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Winthrop A. Gustafson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 522

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photographs of astronauts, mission launch invitations, clippings, mission patches, and writings. Many items relate to or are from Purdue astronaut John Blaha and other Purdue astronauts whom had a connection to Professor Gustafson. Also includes Purdue University School of Aeronautics and Astronautics alumni newsletters and other publications. Lastly, there is a matted photograph of Earth presented to Dr. Gustafson in gratitude for his work as Co-Op coordinator for the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


  • 1984 - 2011


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Portions of material in this collection are in the public domain. Other material copyrights held by Purdue University or original creator. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Winthrop A. Gustafson was born October 14, 1928 in Moline, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois to study aeronautical engineering, and he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1950 and a commission in the United States Air Force. After two years of active duty in the Air Force and Propulsion Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Gustafson returned to the University of Illinois and completed his master's degree in 1954 and his Ph.D. in 1956.

Gustafson went on to work at the Lockheed Missiles and Space Division in Palo Alto, California conducting satellite research. In 1960, he joined the faculty in Aeronautics and Engineering Services at Purdue University and continued doing research on hypersonic vehicles and spacecraft. Gustafson was actively involved with a Purdue program that started in 1963, which sought to recruit recent graduates from the Air Force academy to Purdue to pursue a master's degree; a number of these students went on to become astronauts. In 1980, he became the associate head of the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics and was the acting head from 1984 to 1985.

Gustafson became Co-Op coordinator for the Purdue University School of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1984 and continued those duties for fourteen years until his retirement in 1998.


0.413 Cubic Feet (One letter-size full-width manuscript box and one folder)

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Winthrop A. Gustafson on June 15, 2016.

Processing Information

All materials have been housed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes. The oversized photograph has been placed in an archival communal box for preservation purposes.



Winthrop A. Gustafson papers
Mary A. Sego
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Second edition. Collection description first completed 2018-09-13.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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