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Reference Files, 1949 - 2009

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 5, Series 9, Sub-Series 1

Scope and Contents

This sub-series contains material that was kept by Neil Armstrong for his own reference. Many of these subject file were stored in cardboard magazine holders and given subject headings by Armstrong. As there was no clear order to the way in which these subject files were housed, we have placed them in alphabetical order according to subject heading.

A wide variety of miscellaneous material on space exploration and technology is found at the end of the subject files. Also presented here are books and publications belonging to Armstrong's personal library. Almost all of these texts are related to space exploration and aeronautics.


  • 1949 - 2009

Language of Materials

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

Conditions Governing Access

Please note there are RESTRICTED materials in this series that require consultation with an archivist prior to use.


13.945 Cubic Feet (22 letter-size full-width manuscript boxes, seven letter-size half-width manuscript boxes, three cubic feet boxes, two legal-size full-width manuscript boxes, and two legal-size half-width manuscript boxes)


Contents of the boxes are arranged exactly as Armstrong had kept them.

Processing Information

All original subject headings have been retained and are indicated by enclosure in [brackets]. There are also headings here that were not generated by Armstrong himself, but were added during the archival process to describe the contents of unmarked boxes or folders that housed reference material collected by Armstrong over the years. Although these headings are not original to Armstrong, the contents are arranged exactly as Armstrong had kept them.

Please note that NASA publications produced during Armstrong's astronaut career, or that are the result of his flown NASA missions are stored in Series I. NASA Career, Subseries 8. NASA Publications, Boxes 94-99.


Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States