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Boy Scouts, 1940 - 1971

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 5, Series 2, Sub-Series 4

Scope and Contents

This sub-series includes Boy Scouts of America related items primarily from Neil A. Armstrong's participation in the organization as a youth. A few items relate to Armstrong's continued interactions with the Boy Scouts organization during and following his NASA career.

Among Armstrong's Boy Scout items are various certificates; merit badge certificates and applications, including a "space exploration" certificate issued September 1969, First Class Scout, Second Class Scout, Star Scout, Life Scout and Order of the Arrow/Honor Camper, and a High School Member of the American Junior Red Cross and his Distinguished Eagle Scout medal. There are nine small sheets of paper Armstrong took notes on for his bird study badge. Also included are member in good standing records, along with cloth badges, scout pins and scarves; some personal, some given as gifts. There are other miscellaneous gifts, correspondence from scouts around the world and a few photographs, including three of Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins receiving an award in Thailand.


  • 1940 - 1971

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Collection material is primarily in English. Russian is also present.

Access Information

Collection is open for scholarly research. A 48 hours notice and consultation with the Flight Archivist is required to access the collection.  Portions of the collection are restricted per donor restrictions and third party privacy.


1.054 Cubic Feet (One legal-size half-width manuscript box and one flat box)


The archival box the items reside in has slots, and the items are grouped as such within the slots. In this case the term file/folder refers to the groupings within the box (slots for items).

Processing Information

The items are housed in an archival box with slots.


Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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