Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I receive updates about AHF events and projects?
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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:
- If your relative was in the military, check with the National Archives here.
- 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. For example, if they worked for DuPont, get in touch with the Hagley Library in Wilmington, DE, which houses the DuPont Corp. archives.
- If they were employed by the federal government, get in touch with the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO, which houses the records of federal employees. Unfortunately, in 1973 a major fire destroyed millions of records of Army and Air Force personnel held at the center.
- The National Archives at Atlanta has a wealth of information on the Manhattan Project.
- If your relative's health was negatively impacted by his or her work at a nuclear-weapons complex, please contact the excellent organization Cold War Patriots, dedicated to to helping nuclear complex workers and their families understand the benefits available to them and how to gain access to needed health care and program services. Cold War Patriots can help guide you through the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) and the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA).
- If you would like us to add a profile or more information about a Manhattan Project veteran, please contact us.
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.
Can I speak to/contact a veteran?
We are able to connect you with a veteran. Please submit your request to us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Where can I find information that used to be on the MPHPA website?
The Manhattan Project Heritage and Preservation Association (MPHPA) was an organization focused on Manhattan Project veterans and their children. Michael Vickio, President and founder of the MPHPA, died suddenly in late September 2005 in Montour Falls, New York. His death was a great loss as he was passionate about preserving the Manhattan Project history. Under his leadership, MPHPA created an excellent website and forum for veterans and their families. In March 2006, the MPHPA's Board entered into an agreement with the Atomic Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC dedicated to preserving the history of the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Age, to purchase the assets and continue the mission of the MPHPA.
Since 2006, the Atomic Heritage Foundation has been moving the wealth of information from the MPHPA's website onto the AHF website. As of April 2015, the AHF has succeeded in uploading the majority of profiles, photographs, and other documents to the AHF website. As a result, the MPHPA website, which was extremely old and in danger of being hacked, has been taken down permanently.
We hope you will enjoy the MPHPA's collections in their new home on the Atomic Heritage Foundation website. We are still in the process of adding more profiles and photographs taken from the MPHPA website to the AHF website, but we should have everything up soon.
Some of the most popular sections from the MPHPA website can now be found on the AHF website here:
- Manhattan Project Veterans Database: Includes thousands of profiles of Manhattan Project veterans, many taken from the MPHPA
- History: This section provides an overview of the history of the Manhattan Project, the key organizations involved, the science behind the bomb, and more.
- Little Boy and Fat Man: Description of the bombs
- 509th Composite Group: MPHPA photo collection coming soon.
- Atomic Timeline
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. Some of our funding comes from federal grants and the rest from private foundations and individual donors. In recent years we have received generous grants and contributions from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Crystal Trust, the MacArthur Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Kerr Foundation, the City of Richland, the Institute of Electrical And Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and philanthropists Clay and Dorothy Perkins. Their support is much appreciated.
Why should I donate to the Atomic Heritage Foundation?
Donating to the Atomic Heritage Foundation is a way to show your support for our work. Most of our supporters have chosen to donate because they served on the Manhattan 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 consider making a donation today.
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 (please see our guide on how to cite information from our website). If you are using photos from one of the profile galleries, please include the name of the collection - for example, "the Walter Goodman Collection." If you want to use anything on the site for commercial purposes, please contact us to request permission and discuss the appropriate fee.
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 do charge a fee based on publication reach.