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Dear Mr. Leary,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 8 series related to Stimson in the Records of the Office of the Secretary of War (Record Group 107) that may include correspondence about the citation for the Manhattan Project. We also located the Lieutenant General Leslie Richard Groves, Jr. Personal Papers, 1896 - 1970 (Collection GRO) that may include information pertaining to the award. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
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Hello, Mr. Leary -
Perhaps this might be of assistance. Have you contacted the Hagley Museum? If not, please go online at Hagley.org. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. or call them at (302) 658-2400. They have some very interesting info on the Manhattan District Hanford. They can give you the correct search terms if you need them. They were so very helpful when I contacted them about information on my father who worked there in the 1940's.
Also, their website has access to the "Sage Sentinel", a Hanford onsite newspaper. The collection is categorized by years and has a search term feature on it.
I certainly hope this might help you. I know what it feels like to search for valuable information regarding this subject.
Thank you for your suggestion.
In May 2020, in response to the question ...Can you provide any information...
a) Whether any Dupont personnel were awarded a certificate by Secretary of War Stimson and/or received an
Award Pin in 1946 for their work on the Manhattan project;
b) If so, do you have a record of the identity of any of the Dupont personnel who were awarded a certificate by
Secretary of War Stimson and/or received an Award Pin in 1946 for their work on the Manhattan project
The Hagley Historian advised by email on May 17-18, 2020
" Unfortunately we have no records for DuPont employees during that time period. Although Hagley has a large number
of DuPont's record, since we are not part of the company they never turned those records over to us. If you contact
DuPont directly they will just send you to us, so I'm afraid you've hit a dead end with DuPont employee records."
"The U.S. Department of Energy does have records for some of the civilian Manhattan Project employees. You can get
more information on their holdings and contact them through their website."
Efforts to validate the issuance of the Manhattan Project certificates/ Award Pins through contacts with the Department of Energy have been unsuccessful to date, but are continuing.
I can tell you du Pont employees did get those. My Granddad got both a pin and a certificate. He complained about the pin, if I remember correctly, the president got a gold pin, congress got silver and workers got bronze. I might have the groups wrong. I'd be interested in what you have found out.
Actually it uses the name Manhattan District.
Through research I have learned “The Atomic Pin Awards” or “A” Awards were given by the United States War Department Army Corps of Engineers to civilian contractor employees who participated in work on the Manhattan Project essential to the production of the Atomic Bomb, thereby contributing to the successful conclusion of World War II. Eligible employees received a certificate and a metal lapel pin (bronze or silver) based upon the amount of time they worked on the project.
According to a representative of The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), NARA maintains lists of employees eligible for the "A" Award that contractors sent to the Army Corps of Engineers. These lists consist of over 9200 pages and NARA has estimated that around one hundred thousand names are on the lists. Most personnel who worked for the Manhattan Engineering District were civilian. Not all worked long enough to qualify for an “A Award” or for other reasons did not receive one. Correspondence from the Dupont corporation, located in NARA files, describes the awards and the criteria for their issuance. While the Army Corps of Engineers did not keep copies of the certificates issued, lists identifying some of the recipients are present in NARA Files. As the creation and issuance of the “A” Awards was approved at the headquarters level of the War Department, records pertinent to their issuance, if they exist, may be held at NARA, College Park.
NARA Atlanta noted that not all contractors responded at the same time or in the same format to the War Department’s solicitation of nominees for the Award. According to NARA, the lists received from contractors vary greatly in layout and information provided. As the Army Corps of Engineers distributed the Awards as they obtained the information from contractors over a period of many months, it may not have been administratively necessary for the Department to maintain a running count of the number issued. If there was such a count, it may have been maintained on a temporary basis for financial or payment purposes only and as such may not have constituted a permanent record.
A record on the letterhead of the Dupont Corporation in NARA files regarding the Manhattan Project contains the following background information about the “A” Awards and the government’s solicitation of nominees from contractors participating in the project.
"This Company has received official notice from the Army Service Forces, Corps of Engineers, Manhattan District, Office of the Area Engineer, Wilmington, that a special award has been authorized by the War Department for the purpose of recognizing certain individual contributions to the Atomic Bomb Program. There will be two types of awards; namely, bronze decorated and silver decorated and will consist of a distinctive lapel pin plus an appropriately worded certificate. The bronze award will be given for six to eighteen months satisfactory service during the period June 19, 1942 and August 6, 1945 and the silver award for more than eighteen months service during the same period. Service may be accumulated and need not necessarily be continuous.”
Dear Edward Leary,
You may also wish to contact the National Archives at Atlanta. Our National Archives facility in Atlanta, Georgia maintains basic information regarding employees of the Manhattan Project, including individuals who were contracted to work for the federal government and their awards. This series of records is entitled:
Manhattan District Central Project Files- Formerly Classified Correspondence Files, 1942-1946.
If the awards you are seeking happen to be issued for work at Oak Ridge or surrounding relevant aresas, you may consider requesting information from that facility by writing to:
National Archives at Atlanta
5780 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260
If not, a similar series for a different National Archives location may hold like materials for said different area. Thank you!
Cara Moore Lebonick
Reference Archives Specialist
National Archives at St. Louis