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Correspondence, 1963 - 2016

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 288, Series 5

Scope and Contents

This series contains multiple forms of correspondence related to Cernan's life since his selection to become an astronaut. Subjects include Cernan's selection for NASA's Manned Spaceflight Program, congratulatory letters and telegrams related to Cernan's career as an astronaut, photographs, Cernan's post-NASA activities, and his autobiography, The Last Man on the Moon.

Correspondents regularly include notable NASA officials, politicians, and celebrities and are noted in the finding aid where applicable. Also included are numerous letters sent to Cernan discussing his autobiography.


  • 1963 - 2016

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.


2.677 Cubic Feet (Four letter-size full-width manuscript boxes, one letter-size half-width manuscript box, and one cubic foot box)


There are four sub-series.
  1. Astronaut program selection
  2. Special correspondence binders
  3. General correspondence
  4. Letters - The Last Man on the Moon and Purdue

Processing Information

Numerous letters, telegrams, and photographs (many autographed) in this series were compiled by Cernan into binders prior to donation, and have been retained in their original order.


Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States