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Youth and Family, 1941 - 1994

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier:  MSA 288, Series 1

Scope and Contents

This series contains records and artifacts from Eugene Cernan's youth (prior to admission at Purdue University) as well as his family life. Holdings include awards and memorabilia from Proviso Township High School which detail Cernan's scholarship awards, scholastic excellence, report cards, membership in the National Honor Society, and participation in commencement for the Class of 1952.

Cernan's athletic accomplishments are also described in the holdings, including his place on the 1952 Junior-Senior All-Star Basketball team, playing as an end on the varsity football team, serving as President of the Proviso Letter Men and as "Toast Master" of their annual athletic banquet in 1951, as well as playing for the 1950 American Legion junior baseball championship team for Cook County, Illinois.

Of additional note is a family scrapbook detailing Cernan's academic, athletic, and musical achievements through his eighth grade year. Other included materials and artifacts acknowledge youth sports and accomplishments, such as Cernan's varsity letters, participation in the Boy Scouts of America, and family celebrations during the 1990s.


  • 1941 - 1994
  • Majority of material found within 1941 - 1952

Language of Materials

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

Access Information

The collection is open for research. Portions of the collection which contain confidential information are restricted.


1.175 Cubic Feet (One letter-size half-width manuscript box and two flat boxes)


Series one is comprised of four sub-series.
  1. High School
  2. Family invitations and cards
  3. Scrapbook
  4. Artifacts - Youth and High School


Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States