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Southern Utah Oral History Recording Events (June 12 - 14, 2017)

Share the story of how you (or your family) were impacted by nuclear weapons testing and your memories about tests conducted at the Nevada Test Site.

Appointments Available, Walk-ins Welcome!

(Interview recordings will run approximately 15 to 20-minutes)  

Resources

A list of data sources, external resource links and suggested reading materials related to Downwinders and this archive.
 
  • ABC News, 1994. Turning Point - Downwinders. ABC News Documentary.
  • Fox, Sarah Alisabeth, 2014. Downwind: A People's History of the Nuclear West. Board of Regents, University of Nebraska
  • Miller, Richard L., 1991. Under the Cloud: The Decades of Nuclear Testing. Two Sixty Press. Woodlands, TX.
  • J. Willard Marriott Library, January 2012. Interview with Congressman Jim Matheson. J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah.
  • New York Times, (1950-1990). Various Historic Articles Related to Downwinders, Nuclear Fallout and the Atomic Energy Commission. New York Times Company.
  • KUED, 1985. Thirty Years To Justice. KUED Documentary.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1999. Exposure of the American People to Iodine-131 from Nevada Nuclear-Bomb Tests. National Academies Press (US). Washington (DC).
  • United States Department of Energy, 2000. United States Nuclear Tests: July 1945 Through September 1992. United States Department of Energy Nevada Operations Office. Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Interactive timeline depicting events as they progress
    • Test detonation type animations
      • Utilizing Google Sketch-Up
        • Animation breakdowns for airburst, airdrop, balloon, rocket, tower, surface, crater, shaft and tunnel.
        • Including information about fallout yield, energy yield and general mean statistics related to each event type, dimensions and overview.
    • Health statistics
      • Utilizing ArcGIS
        • I-131 fallout levels for each Utah County by individual event / operation summary.
        • Cancer statistics of individuals effected by fallout with a breakdown by gender and age demographics at the county / city level.
    • Historical articles / embedded events
      • General collection of links to stories depicting events as they progress including: newspaper articles, government documents / websites, journal publications and videos while documenting published depictions of deceit by the Atomic Energy Commission, (1951 – Present).
    • Individual stories of individuals impacted
      • Anecdotal collection of published stories, either in print or multimedia format, retelling personal accounts of the events and aftermath.
  • Embedded GIS / cartographic maps
    • Utilizing ArcGIS
      • 2 & 3 dimensional depictions of nuclear fallout based on National Cancer Institute study information visualizing
  • Public domain photographs/videos
    • National Nuclear Security Administration
    • Federal Government of the United States
    • Public Domain through Wikipedia
    • Google Earth 3 dimensional visualizations
  • Interactive motion charts visualizing raw health statistics
    • Thyroid doses by age demographics
    • Concentrations of I-131
  • Cartographic Fallout Maps
    • I-131 Ground Deposition Levels
      • Contain individual county boundary information thematically represented with fallout levels, 3D visualization of fallout levels and detonation location reference map – additional information related to event included within cartographic map.
      • Total Ground Deposition Level Maps = 99
    • Interactive Comparative Analysis Motion Charts
      • Estimated Average Thyroid Doses (Cow/Goat Milk) (RADS) by Individual County/Event
        • Total Motion Charts = 90
        • 295,812 Individual Entries for Comparative Analysis
      • Estimated Average Thyroid Doses (Cow Milk) (RADS) by Test Series Summary
        • Total Motion Charts = 9
        • 17,220 Individual Entries for Comparative Analysis
      • Estimated Average Time-Integrated Concentrations of I-131 by Individual County/Event
        • Total Motion Charts = 90
        • 41,832 Individual Entries for Comparative Analysis
      • Estimated Average Time-Integrated Concentrations of I-131 by Test Series Summary
        • Total Motion Charts = 9
        • 4,018 Individual Entries for Comparative Analysis
    • Animation Components
      • Test Detonation Type Animations
        • Individual videos breaking down each of the test detonation types used at the Nevada Test Site – airburst, airdrop, balloon, rocket, tower, surface, crater, shaft and tunnel.
        • Total animations = 9
        • Sources
          • Geosciences professor's personal blog used to estimate the speed of seismic shock waves travelling through the soil at the Nevada Test Site. http://seismosblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/salt.html
          • Website used to estimate the speed of sound at the NTS's altitude. http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/elevation-speed-sound-air-d_1534.html
          • Various public domain images www.wikipedia.org Boeing's webpage dedicated to the B-50 Bomber, used as a reference for design and markings as well as general dimensions and technical specifications. http://www.boeing.com/history/products/b-50.page

Books

  • A History of U.S. Nuclear Testing and its Influence on Nuclear Thought, (1945-1963) - David M. Blades and Joseph M. Siracusa (2014)
  • American Ground Zero: The Secret Nuclear War - Carole Gallagher (1953)
  • Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race - Richard Rhodes (2008)
  • Atomic Audit: The Costs and Consequences of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940 - Stephen Schwartz (1998)
  • Bombs in the Backyard: Atomic Testing and American Politics - C. Constandina Titus (2001)
  • Doom Towns: The People and Landscapes of Atomic Testing, A Graphic History - Andrew G. Kirk and Kristian Purcell (2016)
  • Downwind: A People History of the Nuclear West - Sarah Alizabeth Fox (2014)

  • Killing Our Own: The Disaster of America's Experience with Atomic Radiation - Richard Solomon and Harvey Wasserman (2013)
  • Fallout: An American Nuclear Tragedy - Philip L. Fradkin (2004)
  • Folding Paper Cranes - Leonard Bird (2005)
  • Half Lives and Half Truths: Confronting the Radioactive Legacies of the Cold War - Barbara Rose Johnston (2007)
  • Nuclear Weapons in the Cold War - Dr. Harold L. Brode and Larry MacDonald (2014)
  • Nuclear Weapons Testing at the Nevada Test Site the First Decade - John C. Hopkins and Barbara Germain Killian (2013)
  • The Day We Bombed Utah - John G. Fuller (1984)
  • The Making of the Atomic Bomb - Richard Rhodes (1986)
  • They Never Knew: The Victims of Nuclear Testing - Glen Alan Cheney (1996)
  • Trace Elements: Mapping the Great Basin and its Peripheries - Michael McLane (2015)
  • U.S. Atlas of Nuclear Fallout (1951-1970), Vol 1: Total Fallout - Richard Miller (2006)
  • U.S. Atlas of Nuclear Fallout (1951-1970), Vol 2: Eastern United States - Richard Miller (2006)
  • U.S. Atlas of Nuclear Fallout (1951-1970), Vol 3: County Comparisons - Richard Miller (2006)
  • U.S. Atlas of Nuclear Fallout (1951-1970), Vol 4: Western United States - Richard Miller (2006)
  • U.S. Atlas of Nuclear Fallout (1951-1970), Vol 5: Calculations - Richard Miller (2006)

Studies

Archive Records

 

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