Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
National Air and Space Museum
Enola Gay Exhibition Records, 1994
This accession consists of records documenting the development of the proposed exhibition initially titled Crossroads: The End of World War II, the Atomic Bomb, and the Origins of the Cold War and later retitled Last Act: The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II. This accession includes all of the significant versions of the label script from January through October 1994 as well as some minor revisions from throughout the year. The exhibition would have featured the Enola Gay and discussed the impact of the atomic bomb on World War II. Each version of the script was met with controversy. The concept for the exhibition was eventually dropped and the Enola Gay was presented in a factual exhibition with little interpretation. Exhibition drawings for Crossroads accompany the script. This accession also includes a press release and concept outline for a photographic exhibition, War in the Pacific: An American Perspective, which would have accompanied Last Act.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Enola Gay (Bomber)
- Last Act: The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II (Proposed exhibition)
- Crossroads: The End of World War II (Proposed exhibition)
- War in the Pacific: An American Perspective (Proposed exhibition)
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 07-165, National Air and Space Museum, Enola Gay Exhibition Records