Today in History–December 2–the Library of Congress features nuclear fission. On this day in 1942 Enrico Fermi oversaw the first controlled nuclear fission chain reaction under the stands of the University of Chicago’s Stagg Field. Find out more about Fermi and other scientists working on the project by visiting the Today in History section as well as the links below.
The Oppenheimer Collection at the Library of Congress video showcasing some of the Library’s primary source treasures
Oppenheimer: The Library’s Collection Chronicles His Life Timeless Stories from the Library
Oppenheimer in the News: Newspaper Articles from the 1940s and 50s Teaching with the Library primary source analysis ideas
Who Was the Man Behind the Manhattan Project? Library of Congress Information Bulletin