Every once in a while, a patron will come to the library and be overjoyed upon coming across an item they’ve been searching for. This was certainly the case when Hideaki Ito, a Japanese filmmaker, came to the J. Willard Marriott Library in June to learn more about the Downwinders of Utah Archive and the nuclear testing information in Special Collections.
After more than two decades, Ito had found a report he needed for his research on nuclear testing in the United States. It was a Department of Energy report noting each and every nuclear test completed in the United States. “I could not believe that they had this report,” Ito explained excitedly. “When I went to the Department of Energy headquarters, I had been turned away. So, I was especially happy to find the reports in Special Collections.”