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Atomic Brand Names


Monitors and Scalers

Atomic Movie Posters


Nuclear Medicine

Atomic Toys


Nuclear Slide Rules



Personnel Monitors

Civil Defense


Proportional Counters

Consumer Products


Radiation Warning Signs



Radioactive Quack Cures

Dosimeter Charger-Readers


Radioactive Sources






Radioluminescent Items

Geiger Mueller Tubes



Health Physics Posters 


Shipping Labels

Hiroshima, Trinity and Nuclear Weapons


Shoe Fitting Fluoroscope

Ionization Chambers



Lichtenberg Figures, Glass, Gems


Survey Meters

Medals & Mementoes 


X-ray and Gas Discharge Tubes

Military RADIAC Equipment


X-ray Tubes - Coolidge Type

For publications relating to the history of the radiological sciences and radiation instrumentation, consider a visit to the ORAU Museum Library. To access thousands of documents related to radiation safety, visit PTP's Health Physics Electronic Library. For a little general information about radiation, try Radiation Basics

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Radiation Basics

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The purpose of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Health Physics Historical Instrumentation Museum Collection is to chronicle the scientific and commercial history of radioactivity and radiation.  It has been deemed the official repository for historical radiological instruments by the Health Physics Society, and the Society has been generous in its financial support for the purchase of items.

The collection is the property of the not-for-profit ORAU Foundation, and it is located at the Professional Training Programs (PTP) training facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Unless noted otherwise, this website only features items actually in the collection. If you have any technical or historically-related questions about the collection, or if you are interested in making a donation, contact Dr. Paul Frame via E-mail ( or by phone (865)-576-3388. Please do not ask about an appraisal - we do not attribute monetary values to items.

Last updated: 01/03/12
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