predecessor agency, the National Archives and Records Service (NARS), which in turn was part of the General Services Administration. NARA was established as an independent agency in 1985.

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Atomic Bomb Gallery Visitor Comment Books contain the opinions of visitors to the Truman Library’s museum regarding the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.

From 2001 to 2019, the books were kept in a museum gallery devoted to providing information and differing views about President Truman’s decision to use atomic bombs against Japan to end World War II. They provided a means of continuing the debate over the morality of Truman’s decision. The varying opinions expressed by visitors over the years may have been influenced by various political and societal changes.

The Truman Library also has visitor comment books from the museum’s Living Legacy Gallery.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.

 

Series

1-19

  ATOMIC BOMB GALLERY VISITOR COMMENT BOOKS, 2001-2019
Museum visitor comment books. Arranged chronologically.
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FOLDER TITLE LIST

ATOMIC BOMB GALLERY VISITOR COMMENT BOOKS, 2001-2019

Box 1

  • Book 1, November 10, 2001-February 12, 2002
  • Book 2, February 12, 2002-March 29, 2002
  • Book 3, March 29, 2002-May 9, 2002
  • Book 4, May 9, 2002-June 23, 2002
  • Book 5, June 23, 2002-August 2, 2002
  • Book 6, August 2, 2002-September 30, 2002

Box 2

  • Book 7, September 30, 2002-December 3, 2002
  • Book 8, December 4, 2002-February 2, 2003
  • Book 9, February 2, 2003-March 17, 2003
  • Book 10, March 17, 2003-April 23, 2003
  • Book 11, April 24, 2003-May 30, 2003
  • Book 12, May 30, 2003-July 8, 2003

Box 3

  • Book 13, July 9, 2003-August 28, 2003
  • Book 14, August 29, 2003-November 13, 2003
  • Book 15, November 14, 2003-February 4, 2004
  • Book 16, February 5, 2004-March 21, 2004
  • Book 17, March 22, 2004-May 13, 2004
  • Book 18, May 13, 2004-July 2, 2004

Box 4

  • Book 19, July 2, 2004-August 16, 2004
  • Book 20, August 16, 2004-October 24, 2004
  • Book 21, October 25, 2004-February 22, 2005
  • Book 22, February 23, 2005-May 11, 2005
  • Book 23, May 11, 2005-July 13, 2005
  • Book 24, July 13, 2005-September 25, 2005

Box 5

  • Book 25, September 26, 2005-December 14, 2005
  • Book 26, December 15, 2005-February 25, 2006
  • Book 27, February 25, 2006-April 13, 2006
  • Book 28, April 13, 2006-May 30, 2006
  • Book 29, May 30, 2006-July 14, 2006
  • Book 30, July 14, 2006-September 17, 2006

Box 6

  • Book 31, September 18, 2006-December 9, 2006
  • Book 32, December 9, 2006-March 6, 2007
  • Book 33, March 6, 2007-May 10, 2007
  • Book 34, May 10, 2007-July 3, 2007
  • Book 35, July 3, 2007-August 23, 2007
  • Book 36, August 24, 2007-November 28, 2007

Box 7

  • Book 37, November 29, 2007-March 20, 2008
  • Book 38, March 20, 2008-May 22, 2008
  • Book 39, May 22, 2008-July 16, 2008
  • Book 40, July 17, 2008-October 13, 2008
  • Book 41, October 13, 2008-February 9, 2009

Box 8

  • Book 42, February 9, 2009-March 28, 2009
  • Book 43, March 28, 2009-May 22, 2009
  • Book 44, May 23, 2009-July 19, 2009
  • Book 45, July 20, 2009-September 28, 2009

Box 9

  • Book 46, September 29, 2009-December 20, 2009
  • Book 47, December 20, 2009-March 15, 2010
  • Book 48, March 15, 2010-May 17, 2010
  • Book 49, May 18, 2010-July 12, 2010

Box 10

  • Book 50, July 12, 2010-October 18, 2010
  • Book 51, October 18, 2010-February 8, 2011
  • Book 52, February 8, 2011-March 29, 2011
  • Book 53, March 29, 2011-May 7, 2011
  • Book 54, May 7, 2011-June 26, 2011

Box 11

  • Book 55, June 26, 2011-September 17, 2011
  • Book 56, September 17, 2011-January 17, 2012
  • Book 57, January 17, 2012-March 25, 2012
  • Book 58, March 25, 2012-May 15, 2012
  • Book 59, May 15, 2012-July 22, 2012

Box 12

  • Book 60, July 23, 2012-November 6, 2012
  • Book 61, November 7, 2012-February 16, 2013
  • Book 62, February 17, 2013-April 14, 2013
  • Book 63, April 15, 2013-June 1, 2013

Box 13

  • Book 64, June 2, 2013-July 19, 2013
  • Book 65, July 20, 2013-November 11, 2013
  • Book 66, November 12, 2013-February 23, 2014
  • Book 67, February 23, 2014-April 7, 2014
  • Book 68, April 8, 2014-June 14, 2014

Box 14

  • Book 69, June 15, 2014-September 17, 2014
  • Book 70, September 18, 2014-December 2, 2014
  • Book 71, December 3, 2014-February 17, 2015
  • Book 72, February 17, 2015-April 5, 2015

Box 15

  • Book 73, April 6, 2015-June 11, 2015
  • Book 74, June 11, 2015-August 13, 2015
  • Book 75, August 14, 2015-December 15, 2015
  • Book 76, December 15, 2015-March 8, 2016

Box 16

  • Book 77, March 9, 2016-April 20, 2016
  • Book 78, April 21, 2016-June 18, 2016
  • Book 79, June 18, 2016-July 29, 2016
  • Book 80, July 30-October 2, 2016

Box 17

  • Book 81, October 3, 2016-February 4, 2017
  • Book 82, February 5-March 23, 2017
  • Book 83, March 24-May 23, 2017
  • Book 84, May 24-July 24, 2017

Box 18

  • Book 85, July 25-October 25, 2017
  • Book 86, October 26, 2017-February 11, 2018
  • Book 87, February 12-March 26, 2018
  • Book 88, March 27-June 24, 2018

Box 19

  • Book 89, June 25-August 17, 2018
  • Book 90, August 18-March 4, 2019
  • Book 91, March 5-May 20, 2019
  • Book 92, May 21-July 22, 2019
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