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

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 202
The Barbara Marie Stephens Sullivan Cape Canaveral and Eau Gallie, Florida photographs and memorabilia (1950-1986; .97 cubic feet) document activities at Cape Canaveral in the late 1950s through early 1960s. Included are selected community and aerospace materials related to the United States Space Program activities at the Cape during the mid-1960s through the1980s and photographs of Eau Gallie, Florida from this time period. Of note are brochures and commemorative publications of the John F. Kennedy Space Center; Cape Kennedy; Apollo 11 and 17; and a souvenir booklet of the “3rd Century America,” a bicentennial exposition on science and technology held at Kennedy Space Center in 1976. Unique photographs feature the first missile launched at Cape Canaveral; photos from around the RCA Air Force Missile Test Center Patrick Air Force Base, Cape Canaveral; United States Air Force Titan III Complex (includes RCA cameras); photographs of John W. Young and Alan B. Shephard and the Gemini-3 spacecraft; several purported images of UFOs; and commemorative prints featuring Apollo 8, 9 and 11. Commemorative newspapers include the 15th anniversary of the first Cape Kennedy missile launch, Apollo 1, 4 and 11, Space Shuttle Columbia’s first launch and Challenger’s last. Also included are other newspapers related to space history and the “Third Century America,” bicentennial exposition held at Kennedy Space Center in 1976. Types of materials include: photographs, commemorative prints, brochures, public relations publications, full issue commemorative newspapers, and a View Master and reels.

Dates

  • 1950-1986
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1965-1969
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/04/2014

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Purdue University per deed of gift

Extent

0.97 Cubic Feet

1 mss. box, 1 small archival box, and 1 medium flat box other_unmapped

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 Gallie, Florida.

Biographical / Historical

Biography of Barbara Marie Stephens Sullivan and James W. Sullivan, Jr.

Barbara Marie Stephens Sullivan was born to Frank E. and Mary Catherine (Bauerlein) Stephens on July 26, 1927 in Nashville, Tennessee. She married James W. Sullivan in 1952, and their jobs took them to Melbourne, Florida. Barbara Sullivan did reporting for the Eau Gallie Courier and served as a Beautification/Visitor’s Center Coordinator for the City of Melbourne. This collection focuses on this time period of her life. She died on November 17, 2013.

James W. Sullivan, Jr. (Barbara’s husband at the time) worked at the RCA Air Force Missile Test Center Patrick AFB Cape Canaveral. He manned the cameras for RCA during the late 1950s-early 1960s. The Missile Test Project was a United States Air Force Program operated by RCA Service Company from Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Under the program, RCA instrumented and operated various ships and stations on the Air Force Eastern Test Range with electronic tracking and telemetry equipment. The instrumented ships and stations tracked incoming ballistic missiles launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and also tracked unmanned or manned space vehicles orbiting the Earth.

*Historical note: Cape Canaveral was named Cape Kennedy from 1963-1973. The Florida legislature passed a law to restore the name Cape Canaveral on October 9, 1973.

Source(s): Obituary of Barbara Marie Stephens Sullivan and material related to the collection

Information about the RCA Air Force Missile Test Center Patrick AFB Cape Canaveral and Cape Canaveral/Kennedy came from Wikipedia.

Source of Acquisition

Donated by Gretchen Stephens in memory of her sister, Barbara Marie Stephens Sullivan, April 1, 2014

Existence and Location of Originals

multi-part note content

Related Materials

Space Exploration News collection: [url=https://apps.lib.purdue.edu/archon/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=1677&q=newspaper]https://apps.lib.purdue.edu/archon/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=1677&q=newspaper[/url] Eugene A. Cernan papers: [url=https://apps.lib.purdue.edu/archon/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=1722&q=cernan]https://apps.lib.purdue.edu/archon/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=1722&q=cernan[/url]

Processing Information

All materials have been housed in polyester sleeves, acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes.  Oversized prints and newspapers have been separated and boxed for preservation purposes.
Title
Barbara Marie Stephens Sullivan Cape Canaveral and Eau Gallie, Florida photographs and memorabilia
Status
in_progress
Author
Mary A. Sego
Date
04/08/2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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