Smyth Report and Tolman Committee Reports
— The Department of Energy's Office of Classification and Office of History and Heritage Resources have joined together in a collaborative effort to make available documents which constitute the very beginnings of declassification efforts and classification/declassification guidelines, which began as part of the Manhattan Project, and formed the basis for the Department's classification/declassification efforts.
J. Robert Oppenheimer Personnel Hearings Transcripts
— In December 1953, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) suspended the security clearance of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, and after a four-week, closed-door hearing in April and May 1954, formally revoked that clearance. In June 1954, the AEC released a redacted version of the hearing transcript, (see AEC press release), with security classified information deleted, published by the Government Printing Office (GPO) under the title,
In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer: Transcript of Hearing before Personnel Security Board.
See Oppenheimer transcripts.
OpenNet Celebrates its 20th Anniversary!
— Twenty years ago, the Department of Energy introduced OpenNet, a web site to improve public access to declassified documents. OpenNet began with bibliographic citations for over a quarter million documents. In the last 20 years, OpenNet has nearly doubled in size to around 490,000 bibliographic citations. OpenNet has evolved from a few complete documents to almost 140,000 fully searchable electronic full-text documents.
See key events.
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission Atom Information Booklets
— The U. S. Atomic Energy Commission, predecessor to the U. S. Department of Energy, published two series of information booklets on the atom for the general public in the 1960s-1970s. The series "Understanding the Atom" were educational booklets for high school science students and their teachers. The series "The World of the Atom" were for the general public. See the booklets.
The Manhattan Project: Resources
— The Department of Energy's Office of Classification and Office of History and Heritage Resources have joined together in a collaborative effort to make available historical information and key documentation on the Manhattan Project effort during World War II to build the atomic bomb.
See The Manhattan Project: Resources.
Atomic Energy Commission's Secretariat Files
— The Office of Classification is releasing declassified, historical documents of the Atomic Energy Commission's Secretariat files. These files, dated from 1958 to 1966, give insight into the activities of the Atomic Energy Commission during a key segment of the Cold War Era.