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Flight and Space. Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives

 Collecting Area
Identifier: Flight and Space
Purdue Archives and Special Collections' collection of primary source materials on the history and development of powered flight began in 1940 with the gift of aviator Amelia Earhart's papers by her husband, George Palmer Putnam. Since that initial donation, the number of flight-related archival collections has increased to reflect the steady growth of faculty and alumni contributions to the development of flight and later, space exploration. The Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives was established in 2011 with generous support provided by Barron Hilton and the Conrad Hilton Foundation and now includes the papers of engineers, aviation professionals, scholars, and astronauts including Purdue distinguished alumni such as Neil A. Armstrong and Eugene Cernan.

Found in 102 Collections and/or Records:

Aldrin Family papers

 Collection — Box Box 1
Identifier: MSP 18
Scope and Contents The Aldrin Family papers include an autobiography of Robert Hutchings Goddard, letters, notes, and newspaper articles relating to Robert Goddard and rocketry, compiled by Edwin E. Aldrin, Sr, father of astronaut Buzz Aldrin. The papers are organized into three series.

Dianna Thompson Collection of Apollo 11 Moon Landing news clippings

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 201
Scope and Contents The Dianna Thompson Collection of Apollo 11 Moon Landing news clippings documents the Apollo 11 moon landing and events leading up to and shortly afterwards. There are also articles about Janet Shearon Armstrong. Most of the articles are from Kansas City newspapers. Also included are a few editorial cartoons.

Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Oral History Program collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSO 1
Scope and Contents The Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Oral History Program collection documents the history of Purdue University. The collection consists of recordings and transcripts of oral history interviews conducted with individuals associated with Purdue University. This is an active collection and will be frequently added to on an ongoing basis.

Neil A. Armstrong papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 5
Scope and Contents The Neil A. Armstrong papers document the military, aeronautics, astronautics, teaching and corporate business career of Neil A. Armstrong. The papers also feature items from Armstrong's youth and education. The collection includes but is not limited to documents, coursework, working papers, subject files, correspondence, writings, speeches, recordings, photographs and newspaper clippings. The papers are divided into eighteen series, and further information on the scope and content of the...

Purdue University Astronauts collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 168
Scope and Contents The Purdue University Astronauts collection consists of items relating to Purdue's alumni astronauts that had been collected by various donors before the advent of the Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives. Included are newspaper clippings, Purdue University News Service press releases that had been written in regards to Neil A. Armstrong and Apollo 11, and various newspapers with Apollo 11 headlines and related clippings. Also included are Purdue University related publications...

Barbara Marie Stephens Sullivan Cape Canaveral and Eau Gallie, Florida photographs and memorabilia

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 202
Abstract This collection includes photographs, NASA brochures and public relations publications, newspapers, and a NASA collectable poster related to the activities at Cape Canaveral in the late 1950s through early 1960s, and material related to the US Space Program activities at the Cape during the mid-1960s through the1980s. Includes a View Master and two packets of View Master reels on the United States Space Program and Cape Kennedy. Also includes materials related to the nearby community of Eau...

Charles C. Bock, Jr. papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 315
Scope and Contents The Charles C. Bock, Jr. papers document the vast career of a test pilot. Within the collection, there is material about the Bell X-2, the X-15 (Rocket aircraft), the SR-71 Blackbird (Jet reconnaissance plane), the Rockwell B-1 (Bomber), and many other types of experimental aircraft. Included are photographs of fellow Purdue University alumni and "America's No. 1 Spaceman" Iven C. Kincheloe, Jr. In addition to the thirty-one photographs, the collection consists of nine 16mm films, one of which...

Roy D. Bridges Jr. papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 6
Scope and Contents The Roy D. Bridges Jr. papers document the extensive Air Force and NASA career of Roy D. Bridges Jr.The papers include but are not limited to, artifacts, audio visual material, awards, books, briefs and records, certificates, clippings, clothing, correspondence, diaries, documents, flight logs, flight checklists and data files, along with Bridges' pilot kneeboard notes, medals, mementos, papers, photographs, scrapbooks, textbooks, research papers, and working paper...

Mark N. Brown papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 302
Scope and Contents The Mark N. Brown papers include papers and memorabilia of retired astronaut and Purdue Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering alumnus, Mark N. Brown. Included are Brown's textbooks from his studies at Purdue, Air Force ROTC certificate, Apollo program photographs that were pinned to Brown's Purdue dorm room wall while he was a student in the early 1970s, a Purdue paper airplane contest trophy, along with other Purdue memorabilia.  The collection also includes NASA memorabilia...

Mark Brown United States Space Shuttle Patches collection

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSA 274
Scope and Contents The Mark Brown United States Space Shuttle Patches collection consists of two Space Shuttle patches with certificates of authenticity, signed by Purdue alum and Mission Specialist, Colonel Mark N. Brown. The patches include: Thirtieth Flight of the Space Shuttle (STS-28), Columbia, August 8 - 13, 1989 and Forty-third Flight of the Space Shuttle (STS-48), Discovery, September 12 - 18, 1991.  Also included is a copy of a letter from the donor, Curtis Haley to Ms. Flanary.

Cecil F. Warner papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 498
Abstract The papers include artifacts, audiovisual materials, booklets, books, CD-ROMs, clippings, correspondence, electronic media, publications, report cards, a scrapbook (scanned), textbooks, and miscellaneous materials documenting the professional career of Cecil F. Warner, along with many items from his volunteer activities.

Eugene A. Cernan "High Flight" poem

 Collection — Box FF 17
Identifier: MSP 149
Scope and Contents Copy of "High Flight" poem by John Gillespie Magee Jr., affixed to board. The poem was taken by Eugene A. Cernan on Apollo 10's mission to the moon, May 18 - 26, 1969. It is inscribed by Cernan; "To Mitch Simmons - So as never to forget we took this copy of High Flight to the moon on Apollo X 18-26 May 1969.  You above all can appreciate it's significance, Sincerely Gene Cernan."

The letter of authenticity was signed by Cernan on August 25, 2010 and is housed with the poem.

Eugene A. Cernan papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 288
Scope and Contents The Eugene A. Cernan papers document the military, aeronautics, and astronautics career of Eugene A. Cernan, as well as his subsequent professional and public activities. The papers also feature records pertaining to Cernan's youth, family, and education. The collection includes but is not limited to artifacts, audiovisual recordings, awards, books, certificates, coins, correspondence, documents, mission patches, newspaper clippings, photographs, plaques, publications, scrapbooks, speeches,...

Roger B. Chaffee letter and postcard

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSA 282
Scope and Contents The letter dated July 24, 1965 is from Roger Chaffee to his parents. On the reverse is a July 25, 1965 note from Martha Chaffee to her in-laws in which she signs, "Roger, Martha, Sheryl and Steve." In the letter, Roger discussed an upcoming flight and the astronaut's rotation as capsule communicator (CAPCOM). He mentions Gus Grissom, Gene Cernan, Jim McDivitt, Buzz Aldrin and Dave Scott. Both Roger and Martha discuss recent family activities at home. The postcard, dated July 1965, was sent by...

Charles A. Lutz scrapbook

 Collection — Box Box 1
Identifier: MSA 3
Scope and Contents Newspaper articles, photographs, and loose papers are all pasted into this scrapbook, compiled by Charles Lutz. Items included in the scrapbook date from 1960-1961. Photographs in the scrapbook are photographs of band performances at Purdue football games and pep rallies. Newspaper articles included cover topics of Purdue traditions and band performances at football games. Loose papers include a letter of acceptance into a graduate assistantship in the Department of University Bands at Purdue...

Charles M. Ehresman papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 490
Abstract Correspondence, conference and research papers and presentations, multimedia materials, proposals and reports, research and teaching materials, subject files, and other materials documenting the work and professional activities of Charles M. Ehresman, designer of Purdue University’s High Pressure Rocket Laboratory, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, and operations manager of Purdue’s Thermal Sciences & Propulsion Center (known today as Zucrow Laboratories).  The collection also...

Chesterfield H. Janes papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 301
Abstract Apollo era printed materials, artifacts, and photographs related to Janes’ professional career at IBM and also printed materials and artifacts from his student life at Purdue University.

Clifford Blake Powers papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 80
Abstract This collection contains promotional materials, papers and publications related to the public relations, technical writing, editing and marketing career of Clifford Blake Powers. Included are NASA and mission related mugs, glassware, textiles, posters, press kits, and other printed material. Also includes NASA publications, photographs, journal articles, books, memorabilia, as well as awards and certificates achieved by Powers.

Clifford W. Henderson Collection on the National Air Races

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: hendcl0
Scope and Contents Clifford Henderson Collection on the National Air Races (1928-1936; 3 cubic feet) consists of a scrapbook of newspaper clippings of the 1928 National Air Races and Aeronautical Exposition, two autograph albums with comments and signatures of attendees from the 1929 and 1932 National Air Race competitions, and one photo album of the photographs from the 1929 races. Many of the notable pilots of the 1920s and 1930s are included in the collection, such as Pancho Barnes, Vincent Bendix, Amelia...

Collection of Purdue Astronaut slide rules

 Collection — Box 8 items
Identifier: MSA 254
Scope and Contents Slide rules of six Purdue alumni astronauts: Neil Armstrong, Roy Bridges, Eugene Cernan, Richard Covey, Guy Gardner, and Jerry Ross.

Len Cormier papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 207
Scope and Contents The Len Cormier papers document Cormier's work as a commercial space flight pioneer. The majority of the papers include drawings, designs, blueprints, and papers related to engineer Cormier's work to design commercial reusable launch vehicles and other orbital vehicles. Types of materials include blueprints, engineering designs, maps, a model (Space Van), papers, posters, reports, topographical maps and VHS tapes.

William G. Cowdin papers

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSA 310
Scope and Contents The William G. Cowdin papers document Cowdin's role as Aerojet program manager for the Dyna-Soar boost rocket engines. This collection includes two 8" x 10" photographs taken during a 1961 Dyna-Soar full scale mockup review, Boeing Co., Seattle, 1961. The photographs include NASA test pilots and Aerojet project team including Neil Armstrong, William Dana, James Woods, Henry Gordon, William Knight, and Aerojet program manager and Purdue graduate William Cowdin. Also included is a biographical...

Mark K. Craig papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 81
Scope and Contents The Mark K. Craig papers document Purdue alumnus (BSAE 1971) Mark Craig's almost fifty year career in space exploration. Craig contributed to the Apollo, Apollo-Soyuz, Space Shuttle, Space Station, Mars Rover Sample Return, and Lunar-Mars Exploration programs in positions progressing from co-op intern to NASA Assistant Administrator. The papers also reflect Craig’s work on space policy and NASA strategic planning. The collection notably includes materials related to the day-to-day...