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Arthur C. Clarke Collection of Sri Lanka

Creator:
Clarke, Arthur C., Sir (Arthur Charles), 1917-2008  Search this
Extent:
95.02 Cubic feet (188 legal size boxes; 5 15 x 12 x 3 flat boxes; 1 16 x 20 x 3 flat box; 4 12 x 8 x 5 shoeboxes)
88.55 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1932-2012
bulk 1950-2008
Summary:
Sir Arthur C. Clarke is one of the preeminent science-fiction writers of the 20th century.
Scope and Contents:
Contains personal and business correspondence, manuscripts of most of Clarke's fiction works in various draft states, short stories, articles, addresses, speeches, movie outlines, Apollo 11 broadcast material, datebooks & notebooks, reference materials, business cards of visitors & contacts, photos & slides. There is some material by people other than the creator such as manuscripts and film/TV scripts.

This collection also includes audio-visual material. Please contact the Media Archivist for access.
Arrangement:
Series were based on the creator's original arrangement of material.

Arranged into 7 Series:

Series 1: Correspondence

Series 2: Original Writing

2.1: "Clarkives"

2.2: Non-"Clarkives"

2.3: Articles, Short Stories

2.4: Lectures, Speeches

Series 3: Media & Publicity

Series 4: Awards & Tributes

Series 5: Manuscripts written by others relating to Clarke's Literary Works

Series 6: Miscellaneous

Series 7: Images

7.1: Photos

7.2: Slide Albums
Biographical / Historical:
Born on December 16, 1917, in Minehead, England, Arthur Charles Clarke became obsessed with science fiction and astronomy at a young age. He was the eldest of four children born into a farming family, however he would become, with his brother Fred Clarke acting as a business associate, one of the leading names in science fiction.

During World War II Clarke served as a radar instructor and in his free time became one of the early members of the British Interplanetary Society. In 1945, Clarke made one of his earliest predictions (he called them "extrapolations") when he came up with the idea of communication satellites. He became known for this uncanny prescience which is seen in so much of his work.

In 1948 Clarke graduated from King's College, London with honors in math and physics. By 1951, Clarke had gained respect as both a fiction and non-fiction writer with Interplanetary Flight and Prelude to Space, respectively.

In 1956, Clarke emigrated to Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, where he could indulge a new obsession - skin diving. He remained in Sri Lanka for the rest of his life, creating a diving company and funding many science education programs in the country.

Perhaps Clarke's most recognizable feat came when he was able to work with Stanley Kubrick over a course of 4 years in order to create the book and film 2001: A Space Odyssey which was loosely based on the earlier Clarke story "The Sentinel."

Clarke accomplished an amazing amount of writing, speaking tours, TV appearances and humanitarian work despite suffering from post-polio syndrome for decades. He won numerous awards, mostly for his science fiction but also for popularizing science. He was knighted in 1998. He died, age 90, March 19, 2008.
Provenance:
Arthur C. Clarke Trust, gift, 2014
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Permissions Requests
Topic:
Underwater archaeology -- 1960's  Search this
nonfiction novels  Search this
Interplanetary voyages  Search this
Artificial satellites  Search this
Manned space flight  Search this
Apollo 11 Flight  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Science fiction  Search this
Citation:
Arthur C. Clarke Collection of Sri Lanka, Acc. 2015-0010, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2015.0010
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Arthur C. Clarke Collection of Sri Lanka
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2015-0010
Online Media:

Final Farewell to the Space Shuttle

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2010-11-29T21:38:30.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
See more by:
SmithsonianMagazine
Data Source:
Smithsonian Magazine
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianMagazine
EDAN-URL:
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Orbit Lunch Box

Maker:
King Seeley Thermos  Search this
Physical Description:
tin (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 23 cm x 18 cm x 10 cm; 9 1/16 in x 7 1/16 in x 3 15/16 in
Object Name:
lunch box
Date made:
1963
Subject:
School Personal Equipment  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Allan Woodall, Jr.
ID Number:
2001.3100.13.01
Nonaccession number:
2001.3100
Catalog number:
2001.3100.13.01
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Lunch Boxes
Family & Social Life
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
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EDAN-URL:
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Online Media:

Glove, Left, Pressure Suit, Apollo, AX1-L, Developmental

Manufacturer:
International Latex Corporation  Search this
Materials:
HT-1 Nomex
Woven Nomex?
Aluminized Nylon
Nylon Webbing
Aluminum
Anodized Aluminum
Steel
Brass
Synthetic Fabric
Rubber (Silicone)
Adhesive
Ink
Dimensions:
3-D: 29.2 x 10.8 x 10.2cm (11 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 4 in.)
Type:
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Handwear
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transfer from NASA, Manned Space Flight Center, Houston, TX
Inventory Number:
A19710034001
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/nv933c75470-828d-484f-b6e5-a219518c3b34
EDAN-URL:
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Online Media:

Maps, Lunar Landmark, Apollo 8

Title:
Maps, Lunar Landmark, Apollo 8
Manufacturer:
Unknown  Search this
Materials:
Paper
Ink
Ferrous Alloy
Plastic
Foam
Dimensions:
3-D: 23.2 × 2.5 × 27cm, 0.3kg (9 1/8 × 1 × 10 5/8 in., 0.6lb.)
Type:
LITERATURE AND RESEARCH-Maps (Archives)
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from NASA - Johnson Space Center
Inventory Number:
A19770578001
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/nv950e717ea-d45b-4a6b-8a51-97f765662fe0
EDAN-URL:
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Pin, Apollo 11, 20th Anniversary

Manufacturer:
NASA Manned Space Flight Awareness  Search this
Materials:
Copper Alloy
Gold Plating
Paint
Nickel Plating
Dimensions:
3-D (Pin minus pin back): 5.7 × 3.5 × 1cm (2 1/4 × 1 3/8 × 3/8 in.)
Storage: 11.4 × 8.9 × 3.8cm (4 1/2 × 3 1/2 × 1 1/2 in.)
Type:
MEMORABILIA-Events
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Gift of John Bickers
Inventory Number:
A20080013000
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/nv993f2c8d0-bf83-4dd4-993d-f9ae40958c39
EDAN-URL:
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Handrail, Extravehicular Activity (EVA)

Materials:
Aluminum alloy, stainless steel, paint
Dimensions:
3-D: 65.4 x 27.9 x 11.7cm (25 3/4 x 11 x 4 5/8 in.)
Type:
EQUIPMENT-EVA Devices
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from NASA
Inventory Number:
A20120165000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Location:
National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC
Exhibition:
Moving Beyond Earth
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9e00d6c8b-7293-43af-8a44-ed69ca8eb330
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A20120165000
Online Media:

Handrail, Extravehicular Activity (EVA)

Materials:
Aluminum alloy, stainless steel, paint
Dimensions:
3-D: 65.4 x 27.9 x 11.7cm (25 3/4 x 11 x 4 5/8 in.)
Type:
EQUIPMENT-EVA Devices
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from NASA
Inventory Number:
A20120166000
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/nv95e1b21dd-3e45-448f-8338-812177612e79
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A20120166000

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tether Rings (2)

Materials:
Aluminum Alloy
Dimensions:
3-D (Each): 8.6 × 4.4 × 0.6cm (3 3/8 × 1 3/4 × 1/4 in.)
3-D (Bracket(s) ): 8.5 × 4.5 × 1cm (3 3/8 × 1 3/4 × 3/8 in.)
3-D (Hardware-Bolts): 2.5 × 1 × 0.5cm (1 × 3/8 × 3/16 in.)
3-D (Washer(s)): 1.2cm (1/2 in.)
Type:
EQUIPMENT-EVA Devices
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from NASA
Inventory Number:
A20120167000
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/nv9d0dfecff-7b56-4e5e-a5a7-945feb464995
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A20120167000

Handhold, Power Control Unit, Hubble Space Telescope (Flown)

Materials:
Aluminum alloy, anodized aluminum, phenolic resin, Velcro
Dimensions:
3-D: 56.2 x 28.6 x 11.4cm (22 1/8 x 11 1/4 x 4 1/2 in.)
Type:
EQUIPMENT-EVA Devices
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from NASA
Inventory Number:
A20130015000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Location:
National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC
Exhibition:
Moving Beyond Earth
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv931bec52a-a1ff-4363-a6df-c41a6ff0679f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A20130015000
Online Media:

Banner, NASA Manned Flight Awareness, It Takes a Team to Build a Dream

Manufacturer:
NASA Manned Space Flight Awareness  Search this
Materials:
Cotton canvas, rope
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 121.9 x 548.6cm (48 in. x 18 ft.)
Type:
MEMORABILIA
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from NASA, Kennedy Space Center
Inventory Number:
A20130017000
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/nv9d03db27d-21a0-489b-aec1-c9ac26a08215
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A20130017000

Handhold, Manipulator Foot Restraint

Manufacturer:
Grumman Aerospace Corporation  Search this
Materials:
Aluminum
Coating
Dimensions:
3-D: 68.6 × 50.8 × 12.7cm (2 ft. 3 in. × 1 ft. 8 in. × 5 in.)
Type:
EQUIPMENT-EVA Devices
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transfer from NASA
Inventory Number:
A20130046000
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/nv9845380a0-2458-4a7b-a348-44eeb0054e73
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A20130046000

Foot Restraint, EVA, Portable, Hubble Space Telescope

Manufacturer:
Lockheed Martin Missile and Space Corporation  Search this
Materials:
Steel, anodized aluminum, copper, stainless steel, enamel, plastic, adhesive, resin, paper, composite
Dimensions:
3-D: 87 x 41.3 x 35.6cm (34 1/4 x 16 1/4 x 14 in.)
Type:
EQUIPMENT-EVA Devices
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transfer from NASA
Inventory Number:
A20130047000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Location:
National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC
Exhibition:
Moving Beyond Earth
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9083a44e8-fb1d-4e80-b23d-2ad30aa79233
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A20130047000
Online Media:

Lens/Filter, Polar 1, ATM Contamination Coronagraph

Manufacturer:
Martin Marietta Corp.  Search this
Materials:
metal, glass
Dimensions:
3-D: 5.1cm (2 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Scientific
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.
Inventory Number:
A19840478001
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Location:
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Hangar:
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv90ef24e20-647e-4bcd-b501-b0d9c440c3ac
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19840478001

Filter, Blue, ATM Contamination Coronagraph

Manufacturer:
Martin Marietta Corp.  Search this
Materials:
metal, glass
Dimensions:
3-D: 5.1cm (2 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Scientific
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.
Inventory Number:
A19840478003
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Location:
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Hangar:
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9c25d6be0-56aa-41f2-a31d-eb660459eab7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19840478003

Lens, Adapter, ATM Contamination Coronagraph

Manufacturer:
Nikon  Search this
Materials:
metal
Dimensions:
3-D: 6.4cm (2 1/2 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Scientific
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.
Inventory Number:
A19840478005
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Location:
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Hangar:
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv918b248ca-5447-43b0-b739-54b5a6edf3ed
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19840478005

Gaskets, ATM Contamination Coronagraph

Manufacturer:
Martin Marietta Corp.  Search this
Materials:
rubber
Dimensions:
Approximate: 2 1/2 in. diameter (6.35cm)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Scientific
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.
Inventory Number:
A19840478006
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Location:
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Hangar:
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv97e206095-ccd4-4cbe-a0db-23e4af44e62f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19840478006

Filter, Neutral Density, ATM Contamination Coronagraph

Manufacturer:
Martin Marietta Corp.  Search this
Materials:
glass, metal
Dimensions:
3-D: 8.3 x 0.6 x 12.7cm (3 1/4 x 1/4 x 5 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Scientific
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.
Inventory Number:
A19840478008
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Location:
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Hangar:
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9ac8d71bd-665f-4122-9451-e820daff804a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19840478008
Online Media:

Adapter, Visible Camera, ATM Contamination Coronagraph

Manufacturer:
Martin Marietta Corp.  Search this
Materials:
metal
Dimensions:
3-D: 3.2 x 8.3cm (1 1/4 x 3 1/4 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Scientific
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.
Inventory Number:
A19840478009
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Location:
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Hangar:
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9b1a5177e-35a5-4583-8d7f-0cb401c40b44
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19840478009

Adapter, UV Camera, ATM Contamination Cronagraph

Manufacturer:
Martin Marietta Corp.  Search this
Materials:
metal
Dimensions:
3-D: 3.2 x 8.3cm (1 1/4 x 3 1/4 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Scientific
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.
Inventory Number:
A19840478010
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Location:
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Hangar:
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv93edf3734-45e1-4b71-acb6-7707a0067808
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19840478010

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