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Sullivan, Barbara Marie Stephens, 1927-2013



  • Existence: July 26, 1927 - November 17, 2013

Biographical Information

Barbara Marie Stephens Sullivan was born to Frank E. and Mary Catherine (Bauerlein) Stephens on July 26, 1927 in Nashville, Tennessee. She married James W. Sullivan in 1952, and their jobs took them to Melbourne, Florida. Barbara Sullivan did reporting for the Eau Gallie Courier and served as a Beautification/Visitor's Center Coordinator for the City of Melbourne. This collection focuses on this time period of her life. She died on November 17, 2013.

James W. Sullivan, Jr. (Barbara's husband at the time) worked at the RCA Air Force Missile Test Center Patrick AFB Cape Canaveral*. He manned the cameras for RCA during the late 1950s-early 1960s. The Missile Test Project was a United States Air Force Program operated by RCA Service Company from Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Under the program, RCA instrumented and operated various ships and stations on the Air Force Eastern Test Range with electronic tracking and telemetry equipment. The instrumented ships and stations tracked incoming ballistic missiles launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and also tracked unmanned or manned space vehicles orbiting the Earth.

*Cape Canaveral was named Cape Kennedy from 1963-1973. The Florida legislature passed a law to restore the name Cape Canaveral on October 9, 1973.


Air Force Space and Missile Museum, Cape Canaveral, FL, Patrick Air Force Base. Accessed April 6, 2020.


Barbara Marie Stephens Sullivan Obituary. Accessed April 6, 2020.


MSP 202, Barbara Marie Stephens Sullivan Collection of Cape Canaveral and Eau Gallie, Florida photographs and US Space Program memorabilia, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

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Barbara Marie Stephens Sullivan Cape Canaveral and Eau Gallie, Florida photographs and memorabilia

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 202
Scope and Contents The Barbara Marie Stephens Sullivan Cape Canaveral and Eau Gallie, Florida photographs and memorabilia document activities at Cape Canaveral in the late 1950s through early 1960s. Included are selected community and aerospace materials related to the United States Space Program activities at the Cape during the mid-1960s through the 1980s and photographs of Eau Gallie, Florida from this time period.Of note are brochures and commemorative publications of the John F. Kennedy Space...
Dates: 1950 - 1986; Majority of material found within 1965 - 1969