Welcome to the Oak Ridge Public Library Digital Collections, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
World War II ignited in 1939 when Germany invaded Poland, compelling Britain and France to declare war on Germany. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the United States entered the war.
Concerned that the Germans might develop a theoretical super bomb, Albert Einstein penned a letter warning President Roosevelt in …
The Library is fortunate to have a collection of photographs taken by Edward Wescott during his years as principal Atomic Energy Commission photographer. These photographs depict life in early Oak Ridge, which was especially remembered for the mud, the lines, and the security gates. The collection consists of over 1, 000 photographs …
The Municipal Photograph Collection ranges in date from 1945 to 1980 and covers many subjects from Oak Ridge’s history. A majority of the images illustrate activities of the early Recreation Department, including the outdoor pool construction, Roane-Anderson sports teams and the Playground Circus. Activities of Oak Ridge Fire, …
The Oak Ridge Room at Oak Ridge Public Library was dedicated in September 1986 as part of the Library’s celebration of Tennessee’s Homecoming ’86. This unique collection was established to gather, catalog, and preserve the records and history of the “Secret City,” and to provide assistance to the public in researching Oak Ridge …
Ruth Carey was a resident of Oak Ridge from its earliest years and her community roles were many and varied. As a prolific photographer, she recorded many civic events and cultural organizations, including the Oak Ridge Community Playhouse, the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association, and the Oak Ridge Community Art Center. She also served as …
Oak Ridge Public Library, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, houses the Center for Oak Ridge Oral History as well as the Oak Ridge Room, a unique collection established to gather and preserve the records and history of the "Secret City."
Oak Ridge Public Library hopes that these collections will help reveal the history of the ‘Secret City’ to students, researchers and all other citizens.
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