After reviewing the digital repositories in the reading and resource section of this module, answer the questions below in 2-3 sentences each. To develop your responses, combine your experience deploying search terms to locate the three primary sources in this module with your own reflections on the questions posed. While reviewing these resources, think about how useful these repositories would be to you if you were a historian seeking to write a biography on the scientist Leo Szilard. As you explore each repository, try to locate the following primary sources that you might consult to write a chapter about Szilard’s campaign against dropping the atomic bomb. Each primary source is located in only one of the above repositories. Regardless of whether or not you were able to find all three sources, complete all question prompts before you submit your responses. It is especially helpful for your instructor to know what search terms you did use if you weren’t able to find the primary sources so that they can provide you with the feedback you need to develop effective search terms.
- Describe your overall experience of locating these primary sources. Was it challenging or straightforward? Did you learn anything interesting along the way?
- Were you able to locate an interview with Tom Evans, a close friend of President Truman’s, who interacted with scientists who were trying to reach Truman with their campaign against the use of the atomic bomb? Share your search terms and a link to the primary source.
- Were you able to locate a petition against the use of the atomic bomb circulated by Szilard directed toward President Truman? Share your search terms and a link to the primary source.
- Were you able to locate an interview with Lilli Hornig, a scientist who signed Szilard’s petition against the use of the atomic bomb? Share your search terms and a link to the primary source.