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Photographs, 1937 - 2016

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 288, Series 7

Scope and Contents

This series contains photographs which relate to Cernan's life, most of which concern Cernan's career as an astronaut and post-NASA activities. Personal subjects include Cernan as a youth and later with his wife Barbara and daughter Tracy, slides from family vacations to Monterrey, California, and family activities from later in Cernan's life. Professional subjects include Cernan's training and service for Gemini and Apollo missions, as well as Cernan's subsequent NASA and post-NASA public activities which promote and celebrate both space exploration and Cernan's career. A number of photographs pertain to Purdue University, including a group photograph for Cernan's fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta, from 1955, as well as multiple astronaut reunions in the 1990s and 2000s. Included in numerous photographs are notable politicians, other astronauts, and celebrities.

There are various commemorative photo books which feature events and trips Cernan had participated in from the 1990s-2000s. These appear at the end of this series.

Please also see Series 3, Box 17 for photographs related to Cernan's professional career, and Series 5, Box 35, for Special Correspondence binders containing additional photographs related to Cernan's personal and professional life.


  • 1937 - 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.


7.468 Cubic Feet (Three letter-size full-width manuscript boxes, three cubic foot boxes, two legal-size full-width manuscript boxes and three flat boxes)


Series 7 has four sub-series.
  1. Youth, Family, and Navy
  2. NASA and Apollo
  3. Purdue, Presidents, Celebrities, and Politicians
  4. Commemorative Photo Books

Processing Information

The commemorative photo books have been retained as received.


Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States