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Career Scrapbooks, 1950 - 2009

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 6, Series 4

Scope and Contents

The career scrapbooks consist of thirty-one three-ring binders that Bridges put together throughout his Air Force and NASA careers.

There is a wealth of material that is contained in the binders. Some of the items are: applications, appraisals, certificates, correspondence and letters of congratulations, notification of appointments, speaking notes, and other various notes, emails, cards and miscellaneous items from his retirement. The binders also include photographs from throughout his career, some signed and inscribed to Bridges. There are also photographs from the very first Space Shuttle flight.

One binder contains mission patches and astronaut autographs given as a departure gift from Kennedy Space Center by the Astronaut office in 2003. Four binders are devoted to Bridges' work on the Columbia Accident Investigation Board and material related to public testimony to Columbia Accident Investigation Board, 2003. Please refer to the finding aid for further information and a detailed listing of items found within the thirty-one binders contained in this series. Since several binders reside in each box, look for a binder level description of contents versus box level.


  • 1950 - 2009

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Collection material is in English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research.


11.64 Cubic Feet (Eleven cubic foot boxes and one letter-size half-width manuscript box)


There are thirty-one binders that have been arranged into two sub-series; Air Force and NASA. Those are further broken down into eleven sub-groups which follow Bridges' career path.

Processing Information

For the sake of archival integrity, the three-ring binders (scrapbooks) have been left in the order in which Bridges had arranged them. The contents of each page within the binders is listed in the finding aid. If Bridges provided a comment about the contents, this is noted in the finding aid too.

The term file/folder may refer to the binders which the material is housed in. The orignal order and the notations made by Bridges have been retained and shared for their historical significance.


Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States