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William R. Pogue papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 208

Scope and Contents

The William R. Pogue papers document aspects of William (Bill) R. Pogue's career as an astronaut. The papers include Pogue's autobiography, a DVD by Pogue; "We're go for launch to zero-g: a DVD video all about: living in space." The DVD features astronauts from 1961 to 1994, as they live, work, and cope in the zero gravity of space flight.

Also included is a copy of a signed letter from Albert Einstein to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in regards to research on the atomic bomb. The letter is dated August 2, 1939. Other items include two copies of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, one with an Albert Einstein, first day of issue postage stamp, dated March 14, 1966; two copies of the "Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies," one is stamped with a Kennedy Space Center postmark (September 29, 1967) and includes a first day of issue stamp; and lastly, a program from the Skylab Honor Awards Ceremony, April 19, 1974.

Types of materials include: an autobiography, copies of treaties, correspondence, a DVD, first day covers (philately), a program and Pogue's astronaut trading cards.


  • 1939 - 2011
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1963 - 1994


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.


0.207 Cubic Feet (One letter-size half-width manuscript box and one oversized folder)

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by William R. Pogue, September 27, 2013. Another donation was given May 16, 2014.

Related Materials

The Manhattan Project: an interactive history, U.S. Department of Energy - Office of History and Heritage Resources

Processing Information

All materials have been housed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes. The signed letter from Albert Einstein to Franklin D. Roosevelt has been placed in a polyester sleeve. Oversized items have been separated out for preservation purposes and are in a large acid-free folder.
William R. Pogue papers
Mary A. Sego
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description first completed 2016-09-12.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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