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Philatelic and First Day Cover Collection

Extent:
1.99 Cubic feet ((5 boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Postage stamps
Cachets (philately)
Date:
bulk 1918-1999
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of philatelic items and first day covers from a variety of sources including flown items, cacheted covers, stamps, and first day covers. Flown items in the collection include letters from the first flights of various air mail routes; a letter carried aboard the first flight of the ZRS-4 Akron; a commemorative envelope from the First Flight Transpacific Westbound/Eastbound to Guam flown by the Pan American Clipper in 1935 which is signed by the crew and contains a narrative about the flight inside the envelope; an envelope flown aboard a special autogiro flight from Bolling Field; a letter carried on the Zeppelin LZ 129 Hindenburg that is stamped "Intended for the first eastbound trip of Airship 'HINDENBURG' in 1937. Could not be forwarded on account of accident to Airship on May 6, 1937"; a postcard and envelope carried aboard the first American Airlines non-stop flight from Los Angeles, CA to Washington, DC; a letter from the first flight of various Lufthansa routes; items carried aboard a flight commemorating the 50th anniversary of Calbraith Perry Rodgers' transcontinental flight; items from flights commemorating the 50th anniversary of air mail; a commemorative envelope flown on the first flight of the McDonnell Douglas DC-10; an oversized envelope with various postmarks and stamps from the Air Force Association's Around the World Flight in December 1949; two "Astro Letter" forms and an envelope flown by a Rocket Research Institute rocket during the time of the Apollo 16 flight; an envelope, in a commemorative folder, flown by Arnold Palmer in a Learjet 36 on an around the world record flight; balloon mail from the Atmosat America Balloon; a commemorative envelope containing a card of information flown from London to Auckland, New Zealand by Jean Batten; an envelope carried aboard the first flight of the Cessna 650 Citation III; items flown aboard the first solo transatlantic balloon flight by Joseph W. Kittinger, Jr.; two envelopes, signed by Henry T. "Dick" Merrill, flown during the 1927 Anglo-American Goodwill Coronation Flight from New York to London; two envelopes flown aboard Handley Page Dart Herald H.P.R.7 aircraft during two separate flights commemorating the 60th anniverary of scheduled air services at Cricklewood Airport; a cover carried aboard a 1937 Pan American Airways Martin (Glenn L.) Model 130 Hawaii Clipper flight from Hawaii to California; an envelope carried by Richard E. Byrd during his second Antarctic expedition; a letter carried on the first Transcontinental & Western Air Service air express flight from St. Louis, Missouri in 1931; a letter carried on Peoria (Illinois) Airport's first airmail flight; a cacheted cover flown aboard the Westinghouse Sentinel 1000 airship in 1993 to mark the bicentennial of America's first manned flight; and an envelope flown by sailplane to commemorate the dedication of the National Soaring Landmark in San Diego, CA. There are also aviation and space related stamps in the collection issued by the United States; Liberia; Rhodesia; Tanzania; India; Singapore; France; Germany; Hungary; Romania; Iceland; Peru; Brazil; Paraguay; Poland; and the Soviet Union. Stamps and cacheted and first day covers in the collection commemorate people and events such as the Wright Brothers; air mail; balloons; Amelia Earhart; U.S. Navy flights; Charles Lindbergh's New York to Paris flight; the 1929 National Air Races, Women's Air (Powder Puff) Derby; Blanche Stuart Scott; Glenn Curtiss; Robert Hutchings Goddard; Calbraith Perry Rodgers; Canadian aviation history; the Concorde; Alfred V. Verville; Richard E. Byrd; John F. Kennedy Space Center; the launch of Apollo 16; Apollo 17; the first flight of the Clancy Sky Baby; Floyd Bennett Field; satellites; the first emergency parachute jump, made by Harold R. Harris in 1922; the 50th anniversary of the blind flight made by James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle in a Consolidated NY-2 (Husky) in 1929; the 50th anniversary of the first east to west transatlantic flight; the Viking Lander spacecraft; Edward Goodman and Elmer Ambrose Sperry; Pioneer 10; Jules Verne; the tenth anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing; the triple launching of the USS Antietam, USS Chicago, and the USS Los Angeles from the Philadelphia Navy Yard; Walter Hinton; Hermann Julius Oberth; Henri Coanda; Harry Richman and Henry T. "Dick" Merrill's 1936 round-trip transatlantic flight; the 100th anniversary of the Smithsonian Institution; World War II; James A. Mollison; Ellington Field; International Philatelic Week; the 1938 Chicago International Air Show; Space Shuttle Mission STS-41 (36, 6 Oct 90) [note: this cacheted cover contains a ticket for the Kennedy Space Center Spaceport]; the USS Ranger; Enid Field Army Flying School; the dedication of Randolph Field; the 1937 All American Air Maneuvers in Miami, Florida; America's Model Plane Classic National Outdoor Championships held in Atlanta, Georgia in 1937; the USS Lexington; and airships including the LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin, Enterprise N1A, ZRS-4 Akron, and the ZRS-5 Macon. One item in the collection is a photocopy of an Apollo 11 commemorative envelope flown to the moon in the personal kit of Edwin "Buzz" Eugene Aldrin, Jr. and signed (on the original) by Aldrin, Michael Collins, and Neil Alden Armstrong. The collection also includes an incomplete series of Smithsonian "Milestones of Flight" commemorative envelopes. There are two philatelic souvenirs made of squares of white cloth, possibly beta cloth, which bear the Apollo 17 mission insignia along with space related stamps and a Houston postmark. There is also one newsclipping in the collection about Charles Kingsford-Smith and there is one black and white photograph that accompanies two postcards commemorating Rheinhold Tiling. A number of the items in this collection are autographed.
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
Space flight  Search this
Zeppelin LZ 129 Hindenburg  Search this
Airlines  Search this
Apollo Project  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Aeronautics -- Records  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Genre/Form:
Postage stamps
Cachets (Philately)
Citation:
Philatelic and First Day Cover Collection, Acc. XXXX-0473, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0473
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0473

Naval Research Laboratory and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Vehicles and Satellites Photography and Film

Creator:
Air Force Missile Test Center (U.S.)  Search this
Names:
John F. Kennedy Space Center  Search this
Naval Research Laboratory (U.S.)  Search this
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963  Search this
Extent:
0.7 Cubic feet ((1 containers))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Motion pictures (visual works)
Photographs
Date:
bulk 1960s
Scope and Contents:
This .7 cubic foot collection of photography and film was gathered by Wilfred Deac during his stint as an information service officer with the Naval Research Laboratory and then with the Air Force at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), specifically with the Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex (CCMTA). The photographs consists of color slides and mostly 8 by 10 inch prints, both black and white and color. The prints include images of satellites and launch vehicles at CCMTA, including: Solar Radiation Satellites (SOLARD) such as GREB III; V-2 Bumper Project; Thor-Able Launch Vehicles; Saturn 5 Launch Vehicles; Snark Missiles; Aero Spacelines Guppies; as well as a few images of President John F. Kennedy's November 1963 visit to Cape Canaveral. There are also images relating to the Naval Research Laboratory's Galactic Radiation and Background (GRAB) Intelligence Satellites Program. The two 16 mm color films are as follows: Gen. Hustons Briefing Film; and Briefing Film (Deac) ETR, April 1967; the films have accompanying scripts. There is also an article by Deac, entitled: "The Navy's Spy Missions in Space."
Biographical / Historical:
Wilfred Deac worked as an information services officer with the Naval Research Laboratory during the Galactic Radiation and Background (GRAB) Intelligence Satellites Program and Sugar Grove projects, serving as a bridge between the scientists and engineers who conducted the projects and the media. He then worked as a public affairs officer with the US Air Force at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) which was the primary launch site for the Air Force Eastern Test Range. Deac went on to hold various other government, as well as private-sector, positions in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He was a civilian government official attached to the US Embassy in Cambodia in 1971, and he has written Road to the Killing Fields published by the Texas A&M University Press, 1997. He currently works as a freelance writer.
Provenance:
Wilfred Deac, Gift, 2015
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:
Artificial satellites  Search this
Saturn 5 Launch Vehicle  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Photographs
Citation:
Naval Research Laboratory and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Vehicles and Satellites Photography and Film, Accession 2015-0044, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2015.0044
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2015-0044

STS-51B and STS-51L Material

Collection Creator:
Ride, Sally, 1951-2012  Search this
Container:
Box 12, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Sally K. Ride Papers, Acc. 2014-0025, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Sally K. Ride Papers
Sally K. Ride Papers / Series 2: NASA Career / 2.1: Training and Flights / 2.1.5: Miscellaneous Space Shuttle Flight Training
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-2014-0025-ref221
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Growing Up With Rockets Collection

Creator:
Vanguard Productions  Search this
Yasecko, Nancy  Search this
Names:
John F. Kennedy Space Center  Search this
Extent:
13 Cubic feet (6 boxes)
86 Sound tape reels (5" Open Reels)
2 Videodiscs (DVD) (Total runtime of 1:13:21)
43 Video recordings (Total runtime of 33:14:55)
1 Electronic discs (CD)
25 Sound cassettes
145 Film reels (143 16mm film reels - runtime of 40:24:65 2 35mm film reels - runtime of 58:23)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Videodiscs (dvd)
Video recordings
Electronic discs (cd)
Sound cassettes
Film reels
Motion pictures (visual works)
Movie scripts
Transcripts
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Clippings
Scripts (documents)
Date:
1957-2011
bulk 1980-1990
Summary:
The documentary film Growing Up With Rockets, produced by Vanguard Productions and Nancy Yasecko and released in 1984, is the story and personal reminiscences of the children, now grown, of those who worked at Cape Canaveral. The film discusses the Bumper Project (using captured V-2 missiles after World War II); Sputnik; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs; and ends with the first flight of Space Shuttle Columbia (OV-102) in 1981. Nancy Yasecko offers first person commentary with rare archival film, newsreels, excerpts from NASA promotional films, home movies and contemporary footage.

In 1990, under the auspices of Citizen Exchange Council (CEC), a NY-based Soviet-American exchange organization, Growing Up With Rockets was included in the American Documentary Showcase. The Showcase was the first uncensored collection of American documentary films ever to reach general audiences across the USSR.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of approximately thirteen cubic feet of material related to the production and marketing of the documentary film Growing Up With Rockets including audio tapes; motion picture film and video recordings, scripts, post-production notes, reference material, correspondence, financial information, interview transcripts, news clippings, information regarding distribution contracts, event programs, photographs, and project descriptions and flowcharts.

The researcher should note that the collection also contains 16mm film and rollettes, U-Matic cassettes, VHS tapes, 1 inch videotape, 3/4 inch videotape, and DVD. There are 191 motion picture items totaling 75:51:35. Audio tape formats include compact disc; 1/4 inch reel to reel; audio cassettes; and records in various sizes. There are 128 audio items in total. These items are not included in the container list but a NASM Archives staff person can assist you regarding access.
Arrangement:
Organized into 6 series:

Series 1: Production

Series 2: Events

Series 3: Publicity

Series 4: Reference

Series 5: Other

Series 6: Oversize

This collection was arranged at the time of processing to better reflect its main areas of subject matter. Within series, file units were placed in chronological order with undated material placed at the end of the series. Original folder titles were kept. Archivist's description appears below folder titles.
Biographical / Historical:
Nancy Yasecko is a media artist and educator who grew up and is still living on the Space Coast of Florida. She graduated from Cocoa Beach High School in 1972,and received her B.A. from the University of South Florida in 1975, and her M.A. in Instructional Technology from the University of Central Florida 1997.

Nancy Yasecko is also the proprietor of Vanguard Productions, located on Merritt Island, FL, a producer of film and video for PBS broadcast and non-profit and governmental organizations.

Her film Growing Up with Rockets was included with the first group of US documentaries to be screened in the former Soviet Union in the American Documentary Showcase, Glastnost Tour 1990.
Provenance:
Nancy Yasecko, Vanguard Productions, gift, 2012
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:
Photographs  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Rocketry  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Space vehicles  Search this
Manned space flight  Search this
Genre/Form:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Movie scripts
Transcripts
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Clippings
Scripts (documents)
Citation:
Growing Up With Rockets Collection, Acc. 2012-0024, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2012.0024
See more items in:
Growing Up With Rockets Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2012-0024
Online Media:

Space Shuttle Photography [Luetger]

Creator:
Luetger, Mitchell, 1944-  Search this
Extent:
0.05 Cubic feet ((1 folder))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Negatives
Slides (photographs)
Date:
bulk 1979-1989
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of Kodak 120 color negatives (half-frame format), 35 mm color negatives, and 35 mm color slides shot by Mitchell Luetger (70 still film-based images total) of the following Space Shuttles, each seen mounted on the Boeing 747-100 NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), as they stopped at Kelly AFB, San Antonio, 1979-1984: twelve shots of the Space Shuttle Challenger on ramp taken from the air on April 14, 1983; twenty-one shots of the Space Shuttle Challenger on ramp taken on April 17, 1984 (twelve taken on low pass down runway and nine taken from above); four shots of Discovery in-flight on approach to Kelly AFB, March 23, 1989; and thirteen shots of Columbia on ramp taken on March 23, 1979. Also included are two views of a NASA Grumman G-159 Gulfstream I, one view of a US Air Force Douglas C-9A Nightingale, and a few aerial views of the San Antonio area.
Biographical / Historical:
Mitchell Luetger (1944-) is an aerial photographer based near San Antonio, Texas. His company is called "Aero Views by Mitch" and he shoots aerial photography mainly of farms and ranches, for real estate sales and development, and for companies monitoring construction progress. On March 23, 1979, he received permission to go out on the ramp at Kelly Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, where the Space Shuttle Columbia had stopped for refueling on its way to the John F. Kennedy Space Center. Over the years Luetger was also able to photograph the Space Shuttle Discovery and Space Shuttle Challenger when they stopped at Kelly AFB.
Provenance:
Mitchell Leutger, Gift, 2005
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:
Aerial photography  Search this
Space shuttles  Search this
Space flight  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives
Slides (photographs)
Citation:
Space Shuttle Photography [Luetger], Accession 2005-0045, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2005.0045
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2005-0045

Robert Foster Papers

Creator:
Foster, Robert L, 1922-1994  Search this
Names:
John F. Kennedy Space Center  Search this
McDonnell Douglas Corp  Search this
Project Gemini (U.S.)  Search this
Project Mercury (U.S.)  Search this
Vandenberg Air Force Base (Calif.)  Search this
Extent:
0.75 Cubic feet ((2 box))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Correspondence
Articles
Newsletters
Memorandums
Date:
bulk 1930-1974
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of .75 linear ft of Robert L. Foster's professional papers, including the following types of material: reports, correspondence, photographs, invitations, McDonnell newsletters, interoffice memorandums, and newspaper articles. The papers relate to his long association with the McDonnell Douglas Corporation, and his roles in Project Mercury, Project Gemini, and at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Biographical / Historical:
Robert L. Foster (1922-1994) received a BSEE from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1952. Prior to his time at Georgia, Foster was in the US Army Corps of Engineers from 1942-1950. In 1953, he began his long association with McDonnell Douglas Corporation. At McDonnell Douglas Foster had a number of important positions, including the following: Group Engineer for Advanced Design (1958-1959), Senior Group Engineer for Project Mercury (1959-1960), Engineering Manager for Project Mercury (1960-1965) , and Operation manager for Project Gemini (1965-1967). Later in 1967, Foster was transferred from Cape Kennedy to Vandenberg Air Force Base where he served as base manager (1967-1968), Deputy Director (1968-1969) and finally Director (1969 -).
Provenance:
Sally Foster-Chang, 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:
Manned space flight  Search this
Space vehicles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Correspondence
Articles
Newsletters
Memorandums
Citation:
Robert Foster Papers, 2004-0062, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2004.0062
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2004-0062

Kennedy Space Center Photograph Collection

Creator:
John F. Kennedy Space Center  Search this
Names:
Space Shuttle Program (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
17.44 Cubic feet (16 boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
bulk 1974-2002
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of approximately sixteen cubic feet of Kennedy Space Center press release photographs, both black and white and color. Most of the photography is concerned with the Space Shuttle missions, and includes imagery of the following: astronauts, including official portraits; astronaut training; launch preparations; shuttle launches; and astronauts during the space missions. There are also a few images of unmanned launch preparations and launch.
Provenance:
Kennedy Space Center, 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:
Astronautics  Search this
Space Shuttle Orbiter  Search this
Space vehicles  Search this
Space flight  Search this
Manned space flight  Search this
Astronauts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Kennedy Space Center Photograph Collection, Accession 2004-0042, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2004.0042
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2004-0042

Cape Canaveral Launch Complex Slides

Creator:
Pierce, Harvey F.  Search this
Names:
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
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration  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

Publications, New York Academy of Sciences

Collection Creator:
Wheatland, Richard, II, 1923-2009  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 3a
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1959-1966
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
New York Airways Collection, Acc. NASM.1992.0052, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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New York Airways Collection
New York Airways Collection / Series 2: 1973 Acquisition
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1992-0052-ref752
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Bendix Air Races Collection

Creator:
Bendix Corporation.  Search this
Bendix Aviation Corp  Search this
Names:
All-Women Trans-Continental Air Race  Search this
Bendix Air Races  Search this
First Annual Aircraft Show (Cleveland, 1946)  Search this
Gordon Bennett Balloon Race  Search this
Intercollegiate Air Meet  Search this
Medallic Art Company  Search this
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. John F. Kennedy Space Center  Search this
National Air Races  Search this
National Intercollegiate Flying Association  Search this
National Soaring Contest  Search this
Soaring Society of America  Search this
Cochran, Jacqueline  Search this
Doolittle, James Harold, 1896-1993  Search this
Mantz, Paul  Search this
Stewart, James  Search this
Thaden, Iris Louise McPhetridge  Search this
Extent:
7.28 Cubic feet (5 records center boxes, 1 16 x 20 x 3 inch flatbox, 1 12 x 16 x 3 inch flatbox)
7.66 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Manuscripts
Photographs
Publications
Financial records
Audiotapes
Telegrams
Ephemera
Date:
1931-1985
bulk 1931-1939
bulk 1946-1962
Summary:
The Bendix Corporation (1924-1983), manufacturers of devices for the automotive and aviation industries, sponsored the Bendix Trophy Race—a transcontinental speed competition for aircraft—annually from 1931-1939, then sporadically from 1946-1962. This collection includes race-related materials from the Bendix Advertising and Publicity department, along with materials from other aviation events for which Bendix was a sponsor. Approximately a third of the collection relates to the corporation's activities from circa 1960 to 1983, including military and commercial avionics and communications systems, and support for the Unites States space program, particularly the construction of Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Launch Complex 39.
Scope and Contents:
This collection centers on the activities of the Bendix Advertising and Publicity department (later Advertising and Public Relations), for many years directed by William A. Mara (later Eldon E. Fox) and assisted by the New York public relations firm Carl Byoir and Associates, Inc. Materials include correspondence, telegrams, documents, brochures, press releases, photographs, and black and white and color negatives and transparencies. As the Bendix Trophy Races were closely associated with the National Air Races, the collection includes race programs, schedules, entry forms, and related air racing ephemera, as well as a number of photographs by Robert E. Burke and Associates, for many years the official photographer of the National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio. Similar materials relate to the National Soaring Contest held in Elmira, New York (1935-1946), and the All Woman Transcontinental Air Race (1956-1962) for which Bendix was a sponsor, various National Aircraft Shows and National Aviation Shows, and Bendix's membership in the Aircraft Industries Association of America (AIAA). The collection also includes materials relating to the design and production of the Vincent Bendix Trophy and related replicas and engraved plaques by the Medallic Art Company (New York, NY) and plaster models and plaques by The Potter-Bentley Studios, Inc. (Cleveland, Ohio). Also included are photographs and two sets of 11 audio cassette tape recordings each of interviews made as part of the 1985 program "The Golden Years," and photographs taken at the related October 30, 1985, event at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The later third of the collection relates to Bendix's activities circa 1960-1985, with documents and photographs relating to the construction of Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Launch Complex 39, followed by a small amount of assorted advertising ephemera for various Bendix electronic products and services.
Arrangement:
The materials are arranged in the original physical order as received from the donor, and have been grouped into four series. Folders within a series generally run in chronological order, although the last series contains an assortment of materials many of which would be more logically placed in earlier series. Folders of correspondence are generally arranged in reverse chronological order within the folder. Many of the photographs appearing in Series 2 (Bendix Trophy Races, By Year) can be found duplicated elsewhere in the collection. Boxes 6 and 7 both contain oversized materials.
Biographical / Historical:
The Bendix Corporation, founded in 1924 by inventor Victor Bendix, began as a manufacturer of devices for use in the automotive industry, initially of engine-related items such as starting motors and carburetors, but soon expanding to brakes and hydraulic systems. In 1929, renamed as Bendix Aviation, the corporation branched out into the design and manufacture of equipment for the closely related aeronautics industry, including aircraft hydraulics for brake and flap systems, aircraft engine carburetors, and various electric and electronic instruments. In 1931, Bendix decided to sponsor the first Bendix Trophy Race—a transcontinental speed competition open to all comers, male or female—"to encourage experimental developments by airplane designers and to improve the skills of aviators in cross-country flying techniques such as weather plotting, high altitude and instrument flight." The Bendix Trophy Races were held in conjunction with the National Air Races, occurring with great fanfare annually from 1931-1939, but were suspended from 1940-1945 during World War II. In 1946, the races resumed, but now had to contend with the invention of the jet engine—accordingly, the Bendix Trophy Race was split into two categories: the "R" Division for reciprocating engine airplanes, and the "J" Division for U.S. military jet airplanes. Interest in air racing had declined in the post-war period, and no race was run in 1950. In 1951 the races resumed, and from this point on were limited to U.S. military jets only. Subsequent Bendix Trophy Races occurred in 1953-1957, and then (after a three-year gap) in 1961, with the last race held in 1962.

By this point in time, the Bendix Corporation—which had branched out to dominate the US market in aircraft radio and radar equipment during World War II—was producing missile and radar systems for the US military. In the 1960s Bendix was also building ground and airbourne telecommunications and telemetry systems for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The Bendix Field Engineering division worked on the construction of Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Launch Complex 39 at the Merritt Island Launch Area (MILA) adjacent to Cape Canaveral, Florida, including the Apollo Launch Control Center, Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), and operational support equipment. In the 1970s, Bendix and its numerous Divisions were involved in a series of mergers, sales, and other changes involving the Raytheon and Allied (later Allied-Signal Aerospace) corporations, followed by a hostile takeover attempt in 1982 by Martin Marietta. In 1983, Bendix was acquired by Allied-Signal Aerospace (later Honeywell International) which retained the avionics part of the business.

The original Vincent Bendix Trophy was donated to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in 1985 [artifact number A19850368000]. On October 30, 1985, an event sponsored by Bendix/Allied-Signal was held at the museum in Washington, D.C., honoring aviators involved in the Bendix Trophy Races. Titled "The Golden Years," the program included interviews with several winners of the Bendix Trophy.
Provenance:
Allied-Signal Aerospace Corp, gift, 1988, NASM.1988.0115
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
Aeronautics -- Exhibitions  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Mercury Project  Search this
Gemini Project  Search this
Apollo Project  Search this
Project Apollo (U.S.)  Search this
Aeronautics -- Competitions  Search this
Trophies  Search this
Saturn 5 Launch Vehicle  Search this
Radar air traffic control systems  Search this
Avionics  Search this
Gliding and soaring  Search this
McDonnell F-4 (F4H) Phantom II Family  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Manuscripts
Photographs
Publications
Financial records
Audiotapes
Telegrams
Ephemera
Citation:
Bendix Air Races Collection, Acc. NASM.1988.0115, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1988.0115
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Bendix Air Races Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1988-0115
Online Media:

Bob Crippen

Artist:
Henry C. Casselli, Jr., born 25 October 1946  Search this
Sitter:
Robert Laurel Crippen, born 11 Sep 1937  Search this
Medium:
Graphite and watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 45.7 x 61.1 cm (18 x 24 1/16")
Mat: 55.9 x 71.1 cm (22 x 28")
Type:
Drawing
Place:
United States\Florida\Brevard\Cape Canaveral
Date:
1981
Topic:
Robert Laurel Crippen: Male  Search this
Robert Laurel Crippen: Science and Technology\Scientist\Astronaut  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Taylor Energy Company LLC
Object number:
NPG.2008.43
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Henry C. Casselli, Jr.
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm42b7383b9-0aaf-4745-9755-9a0397e51dc8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2008.43

Drawing, Pen and Ink, Pastel on Paper

Artist:
Hereward Lester Cooke  Search this
Medium:
Drawing, Pen and Ink, Pastel on Paper
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 37.5 x 45.7cm (14 3/4 in. x 18 in.)
Type:
ART-Drawings
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Date:
1972
Credit Line:
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Inventory Number:
A19770088000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9296d30c0-42eb-445b-a04d-ffd29b570f66
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19770088000
Online Media:

Space resources for the high school: industrial arts resource units. Prepared for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration by a committee of industrial arts educators under the direction of John L. Feirer

Author:
United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Physical description:
178 p. illus. 26 cm
Type:
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Date:
1967
Topic:
Astronautics  Search this
Industrial arts  Search this
Call number:
TL794 .S64X
TL794.S64X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_31690

Project Files

Creator::
National Air and Space Museum. Space History Division  Search this
Extent:
10.30 cu. ft. (10 record storage boxes) (2 oversize folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Compact discs
Digital versatile discs
Floppy disks
Electronic records
Architectural drawings
Floor plans
Drawings
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Color negatives
Black-and-white negatives
Color transparencies
Videotapes
Date:
1960-2008
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting the relocation and restoration of three Saturn V rockets the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) acquired from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the early 1970s, when the Apollo Space Program concluded. One rocket, consisting entirely of stages and spacecraft intended to be launched, is on display at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The other rockets on display, one at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida and one at the United States Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, consist of test stages not meant for flight. Curators represented in these records include Frank H. Winter and Allan A. Needell, and there is material that was created and maintained by Alfred J. Bachmeier, NASM Collections and Facilities Manager. Earlier records dated back to when the Space History Division, prior to 1987, was known as the Department of Space Science and Exploration, and as the Department of Space History from 1987 to 1997.

Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; proposals; contracts and agreements; reports; budget summaries; meeting agendas and minutes; guidelines; articles and press releases; photographs, slides, and negatives; videotape recordings; restoration logs; fundraising information; evaluations; project schedules; architectural drawings, floor plans, and drawings; and supporting documentation. Some materials are in electronic format.
Oversize:
This collection contains oversize material.
Rights:
Restricted for 15 years. until Jan-01-2024; Transferring office; 9/12/2018 memorandum, Johnstone to Williams; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Saturn launch vehicles  Search this
Museum conservation methods  Search this
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Astronautical museums  Search this
Astronautical museums  Search this
Contracts  Search this
Fund raising  Search this
Budget  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Compact discs
Digital versatile discs
Floppy disks
Electronic records
Architectural drawings
Floor plans
Drawings
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Color negatives
Black-and-white negatives
Color transparencies
Videotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-267, National Air and Space Museum. Space History Division, Project Files
Identifier:
Accession 18-267
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Project Files
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa18-267

Folder 17 National Aeronautics and Space Administration, John F. Kennedy Space Center, 1975

Collection Creator::
National Air and Space Museum. Department of Astronautics  Search this
Container:
Box 47 of 64
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Box 33 contains copyrighted materials; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 398, National Air and Space Museum. Department of Astronautics, Correspondence
See more items in:
Correspondence
Correspondence / Series 2: CORRESPONDENCE WITH ORGANIZATIONS, 1957-1984, AND UNDATED. / Box 47
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0398-refidd1e14260

Kinosternon baurii

Preparation:
Dry
Remarks:
shell
Sex:
Sex unknown
Place:
MERRITT ISLAND, JOHN F. KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, 2.0 MI N VISITOR CENTER ON FLORIDA ROUTE 3, Brevard, Florida, United States, North America
Collection Date:
27 Jun 1977
Taxonomy:
Animalia, Chordata, Vertebrata, Reptilia, Testudines, Cryptodira, Kinosternidae
Published Name:
Kinosternon baurii
Accession Number:
345585
Other Numbers:
Field Number : No Field Number
USNM Number:
245618
See more items in:
Vertebrate Zoology
Amphibians & Reptiles
Data Source:
NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Herpetology Division
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3a6e93d20-11b8-47f6-b6e4-24628e75eb8e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhvz_6099479

America's spaceport : John F. Kennedy Space Center

Title:
John F. Kennedy Space Center
Author:
United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Subject:
John F. Kennedy Space Center  Search this
United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Physical description:
[42] pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1989
[1989?]
Topic:
Astronautics  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1096317

Payload information handbook / prepared by: Erin Myers, MDSSC-KSC

Editor:
Myers, Erin  Search this
Issuing body:
John F. Kennedy Space Center Payload Projects Directorate  Search this
Subject:
Space Shuttle Program (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 290 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Type:
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Date:
1990
Topic:
Space shuttles--Payloads  Search this
Space sciences--Experiments  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1039574

Spaceport news

Issuing body:
John F. Kennedy Space Center  Search this
Subject:
John F. Kennedy Space Center  Search this
Physical description:
volumes : illustrations ; 32 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
Florida
Date:
1961
Topic:
Space sciences  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Launch complexes (Astronautics)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1097154

Bringing Columbia home : the untold story of a lost space shuttle and her crew / Michael D. Leinbach and Jonathan H. Ward ; foreword by astronaut Robert Crippen ; epilogue by astronaut Eileen Collins

Author:
Leinbach, Michael D.  Search this
Ward, Jonathan H.  Search this
Writer of introduction:
Crippen, Robert L.  Search this
Writer of afterword:
Collins, Eileen (Eileen Marie) 1956-  Search this
Subject:
Columbia (Spacecraft) Accidents  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 356 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2018
Topic:
Space shuttles--Accidents  Search this
Space vehicles--Recovery  Search this
Space vehicle accidents  Search this
Astronauts--Accidents  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1089144

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