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Roger B. Chaffee letter and postcard

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSA 282
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 communicators (CAPCOMS).  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 Roger from Iceland to his parents.


  • 1967
  • Other: Date acquired: 02/06/2014


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Purdue University per auction purchase


2.00 items

2 items; 1/2 letter mss box other_unmapped


Roger Chaffee personally signed letter with letter from Martha Chaffee on reverse, and postcard from Iceland

Source of Acquisition

Auction purchase 2013

Existence and Location of Originals

multi-part note content

Related Materials

Rose Bowl Ticket Envelope Signed by Astronauts; Frederick L. Hovde papers; George Palmer papers

Processing Information

The letter and postcard have been housed in polyester sleeves, acid-free folders, and an acid-free box.
Roger B. Chaffee letter and postcard
Mary A. Sego
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States