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Space Astronomy Oral History Project

Creator:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Names:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.). Division of Space History  Search this
Space Astronomy Oral History Project (SAOHP) (U.S.)  Search this
Aaron, Jules  Search this
Baum, William  Search this
Behring, William  Search this
Bergstralh, Jay T.  Search this
Bleach, Richard  Search this
Brunk, William Edward, 1928-  Search this
Code, Arthur D.  Search this
Connor, Jerry  Search this
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Drake, Frank D.  Search this
Fastie, William  Search this
Fraser, Lorence  Search this
Friedman, Herbert  Search this
Frier, Phyllis  Search this
Frosch, Robert  Search this
Gianoplis, George  Search this
Gold, Thomas  Search this
Goldberg, Leo  Search this
Harwit, Martin, 1931-  Search this
Hibbs, Albert R.  Search this
Hinners, Noel W.  Search this
Hinteregger, Hans H.  Search this
Johnson, Charles Yothers, 1920-  Search this
Johnson, Francis  Search this
Jursa, Adolph S.  Search this
Kondracki, Henry  Search this
Krause, Ernst H.  Search this
Neugebauer, G. (Gerry)  Search this
Neupert, Werner  Search this
Newburn, R. L. (Ray L.)  Search this
Newkirk, Gordon Allen, 1928-  Search this
Ney, Edward  Search this
Nier, Alfred  Search this
O'Dell, Charles  Search this
Pickering, William  Search this
Porter, Richard W. (Richard William), 1913-1996  Search this
Purcell, J. DeWitt (James DeWitt), 1912-1986  Search this
Rense, William  Search this
Roberts, Walter  Search this
Roman, Nancy Grace, 1925-  Search this
Rosen, Milton W.  Search this
Scheiderman, Dan  Search this
Schorn, Ronald  Search this
Schwarzschild, Martin  Search this
Silberstein, Richard  Search this
Simpson, John A. (John Alexander), 1916-2000  Search this
Spencer, Nelson  Search this
Spitzer, Lyman, 1914-  Search this
Strand, K. Aage (Kaj Aage), 1907-  Search this
Strong, John  Search this
Tape, Gerald  Search this
Tombaugh, Clyde William, 1906-  Search this
Tousey, Richard, 1908-1997  Search this
Tycz, Mona  Search this
Van Allen, James Alfred, 1914-  Search this
Wasserburg, Gerald  Search this
Webb, James E. (James Edwin), 1906-1992  Search this
Westphal, James  Search this
Whitsett, Charles  Search this
Wilshusen, Fred  Search this
Withbroe, G. L. (George L.)  Search this
Extent:
3.59 Cubic feet (19 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Transcripts
Date:
1981-1991
Summary:
The collection consists of the transcripts for the Space Astronomy Oral History Project (SAOHP), which examined the early use of rockets and satellites to study the upper atmosphere and space for the period 1946 through the early 1960s. This project constitutes one of several oral history projects conducted within the Department of Space History, NASM. The principal investigator for the SAOHP was David H. DeVorkin, and the interview set contains 225 hours of interviews with 56 individuals. The central thread of this collection is how the availability of new technologies for research, first the rocket and later satellites, helped to create a new social matrix for research. The following were interviewed: Jules Aaron; Ball Brothers; William Baum, William Behring; Jay Bergstrahl; Richard Bleach; William Brunk; Arthur Code; Jerry Conner; Frank Drake; William Fastie; Lorence Fraser; Herbert Friedman; Phyllis Frier; Robert Frosch; George Gianoplis; Thomas Gold; Leo Goldberg; Martin Harwit; Ralph Havens; Albert Hibbs; Noel Hinners; Hans Hinteregger; Charles Johnson; Francis Johnson; Adolph Jursa; Henry Kondracki; Ernst Krause; Alfred Nier; Gerry Neugebauer; Werner Neupert; Ray Newburn; Gordon Newkirk; Edward Ney; Charles O'Dell; William Pickering; Richard Porter; James Purcell; William Rense;Walter Roberts; Nancy Roman; Milton Rosen; Dan Scheiderman; Ronald Schorn; Martin Schwarzschild; Richard Silberstein; John Simpson; Lyman Spitzer; Kaj Strand; Nelson Spencer; John Strong; Gerald Tape; Clyde Tombaugh; Richard Tousey; Mona Tycz; James Van Allen; Gerald Wasserburg; James Webb; James Westphal; Charles Whitsett; Fred Wilshusen; and George Withbroe.
Scope and Contents:
Audio cassettes and transcipts.
Arrangement:
The Space Astronomy Oral History Project interviews are arranged alphabetically by interviewee.
Historical Note:
This collection contains the interviews for the Space Astronomy Oral History Project. These interviews explore the early use of rockets and satellites over the period 1946 through the early 1960s to investigate the upper atmosphere and space. This project constitutes one of several oral history projects conducted within the National Air and Space Museum's (NASM) Department of Space History. The principal interviewer for this project was David H. DeVorkin and the interview set consists of 225 hours of interviews with 67 individuals. Please note that there are a few instances where audio cassette tapes of the interview subjects exist but without written transcripts while there are also a few cases of existing transcripts of the interviews without any audio cassette tapes. The following were interviewed for this project: Jules Aaron; Frank Bateson; William Alvin Baum; William Behring; Jay Thor Bergstrahl; Richard Bleach; William E. Brunk; Arthur Dodd Code; Jerry Conner; Fred Dolder; Frank Donald Drake; William G. Fastie; Lorence Fraser; Phyllis Freier; Herbert Friedman; Robert Frosch; Reuben H. Gablehouse; R.A.Gaiser; George Gianopolis; Thomas Gold; Leo Goldberg; Martin Otto Harwit; Ralph Havens; Albert Roach Hibbs; Noel Hinners; Hans Erich Hinteregger; Charles Yothers Johnson; Francis S. Johnson; Adolph Simon Jursa; Jerome Kohl; Henry Kondracki; Ernst Henry Krause; R.C. Mercure; Alfred O. Neir; Gerry Neugebauer; Werner Neupert; Ray Leon Newburn; Gordon Allen Newkirk; Edward P. Ney; Charles Robert O'Dell; William Hayward Pickering; Richard W. Porter; James D. Purcell; William A. Rense; Walter Orr Roberts; Nancy Grace Roman; Milton W. Rosen; Dan Schneiderman; Ronald A. Schorn; Martin Schwarzschild; Richard Silberstein; John Simpson; Nelson W. Spencer; Lyman Spitzer, Jr.; Kaj Strand; John Strong; Gerald Tape; Clyde William Tombaugh; Richard Tousey; Mona Tycz; James Van Allen; Gerald Joseph Wasserburg; James Edwin Webb; James A. Westphal; Charles Edward Whitsett; Fred Wilshusen and George Withbroe.
Provenance:
Space History, NASM, Transfer, 1999, 1999-0034, Varies
Restrictions:
The audio cassette tapes of these interviews have yet to be remastered and, due to their fragility, are unavailable to researchers. Transcripts are available to researchers though, there are restrictions placed on a number of them. A NASM staff member will advice the patron which transcripts are available for copying or viewing and how to order copies of transcripts and/or CDs.
Rights:
Permissions Requests
Topic:
Rockets (Aeronautics)  Search this
Atmosphere, Upper -- Rocket observations  Search this
Astronomy  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Artificial satellites  Search this
Genre/Form:
Transcripts
Citation:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project, Acc. 1994-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1999.0034
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Space Astronomy Oral History Project
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2f48230d1-0cab-4975-bb6f-184a87b297ca
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1999-0034
Online Media:

Code, Arthur Dodd (restricted) [tape 3 of 3]

Collection Creator:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Extent:
[tape 3 of 3]
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
September 30-October 1, 1982
Series Restrictions:
These tapes have yet to be remastered and, due to their fragility, are not available to researchers.
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project, Acc. 1994-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project
Space Astronomy Oral History Project / Series 1: Audio cassette tapes
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg20f7ff2c4-a41a-4123-83f6-7bba5628f068
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1999-0034-ref52

Conner, Jerry

Collection Creator:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
April 24, 1984
Series Restrictions:
These tapes have yet to be remastered and, due to their fragility, are not available to researchers.
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project, Acc. 1994-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project
Space Astronomy Oral History Project / Series 1: Audio cassette tapes
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2e9b5a4c2-a495-451a-be3f-16283a561269
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1999-0034-ref54
Online Media:

Brunk, William E. [tape 2 of 2]

Collection Creator:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Extent:
[tape 2 of 2]
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
August 9, 1983
Series Restrictions:
These tapes have yet to be remastered and, due to their fragility, are not available to researchers.
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project, Acc. 1994-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project
Space Astronomy Oral History Project / Series 1: Audio cassette tapes
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg26c82637e-ab5e-4a4e-92d7-b2cca56d741a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1999-0034-ref44
Online Media:

Code, Arthur Dodd (restricted) [tape 1 of 3]

Collection Creator:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Extent:
[tape 1 of 3]
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
September 30-October 1, 1982
Series Restrictions:
These tapes have yet to be remastered and, due to their fragility, are not available to researchers.
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project, Acc. 1994-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project
Space Astronomy Oral History Project / Series 1: Audio cassette tapes
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg21f822d72-c47e-46b4-93f2-8f5201bf2bb5
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1999-0034-ref48

Code, Arthur Dodd (restricted) [tape 2 of 3]

Collection Creator:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Extent:
[tape 2 of 3]
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
September 30-October 1, 1982
Series Restrictions:
These tapes have yet to be remastered and, due to their fragility, are not available to researchers.
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project, Acc. 1994-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project
Space Astronomy Oral History Project / Series 1: Audio cassette tapes
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg27b383b41-a2f9-4229-8040-d8eb72a1fb4e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1999-0034-ref50

Brunk, William E. [tape 1 of 2]

Collection Creator:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Extent:
[tape 1 of 2]
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
August 9, 1983
Series Restrictions:
These tapes have yet to be remastered and, due to their fragility, are not available to researchers.
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project, Acc. 1994-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project
Space Astronomy Oral History Project / Series 1: Audio cassette tapes
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg26feb40c6-09c5-44c7-8410-452e65718d91
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1999-0034-ref42
Online Media:

Bergstrahl, Jay Thor [tape 2 of 2]

Collection Creator:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Extent:
[tape 2 of 2]
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
August 1, 1983
Series Restrictions:
These tapes have yet to be remastered and, due to their fragility, are not available to researchers.
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project, Acc. 1994-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project
Space Astronomy Oral History Project / Series 1: Audio cassette tapes
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2b4059926-a4ff-47f4-9566-d08f31013474
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1999-0034-ref32
Online Media:

Bergstrahl, Jay Thor [tape 1 of 2]

Collection Creator:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Extent:
[tape 1 of 2]
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
August 1, 1983
Series Restrictions:
These tapes have yet to be remastered and, due to their fragility, are not available to researchers.
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project, Acc. 1994-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project
Space Astronomy Oral History Project / Series 1: Audio cassette tapes
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg254f10ace-bfb7-4b49-b978-de6f81b6634f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1999-0034-ref30
Online Media:

Bergstrahl, Jay Thor [tape 1 of 2]

Collection Creator:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Extent:
[tape 1 of 2]
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
July 13, 1983
Series Restrictions:
These tapes have yet to be remastered and, due to their fragility, are not available to researchers.
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project, Acc. 1994-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project
Space Astronomy Oral History Project / Series 1: Audio cassette tapes
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg240a7176a-3c0f-4400-82cd-fde9ae32652c
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1999-0034-ref26
Online Media:

Bergstrahl, Jay Thor [tape 2 of 2]

Collection Creator:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Extent:
[tape 2 of 2]
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
July 13, 1983
Series Restrictions:
These tapes have yet to be remastered and, due to their fragility, are not available to researchers.
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project, Acc. 1994-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project
Space Astronomy Oral History Project / Series 1: Audio cassette tapes
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg220ba5195-5c58-4702-be68-d37d0ba8f31a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1999-0034-ref28

Behring, William [tape 2 of 2]

Collection Creator:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Extent:
[tape 2 of 2]
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
April 7, 1983
Series Restrictions:
These tapes have yet to be remastered and, due to their fragility, are not available to researchers.
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project, Acc. 1994-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project
Space Astronomy Oral History Project / Series 1: Audio cassette tapes
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg26cdb3fbc-35d0-4fc5-9481-5d9da8acf579
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1999-0034-ref23
Online Media:

Behring, William [tape 1 of 2]

Collection Creator:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Extent:
[tape 1 of 2]
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
April 7, 1983
Series Restrictions:
These tapes have yet to be remastered and, due to their fragility, are not available to researchers.
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project, Acc. 1994-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project
Space Astronomy Oral History Project / Series 1: Audio cassette tapes
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2fea075e9-66ef-4498-a264-76169b59205b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1999-0034-ref21
Online Media:

Gianopolis, George (restricted)

Collection Creator:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Container:
Box 3
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
August 11, 1983
Series Restrictions:
These tapes have yet to be remastered and, due to their fragility, are not available to researchers.
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project, Acc. 1994-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project
Space Astronomy Oral History Project / Series 1: Audio cassette tapes
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2aaa51a8c-16c6-4b44-ae85-91f7d4ca72f2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1999-0034-ref100

Gold, Thomas

Collection Creator:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Container:
Box 3
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
September 30, 1983
Series Restrictions:
These tapes have yet to be remastered and, due to their fragility, are not available to researchers.
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project, Acc. 1994-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project
Space Astronomy Oral History Project / Series 1: Audio cassette tapes
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg233d69577-ae22-437e-b531-c0d37a30024c
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1999-0034-ref101

Goldberg, Leo [tape 1 of 3]

Collection Creator:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Extent:
[tape 1 of 3]
Container:
Box 4
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
February 23, 1983
Series Restrictions:
These tapes have yet to be remastered and, due to their fragility, are not available to researchers.
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project, Acc. 1994-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project
Space Astronomy Oral History Project / Series 1: Audio cassette tapes
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg22830225f-6de9-439d-8ce2-08e299ca1721
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1999-0034-ref103

Goldberg, Leo [tape 2 of 3]

Collection Creator:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Extent:
[tape 2 of 3]
Container:
Box 4
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
February 23, 1983
Series Restrictions:
These tapes have yet to be remastered and, due to their fragility, are not available to researchers.
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project, Acc. 1994-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project
Space Astronomy Oral History Project / Series 1: Audio cassette tapes
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg267673db2-85b6-462d-967d-02138337dd8c
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1999-0034-ref105

Goldberg, Leo [tape 3 of 3]

Collection Creator:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Extent:
[tape 3 of 3]
Container:
Box 4
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
February 23, 1983
Series Restrictions:
These tapes have yet to be remastered and, due to their fragility, are not available to researchers.
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project, Acc. 1994-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project
Space Astronomy Oral History Project / Series 1: Audio cassette tapes
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2766d30c0-6b9b-4eab-bb65-fb98929c825d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1999-0034-ref107

Goldberg, Leo [tape 1 of 2]

Collection Creator:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Extent:
[tape 1 of 2]
Container:
Box 4
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
September 8, 1983
Series Restrictions:
These tapes have yet to be remastered and, due to their fragility, are not available to researchers.
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project, Acc. 1994-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project
Space Astronomy Oral History Project / Series 1: Audio cassette tapes
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg23ebbde6e-06e7-48ec-95cf-211c54414711
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1999-0034-ref109

Goldberg, Leo [tape 2 of 2]

Collection Creator:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Extent:
[tape 2 of 2]
Container:
Box 4
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
September 8, 1983
Series Restrictions:
These tapes have yet to be remastered and, due to their fragility, are not available to researchers.
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project, Acc. 1994-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Space Astronomy Oral History Project
Space Astronomy Oral History Project / Series 1: Audio cassette tapes
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2048203a8-0ac1-4264-862b-bd8c72cab521
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1999-0034-ref111

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