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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 07-165

National Air and Space Museum

Enola Gay Exhibition Records, 1994

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Air and Space Museum
Title: Enola Gay Exhibition Records
Dates: 1994
Quantity: 2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Collection: Accession 07-165
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

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."

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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.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 07-165, National Air and Space Museum, Enola Gay Exhibition Records

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Container List

Box 1

The Crossroads: The End of World War II, the Atomic Bomb, and the Origins of the Cold War, Label Script, January 1994 (8 folders)

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The Crossroads: The End of World War II, the Atomic Bomb, and the Origins of the Cold War, Exhibition Drawings, April 1994

Box 1 of 3

The Last Act: The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II, Second Draft Label Script, May 1994 (4 folders)

Box 1 of 3

Enola Gay Exhibit, Label Script, August 1994

Box 1 of 3

Box 2

The War in the Pacific: An American Perspective, Press Release and Concept Outline, and The Last Act: The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II, Script, August 1994 (8 folders)

Box 2 of 3

The Last Act: The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II, Label Script, October 1994 (8 folders)

Box 2 of 3

Enola Gay Exhibit, Incomplete Labels, November 1994

Box 2 of 3

Box 3

The Crossroads: The End of World War II, the Atomic Bomb, and the Origins of the Cold War, Exhibition Drawings, April 1994

Box 3 of 3