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100 of Westcott’s Photos on AMSE Website

Accession #: 2010.012.0100 Waiting outside the telephone office. (1944) Old reference #: MED 243

During the past year, the WWII Manhattan Project images taken by James Edward Westcott, the official U. S. Army Oak Ridge Manhattan Project photographer, have been added to AMSE’s Tumblr site, The Photography of Ed Westcott (  Two new photos have been added each week, one every Tuesday and Thursday.

On December 18, 2012, the AMSE website will add the 100th photograph, which shows people waiting in line outside the telephone office in Oak Ridge, taken by Westcott in 1944.

“The photos of Oak Ridge taken by Ed Westcott during the Manhattan Project years are invaluable to the preservation of the story of a unique moment in the United States history,” explained Julie Kellis, curator of collections at AMSE.

During the summer of 2011, AMSE adult and teen volunteers, scanned more than 1,000 original Westcott photos from AMSE’s collection into the Museum’s photo catalog collections software program in order to simplify search for retrieval of the collection. Among the AMSE adult and teen volunteers doing the photograph scanning were Janet Townsend, Kiley Croy, Morgan Croy, Grayson Niehaus, Stephanie Paul, Ryan Ratliff, and Vy Quach, said Glenda Bingham, AMSE volunteer coordinator.

Visit AMSE’s Discovery Shop and purchase books with Westcott’s images including “Through the Lens of Ed Westcott: A Photographic History of World War II Secret City” and also view the AMSE lobby exhibit by the same name; “Images of America: Oak Ridge” by Ed Westcott, and a “Guide to the Manhattan Project in Tennessee” are among several books with his photographs. In AMSE’s “Oak Ridge: World War II Secret City,” flagship exhibition, view the exhibit entitled “James Edward Westcott, Official U.S. Army Manhattan Project Photographer.”

The American Museum of Science and Energy, located at 300 South Tulane Avenue in Oak Ridge, is open Monday – Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday 1 – 5 pm. AMSE admission is Adults $5, Seniors (65+) $4, Students (6 – 17) $3 and Children (5 and under) free. AMSE members are free. Group rates are available for 20 or more with advance reservations. AMSE memberships, good for 12 months from purchase date, are Family $40, Grandparents $35, Individuals $25 and Family & Friends $75. AMSE members receive unlimited AMSE visits and free admission to 250 museums that participate in the ASTC Passport Program. AMSE members receive discounts on Discovery Shop merchandise, discounts on classes, workshops,programs and birthday parties. For more information on AMSE memberships, exhibits, programs and events, click on To schedule a group visit, call AMSE at (865) 576-3200.


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