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Oppenheimer Lecture: Related Documents


The following is a chronological index of letters and documents relating to J. Robert Oppenheimer's invitation to speak at Dartmouth College, the confirmation of his travel plans, and the appreciation of involved parties. Each entry is linked to a scan of the document described, which is accompanied by a transcription.

11 September 1958 Letter from Robert Huke, Dartmouth College, to Robert Oppenheimer, Princeton University, extending invitation to lecture.

25 October 1958 Telegram from Robert Oppenheimer, Princeton University, to Robert Huke, Dartmouth College, accepting the invitation for 5 March 1959.

29 October 1958 Letter from Robert Huke, Dartmouth College, to Robert Oppenheimer, Princeton University, confirming the details.

4 November 1958 Letter from Leonard Rieser, Jr., Dartmouth College, to Robert Oppenheimer, Princeton University, inviting him also to speak to the students of the Physics Dept.

9 February 1959 Letter from Robert Huke, Dartmouth College, to Robert Oppenheimer, Princeton University, announcing publicity for the lecture, and offering travel suggestions.

11 February 1959 Letter from Leonard Rieser, Jr., Dartmouth College, to Robert Oppenheimer, Princeton University, inviting him again to speak to the students of the Physics Dept.

17 February 1959 Letter from Robert Huke, Dartmouth College, to Mrs. Wilder Hobson, Princeton University, thanking her for a photograph of Robert Oppenheimer and confirming he will meet the speaker at the Lebanon airport.

23 February 1959 Letter from Robert Huke, Dartmouth College, to Robert Oppenheimer, Princeton University, describing publicity, the size of the lecture hall, and inviting Oppenheimer's wife to accompany him.

10 March 1959 Letter from Robert Huke, Dartmouth College, to Robert Oppenheimer, Princeton University, changing the date of the lecture to 14 April 1959.

15 April 1959 Letter from Thomas Green, WDCR at Dartmouth College, to Robert Oppenheimer, Princeton University, thanking him for permission to broadcast his lecture, and giving technical details of the recording.

16 April 1959 Letter from Leonard Rieser, Jr., Dartmouth College, to Robert Oppenheimer, Princeton University, thanking him for his lecture and informing him that it was broadcast on 15 April 1959.

21 April 1959 Letter from Robert Oppenheimer, Princeton University, to Robert Huke, Dartmouth College, thanking him for his hospitality.


Letters, telegram, and audio materials reproduced here with the kind assistance of the Library of Congress Manuscript Division, who hold the originals in the Papers of J. Robert Oppenheimer, and in the Motion Picture, Broadcast, and Recorded Sound Division, National Audiovisual Conservation Center, Packard Campus, Culpeper, VA.


Also see: Conn, Robert H. "Dr. Oppenheimer Stresses Science's Edge on Culture." The Dartmouth, 15 April 1959. Conn writes briefly on Oppenheimer's remarks.

Last Updated: 8/21/12