Manuscript Collections - William L. Borden Papers

March 13, 2020

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WILLIAM L. BORDEN PAPERS, 1953-1985
2 linear inches (1 small manuscript box)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

William L. Borden was born in 1920 in Washington D.C. and earned bachelor’s and law degrees from Yale University. He worked as a legislative secretary for Connecticut Senator Brien McMahon before becoming Staff Director of the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy in 1949. He wrote a letter to J. Edgar Hoover identifying J. Robert Oppenheimer as a possible threat to the nation and died in 1985.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The papers contain an incomplete handwritten memoir, an essay on the nuclear debate, and two FBI memos regarding Robert Oppenheimer. Arranged alphabetically.

RELATED MATERIALS

There is a folder of Borden materials in the Lewis Strauss Atomic Energy Commission Files.

There are two folders of Borden materials in the Bourke B. Hickenlooper Papers, one in Hickenlooper’s Personal Files and the other in the Senate Committee Files, Joint Committee on Atomic Energy.

FOLDER LIST

Box      Contents

1          FBI memos regarding Oppenheimer, 1953 (2 items, copies)
            Memoir, 1983-1985 and undated (incomplete handwritten manuscript)
                     Preface
                     Rough Drafts
                     Notes
                     References
            Springtime of the Nuclear Debate by William L. Borden, 1984 and undated
                     (paper presented at a West Point symposium)