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R. Douglas Caney scrapbook on the atomic bomb

1945
 Collection
Accession: 2604

Abstract

Richard Douglas Caney (1918-1994) was a chemical engineer with E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, working in the Explosives Department on the Manhattan Project. To remember his participation in the Manhattan Project, Caney prepared a scapbook of newspaper clippings of articles that flooded the media after the atomic bombs were dropped and the secrecy around the project ended.

Dates

  • 1945

Creator

Extent

1 volume(s)

Biographical Note

Richard Douglas Caney (1918-1994) was a chemical engineer with E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, working in the Explosives Department on the Manhattan Project.

Caney was born on May 6, 1918, and graduated from Princeton University in 1939. He spent his entire career as a chemical engineer with E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, first in the Photo Products Department and then in the Atomic Energy Division of the Explosives Department, where he was assigned to work on the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Hanford, Washington.

At the close of the war, he returned to Wilmington, Delaware, where he worked in the Textile Fibers Department at DuPont until retiring in 1980. He died in a hospital near Wilmington on April 11, 1994.

Scope and Contents

To remember his participation in the Manhattan Project, R. Douglas Caney prepared a scapbook of newspaper clippings of articles that flooded the media after the atomic bombs were dropped and the secrecy around the project ended. As can be imagined, the articles all have a triumphalist tone, celebrating the end of the war and the success of the multinational scientific and engineering endeavor, while at the same time downplaying issues such as nuclear safety and radiation disease. At the same time, the press also revealed the existence of the Hanford plant and the new town of Richland, Washington, and some of the clippings are from local sources. There is also a souvenir booklet on the Army-Navy "E" Award given to project participants.

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This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
R. Douglas Caney scrapbook on the atomic bomb
Status:
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2020: Laurie Sather

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400