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Earl T. McBee papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSF 538

Scope and Contents

The Earl T. McBee papers primarily comprise a scrapbook titled "Atomic Bomb WWII, Aug. 6, 1945" of news clippings from August 1945, arranged chronologically on dated pages, documenting the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan at the end of World War II. The collection also includes related loose clippings and photographs.


  • 1945 - 1958


Access Information

This collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Material copyrights are held by Purdue University or original creator. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Earl T. McBee was born in Missouri in 1906. He received his B.S. from William Jewell College in 1929, then earned his M.S. in 1931 and Ph.D. in 1936, both from Purdue University. McBee joined the Purdue chemistry faculty in 1936. He became head of the fluorine chemistry lab and became chair of the department in 1949. He remained chair of the department until 1967. During World War II, McBee conducted atomic research with the Office of Scientific Research and Development and was associated with the Manhattan Project.


0.587 Cubic Feet (One flat box)

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Acquisition Information

The source and date of acquisition are unknown.

Related Materials

Oral history interview conducted July 22, 1970, located within MSO 2, Purdue Office of Publications Oral History Program collection.

Processing Information

The scrapbook has been stored in an acid-free box and photographs were placed in protective sleeves.
Earl T. McBee papers
Adelle Rogers
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First edition.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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