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About the Project

This collection is organized around oral histories collected by the Nevada Test Site Oral History Project. A central goal of the project was to gather and disseminate insights about an array of questions and themes related to U.S. Cold War nuclear weapons programs through interviews with a wide range of people associated with the NTS.

However, the interview transcripts are not fully representative samples of all individuals and groups participating in or affected by activities at the test site. The project's scope was necessarily limited, contingent upon available resources, time, and student-researcher interests. A key outcome was to open the door to future research on the many topics discussed during the interviews.


Recipient of the 2010 National Council on Public History’s Outstanding Public History Project Award which recognizes excellence in work completed within the previous two calendar years (2009 and 2010) that contributes to a broader public reflection and appreciation of the past or that serves as a model of professional public history practice.

Recipient of the 2008 Oral History Association Elizabeth B. Mason Project Award (Honorable Mention) for outstanding use of oral history.