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Education, 1947 - 1970

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 5, Series 3

Scope and Contents

This series contains some coursework, notebooks, grade reports, and textbooks from Neil Armstrong's undergraduate aeronautical engineering studies at Purdue University. Armstrong was a student at Purdue from 1947-1949 and then was called to active service in the Navy. He returned to Purdue in 1952 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1955.

Also included in the Education Series are materials from his master's degree work at the University of Southern California. Armstrong began research for his master's in 1960, but due to other aspects of his career, he did not receive his master's degree until 1970. Of note in the Purdue University series are papers related to Armstrong's participation in the Purdue musical, "Varsity Varieties". One can find his diplomas at the end of each respective series. For papers related to Armstrong's elementary and high school education, please see Series 2. Family Papers. To respect original order, they were left as found among his mother Viola'’s scrapbook.


  1. Purdue University
  2. University of Southern California


  • 1947 - 1970

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.


4.528 Cubic Feet (Eleven letter-size full-width manuscript boxes, one letter-size half-width manuscript box, and one flat box)


Series three consists of two sub-series.
  1. Purdue University
  2. University of Southern California


Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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