Resources for Teachers, Students, and Researchers
As part of my general blogging on here, I’ve tried to put together a number of posts that are specifically useful for teachers, students, and other researchers. This list will be updated as more suitable content is added.
- Web-based Primary Sources for Nuclear History (11/14/2011): A very long list of all of the online databases I know of (both subscription and free) relating to nuclear history.
- The “Interesting Links” sidebar (visible on the right side of this page if you are viewing this through the actual site, and not a blog reader) contains a number of links to useful sites and blogs that can supplement one’s nuclear worldview. Secrecy News, Arms Control Wonk, the National Security Archive, and the Nuclear Weapons Archive all rank very high on my list of “useful sites.”
- I have an automatically-updated list of archival documents hosted on this site available as well. How useful this particular sub-set of nuclear documents is, I’m not sure. The Redactions category is itself generally devoted to sharing, contextualizing, and discussing archival documents, which could be of some use for teaching.
- I’ve also posted an easily-downloadable, searchable copy of the once-secret Manhattan District History, which has quite a number of interesting, unknown gems buried in it.
- I’ve uploaded all of the books by the late Atomic Energy Commission historian Richard G. Hewlett, which cover the history of the Manhattan Project, much of the Atomic Energy Commission, and the Nuclear Navy.
- I’ve started to annually compile nuclear history bibliographies of articles and books published over the course of the past year:
- And of course, if you want to learn about the effects of nuclear weapons, the NUKEMAP and NUKEMAP3D were created for just that purpose.
- Archives Week, Day 2: Notes on Technique (12/20/2011): Part 1 of series of posts where I describe how I go about using archival materials in person. In this one I describe my philosophy of archival use, and explain how I take my photographs.
- Archives Week, Addendum: More Notes on Technique (12/26/2011): Part 2 of said series of posts. Here I describe my post-archival processing of the photographs.
- The Archives Week series of posts in general (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) could be useful for beginning researchers, in as much as it describes quite a bit of my way of preparing, implementing, and thinking about archival documents. It could also potentially be useful for advanced researchers, in the sense that we all gain something in learning about how other people go about their archival business, even though we don’t talk about the nuts and bolts of it as often as we probably ought to.
- My post, Oppenheimer, Unredacted, Part I, describes in detail the maze of the National Archives, College Park, facility, and the somewhat unorthodox archival methods I sometimes employ there. My colleague Bill Rankin has written up a really good guide to using the NARA Archives II (College Park) facility as well.
Freedom of Information Act
- The most useful pages I’ve found for learning about how to use the Freedom of Information Act for maximum benefit are: 1. the National Security Archive’s FOIA page, 2. the DOJ’s FOIA reference site, and 3. this list of FOIA exemptions.
- Separate from the above, I have a small list of teaching resources at my personal homepage.