Department of Chemistry Records - U.S. Manhattan Project Records

The Princeton Department of Chemistry's U. S. Manhattan Project Records include 3 boxes of files stored at Princeton’s Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. These documents include scientific documents such as typed laboratory reports, drafts and original laboratory notebooks. These research activities for the Manhattan Project were conducted at the Princeton by the Analytical Group under Princeton Professor Nathaniel H. Furman. The research conducted in this research focused on identifying uranium sources for nuclear weapons and was organized under the "Madison Square Area" of the "Manhattan District, Corps of Engineers." Researchers worked to identify uranium in ores and to purify and measure trace contaminants in uranium concentrates. This work appears to have been directed toward discovering uranium deposits in the United States, as at the time the majority of uranium was coming from Africa. This research continued at Princeton after the war until at least 1952 where Furman and his former student Clark E. Bricker worked on a U.S. Atomic Energy Commission project labeled "Fundamental Analytical Chemistry," project number AT-(30-1)-937 Scope I.

Many of these documents were originally confidential but were declassified on May 18, 1954. Within these records there are also administrative files such as invoices and receipts for purchases related to Manhattam Project activities.

Department of Chemistry Records 1893-2017, Series 2: Department of Chemistry U. S. Manhattan Project Records 1941-1953, Princeton University Libraries,