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Audio Visual, circa 1960 - 2011

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 5, Series 12

Scope and Contents

This series contains a variety of recordings, films, and images on a variety of media. The highlights of this series include numerous magnetic tapes (audio recordings) which include songs written by those inspired by Apollo 11, "wake-up" greetings to the astronauts, various interviews related to Apollo 11, the crew and their families. One box of recordings is dedicated to the entire Apollo 11 mission, from the day before lift-off, lift-off, the descent to the lunar surface, recordings from the events on the moon, ascent, splashdown, quarantine, and an interview with President Nixon. Many of the audio recordings are commercial broadcasts recorded by and sent to Armstrong by Anthony "Tony" F. Janak, a CBS sound engineer.

There are four 45 RPM records containing Apollo 11 related songs, a LP, and 50 full color, 35 mm slides, titled, "One Giant Leap For Mankind: a history of Apollo 8-11," along with six, 33 1/3 RPM phonograph records and one book which cover the first message from the moon, the Mercury Project, the Gemini Project and the Apollo Project.; "To the moon: Section 1: The story in sound. Section II: The story in pictures and text," New York: Time-Life Records, 1969.

Also featured are 35mm slides which include NACA and NASA related aircraft and events, slides from the travels of the Apollo 11 crew, post-mission, including some family related slides. There are slide sets featuring "Project Viking," the USA's trip to Mars and "Jupiter/Voyager-2, XA-36."

There is a mixture of other audio visual materials, including, 16 mm films titled, "Korea Welcomes Astronauts," miscellaneous VHS tapes, including a Bob Hope Special, X-14 tape, and Apollo astronaut reunion dinner tape. Other items include, CDs containing interviews with townspeople, "the people that knew Armstrong best," leading up to Tranquility Base, an episode of "I've Got A Secret," which Armstrong's parents took part in, House Hearing pictures on CD and X-15, Astronaut Wings Ceremony on DVD. Cassette tapes range from an X-15 interview with Armstrong, "Future Apollo Missions" and "Advanced Projects," and cassettes related to travels.

The audio visual material also includes VHS tapes containing the 1992 Documentary Series, First Flights, for which Neil Armstrong was host, along with corresponding documents, transcripts, and photographs. Armstrong explores the history of Aviation in this Arts and Entertainment Network Series.

The last box found in the series contains unmarked, undated and unused, magnetic tapes and cassettes.


  • circa 1960 - 2011

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.


12.497 Cubic Feet (Nine letter-size full-width manuscript boxes, six cubic feet boxes, two legal-size full-width boxes, one letter-size half-width box, and one flat box)


The audio visual material has been grouped by type of media and in most cases is in chronological order. There are nine sub-series.
  1. Audio Recordings, Magnetic Tape
  2. Records (45 RPMs)
  3. Slides
  4. Films
  5. VHS Tapes
  6. CDs, CD-R Audio, DVDs
  7. Cassette Tapes
  8. Documentary, "First Flights"
  9. Unmarked, Magnetic Tapes and Cassettes


Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States