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Sally K. Ride Papers

Creator:
Ride, Sally, 1951-2012  Search this
Extent:
24 Cubic feet (63 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1970-2012
Summary:
The Sally K. Ride Papers consists of over 23 cubic feet of papers, photographs, certificates, and film, created or collected by Sally Ride and chronicling her career from the 1970s through the 2010s. The papers document Ride's lifetime of achievements and include material relating to her astronaut training and duties; her contributions to space policy; her work as a physicist; and her work as an educator, including Sally Ride Science and related STEM projects.
Scope and Contents:
The Sally Ride Papers reflect Ride's careers as a student, astronaut, physicist, professor, author, and CEO of Sally Ride Science. This collection consists of material gathered by Sally Ride over the course of her life. This material is particularly rich in training materials from her astronaut days, but also provides significant insight into her career in academia and her interest and support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education.

The bulk of this collection consists of materials related to Ride's professional work. This includes correspondence, memoranda, meeting minutes, reports and papers, notes, speeches, photographs, brochures, pamphlets, programs, newsletters, newspaper and magazine articles, and miscellaneous materials. Materials of a personal nature were retained by her family and therefore do not figure in this collection.
Arrangement:
The collection is organized chronologically into the following 12 series:

Series 1: Schooling

Series 2: NASA Career

Subseries 2.1: Training and Flights

Subseries 2.1.1: T-38 Training

Subseries 2.1.2: Space Shuttle Flight Training, General

Subseries 2.1.3: STS-7 Challenger Flight Training

Subseries 2.1.4: STS-41G Space Shuttle Challenger Flight Training

Subseries 2.1.5: Miscellaneous Space Shuttle Flight Training

Subseries 2.2: NASA Commissions and Reports

Subseries 2.2.1: Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident (Rogers Commission Report) 1986

Subseries 2.2.2: NASA Leadership and America's Future in Space: A Report to the Administrator [Ride Report] 1987

Subseries 2.2.3: Columbia Accident Investigation Board / NASA's Implementation Plan for Space Shuttle Return to Flight and Beyond Report 2003

Subseries 2.2.4: Review of United States Human Space Flight Plans Committee (Augustine Committee)

Subseries 2.3: White House Commissions and Reports

Subseries 2.3.1: President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)

Subseries 2.3.2: Briefing for the Vice President of the United States, 1986

Subseries 2.3.3: Briefing for the Clinton/Gore Transition, 1992

Series 3: Space.com

Series 4: Academia Subseries 4.1: Physics Research Papers by Ride

Subseries 4.2: Ride's Physics Research Proposals and Projects

Subseries 4.3: Physics Research Files

Subseries 4.4: Physics Classes Taught by Ride

Subseries 4.5: Non-Physics Classes Taught by Ride

Subseries 4.6: Physics Conferences and Seminars

Subseries 4.7: Miscellaneous Department of Physics Materials

Subseries 4.8: California Space Institute

Series 5: Sally Ride STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] Education Projects

Subseries 5.1: KidSat/EarthKAM Project Subseries 5.2: Imaginary Lines/Sally Ride Science

Subseries 5.3: STEM Books

Series 6: Space and STEM Education Advocacy

Subseries 6.1: Space Advocacy

Subseries 6.1.1: Space Advocacy Articles

Subseries 6.1.2: Space Advocacy Speeches

Subseries 6.1.3: Space Advocacy Committees.

Subseries 6.2: STEM Advocacy, Committees and Conferences

Series 7: Awards and Publicity

Subseries 7.1: Awards

Subseries 7.2: Correspondence/Invitations

Subseries 7.3: Boards

Subseries 7.4: Publicity Files

Series 8: Research Files

Subseries 8.1: Space:

Subseries 8.1.1: Space Articles, Reports, and NASA Publications

Subseries 8.1.2: Space Files – Commission, Workshops, and Special Reports

Subseries 8.2: Education

Series 9: Miscellaneous

Series 10: First Day Covers/Autographs

Series 11: Oversized material

Series 12: Films, Audio Tapes, and Media
Biographical / Historical:
Dr. Sally K. Ride became a national icon of achievement in science and space on June 18, 1983, when she became the first American woman to fly in space. Born in 1951 in suburban Encino, California, she took up tennis as a teenager and within a few years was ranked eighteenth nationally. In 1968, she enrolled at Swarthmore College as a physics major, but she dropped out after three semesters to train full-time at tennis. In 1970, Ride gave up tennis and entered Stanford University, where she took a double major in physics and English literature. She went on to complete a Masters and Ph.D. in physics from Stanford. Her doctoral dissertation dealt with the theoretical behavior of free electrons in a magnetic field.

While completing her Ph.D. in physics, she saw an announcement that National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was looking for young scientists to serve as mission specialists and she immediately applied. She passed NASA's preliminary process and became one of 208 finalists. Ride was flown to Johnson Space Center outside Houston for physical fitness tests, psychiatric evaluation, and personal interviews. Three months later, she was an astronaut and one of six women selected for the class of 1978.

While learning to use a new space shuttle remote manipulative arm for a future mission, Ride acted as backup orbit Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) for STS-2 and prime orbit CAPCOM for STS-3. She was named a mission specialist on the seventh flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1983. As a mission specialist in the first five-member Shuttle crew, she operated a variety of orbiter systems and experiment payloads; she participated in the launch of two commercial communications satellites and also operated the remote manipulator system arm to maneuver, release, and retrieve a free-flying satellite. Ride also flew on a second mission, STS-41G in 1984, again on the Challenger. She spent a total of more than 343 hours in space.

Ride's career and legacy extended well beyond her missions in space. Ride had completed eight months of training for her third flight (STS-61-M, a TDRS deployment mission) when the space shuttle Challenger disaster occurred, and she was named to the Rogers Commission (the presidential commission investigating the accident) and headed its subcommittee on operations. Following the investigation, Ride was assigned to NASA headquarters where she led a strategic planning effort for NASA that yielded the 1987 report NASA Leadership and America's Future in Space: A Report to the Administrator (also known as the Ride Report), and she served as the first chief of the new NASA Office of Exploration. In 1993, she was named to the Columbia Accident Board, appointed to investigate the causes and to recommend remedies after that tragic loss.

In 1987, Ride left NASA to become a full-time educator. She first worked at the Stanford University Center for International Security and Arms Control and in 1989 she became a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Director of the California Space Institute. From the mid-1990s until her death, Ride led two public-outreach programs for NASA — the ISS EarthKAM and GRAIL MoonKAM projects, in cooperation with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and UCSD. The programs allowed middle school students to request images of the Earth.

Ride continued her endeavors to improve science education and encourage young people to study science through her independent initiatives as an author or co-author of seven books on space aimed at children, and as a co-founder of Sally Ride Science, a company founded in 2001 that creates entertaining science programs and publications for upper elementary and middle school students, with a particular focus on science education for girls.

Ride died on July 23, 2012, at the age of 61, seventeen months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Provenance:
Gift of Tam O'Shaughnessy, received March 2014.
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Topic:
Space shuttles  Search this
Science -- Study and teaching  Search this
Space Shuttle Remote Manipulator Arm  Search this
Manned space flight  Search this
Physics  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Citation:
Sally K. Ride Papers, Acc. 2014-0025, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2014.0025
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Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2014-0025
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Space Acceleration Measurement Unit System (SAMS) Collection

Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Names:
Mir (Space station)  Search this
National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Extent:
2.18 Cubic feet ((3 legal document boxes) (1 flatbox))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Optical disks
Correspondence
Logs (records)
Drawings
Reports
Date:
[ca. 1990s]
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of the following types of documentation relating to SAMS: test plans and reports; drawings; maintenance logs; and memorandums and correspondence. This collection also contains optical discs from the SAMS/MIR project, which contain the raw data.
Biographical / Historical:
The Space Acceleration Measurement Unit System (SAMS) is an acceleration measurement and data acquisition instrument, not a classical micro gravity research experiment. SAMS consists of a main unit and up to three remotely positioned triaxial sensor heads. The data is used to provide investigators with a time history of this environment to improve for future experiment design. This instrument was flown on the Space Shuttle and Mir Space Station, from 1994 to 1998.
General:
Additional materials: The actual artifact, project decals and official SAMS log books are housed in the National Air and Space Museum Depart of Space History.
NASMrev
Provenance:
NASA Glenn Research Center, Transfer, 2000, 2000-0040, Public Domain
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Astronautics  Search this
Space Acceleration Measurement Unit System (SAMS)  Search this
Reduced gravity environments  Search this
Space shuttles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Optical disks
Correspondence
Logs (records)
Drawings
Reports
Identifier:
NASM.2000.0040
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2000-0040

Space Suit Component and Survival Rucksack Collection

Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Names:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Project Apollo (U.S.)  Search this
Project Gemini (U.S.)  Search this
Skylab Program  Search this
Extent:
3.36 Cubic feet ((2 Records center boxes) (2 flatboxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Logs (records)
Reports
Date:
1966-1977
Scope and Contents:
This collection documents the development of space suits and accessories for post-Mercury manned missions. The material includes acceptance data packages and test papers for the suits, life support systems, and survival rucksack which chart the testing and development of these systems.
Arrangement:
Arrangement: The papers are arranged chronologically by program, beginning with the Gemini mission in Folder One of Box One (S-1C-1). The papers continue chronologically until concluding with the Skylab and Shuttle missions in Folder 28 of Box Two. Box Three contains binders from the Blue David Clark Co., Inc. These binders include operational logs from NASA and the field, malfunction reports, maintenance logs and serialization control records. Blue prints of the systems tested are also included. Box Four includes two computer printouts. Printout number one contains the summary of hardware located at the Smithsonian as of 3-27-1973. Number two contains the summary of hardware located at the Smithsonian as of 9-10-1973.
Biographical / Historical:
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was inaugurated on 1 October 1958 with the intent of conducting a manned space program. NASA took over the rocketry and propulsion work previously performed by the United States Air Force, Navy, and National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. Unmanned launches began during the International Geophysical Year (1957-58) under Air Force auspices and have continued to the present with a wide variety of payloads, including space science, weather, communications, and earth observation satellites. The manned program progressed through Projects Mercury (1959-63; launches 1961-63), Gemini (1962-67; launches 1965-66), Apollo (1960-72; launches 1968-72), and Skylab (1969-74; launches 1973-74). After a hiatus following the Skylab program, the manned program focused on the Space Shuttle, a reusable spacecraft. The manned program was supported by a number of unmanned exploration vehicles in the Ranger, Lunar Orbiter, and Surveyor series throughout the 1960s, as well as research into a number of related areas.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
NASA, Transfer, 1988, 1988-0114, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Space shuttles  Search this
Space suits  Search this
Manned space flight  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Logs (records)
Reports
Identifier:
NASM.1988.0114
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1988-0114

Ellen Ochoa Innovative Lives Presentation

Topic:
Innovative Lives Program (NMAH public program series)
Interviewee:
Ochoa, Ellen, Dr., 1958-  Search this
Creator:
Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.  Search this
Names:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Extent:
0.75 Cubic feet (3 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Lectures
Slides
Videotapes
Date:
1996/09/24
Scope and Contents:
Original master and reference videos documenting children's program by Dr. Ellen Ochoa. Dr. Ellen Ochoa discusses her role as an inventor, scientist, and astronaut at NASA.
Arrangement:
Divided into 3 series: 1. Original videos; 2. Master videos; 3. Reference videos.
Biographical / Historical:
Dr. Ochoa was born in Los Angeles, Calif. B.S. in physics, San Diego State, 1975; master's and doctorate in electrical engineering, Stanford University, 1981 and 1985. Dr. Ochoa holds three patents in the field of optical processing and has worked as a research scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) since 1988. In 1990 she became the first Hispanic woman astronaut selected by NASA. In April 1993, Ochoa flew as a mission specialist on the space shuttle Discovery.
Provenance:
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution Department of History.,Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, 12th St. and Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.,Made for NMAH.,1997.3162.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions. Signed copies of releases on file.
Topic:
Astronauts -- 1990-2000  Search this
Astronautics -- 1990-2000  Search this
Electric engineering -- 1980-2000  Search this
Hispanic Americans -- 1950-2000  Search this
Inventions -- 1980-2000  Search this
Inventors -- 20th century  Search this
Space flight -- 1990-2000  Search this
Women inventors  Search this
Women inventors -- 20th century  Search this
Space shuttles -- 1990-2000  Search this
Genre/Form:
Lectures -- 1990-2000
Slides
Videotapes -- 1990-2000
Citation:
Ellen Ochoa Innovative Lives Presentation, 1996, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0595
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Ellen Ochoa Innovative Lives Presentation
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0595

Herbert Stephen Desind Collection

Creator:
Desind, Herbert Stephen.  Search this
Extent:
109 Cubic feet (305 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Place:
Outer space -- Exploration
Date:
1950-1992
Summary:
The collection consists of 109 cubic feet of material, primarily photographs with some additional documentation, covering aerospace topics. The bulk of the material relates to US space exploration, including extensive photo files on US manned missions through the Space Shuttle, and satellite and sounding rocket work. The first series consists of unmanned spacecraft material, the second series consists of manned spacecraft material, and the third series consists of aircraft material.
Scope and Contents:
The Herbert Stephen Desind Collection (acc. 1997-0014) contains approximately 109 cubic feet of material relating to aviation and space flight. The material is primarily photographic in nature and focuses on manned and unmanned space flight activities.
Arrangement:
Series 1: Unmanned Space Programs

Series 2: Manned Space Programs

Series 3: Aviation subjects

Series 4: Country files

Series 5: Miscellaneous files

Series 6: Press Kits
Biographical / Historical:
Herbert Stephen Desind was a Washington, D.C. area native born on January 15, 1945, raised in Silver Spring, Maryland and educated at the University of Maryland. He obtained his BA degree in Communications at Maryland in 1967, and began working in the local public schools as a science teacher. At the time of his death, in October 1992, he was a high school teacher and a freelance writer/lecturer on spaceflight. Desind also was an avid model rocketeer, specializing in using the Estes Cineroc, a model rocket with an 8mm movie camera mounted in the nose. To many members of the National Association of Rocketry (NAR), he was known as "Mr. Cineroc." His extensive requests worldwide for information and photographs of rocketry programs even led to a visit from FBI agents who asked him about the nature of his activities.

Mr. Desind used the collection to support his writings in NAR publications, and his building scale model rockets for NAR competitions. Desind also used the material in the classroom, and in promoting model rocket clubs to foster an interest in spaceflight among his students.

Desind entered the NASA Teacher in Space program in 1985, but it is not clear how far along his submission rose in the selection process. He was not a semi-finalist, although he had a strong application.

In 1991, Desind was named Science Teacher of the Year by Prince George's County and the Potomac Electric Power Company.

Desind died October 16, 1992, having succumbed to colon cancer.

On November 17, 1994, the Herbert Desind Memorial Space Awareness Center, a state-of-the-art facility, was created and dedicated at Laurel High School. Today that Center houses the Cooperative Satellite Learning Project (CSLP) class as well as other science classes. The CSLP is a business, government, and educational partnership, focusing on space sciences and engineering. One of the sponsors of CSLP is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

In 1997, Desind's father and sister donated his collection to the National Air and Space Museum.
Provenance:
Barbara Desind Kernan, Gift, 1997
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Topic:
Manned space flight  Search this
Artificial satellites  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Space flight  Search this
Space shuttles  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection, Accession 1997-0014, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1997.0014
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Herbert Stephen Desind Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1997-0014
Online Media:

Cape Canaveral Launch Complex Slides

Creator:
Pierce, Harvey F.  Search this
Names:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. John F. Kennedy Space Center -- Cape Canaveral (Fla.)  Search this
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. John F. Kennedy Space Center. Vertical Assemby Building (VAB) -- Cape Canaveral (Fla.)  Search this
Project Apollo (U.S.)  Search this
Project Saturn (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
0.1 Cubic feet ((1 folder))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Slides (photographs)
Place:
Outer space -- Exploration -- United States
Date:
[ca. 1960s]
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of 173 slides of launch complexes, mainly Complexes 34 and 37 and the Vertical Assembly Building (VAB), at Cape Canaveral during the 1960s. These complexes were used for Saturn 5/Apollo launches and were subsequently modified for the Space Shuttle.
Biographical / Historical:
Harvey F. Pierce was a partner with Maurice H. Connell and Associates, an architecture and engineering firm who did work for NASA during the 1960s. During Pierce's work at Cape Canaveral, he took slides of the launch complexes.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Brian Pierce, gift, 1997, 1997-0044, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Space shuttles  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Slides (photographs)
Identifier:
NASM.1997.0044
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1997-0044

Space Shuttle Columbia Reentry Imagery

Creator:
McCullough, Robert L.  Search this
Names:
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Extent:
0.18 Cubic feet ((1 box))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
bulk 2003
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of a two sets of 10 images showing the disintegration of the Space Shuttle Columbia upon its reentry on February 1, 2003. The first set of ten images is enlarged to show detail, the second set being full frame prints. These images were shot by the donor, Robert McCullough, with his Canon EOS Elan 7E with a Canon 75 to 300 I.S. Zoom. The copyright for the images is held by The Dallas Morning News.
Provenance:
Robert L. McCullough, Gift, 2004
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Space shuttles  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Space flight  Search this
Space Shuttles, Columbia (OV-102)  Search this
Citation:
Space Shuttle Columbia Reentry Imagery, Accession 2004-0029, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2004.0029
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2004-0029

Space Shuttle Enterprise OV-101 Film Footage

Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Names:
Enterprise (Space shuttle)  Search this
National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
2.18 Cubic feet ((2 records center boxes))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Motion pictures (visual works)
Date:
[ca. 1970s]
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of the following twenty-two 16mm films relating to the Space Shuttle Enterprise OV-101: 747/F-104 Shuttle Orbiter Launch Simulation; Orbiter/747 Separation (Wind Tunnel);Computer Programmer Graphics; NASA 747 Wake Vortex Tests; Mission Profile - Shuttle Approach and Landing Tests; Space Shuttle Free Flight #4; Space Shuttle Free Flight #5; Space Shuttle Free Flight #1: On Board; Space Shuttle Free Flight #2; Space Shuttle Free Flight #1; Space Shuttle Free Flight #3: Approach and Landing Test Chase Highlights; Approach and Landing Test: Tracking Cameras; Space Station Assembly #1; Space Station Assembly #1; Space Station Assembly #1; Space Shuttle Free Flight#5: On Board; Space Shuttle Free Flight #1; Space Shuttle Free Flight #4: On Board; Speech Support; Space Shuttle Free Flight #1; Space Shuttle Free Flight #2: On Board; and Space Shuttle Free Flight #3: On Board.
Biographical / Historical:
The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise (OV-101), was a test vehicle designed to operate in the atmosphere; it was not equipped for spaceflight. The Enterprise was rolled out at Rockwell International's assembly facility in Palmdale, California in 1976. In 1977, it entered service at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base, for a nine-month-long approach and landing test program. The main role of the test vehicle Enterprise was to check the Shuttle's flight characteristics and performance. The vehicle was flown atop the Boeing 747 Shuttle carrier aircraft and also released for piloted free-flights and landings to check out all systems and performance characteristics. This test program was a necessary prelude to the first orbital flight by the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1981. In 1985, NASA transferred Enterprise to the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Glen E. Swanson, NASA Johnson, Gift, 2000, 2000-0017, Public Domain
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Space shuttles  Search this
Manned space flight  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Identifier:
NASM.2000.0017
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2000-0017

James C. Elms Collection

Creator:
Elms, James C., 1916-  Search this
Names:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Elms, James C., 1916-  Search this
Extent:
3.5 Cubic feet (10 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Publications
Correspondence
Notes
Speeches
Date:
1959-1980
Summary:
This collection consists of speeches, papers, notes, newspaper articles and records on Elms' career, including the following areas: Transportation System Center; Electronics Research Center; Manned Space Station; Space Shuttle; Space Systems Committee; Gemini Mission Review Board; and Hearings on space topics.
Scope and Content Note:
In 1989, Mr. Elms donated this material to the National Air and Space Museum's Department of Space History in conjunction with his interview for the Glennen-Webb-Seamans oral history project. The collection was transferred to the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) Archives in 1993. The Elms Collection consists of speeches, papers, notes, newspaper articles and congressional hearings. Some of the subjects covered in the collection are: Transportation Systems Center, Electronics Research Center, Space Station Program, Space Shuttle, Space Systems Committee, and Gemini Mission Review Board.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into two series and within each series chronologically. In the first series, the researcher will find correspondence, congressional hearings and speeches. Series II contains miscellaneous newspaper clippings and oversize materials. The original folder titles were inconsistent, sometimes containing only acronyms and/or abbreviations. For the sake of clarity, acronyms and abbreviations have been spelled out, and the project archivist has preceded each of the original folder titles with a subject heading, project designation and/or agency title.
Biographical Note:
James Elms (1916-1993) began his aerospace career at Consolidated Vultee in 1940 as a junior stress analyst. During WWII, he served with the US Army Air Forces at Wright Field (later Wright-Patterson AFB) where he developed a cartridge positioner which prevented turret guns from jamming. After the war he received his Bachelor of Science in Physics from the California Institute of Technology and his Master of Arts Degree from the University of California. He worked for North American Aviation as manager of the Armament Systems Department, Autonetics Division. There, he was responsible for research, development, and design of fire control, radar and allied systems. Upon leaving North American, he became the manager of the Avionics Department for the Denver Division of the Martin Company, where he was responsible for design and development of guidance, flight control, and other electronic and electrical systems for the Titan Missile. In September of 1960 Mr. Elms joined the Ford Motor Company, Aeroneutronics Division, after a brief stint at the Crosley Division of AVCO. While at Ford, Elms was recruited to join the senior staff of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas, eventually becoming Deputy Director. During the 1960s, Elms held a variety of other administrative positions at NASA, including Deputy Associate Administrator for Manned Space Flight, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC. After his service there, Elms became the Director of NASA's Electronics Research Center (ERC). The ERC was slated to be closed at the end of 1970. Elms was able to rally support for the ERC and get the majority of his directorate transferred to the US Department of Transportation as the Transportation Systems Center. This initiative saved many jobs and allowed important government research to continue. Upon leaving official government service, Mr. Elms continued to work as a consultant for government and private industry. James C. Elms passed away on May 7, 1993.
Provenance:
James C. Elms, gift, 1993, 1993-0047, NASM
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Permissions Requests
Topic:
Astronautics  Search this
Space stations  Search this
Space shuttles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Publications
Correspondence
Notes
Speeches
Citation:
James C. Elms Collection, Acc. 1993-0047, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1993.0047
See more items in:
James C. Elms Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1993-0047
Online Media:

From ship to shuttle : NASA Orbitor-naming Program, September 1988 - May 1989

Author:
United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration Education Division Elementary and Secondary Branch  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 192 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1991
[1991]
Topic:
Space shuttles  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1096787

Space transportation briefing / National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Author:
United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Speaker:
Yardley, John F. 1925-2001  Search this
Subject:
United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Physical description:
354 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1974
Topic:
Space shuttles  Search this
Manned space flight--Planning  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1039573

Space Shuttle Program mission operation report : orbital flight test reference document

Title:
Orbital flight test reference document
Author:
United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Distributor:
United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration Headquarters Administration Division  Search this
Subject:
Space Shuttle Program (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 220 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1981
Topic:
Space shuttles  Search this
Manned space flight--Planning  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1046894

Chronology of space shuttle flights, 1981-2000 / compiled by Judy A. Rumerman with Stephen J. Garber

Author:
Rumerman, Judy A  Search this
Garber, Stephen J  Search this
United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration History Office  Search this
Subject:
Space Shuttle Program (U.S.) History  Search this
Physical description:
34 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Type:
Chronology
Chronologies
History
Place:
United States
Date:
2000
[2000]
Topic:
Space shuttles--History  Search this
Space flight--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1091824

Space Shuttle missions summary / Robert D. Legler, Floyd V. Bennett ; Mission Operations, Johnson Space Center

Compiler:
Legler, Robert D.  Search this
Bennett, Floyd V.  Search this
Publisher:
United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Author:
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Mission Operations Directorate  Search this
Subject:
Space Shuttle Program (U.S.) History  Search this
Physical description:
300 pages in various pagings : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
United States
Date:
2011
Topic:
Space shuttles--History  Search this
Space flights--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1039960

Space shuttle : news media handbook

Author:
United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Subject:
United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration Press coverage  Search this
Physical description:
iii, 29 pages : maps, plans ; 28 cm
Type:
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Guidebooks
Place:
United States
Date:
1982
Topic:
Space shuttles--Press coverage  Search this
Ground support systems (Astronautics)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1039569

Space Shuttle "Enterprise" Comes to NASM

Author:
Hrabak, Dale  Search this
Subject:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Dulles International Airport  Search this
Washington Dulles International Airport  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Event
Date:
1985
Topic:
Airplanes  Search this
Boeing airplanes  Search this
Cranes, derricks, etc  Search this
Enterprise (Space shuttle)  Search this
Moving of artifacts  Search this
Space shuttles  Search this
Space vehicles  Search this
Standard number:
85-17421-15 or 85-17421.15
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8959

Space shuttle : STS flights 1-5, incl. approach & landing tests : the NASA mission reports / compiled from the archives & edited by Robert Godwin

Title:
NASA mission reports
STS flights 1-5
CD-ROM title: Space shuttle STS 1-5
Author:
Godwin, Robert 1958-  Search this
United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Physical description:
464 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 26 cm. + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
Type:
Books
Date:
2001
C2001
Topic:
Space shuttles  Search this
Manned space flight  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_843132

Women astronauts / by Laura S. Woodmansee

Title:
Women astronauts: Movies & interviews
Author:
Woodmansee, Laura S  Search this
United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Physical description:
168 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 26 cm. + 1 computer laser optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2002
C2002
Topic:
Women air pilots  Search this
Women astronauts  Search this
Reusable space vehicles--History  Search this
Space shuttles--History  Search this
Call number:
TL539 .W68 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_702815

Report. Volume 1 / Columbia Accident Investigation Board

Title:
Columbia accident investigation report
Columbia : accident investigation report
Author:
United States Columbia Accident Investigation Board  Search this
Subject:
Columbia (Spacecraft) Accidents  Search this
United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration Management Evaluation  Search this
Physical description:
261 p. : ill. ; 26 cm. + 1 CD-ROM
Type:
Books
Date:
2003
[2003]
Topic:
Space vehicle accidents--Investigation  Search this
Space shuttles--Design and construction--Safety measures  Search this
Call number:
TL795.5 .C65 2003b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_721463

Space shuttle : the journey continues / Richard H. Truly

Author:
Truly, Richard  Search this
United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Physical description:
24 p. : col. ill. ; 41 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1988
[1988?]
Topic:
Space shuttles  Search this
Call number:
TL795.5 .T78 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_734653

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