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John S. Thompson slides, 1948

Identifier: 003.06.05

Lantern slides believed to have been used by Prof. John S. Thompson to teach nuclear physics at Illinois Institute of Technology prior to 1951. Most of these slides were commercially-produced, though some were assembled in Chicago and perhaps produced specifically for Thompson's classes, bearing images and graphs he had located in various published works. The slides mainly document the effects, both on buildings and humans, of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945; they are a mix of photographic evidence and charts/graphs detailing some of the physics involved in atomic weaponry and the physical effects of their detonation. The slides are are described at the item level.


  • Creation: 1948


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

90 photographic_slides

Biographical Note

John S. Thompson was on the faculty of the Department of Physics at Armour Institute and Illinois Institute of Technology from 1925 until 1951.

Physical Location



Transferred by Caroline L. Herzenberg, a former faculty member at IIT who had obtained them during her association with IIT between 1961 and 1971.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Formerly 2012.025


Mindy Pugh, Assistant University Archivist October 31, 2012

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