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Dear Mr. Stith,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 28 series created by the Atomic Energy Commission's (AEC) Radiation Laboratory at Berkeley in the Records of the Atomic Energy Commission (Record Group 326) and in the General Records of the Department of Energy (Record Group 434). There may be some records related to the Hummingbird Project in one or more of these series. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at San Francisco (RW-SB) at email@example.com for access to and information about these records. We suggest you review other series created by the Radiation Laboratory in the Catalog.
We also located the series Contracted Project Records, 1957-1965 in Record Group 326 that was created by the AEC’s San Francisco Operations Office that may be relevant to your research. This series has not been digitized. You should contact RW-SB with any questions you might have about it.
In addition, we located 43 files related to the San Francisco Operations Office in the series Project Chariot Files, 1958-1963 in the Records of the U.S. Geological Survey (Record Group 57) that might be of interest to you. These records have been digitized and may be viewed online via the Catalog. Please contact the National Archives at Seattle (RW-SE) at firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance with these records.
Next, we located the series Architectural, Historical and Technological Materials, 1952-1960, the series Field Station Photographic Publications and Related Correspondence Files, 1944-1952, and the series Radioactive Ore Testing Correspondence and Uranium Program Files, 1946-1952 in the Records of the U.S. Bureau of Mines (Record Group 70) that include some records related to Albany, Oregon. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at email@example.com for access to and information about them.
Plus, we located several references online that could potentially be related to the Hummingbird Project you are researching. One possibility is the Hummingbird Automatic Film Digitizers at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) in the 1960s. If you wish to examine this possibility, we suggest you review the records related to the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in the Catalog; the series Electron-Positron Storage Ring Facility (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) & Cambridge Electron Accelerator (CEA)) Program Planning Records, 1938-1970 created by the Ernest O. Lawrence National Laboratory at Berkeley in Record Group 326 is one example that may be pertinent. Please contact RW-SB with any questions you may have about these records.
Another possibility may be located in this digitized report from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from 1960: Project Hummingbird: The Helicopter and other V/STOL Aircraft in Commercial Transport Service. We located 5 series related to vertical and/or short take-off and landing (V/STOL) aircraft in the 1950s in the Catalog. Please contact RDT2 for further information about these records.
Finally, we suggest that you include copies of some of the documents from your museum in your inquiries to NARA as they may be helpful for the reference staff to assist you better.
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We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Thank you so much for your help with this! I'm definitely going to follow up with some of those leads. The only one I've ruled out is the FAA project, but all others are possibilities.
Your help (and from the other NARA researchers) has been so incredibly helpful. I feel like I'm finally making some headway with my project.
Have a great day!