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Speeches, 1967 - 2012

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 5, Series 8, Sub-Series 1

Scope and Contents

This sub-series contains manuscripts, drafts, and handwritten editorial notes for speeches delivered by Armstrong throughout his life. Over time, Armstrong used several different filing systems for his speech materials. These various arrangements have been preserved with the label applied by Armstrong himself indicated by enclosure in [brackets]. The sub-series begins with early speeches arranged in binders labeled [A]-[Z] in which speeches are arranged alphabetically according to Armstrong’s stated audience. Typical of this arrangement is a business/institute/university, followed by the city or country and a date. Following these alphabetically organized binders are speeches arranged thematically, such as commencement speeches, or presentations delivered to the Royal Academy of Morocco.

More recently, Armstrong had organized his speeches by year, and the arrangement here reflects this shift by preserving Armstrong's arrangement by year in the final nine boxes of speech manuscripts.

Following the speeches are three boxes of references which appear to be gathered for the purpose of drafting speeches. Reference materials are arranged in alphabetical order by Armstrong’s own subject headings.


  • 1967 - 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.


8.72 Cubic Feet (23 letter-size full-width manuscript boxes and two full-width half-width manuscript boxes)


The sub-series is further grouped into six sub-groups.
  1. Alphabetical by Business/Organization/Event
  2. Commencements and IBM
  3. Introductions, Morocco, and NASA
  4. Speeches Arranged by Date
  5. Speeches – Miscellaneous Speeches unfiled by Armstrong
  6. Reference Materials


Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States