An exhibit showcasing the many facets of the Atomic Age is now on display at the Valley Library. The exhibit is called “The Nuclear Age: Seventy Years of Peril and Hope,” and it's located in the exhibit gallery at the Archives Research Reading Room on the fifth floor of the library.
2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. The Special Collections and Archives Research Center at OSU Libraries is honoring this anniversary with an exhibit featuring a wide-ranging selection of primary source materials from our rich collections documenting nuclear history. According to Larry Landis, the director of Special Collections and the Archives Research Center, OSU Libraries holds “one of the strongest nuclear history collections in the western U.S.”
The materials in the exhibit demonstrate the complexities, concerns and contradictions of many aspects of nuclear history since the atomic bomb was dropped. Topics such as international cooperation, environmental consequences and scientific advances are explored using diverse examples of original materials such as comics, Geiger counters, newspapers, photographs, manuscripts and letters from famous antinuclear activists Linus Pauling and Albert Einstein.
“At the 70-year mark,” says exhibit co-curator Jake Hamblin, a professor in OSU’s History of Science program, “I think more people are ready to grasp the full range of issues connected with the first use of atomic bombs and the subsequent history of nuclear power, bombs, proliferation, health effects and environment impacts.”
The exhibit was team-curated by Hamblin, History of Science Librarian Anne Bahde, and three History of Science graduate students. The exhibit is on view through March 1, 2016. In conjunction with this exhibit, there will be related activities including a speaking event by Hiroshima survivor Dr. Hideko Tamura Snider at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center on October 22.