Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
National Air and Space Museum. Space History Division
Project Files, 1957-1962, 1981-1995, 2001
This accession consists of records documenting the John A. Simpson Papers Project in which curators at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) assisted. Simpson, a physicist and space scientist, was the Director of the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago. He also served as the Martin Marietta Chair in Space History at the National Air and Space Museum from October 1987 through September 1988. The bulk of this material consists of records created and maintained by Allan A. Needell, Curator in the Space History Division. Some records document Simpson's life-long work as well as his activities at NASM. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, notes, publications, and related materials. Prior to 1987, the unit was known as the Department of Space Science and Exploration and, between 1987 and 1997, the unit was called the Department of Space History.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Needell, Allan A.
- Simpson, John A. (John Alexander), 1916-2000
- John A. Simpson Papers Project
- Enrico Fermi Institute
- University of Chicago
- National Air and Space Museum (U.S.). Martin Marietta Chair in Space History
- National Air and Space Museum (U.S.). Department of Space Science and Exploration
- National Air and Space Museum (U.S.). Department of Space History
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-152, National Air and Space Museum. Space History Division, Project Files