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Scrapbooks, 1985 - 1998

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 283, Series 5

Scope and Contents

This series is comprised of seven scrapbooks that were either given to Ross as mementos of his flights or were compiled by him. The first scrapbook was presented to Ross (Amarillo's adopted astronaut) by the Amarillo Independent School District, the High Plains Aviation Association, and the City of Amarillo, Texas, and includes photographs, memorabilia, clippings, thank-you notes from students, correspondence, and items related to STS-61-B, Ross' first mission. Ross took the city flag of Amarillo, TX on STS-61-B and later presented it to the city. The second scrapbook, per Ross, contains black and white photographs "from hometown visit to Crown Point, IN and its schools after my first flight." The third scrapbook contains items from Ross' 2nd mission, STS-27, and the 4th is related to this mission also. The 4th is engraved on the front, "Presented to Lt. Colonel Jerry L. Ross, USAF by the Purdue 4-H Department, 1990," and is entitled, "4-H Roots in Space." It contains the signed document, Purdue Cooperative Extension diamond anniversary tree, commemorating 75 years of educational service to the people of Indiana. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Extension, the seeds of two common Indiana tree species, the sycamore and tulip tree, accompanied NASA astronaut and former 4-Her on the December 1988 flight of the U.S. Space Shuttle Atlantis. Later the seeds were planted in each of the ninety-two Indiana counties as living reminders of Extension's role in meeting the educational needs of Indiana citizens during the past 75 years and its pledge of continuous service over the next 75 years. The scrapbook also contains clippings, correspondence, and color photographs related to Ross' involvement in this event and the planting of the trees.

Scrapbooks five and six include clippings, information kits, memorabilia, and photographs from missions STS-37 and STS-74. The last scrapbook was given to Ross by Tri-Central Elementary School, Sharpsville, IN, to commemorate his visit to the school. It contains photographs and a school yearbook.


  • 1985 - 1998

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Collection material is in English. One MIR publication is in Russian.

Access Information

Collection is open for research. Per donor request, some DVDs and VHS cassettes are listed as restricted, consult with archivist. Two folders contain confidential information and are marked as restricted.


2.083 Cubic Feet (Two cubic foot boxes)


Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States