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Commemorative Memorabilia, 1969 - 1983

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 288, Series 10, Sub-Series 5

Scope and Contents

From the Series: This series contains artifacts divided into six categories: artwork, awards and plaques, medals, commemorative coins and stamps, commemorative memorabilia, and certificates and honorary degrees. Materials pertain to NASA and the Gemini and Apollo programs, either in a contemporary or commemorative sense, as well as numerous awards Cernan received in recognition of his NASA career and post-NASA accomplishments. Also included are multiple doctorates awarded to Cernan by various institutions including Purdue University. Items include celebratory government resolutions, commemorative and celebratory artwork, science and aviation awards, coin sets commemorating multiple manned spaceflight programs, mission patches, doctoral certificates and an academic hood, and a replica Wright brothers flying machine design. Materials reflect both Cernan's professional and post-NASA public life.


  • 1969 - 1983

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.


3.41 Cubic Feet (Six flat boxes)


This sub-series is arranged into six sub-groups. Items include Apollo X and Apollo XVII mission patches, along with design and description documents, commemorative plaques for Gemini IX, Apollo X, and Apollo XVII, commemorative matchbooks, playing cards and trading cards, Purdue centennial year silk flag, framed photographs and various commemorative items. Please refer to the item level listing within each sub-group.
  1. Apollo X and White House
  2. Purdue University
  3. Apollo XVII
  4. Resolutions, Plaques, and Prints
  5. Replica 1878 Wright Bat
  6. Gemini and Apollo patches, plaques, and mementos


Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States