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Speeches, Writings, Manuscripts for Review, and Notebooks, 1958 - 2012

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 5, Series 8

Scope and Contents

This series contains all of the speech materials kept by Neil Armstrong throughout his career. The series also includes materials related to speech preparation and writing. The speeches have been retained in and the order in which they were found. Earlier speeches were kept according to the place in which the speech was given or the organization to which he gave the speech.

Also housed here is Armstrong’s published writings, which include academic articles, pieces for news and other media outlets, and books to which Armstrong contributed. These writings are organized chronologically by date of publication. Following Armstrong’s written work is a collection of manuscripts which were sent to Armstrong for review. For several of these, Armstrong contributed a foreword or introduction. In other instances, Armstrong was simply asked to review the manuscript for publication. The series ends with early notebooks where Armstrong jotted miscellaneous notes for various occasions. The notebooks are exceptional for the insight they provide into his thought process.


  • 1958 - 2012

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Collection material is primarily in English. Russian is also present.

Access Information

Collection is open for scholarly research. A 48 hours notice and consultation with the Flight Archivist is required to access the collection.  Portions of the collection are restricted per donor restrictions and third party privacy.


From the Collection: 221.700 Cubic Feet (301 letter-size full-width manuscript boxes, 43 letter-size half-width manuscript boxes, 34 cubic feet boxes, 32 legal-size full-width manuscript boxes, five legal-size half-width manuscript boxes, 31 flat boxes, 27 small archival boxes, four shoe boxes, two large textile boxes, two flat file drawers, eight framed items, a suitcase and a briefcase)