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The U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex Map

The U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex Map

Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues' Google map of US nuclear weapons complex sites

The Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues is a digital library with a vetted, annotated bibliography of over 3,000 books, articles, films, CDs, and websites about a broad range of nuclear issues. 

The library was founded and is managed by Dr. Frank Settle, professor emeritus of chemistry at Washington and Lee University and author of General George C. Marshall and the Atomic Bomb. The title "Alsos" is an homage to the Manhattan Project's Alsos Mission, which, like the digital library, was associated with gathering information. 

The Alsos Digital Library recently completed the first edition of a Google map with the locations of offices, mines, mills, plants, laboratories, and test sites of the US nuclear weapons complex from World War II to 2016. The map includes over 300 sites including the Manhattan Project sites. 

The map was inspired by the The Traveler's Guide to Nuclear Weapons CD-ROM by James Maroncelli and Timothy Karpin. In a 2017 interview with AHF, Settle said, "I've always liked maps, and "The Traveler's Guide" had a nice description of what went on at each site. I said, 'This would be fun, to put pins in a Google map with a little description and a reference to the page in their guide.' That's what I've been doing. "

The Alsos Digital Library and the US Nuclear Weapons Complex Map are terrific resources for students, scholars, and members of the public interested in this history.