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Where does AHF get its funding?

 The Atomic Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We receive most of our funding from grants to work on specific projects. About half of our funding comes from federal grants and the rest from private foundations and individual donors. If you would like to support the Foundation, please consider donating. Contributions are tax deductible and much appreciated.

Why should I become a member?

Becoming a member of the Atomic Heritage Foundation is primarily a way to show your support for our work. While there are benefits to being a member (including notification of upcoming AHF events and copies of our annual report), most members have chosen to sign up because they served on the Project, in honor of a friend or relative who did so, or simply because they think the history of the Manhattan Project is worth remembering and preserving. If you would like to support the work that is being done on this website and around the country to preserve the Manhattan Project sites, please become a member today: call us at 202-293-0045 or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up.

How can I receive updates about AHF events and projects?

Please sign up for our newsletter to receive up to date information about AHF projects and developments, or consult our annual reports for more information.

Can I get high-resolution versions of images from this site?

This depends on the image. Most of the images on the site are scanned in from original documents, but some of the images are blurry or are only available in low-resolution digital format. Please contact us if you are interested in specific photos from the website. Please note that if you plan on using the images for commercial purposes, we request that you donate to AHF based on the scale below.

1 - 4 pictures: $25 donation + $20 per picture
5 - 10 pictures: $40 donation + $15 per picture
10+ pictures: $100 donation + $10 per picture

Can I use documents and information from this site in my report/publication?
All information on this site belongs to the Atomic Heritage Foundation. You are welcome to use text or images from the site for personal use and the documents for primary source research provided that you give the Atomic Heritage Foundation credit. If you want to use anything on the site for commercial purposes, please contact us to request permission and to submit the donations described above.

Does AHF want my memorabilia?
Yes! The Atomic Heritage Foundation now holds most of the items that were donated to the Manhattan Project Heritage Preservation Association (MPHPA), but we would certainly appreciate further contributions. Any documents (journals, handbooks, etc.) will be scanned and made available on the web for viewing (with permission), and artifacts will be stored for possible use in future museum exhibits. If you prefer to send digital copies of your documents, we will happily use them as well. All donations are tax-deductible.

My relative worked on the Manhattan Project. Do you know where?
One of the goals of this site and this organization is to help people find out more about the men and women who worked on the Manhattan Project. That said, we do not have full records of employment. In order to find out about your relative, we suggest:

  1. Searching the MPHPA veterans database. Please note that although this is the largest database of Manhattan Project veterans on the web, it is far from complete and might not contain the information that you are looking for.
  2. If your relative was in the military, check with the National Archives here.
  3. If they were civilian, try to find out which company he or she worked for and see if you can locate their records directly through that organization. You can also try to get in touch with the National Personnel Records Center or the National Archives at Atlanta, which has a great deal of information on the Manhattan Project.

Can I speak to/contact a veteran?
We are able to connect you with a veteran. However, please submit your request here and let us know what you would like to ask or discuss with a veteran. We will review your request, and do our best to put you in touch with one of our members.

What is MPHPA/Children of the Manhattan Project?
In September 2005, Michael Vickio, the founder and president of the Manhattan Project Heritage Preservation Association (MPHPA), passed away. MPHPA's website had been run almost exclusively by him, and after his passing the board of the MPHPA approached the Atomic Heritage Foundation to take over its functions. We have effectively done so, but we have not yet synced our web content with his. You can nevertheless access the old website. Please keep in mind that a lot of the information has not been updated.

 
 
 
 

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