Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
National Air and Space Museum. Space History Division
Project Files, 1960-2008
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.
Restricted for 15 years. until Jan-01-2024; Transferring office; 9/12/2018 memorandum, Johnstone to Williams; Contact reference staff for details.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Winter, Frank H., 1942-
- Needell, Allan A.
- Bachmeier, Alfred J.
- National Air and Space Museum (U.S.). Department of Space Science and Exploration
- National Air and Space Museum (U.S.). Department of Space History
- National Air and Space Museum (U.S.)
- United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. Technology Utilization Office
- John F. Kennedy Space Center
- Space and Rocket Center (Huntsville, Ala.)
- Project Apollo (U.S.)
- Saturn launch vehicles
- Museum conservation methods
- Museums -- Collection management
- Astronautical museums
- Astronautical museums
- Fund raising
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
- Compact discs
- Digital versatile discs
- Floppy disks
- Electronic records
- Architectural drawings
- Floor plans
- Color photographs
- Black-and-white photographs
- Color negatives
- Black-and-white negatives
- Color transparencies
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-267, National Air and Space Museum. Space History Division, Project Files