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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 174 Collections and/or Records:

George W. Haskins papers

 Collection — Box Communal Collections 24, Placement: 03
Identifier: MSF 166
Scope and Contents One folder containing an article about George Haskins becoming Head of the Aviation Department at Purdue, and an article by him.
Dates: 1919

Clifford W. Henderson Collection on the National Air Races

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 308
Scope and Contents Clifford Henderson Collection on the National Air Races 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 Earhart, Roscoe Turner, Elvy...
Dates: 1928 - 1936

J. Michael Murphy papers

 Collection — Box Folder 1
Identifier: MSA 311
Scope and Contents This collection includes two writings by J. Michael Murphy about his career experiences. One writing, "Papa and the Space Shuttle" was written in 2011 for his grandchildren. The other writing, "Reflection on My Trip to China" was written in 1995 as a reflection.
Dates: 1995-2011; Other: Date acquired: 07/11/2016

James Hansen papers on Neil Armstrong, addition 1

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2023-101

James R. Hansen papers on Neil Armstrong

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 183
Abstract Research materials, recorded interviews, and correspondence related to the writing and publication of First Man, the authorized biography of Neil Armstrong by James R. Hansen.
Dates: 1955-2011; Other: Majority of material found in 2002-2005; Other: Date acquired: 09/12/2011

Chesterfield H. Janes papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 301
Scope and Contents The Chesterfield H. Janes papers document the life of Janes as a Purdue student and as an IBM employee. Included within this collection are items from Janes stay in the X-Hall (presently called Meredith Hall), some memorabilia of the NASA astronauts, a collection of space related stamps and first day covers, and photographs of the Apollo-Saturn 202 (AS-202) launch. Strengths in this collection are the X-Hall ephemeral materials.  Included are receipts from the housing contract and...
Dates: 1953 - 2012; Other: Majority of material found within 1953 - 1975

Jerome M. Goldman papers, addition 06

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 20191113.1

Jerry L. Ross papers, addition 13

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 20170427

Jerry L. Ross papers, addition 14

 Unprocessed — Box 01
Identifier: 20180116

Jerry L. Ross papers, addition 15

 Unprocessed — Box 1
Identifier: 20190107
Dates: 2018-09-01 - 2018-09-30

Jerry L. Ross papers, addition 16

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 20190328

Jerry L. Ross papers, addition 18

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2022-028

Jerry L. Ross papers, addition 19

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2022-031

Jerry L. Ross papers, addition 20

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2022-036

Jerry L. Ross papers, addition 21

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2022-037

James M. Johnson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 13
Scope and Contents The James M. Johnson papers document the career of pilot James Johnson (Jimmy Johnson) and his colleagues in early flight and aviation training. Most of the collection is made up of photographs. There are also newspaper clippings and three pilot's log books. The photographs show Johnson individually, Johnson standing with colleagues, Johnson in or near airplanes, and airplanes individually. Many of the photographs were taken at McCook Field in Dayton, Ohio.
Dates: 1905 - 1953; Majority of material found within 1905 - 1915

Ralph S. Johnson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 25
Scope and Contents The Ralph S. Johnson papers document the pioneering aviation career of Ralph S. Johnson. Included among the papers are aeronautical engineering drawings done by Johnson, along with articles and papers authored by him. The newspaper clippings, awards, and honorary Doctorate of Engineering from Purdue University focus on the latter part of his career, as he was being recognized as an aviation pioneer. The biographical information was often collected and written by the authors, as a...
Dates: 1924 - 2010; Majority of material found within 1930 - 1947

Kathi Haldeman collection Aviation Technology Student materials

 Unprocessed — Box Communal Accessions 51
Identifier: 2023-006

Lloyd E. Keck scrapbook

 Collection — Box 1: Series MSA 303, Series 1; Series MSA 303, Series 2; Series MSA 303, Series 3; Series MSA 303, Series 4; Series MSA 303, Series 5; Series MSA 303, Series 6; Series MSA 303, Series 7; Series MSA 303, Series 8; Series MSA 303, Series 9; Series MSA 303, Series 10; Series MSA 303, Series 11; Series MSA 303, Series 12
Identifier: MSA 303
Scope and Contents The Lloyd E. Keck scrapbook documents the academic, military, personal and social activities of an Engineering student while on Purdue University's campus from 1936-1939, as well as various aspects of his life prior to college from 1917-1936. Keck titled the scrapbook, "Scraps and Snaps, May 27, 1917 - August 1, 1939," but most of the content is from his time at Purdue, 1936-1939.The scrapbook contains many unique photographs of campus and events from the 1930s. Some of the events...
Dates: 1917 - 1939; Majority of material found within 1937 - 1939

Michael Terry Keefe papers

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 126
Scope and Contents The Michael Terry Keefe papers are comprised of news media passes, an adhesive patch, permits and color photographs taken by Michael Terry Keefe, Air Force Master Sergeant, photo journalist, 1955-1977 and retired Civil Service Air Force Chief, photo lab and range, 1977-1998. Some of the photographs include Space Shuttle shots, rocket launches, satellites and views from space. 
Dates: circa 1955-1998; Majority of material found within 1981

Jacqueline Kruper Women in Aviation papers and rare books

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 187
Scope and Contents The Jacqueline Kruper Women in Aviation papers and rare books give a glimpse into the lives of key aviatrices in the earliest years of flight, along with pioneer aviators. The ephemera includes magazine advertisements from 1943, which provide a unique look into how women aviators were portrayed during the 1940s. The papers also include Jacqueline Kruper's writings for Woman Pilot magazine, and book reviews for Minerva: Quarterly Report on Women and the Military, and H-Minerva, H-Net...
Dates: 1927 - 2015; Other: Majority of material found within 1991 - 2009

Sandor "Alex" Kvassay papers and collection of Aviation Stamps

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 144
Scope and Contents The Sandor "Alex" Kvassay papers and collection of Aviation Stamps document the history of aviation and flight through postage stamps, postmarks and envelopes collected from all over the world. The collection spans the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century but includes examples of 19th century balloon airmail. The stamps are housed in 67 albums and total near 68,000 stamps, envelopes, postmarks and postcards. The collection was assembled over a period of 20 years, with...
Dates: 1870 - 2014; Other: Majority of material found within 1920 - 1990

Larry Gee papers and space memorabilia, addition 1

 Unprocessed — Box 01
Identifier: 20190718

David C. Leestma papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 193
Scope and Contents The David C. Leestma papers document his personal experience as an astronaut during the early years of the Space Shuttle program and as a NASA manager and director. Included are papers related to the three missions for which he served as a mission specialist; STS-41-G, STS-28, and STS-45. Leestma later served as manager and director at the Johnson Space Center's Astronaut Office, Flight Crew Operations Directorate, Advanced Planning Office and for initiatives such as the Space...
Dates: 1969 - 2015; Majority of material found within 1982 - 1998