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Jules "Jay" Mermoud Collection

Extent:
9.4 Cubic feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Color slides
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Newsletters
Black-and-white negatives
Color negatives
Date:
1956-1987
Summary:
The Jules "Jay" Mermoud Collection reflects his career as a producer, cinematographer, and media graphic specialist for McDonnell Douglas (then Douglas Aircraft) from the mid-1950s until his retirement in 1987. Mermoud worked extensively with NASA at a variety of locations within the United States. This material is particularly rich in documenting the early space missions of Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Apollo-Soyuz, the Thor and Skybolt missions and a variety of Douglas/McDonnell Douglas aircraft such as the F-15 Streak Eagle.
Scope and Contents:
This collection is approximately 9.4 cubic feet and includes photographs, negatives, 16mm motion picture film, oversized photographic prints and posters, photo albums, slides, textual material including brochures, newsletters, press kits, annual reports and news and magazine clippings.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged into four series: Textual Material; Photographs, Negatives and Slides; Oversize Materials and Audiovisual Material. The first series is subdivided into three subseries: NASA and Spaceflight; McDonnell Douglas, Aircraft, Rockets and Missiles; and Miscellaneous.The second series is subdivided into four subseries: Photo Albums; NASA and Spaceflight; McDonnell Douglas, Rockets and Missiles; and Miscellaneous.
Biographical / Historical:
Jules "Jay" Mermoud (1925--1991) was born Monett, Missouri. After graduating from high school, he joined the Army Air Corps prior to the end of World War II. He then attended the University of Southern California and earned a Bachelor's degree in Cinema in 1952. Upon completion, he briefly worked as a film extra and appeared in such movies as "Above and Beyond" and "Pat and Mike." From 1952 until 1956, Mermoud was employed by three television stations as a cinematographer, film director, editor and on-camera moderator that took him to various cities including Albuquerque, New Mexico; Fresno, California; Los Angeles, California; Tulsa Oklahoma; and Muskogee, Oklahoma, where he was the host of an outdoor show called "Oklahoma Outdoors." He also met and married his beloved wife Marilyn in 1954.

Two years later, he landed a job with McDonnell Douglas' Tulsa Division as a producer/coordinator where he was responsible for scientific and engineering camera instrumentation support for special testing programs relating to the Douglas RB-66 and WB-66 Destroyer development. From 1958 to 1963 he was a photo coordinator, producer and director at the Atlantic Missile Range where he instituted all contractual photography range support in the Thor, Thor-Able, Skybolt and Saturn rocket programs. Beginning in mid-1963, he was responsible for all photography coordination relating to crewed spaceflight at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. While living there, Mermoud's wife Marilyn was an active member of the Women's Clubs of Merritt Island and Cocoa Beach. Marilyn was also a member of the Space Pioneer Wives. In July 1969, the family relocated to St. Louis, Missouri, where Jay became Supervisor of Cinematography, later advancing to Section Manager of Photo Services a mere two years later. He was promoted again at McDonnell Douglas when he was named the Staff Specialist of film and television production and program development.

Mermoud's striking photographs appeared in such publications as Industrial Photography, Janes' All the World's Aircraft, National Geographic, Aviation Week, Missiles and Rockets and Popular Science and at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. He was also an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed playing jazz bass and piano.
Provenance:
Frank Mermoud and Jean Pickett, Gift, 2023, NASM.2024.0006
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:
Aeronautics  Search this
Avionics  Search this
Color photography  Search this
Apollo Project  Search this
Gemini Project  Search this
Mercury Project  Search this
Douglas Aircraft Family  Search this
McDonnell Aircraft Family  Search this
United States Air Force  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Newsletters
Black-and-white negatives
Color negatives
Citation:
Jules "Jay" Mermoud Collection, Acc. NASM.2024.0006, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2024.0006
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Jules "Jay" Mermoud Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg265fdcea9-9ac1-43e7-8d57-2bb379e0252a
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2024-0006
Online Media:

Gemini Project

Collection Creator:
Desind, Herbert Stephen.  Search this
Container:
Box 155, Folder 15
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents note:
Documents
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Citation:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection, Accession 1997-0014, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Herbert Stephen Desind Collection
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection / Series 2: Manned Space Programs
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg203bd306f-029d-4022-af2c-589504a5a77d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1997-0014-ref3689

Gemini Project

Collection Creator:
Desind, Herbert Stephen.  Search this
Container:
Box 155, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Scope and Contents note:
B&W Photos
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Citation:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection, Accession 1997-0014, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Herbert Stephen Desind Collection
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection / Series 2: Manned Space Programs
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg27009fd52-81c8-42f6-8871-ec9c937afef1
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1997-0014-ref3691

Gemini Project

Collection Creator:
Desind, Herbert Stephen.  Search this
Container:
Box 155, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Scope and Contents note:
Color Photos
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Citation:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection, Accession 1997-0014, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection / Series 2: Manned Space Programs
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2d8a26d8a-08ff-4de4-85e0-735ee0e79e8c
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1997-0014-ref3693

Gemini Project

Collection Creator:
Desind, Herbert Stephen.  Search this
Container:
Box 155, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents note:
Transparencies
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Citation:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection, Accession 1997-0014, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Herbert Stephen Desind Collection
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection / Series 2: Manned Space Programs
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2a449ebda-87f4-4bc8-9e81-2ec0d9571152
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1997-0014-ref3695

Gemini Project, Astronauts

Collection Creator:
Desind, Herbert Stephen.  Search this
Container:
Box 155, Folder 19
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents note:
Documents
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Citation:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection, Accession 1997-0014, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection / Series 2: Manned Space Programs
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg29e2b3f00-f7e8-4f03-8cb9-0f612ee794e2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1997-0014-ref3697

Gemini Project, Astronauts

Collection Creator:
Desind, Herbert Stephen.  Search this
Container:
Box 155, Folder 20
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Scope and Contents note:
B&W Photos
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Citation:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection, Accession 1997-0014, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection / Series 2: Manned Space Programs
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg209d1c588-ddb7-410d-a618-b85f0e788008
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1997-0014-ref3699

Gemini Project, Ejection Seats

Collection Creator:
Desind, Herbert Stephen.  Search this
Container:
Box 155, Folder 21
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Scope and Contents note:
B&W Photos
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Citation:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection, Accession 1997-0014, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection / Series 2: Manned Space Programs
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2a0e70614-ad9b-4a62-b63c-6d403940e642
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1997-0014-ref3701

Gemini Project, Mockups

Collection Creator:
Desind, Herbert Stephen.  Search this
Container:
Box 155, Folder 22
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Scope and Contents note:
B&W Photos
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Citation:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection, Accession 1997-0014, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection / Series 2: Manned Space Programs
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2326a8491-8bb7-4008-88df-0896b38ed170
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1997-0014-ref3703

Gemini Project, Paragliders

Collection Creator:
Desind, Herbert Stephen.  Search this
Container:
Box 155, Folder 23
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Scope and Contents note:
B&W Photos
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Citation:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection, Accession 1997-0014, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection / Series 2: Manned Space Programs
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2594e2637-a2d2-4ea3-aa6a-9403d772bea4
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1997-0014-ref3705

Gemini Project, Paragliders

Collection Creator:
Desind, Herbert Stephen.  Search this
Container:
Box 155, Folder 24
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Scope and Contents note:
Color Photos
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Citation:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection, Accession 1997-0014, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection / Series 2: Manned Space Programs
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg211805d96-42dd-4ffb-995b-33a36fe6dbdc
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1997-0014-ref3707

Gemini Project, Simulators

Collection Creator:
Desind, Herbert Stephen.  Search this
Container:
Box 155, Folder 25
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Scope and Contents note:
B&W Photos
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Citation:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection, Accession 1997-0014, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection / Series 2: Manned Space Programs
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg27a685840-8fdf-4aae-9016-ae72cad9f6f2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1997-0014-ref3709

Gemini Project, GT-1 Flight 08 APR 64

Collection Creator:
Desind, Herbert Stephen.  Search this
Container:
Box 155, Folder 26
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents note:
Documents
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Citation:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection, Accession 1997-0014, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection / Series 2: Manned Space Programs
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2a6d19b3a-5fc6-4589-8b3d-e36da7229a76
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1997-0014-ref3711

Gemini Project, GT-1 Flight 08 APR 64

Collection Creator:
Desind, Herbert Stephen.  Search this
Container:
Box 155, Folder 27
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Scope and Contents note:
B&W Photos
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Citation:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection, Accession 1997-0014, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection / Series 2: Manned Space Programs
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg29ae669e8-124d-40b7-b9c6-2d98babfb465
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1997-0014-ref3713

Gemini Project, GT-1 Flight 08 APR 64

Collection Creator:
Desind, Herbert Stephen.  Search this
Container:
Box 155, Folder 28
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Scope and Contents note:
Color Photos
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Citation:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection, Accession 1997-0014, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection / Series 2: Manned Space Programs
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2b4857ed5-572c-437b-ad3d-dbddfbb6fa26
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1997-0014-ref3715

Gemini Project, GT-2 Flight 19 JAN 65

Collection Creator:
Desind, Herbert Stephen.  Search this
Container:
Box 156, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents note:
Documents
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Citation:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection, Accession 1997-0014, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection / Series 2: Manned Space Programs
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2ac006cb9-588d-440a-90b7-0eedcddad4ef
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1997-0014-ref3717

Gemini Project, GT-2 Flight 19 JAN 65

Collection Creator:
Desind, Herbert Stephen.  Search this
Container:
Box 156, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Scope and Contents note:
B&W Photos
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Citation:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection, Accession 1997-0014, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection / Series 2: Manned Space Programs
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2260539f2-3e6c-4660-94ae-54f258b38776
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1997-0014-ref3719

Gemini Project, GT-2 Flight 19 JAN 65

Collection Creator:
Desind, Herbert Stephen.  Search this
Container:
Box 156, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Scope and Contents note:
Color Photos
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Citation:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection, Accession 1997-0014, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection / Series 2: Manned Space Programs
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2055d5cb5-c777-4a8b-83be-14d66b2b6052
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1997-0014-ref3721

Gemini Project, GT-3 Flight 23 MAR 65 "Molly Brown" (Grissom, Young), Preflight

Collection Creator:
Desind, Herbert Stephen.  Search this
Container:
Box 156, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents note:
Documents
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Citation:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection, Accession 1997-0014, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection / Series 2: Manned Space Programs
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg230a751b7-75db-4673-b32d-eb6bbc5b1a33
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1997-0014-ref3723

Gemini Project, GT-3 Flight 23 MAR 65 "Molly Brown" (Grissom, Young), Preflight

Collection Creator:
Desind, Herbert Stephen.  Search this
Container:
Box 156, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Scope and Contents note:
B&W Photos
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Citation:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection, Accession 1997-0014, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection / Series 2: Manned Space Programs
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg227467ee7-b9e8-4550-bebc-4f251bbb5f46
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1997-0014-ref3725

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