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Correspondence and Clippings, 1965 - 2014

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 283, Series 7

Scope and Contents

Included are a letter with a drawing and two Valentine's Day cards from Ross' children, Valentine's from Ross' former elementary school teacher, congratulatory letters and cards upon Ross' selection as one of the astronaut candidates for the Space Shuttle, Purdue Alumni Association and College of Engineering related letters. Also included are appearance requests, thank-you letters for Ross' appearance at events and some fan mail. There are a few letters from space shuttle and United States Air Force colleagues.

The clippings include articles pertaining to Ross' and other astronaut's careers, Space Shuttle missions, clippings from …Roundup, NASA, NASA News, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Flight Test News, The Purdue Alumnus, The Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis News, various Indiana newspapers (since Ross is a Crown Point, Indiana native).

Among the correspondence and clippings are miscellaneous ephemera such as awards, certificates, mission invitations/information, programs (including a Chicago Cubs program with Ross on the cover), material from Ross' retirement celebration, family reunions and Purdue astronaut reunions, honorary degree and various visits to campus.

This series also contains entire newspapers and front page sections. The papers feature, but are not limited to Mariner 4 and Mars photographs, Gemini missions, the first moon pictures from Surveyor, Apollo 11 and 12, Ross' shuttle missions, the shuttle Columbia and Challenger tragedies, and Purdue alumni astronaut reunions. Two posters were also included in these boxes for preservation reasons; Purdue Engineering E-Week at Purdue April 12-17, 2004: Designing Space Suits For Mars, Amy Ross, BSME '94, MSME '96, Space Suit Engineer, Johnson Space Center, and Convocation Distinguished Engineering Alumni, Profiles in Leadership, April 16, 2004.


  • 1965 - 2014

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.


7.361 Cubic Feet (Eight legal-size full-width manuscript boxes, three flat boxes and one legal-size half-width manuscript box)


The correspondence and clippings have been arranged in chronological order. Clippings and correspondence that arrived in groups were left as such, hence the reason they have been grouped as files (boxes) and retained as such.

Processing Information

The newspapers involving entire issues and front page sections, along with the posters, have been placed into flat boxes, archival boxes for preservation purposes.


Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States