Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Day 123: Site histories

from the University of Las Vegas library website

"The Nevada Test Site Oral History Project at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is a comprehensive program dedicated to documenting, preserving and disseminating the remembered past of persons affiliated with and affected by the Nevada Test Site during the era of Cold War nuclear testing. From September 2003 through January 2008 a wide range of oral history narrators participated in the project including: national laboratory scientists & engineers; labor trades and support personnel; cabinet-level officials, military personnel & corporate executives; Native American tribal & spiritual leaders; peace activists and protesters; Nevada ranchers, families & communities downwind of the test site. Interviews with more than 150 people totaling 335 hours, related transcripts, documents and photographs are housed in UNLV Lied Library's Department of Special Collections. Searchable transcripts, selected audio and video clips, scanned photographs and images are available on this website."

In watched several of these videos this morning. I was particularly stuck by Engineer and test director Elmer Sowder's description of his continuous "learning" at the Nevada Test Site. I also found it interesting how many of the interviewees refer to an illusive "they" running the site and the tests.

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