Operation Crossroads: Crossroads Newsletter March 16, 1946 First Issue

ID: SIA2010-0902 and SIA2010-0903 and SIA2010-0904 and SIA2010-0905


Form/Genre: (newsletter)

Date: March 16, 1946

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7222, Box 23, Folder: 2

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This is the first issue of the "Crossroads" Newsletter, written for the people in Task Unit 16.16.5 of the Crossroads Operation. The newsletter contains articles on the upcoming A-Bomb tests at Bikini Atoll, the use of drones in these upcoming tests, the coming of the 53rd United States Navy Construction Battalion to lay the ground work for the A-Bomb experiment and to build a recreation facility, the military's termination of campaign medals for service in the American, European, and Asia-Pacific theaters in World War II, and a brief biography of Clifford B. Schiano, the commander of the task unit (16.16.5). As well, the newsletter features a broader discussion of nuclear weaponry, and the public and professional opinion on its use and testing. Additionally, the newsletter contains an assortment of cartoons and jokes, a "Miss Crossroads of the Week" photograph and biography, and columns by Chaplain S.D. Chambers and by the newsletter's editor, Roy Paul Nelson.


  • Schiano, Clifford B
  • Chambers, S. D. Chaplain
  • Nelson, Roy Paul
  • Crossroads 1946


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  • The Operation Crossroads was an expedition to Bikini and the northern Marshall Islands in 1946 under the auspices of the Department of the Navy. Dr. Leonard P. Schultz, Curator of Fishes at the National Museum of Natural History, was in charge of the biological investigation of the reef fishes in the area. His investigations centered on the relative abundance of fauna before and after the atom bomb tests. Specimens were collected for the purpose of comparison and to make possible a study of anatomical variations among the various island fish populations.
  • See Neg. #s for Operation Crossroads 1946: 91-6345, SIA2010-0896, SIA2010-0897, SIA2010-0898, SIA2010-0899, SIA2010-0900, SIA2010-0901, SIA2010-0902, SIA2010-0903, SIA2010-0904, SIA2010-0905, SIA2010-0906, SIA2010-0907, SIA2010-0908, SIA2010-0922, SIA2010-0923, SIA2010-0973, SIA2010-0974

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7222, Box 23, Folder: 2

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


March 16, 1946

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  • Scientific expeditions
  • Boats and boating
  • Atomic Bomb Tests
  • Publications
  • Newsletters
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Awards
  • Drone aircraft
  • Explorations and Expeditions
  • Periodicals
  • Medals
  • Testing
  • Operation Crossroads, Marshall Islands, 1946/1947
  • Nuclear weapons--Testing
  • Ships


  • Marshall Islands
  • Bikini Atoll (Marshall Islands)


  • (newsletter)
  • Document
  • Paper

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SIA2010-0902 and SIA2010-0903 and SIA2010-0904 and SIA2010-0905

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