DOE History

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The Department of Energy has one of the richest and most diverse histories in the Federal Government. Although only in existence since 1977, the Department traces its lineage to the Manhattan Project effort to develop the atomic bomb during World War II and to the various energy-related programs that previously had been dispersed throughout various Federal agencies.

Office of History and Heritage Resources, Department of Energy History

A Brief History of the Department of Energy
A short summary of the two major programmatic traditions that coalesced with the formation of the DOE, at a particularly momentous time in US history.
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Historical Resources
Find information on historical publications, museums and exhibits, DOE labs and field sites, and researching DOE records.
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Secretaries of Energy
Find information about all of the DOE secretaries, past and present.
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DOE History Timeline
Provides a chronology of DOE history and its predecessor agencies and includes links to reports, speeches, press releases, and other documentation.
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Manhattan Project Historical Resources
Find links to DOE histories of the Manhattan Project, site histories, Manhattan Project records, and exhibits.
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Manhattan Project National Historical Park
Learn more about the background of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, the authorizing legislation, and park implementation news.
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Additional Resources

History Publications
List of historical publications available through the Department's History Office, including free PDF versions.
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Labs and Field Site Histories
This page provides links to information about DOE laboratories and field site histories.
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Exhibits, Museums, and Historic Facilities
This page provides details on exhibits, museums, historic facilities and public tours affiliated with the Department of Energy.
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Researching DOE Records
Learn about how to do your own research with DOE records here.
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Historical Photographs
Link to albums in the DOE Flickr collections that include historical photographs.
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Questions about the history of the Department of Energy or one of its predecessor agencies should be directed to the Office of History and Heritage Resources at HistoryDivision@hq.doe.gov. .