Collins, Michael (1930- )
Papers, 1907-2004, 24.9 cu. ft.
Graduate of U. S. Military Academy (B.S., 1952); Air Force pilot (1952-1963); astronaut in NASA's Gemini and Apollo programs (1963-1969); pilot for Gemini X (1966) and command module pilot for Apollo XI (1969), the first lunar landing mission; Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs (1970-71); director of the National Air and Space Museum (1971-78); aerospace consultant and author (1978-present). Author of Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys (1974); Flying to the Moon and Other Strange Places (1976); and Liftoff: The Story of America's Adventure in Space (1988). Recipient of many awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and NASA's Distinguished Service and Exceptional Service Awards. Collection includes instruction manuals and notebooks from Collins' Air Force and NASA training; transcripts, audio recordings, printed material and photographs from the Gemini 10 and Apollo 11 flights; materials from Collins' State Department and NASM tenures; files on boards and clubs to which Collins belonged; notes, correspondence, drafts and reviews for three of Collins' books, as well as magazine articles and book reviews written by him; personal correspondence and biographical material; and a significant collection of Collins' awards (certificates, plaques and medals) and aerospace memorabilia.
Finding aid available online.
James Dean Resource Material, 1961-88
Ms2003-061, 2.5 cu. ft.
Collection consists of reference material NASA artist James Dean used in producing the artwork for Michael Collins' book Liftoff: The Story of America's Adventure in Space. The bulk of the contents include NASA file photos, files from the twelve Gemini missions, the majority of Apollo missions (mostly XI), the Spacelab project, the Hubble telescope, space shuttle missions, the Challenger accident, and many other NASA related subjects. Also included are photos from the Project Mercury missions, images of NASA aircraft, NASA promotional material, and photos of U.S. officials and NASA personnel. An original rough draft copy of Liftoff, divided by chapter, is included.
Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database.