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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 116 Collections and/or Records:

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.
Dates: 1944 - 2007; Majority of material found within 1980 - 1988

Lana Murphy Couch papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 312
Scope and Contents The Lana Murphy Couch papers document Couch's forty year career with NASA, first as a wind tunnel test engineer, and later in management positions. Types of materials include: correspondence, newsletters, papers, photographs, programs, publications, research and work reports, technical reports, VHS tapes, writings, and material related to award recognition.
Dates: 1953 - 1997; Majority of material found within 1970 - 1995

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...
Dates: 1961 - 2014

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...
Dates: 1917 - 2016; Majority of material found within 1980 - 2000

John Dean scrapbook page and Purdue diploma

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 317
Scope and Contents The collection consists of John I. Dean's 1940 Purdue University diploma, and one scrapbook page belonging to Major Dean. The front page is titled "All Purdue Men," Lubbock Army Flying School, Lubbock Texas, May 1943. The scrapbook second page (or back page) is titled: "My Advanced Flying School Instructor and Students, Lubbock Texas, June 1943." Men identified in the photo are: L-R (standing) Bill Brucker, Al Edes, Burt Walkup (The Instructor), Me [John Irwin Dean], Paul Cooper. L-R...
Dates: 1940 - 1943

Harold M. DeGroff, Jr. papers

 Collection — Box 1: Series MSF 477, Series 1; Series MSF 477, Series 2; Series MSF 477, Series 3; Series MSF 477, Series 4
Identifier: MSF 477
Scope and Contents The Harold M. DeGroff, Jr. papers document aspects of the career of longtime Purdue University faculty member and former Dean of Purdue's School of Aeronautics and Astronautics from 1955-1963, during the height of the "space race." Some of the featured items in the collection are a letter of recommendation for assignment to the Naval V-12 College of Training Program and a notice of separation from the United States Naval Service. Items pertaining to DeGroff's Purdue career include...
Dates: 1943 - 2010; Other: Majority of material found within 1951 - 1968

Doris Hurt Powers papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 2
Scope and Contents The Doris Hurt Powers papers (1942 – 2008; 2 cubic feet) documents the student, aviation, and business activities of Doris Hurt Powers. Powers’ experience as a woman breaking into the male-dominated fields of engineering and aeronautics is well documented through autobiographical speeches and her memoir Nothing but Blue Skies. One strength of the collection are the speeches delivered by Powers that address the particular challenges and opportunities encountered...
Dates: 1945-2011; Other: Date acquired: 03/04/2009

William P. Duncan papers

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 500
Scope and Contents The William P. Duncan papers document Duncan'a undergraduate education at the University of Illinois Institute of Aviation and his graduate school work at Purdue University in the School of Education. Also included are papers from his early years as a Purdue University instructor in the Aviation Technician Program, Technical Institutes, Division of Technical Extension, along with the Purdue Aeronautics Corporation maintenance manual and the revisions it went through from 1956-1958....
Dates: 1951 - 1994; Other: Majority of material found within 1951 - 1959

Amelia Earhart at Purdue papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 450
Scope and Contents The Amelia Earhart at Purdue papers document Amelia Earhart's arrival at Purdue University, her time there, and the efforts to memorialize Earhart after her disappearance. Types of materials include correspondence, ephemera, administrative reports, photographs, publicity materials, and speeches.
Dates: 1935 - 2000; Majority of material found within 1935 - 1937

Collection of Amelia Earhart related materials

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 188
Scope and Contents The Collection of Amelia Earhart related materials consists of items collected by the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections over the years as a supplement to the George Palmer Putnam collection of Amelia Earhart papers. There are numerous articles about Earhart, including information about her relationship with Purdue University and activities held in her honor. The collection also contains firsthand accounts of encounters with Earhart written by those who knew her while she was...
Dates: 1928 - 2004; Majority of material found within 1928 - 1990

Amelia Earhart movietone film

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 197
Overview Collecion includes a 16 mm biographical film documenting Amelia Earhart's life, including her upbringing, accomplishments in the field of aviation, and disappearance.
Dates: March 25, 1962

Amelia Earhart Press photographs

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 195
Scope and Contents This collection consists of two photo albums containing 100 press photographs of Amelia Earhart. Many of the photographs include separate papers with detailed press release information such as places, dates, and individuals' names. Many of the photographs are Associated Press and International Newsreel photographs. There are 48 photographs in album one and 52 photographs in album two.
Dates: 1928 - 1937

Charles M. Ehresman papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 490
Scope and Contents The Charles M. Ehresman papers document 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 and Propulsion Center (known today as Zucrow Laboratories). The collection also documents the design and construction of the High Pressure Rocket Laboratory and its early administration and operations, as well as materials pertaining...
Dates: 1897 - 2011; Other: Majority of material found within 1960 - 1972; Other: Majority of material found within 1997 - 2009

Elizabeth Powell collection of Surveyor materials

 Unprocessed — Box Communal Accessions 28
Identifier: 20120521

Elizabeth Speirs collection on Ramoth H. Trask

 Unprocessed — Box Communal Accessions 3
Identifier: 20130319.3

Eugene Cernan's Framed Compilation of Flags and Patches, Carried to Moon on Apollo 10

 Collection — Item 1
Identifier: MSA 271
Scope and Contents One framed artifact containing a small American flag, two space mission patches (Gemini IX, Stafford-Cernan) and (Apollo X, Stafford-Young-Cernan), a Purdue University Centennial Year flag (1869-1969), and a note from astronaut Eugene Cernan, "These flags and patches were carried to the moon on Apollo 10. Presented to the faculty and students of Purdue University by Commander Gene Cernan. My sincere thanks to all at Purdue for helping make this accomplishment possible." (Signed by Eugene Cernan)
Dates: 1969

Collection on the 100th Anniversary of the First Official Airmail, first day cover, related stamps and souvenir booklet

 Collection — Box Communal Collections 1, Placement: 06, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSA 292
Scope and Contents The collection contains the 100th Anniversary first day cover of the official airmail, Balloon "Jupiter," Lafayette, Indiana, 1859 and a copy of the souvenir booklet issued at that time. It also contains four United States, "Jupiter" postage stamps, commemorating the 100th anniversary in 1959. There are six other air mail stamps featured in the collection.An addition of two envelopes commemorating the world's first air mail flight and stamped with, "Via, Purdue Airplane - Capt. L....
Dates: 1859 - 1959

John C. Franks papers on the Civilian Pilot Training Program

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 171
Scope and Contents The John C. Franks papers on the Civilian Pilot Training Program include twenty photographs of Franks and a number of unidentified flight students. The subjects of the photographs are the Purdue University Airport, flight students, and airplanes, including a Weaver Aircraft Company of Ohio (WACO) aircraft, and a Howard DGA-18, which was a training aircraft. There is also a photograph of a World War II military fleet. Identifying information is included with the photographs. Along with the...
Dates: 1942 - 1946

Yuri Gagarin Song Book and Commemorative Matches Box Set

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 205
Scope and Contents The Yuri Gagarin Song Book and Commemorative Matches Box Set honors Gagarin's achievement as the first person in space. The collection includes a commemorative poem and song book from Moscow (1962) honoring cosmonaut Gagarin and his fellow cosmonauts; Gherman Titov, Andriyan Nikolayev, and Pavel Popovich, the first four Soviets in space. Also included is a commemorative box set of matches. The illustrated souvenir box (9 ¼" x 11 ½") contains 28 individual illustrated boxes of matches, designed...
Dates: 1934 - 1968

Larry Gee papers and space memorabilia

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 276
Scope and Contents The Larry Gee papers and space memorabilia document Larry Gee's 22 year career as an engineer in the aerospace industry. Memorabilia and artifacts include commemorative space flight flags, Space Shuttle Mission patches, commemorative pins, Apollo 11 anniversary memorabilia, Columbia commemorative coin, DVDs, astronaut space shuttle crew photographs, data sheets, awards, certificates, newsletters and various documents from Gee's work with Space Shuttle main engines, Atlas engines, Delta engines,...
Dates: 1988 - 2011; Other: Majority of material found within 1988 - 2005

George Palmer Putnam collection of Amelia Earhart papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 9
Scope and Contents The George Palmer Putnam collection of Amelia Earhart papers (1785-1948; 31.1 cubic feet) documents the personal life, aviation career, and business activities of pilot Amelia Earhart. Types of materials include: advertisements, articles, artifacts, awards, blueprints, books, certificates, charts, commemorative coins, contracts, correspondence, data sheets, diagrams, ephemera, flight logs, licenses, maps, newspaper clippings, notebooks, notes, permits, photographs, poetry, postage stamps,...
Dates: 1785-1948; Other: Majority of material found within 1928-1937

George Palmer Putnam papers

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 20
Scope and Contents The George Palmer Putnam papers are comprised of material from the original files provided by Sally Putnam Chapman, Putnam's granddaughter. Much of the material is correspondence, news clippings, and articles related to the life of Putnam, and various publishing projects. Also included are his will and various obituaries.Some of the unique items feature, "Reminiscences of GPP," by Robert Edwin Lee, playwright, close friend and one time business partner of Putnam; a first draft copy...
Dates: 1937 - 1999; Other: Majority of material found within 1937 - 1950

Mark S. Geyer papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 272
Scope and Contents The Mark S. Geyer papers document Geyer's time as Manager, Russian Elements Team for the International Space Station. The material provides a glimpse into the technical interface with the Russian Space Agency and its contractors to integrate Russian elements and systems into the International Space Station. The papers include a rich assortment of development schedules. Types of material include: correspondence, minutes, reports and schedules. Some of the materials are photocopies of...
Dates: 1994 - 2002; Other: Majority of material found within 1997 - 1998

Jerome M. Goldman papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 461
Scope and Contents The Jerome Goldman papers document Goldman's career as a Purdue University student in Aeronautical Engineering, his service in the United States Army Air Corp and his work afterwards as a pilot for United Air Lines, along with his key role in establishing Purdue Aeronautics Corporation and Purdue Air Lines as chief pilot, director of operations, and later vice president for operations and maintenance. Also included are papers from his work with International Learning Systems, the Federal...
Dates: 1941 - 1972; Other: Majority of material found within 1965 - 1972

Zelda Gould collection of Amy Otis Earhart correspondence and photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 79
Scope and Contents The Zelda Gould collection of Amy Otis Earhart correspondence and photographs documents the thoughts and feelings Amelia Earhart's mother, Amy Otis Earhart, was experiencing after the disappearance of her daughter, and then coming to terms with her fate. Topics also include World War II and the events following the war, politics and elections, current events of the era, hobbies, personal concerns, thank-you notes, among other topics. There are some newspaper clippings about Amelia...
Dates: 1930 - 1950; Majority of material found within 1940 - 1949