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A Guide to the Michael Collins Papers, 1907-2004

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Collection Number Ms1989-029


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Processed by: John M. Jackson, Archivist, Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Betsy Reed, Student Assistant, and Hannah Bochain, Student Assistant, Special Collections and University Archives

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1989-029
Title
Michael Collins Papers, 1907-2004
DIGITAL CONTENT
Some of this collection has been digitized and is available online .
Physical Characteristics
24.9 Cubic Feet; 39 boxes, 1 oversize folder, 1 object
Creator
Collins, Michael, 1930-
Language
Most of this collection is in English.
Abstract
The collection includes the papers of Michael Collins, pilot, astronaut, assistant secretary of state, director of the National Air and Space Museum and author, dating from 1907-2004. Materials include reports, instruction manuals, personal notes, printed materials, audio recordings, photographs, awards and memorabilia associated with Collins' Air Force, NASA, State Department and NASM careers. There are also papers and research relating to Collins' writings; materials from public speaking engagements and board and club memberships; and small sets of personal correspondence and biographical material.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Much of this collection is copyrighted. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials. Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: http://bit.ly/scuareproduction . Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: http://bit.ly/scuapublication . Please contact Special Collections and University Archives ( specref@vt.edu or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Michael Collins Papers, Ms1989-029, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The Michael Collins Papers were donated to Special Collections and University Archives in 1989. Additional donations were acquired in 2005 and 2007.

Existence and Location of Copies

Some of this collection has been digitized and is available online .

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Michael Collins Papers commenced in July 2003 and was completed in September 2003. Preliminary processing had been performed during the early 1990s. Donations from 2005 and 2007 were processed, arranged, and described in November and December 2014.

Biographical Note

Pilot, astronaut, U.S. assistant secretary of state, National Air and Space Museum director, and author, Michael Collins was born in Rome, Italy, on October 31, 1930. He graduated from Saint Albans School in Washington, D.C., before attending the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), where he obtained a bachelor of science degree in 1952.

Collins received an Air Force commission and, after pilot training, was assigned to Nellis Air Base for advanced training on the F-86 Sabrejet. Upon completion of training, he was assigned to the 21st Fighter- Bomber Wing, stationed in Victorville, California and, later, France. In 1961, Collins completed test pilot school and was assigned to Edwards Air Force Base, where he tested experimental fighter jets. (In the meantime, he had married Patricia Finnegan; the couple would have three children: Kathleen, Ann and Michael.)

Interested in NASA's manned space program, Collins enrolled in the newly established Aerospace Pilot School in 1963. In October of that year, he was among the third group of astronauts selected by NASA. Collins served as a member of the backup crew for the Gemini 7 mission and as pilot of NASA's Gemini 10 mission (launched July 18, 1966) with commander John Young. Among the mission's noteworthy accomplishments were the establishment of a new orbital altitude record, a rendezvous with an Agena target vehicle, and two spacewalks conducted by Collins.

Due to the rotational basis on which astronauts were assigned to Apollo missions, Collins was originally scheduled to be a member of the Apollo 8 flight crew. His need for back surgery, however, forced his re- assignment to a later mission. The postponement placed Collins on the crew of Apollo 11 (launched July 16, 1969), the first manned mission to land on the lunar surface. As the mission's command module pilot, Collins orbited the moon while commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin descended to its surface.

In January 1970, Collins resigned from NASA and served as assistant secretary of state for public affairs before becoming the first director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in April 1971; he was promoted to undersecretary of the Smithsonian in April 1978. During this time, Collins began writing about his experiences in the space program, leading to his book Carrying the Fire(and a subsequent children's adaptation, Flying to the Moon and Other Strange Places). His expertise and talents led to numerous requests for speaking engagements, articles and book reviews. In 1988, he published Liftoff!,a book on the history and future of space exploration; his Mission to Marswas published in 1990.

Collins served on the boards of numerous organizations and corporations throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He became vice-president of field operations for the Vought Corporation in 1980, then resigned to head his own consulting firm, Michael Collins Associates, in 1985. He retired from the Air Force Reserve with the rank of major general in 1982.

Collins' awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom; the Collier, Harmon and Goddard trophies; the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; the Distinguished Flying Cross and many others. He has received awards from eleven other countries and honorary degrees from six colleges and universities.

Scope and Content

The Michael Collins Papers document the life and career of Collins, pilot, astronaut, assistant secretary of state, director of the National Air and Space Museum (NASM), and author.

The collection comprises correspondence, notes, printed material, photographs, and audio recordings from Collins' Air Force career, training at the U. S. Test Pilot School and Experimental Flight Center, participation in NASA's Gemini and Apollo programs, and tenure at the State Department and NASM. The collection also includes materials associated with Collins' books Carrying the Fire, Flying to the Moon and Other Strange Places, and Liftoff!, as well as various articles and book reviews written by him. Collins' many public appearances are represented here with background materials, speech notes, texts, printed material, and photographs. The collection also contains a number of files, largely composed of correspondence, devoted to Collins' involvement with various boards and clubs. In addition, there are small sets of personal correspondence, biographical materials, and an assortment of honors and memorabilia.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the following series:

Series I. Air Force, 1953-1973. This series contains Collins' individual flight record (including his later NASA flights) and an accident report for the crash of an F-86 fighter jet piloted by him. The series also consists of a number of test pilot manuals from the USAF Flight Test Center and reports written by Collins while at the Experimental Flight Test Pilot School. Additionally, there are a few items relating to survival training and an Aerospace Research Pilot School publication with sketches and photographs of ARPS and Experimental Test Pilot School graduates. The series is arranged chronologically.

Series II. Project Gemini, 1962-1967. The Project Gemini Series contains a number of preparatory materials which has instruction manuals, class materials and Collins' own notes on astronomy, geology and the Gemini spacecraft. From the Gemini 10 flight, the series consists of an audio recording of the liftoff, transcripts of voice communications and mission commentaries, and photographs. The series also comprises official post-mission reports and two Gemini 10 newsclipping scrapbooks. The series is arranged in subseries by material type.

Series III. Project Apollo, 1966-2004. Like the Project Gemini series, this series contains Collins' preparatory notes. Additionally, it includes transcripts of mission commentary, flight communications, and press feeds during post-flight recovery of the command module. The series has a number of audio recordings, which range from a pre-flight press conference to television coverage of the mission, and post-mission public appearances by the crew. Print media coverage of the mission may be found in a set of NASA Current News publications and other printed materials. The series consists of approximately 200 mission photographs and a number of commemorative materials. (Among the more unusual items are a collection of songs and poems inspired by Apollo 11 and a book of congratulatory letters from French civic leaders.) Post-mission materials comprises files devoted to five- and ten-year anniversary observances of the moon landing and audio recordings relating to the Apollo program and missions 12 and 13. The series is arranged in subseries by material type. Within subseries, materials are in chronological order wherever possible.

Series IV. Assistant Secretary of State, 1969-1971. Collins' brief career with the U. S. State Department is chronicled here through notes, correspondence (including letters from President Nixon), audio recordings and printed materials. The series is arranged by item format, then chronologically.

Series V. National Air and Space Museum, 1971-1979. This series comprises materials relating to Collins' directorship of NASM - particularly to the museum's design, groundbreaking and opening. The collection also consists of newsclippings devoted to museum exhibits and Collins as director. Audio recordings of events commemorating Collins' farewell complete the series. Arranged by form of item, then chronologically.

Series VI. Boards and Clubs, 1973-1989. This series, largely devoted to the many advisory and editorial boards on which Collins served throughout the 1970s and 1980s, includes correspondence, notes, printed materials and photographs. There are a few folders on clubs to which Collins belonged. The series is arranged alphabetically by organization name.

Series VII. Writings, 1908-2004. This series comprises materials relating to the writing and publication of Collins' books Carrying the Fire, Flying to the Moon and Other Strange Places, and Liftoff! and includes background materials, typescripts, galley proofs, reviews and publicity. (The files for Carrying the Fire also have correspondence with Charles Lindbergh about his foreword to the book.) A number of Collins' articles, book reviews and opinion / editorial pieces are contained here as well. The series is arranged in subseries by publication type (book, magazine article, book review, etc.), then chronologically within each subseries.

Series VIII. Speeches, 1970-1996. Collins' many public addresses throughout the 1970s and 1980s are represented here with background materials, speech texts, printed materials and photographs. The series is arranged chronologically by date of speech.

Series IX. Personal Correspondence, 1963-1973. This small series comprises correspondence which did not fit neatly into those series devoted to specific aspects of Collins' career. It has a number of letters relating to NASA and the Apollo program. (Most noteworthy are letters from "Buzz" Aldrin, Charles Lindbergh and Lyndon B. Johnson.) The series is arranged chronologically.

Series X. Biographical Materials, 1966-2003. Like the personal correspondence series, this series was created from materials not associated with any specific aspect of Collins' public career. The series consists of a few printed materials with interviews or biographical sketches of Collins and several photographs. The series is arranged in subsidies by material type.

Series XI. Honors and Memorabilia, 1961-1989. This series contains awards honoring Collins and his work the form of certificates, medals, and plaques from the United States, individual states, foreign countries, military organizations, and private corporations. The series also has just a few items of memorabilia, among which are a piece of fabric from the Kitty Hawk "Wright Flyer," Collins' pilot clipboard, a Gemini sunscreen plate, a short film of Collins family scenes and commemorative items from NASA's Apollo and Voyager missions. The series is arranged in subsidies by material type. Within subseries, materials are in chronological order wherever possible.

Separated Material

The following items were transferred to the Rare Book Collection:

Aeronautics: The American Magazine of Aerial Locomotion, 8(5), November 1910.
Hallion, Richard P., "Girding for War: Perspectives on Research, Development, Acquisition, and the Decision-making Environment of the 1980's," Edwards Air Force Base, CA: History Office, Air Force Flight Test Center, 1985.
Journey to Halley's Comet, [S.l.]: NASA, 1980.
National Security Strategy of the United States, Washington, D.C.: The White House, 1988.
Origin and Evolution of Life--Implications for the Planets: a Scientific Strategy for the 1980's, Washington, D. C.: National Academy of Sciences, 1981.
Our First Quarter Century of Achievement... Just the Beginning [NASA 25th anniversary press kit], [S.l.]: NASA, 1983.
Report to the President : Actions to Implement the Recommendations of the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident, [Washington, D.C.: U.S.G.P.O., 1986].
To the Moon : the Story in Sound [sound recordings with accompanying book], New York: Time Life Records, 1969.
Ethics of Change: Humanistic Values versus Technological Imperatives, New Smyrna Beach, FL: Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1988.
Viking Orbiter Views of Mars, Washington, DC: NASA Scientific and Technical Information Branch, 1980.


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Archives of American Aerospace Exploration (AAAE)
  • Astronauts
  • Authors
  • Businesspeople
  • Science and Technology
  • Organizations:

  • Project Apollo (U.S.)
  • Project Gemini (U.S.)
  • United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • People:

  • Collins, Michael, 1930-

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Contents List

Some of this collection has been digitized and is available online .

Series I. Air Force, 1953-1973
  • box-folder 1 1 (2 folders)
    Individual flight record, 1953-1973
    Scope and Content

    Includes NASA flights.

  • box-folder 1 folder: 2
    Major accident report: F-86F - Chaumont Air Base (France), August 16, 1956
  • box-folder 1 folder: 3
    "Aerodynamics Handbook for Performance Flight Testing", Air Force Flight Test Center, vol. 1, July 1960
  • box-folder 1 4 (2 folders)
    "Pilot's Handbook for Performance Flight Testing", Air Force Flight Test Center, September 1, 1960
  • box-folder 1 5 (2 folders)
    "Combined Performance Report" by Michael Collins, USAF Experimental Flight Test Pilot School, December 1960
  • box-folder 2 1 (3 folders)
    "A Limited Stability and Control Investigation of the T-28A, T-33A, B-57E, and F-86E; a Qualitative Evaluation of the T-28A and F-104D and Spin Tests on the T-28A and F-86F" by Michael Collins, USAF Experimental Flight Test Pilot School, April 10, 1961
  • box-folder 2 folder: 2
    "Pilot's Handbook for Stability and Control Flight Testing", Air Force Flight Test Center, Vol. 1, May 1961
  • box-folder 2 folder: 3
    "Pilot's Handbook for Stability and Control Flight Testing", Air Force Flight Test Center, Vol. 2, March 1961
  • box-folder 2 folder: 4
    "Flight Qualification of Fletcher and Royal Jet F-104 200-Gallon Nestable Pylon Tanks" by Frank N. Lucero and Michael Collins, February 1962
  • box-folder 2 folder: 5
    Air Force survival training, c. 1964
  • box-folder 2 folder: 6
    The USAF Aerospace Research Pilot School, 1967
    Scope and Content

    This publication contains sketches and photographs of graduates from ARPS and the USAF Experimental Flight Test Pilot School from 1955 to 1967.

Series II. Project Gemini, 1962-1967
  • Subseries A. Gemini (I-IX), 1962-1967
    • box-folder 3 folder: 1
      "Introductory Notes on Astronomy" by John H. Craigie, August 1962
    • box-folder 3 folder: 2
      Gemini training notebook, 1963-1964, n.d.
    • box-folder 3 folder: 3
      Aeromedical Evaluation for Space Pilots, July 1963
    • box-folder 3 4 (2 folders)
      "Schedule and Outline of Courses in Geology: Astronaut Training Program", January 8, 1964
    • box-folder 3 5 (2 folders)
      "Gemini - Titan II Air Force Launch Vehicle Press Handbook" (2nd Edition), c. 1965
    • box-folder 4 folder: 1
      "Gemini Program Flight Summary Report (Missions I-VII)", July 1966
    • box-folder 5 7 (2 folders)
      "Summary of Gemini Extravehicular Activity", June 1967
  • Subseries B. Gemini X, 1966-1967
    • box-folder 3 folder: 6
      Gemini 10 notebook, 1966
    • box-folder 3 7 (2 folders)
      "Final Gemini X Flight Plan", June 22, 1966
    • box-folder 4 2 (3 folders)
      "Gemini Operations Handbook - Spacecraft 10 (Revision A): Section II - Controls and Displays", July 1, 1966
    • box-folder 4 folder: 3
      "Gemini 10 Mission Highlights", [July 1966]
    • box-folder 4 5 (2 folders)
      "Gemini X Voice Communications (Air-to-Ground, Ground-to-Air and On-board Transcriptions)", July 18-21, 1966
    • "Gemini-X Mission Data: Air to Ground Voice Transcripts (Preliminary)", 1966
      • box-folder 4 folder: 6
        00:00:00 - 6:67:48, July 18, 1966
      • box-folder 4 folder: 7
        07:16:47 - 23:13:26, July 18-19, 1966
      • box-folder 5 folder: 1-2
        23:13:26 - 70:46:39, July 19-21, 1966
    • box-folder 5 folder: 3
      "Gemini 10 Mission Commentary", July 19, 1966
    • box-folder 5 4 (2 folders)
      "Gemini X Technical Debriefing", July 26, 1966
    • box-folder 5 5 (3 folders)
      "Gemini Program Mission Report: Gemini X", August 1966
    • box-folder 5 folder: 6
      "Interim Report: Manned Spaceflight Experiments - Gemini X Mission", March 1967
    • box-folder 34 folder: 1
      Gemini 10 rendezvous with Agena target vehicle photo, July 1966
    • artifact object: 1
      Gemini model (on display in SCUA Reading Room)
  • Subseries C. Audiovisual and Photographic Materials, 1965-1966
    • box-folder 4 folder: 4
      Gemini X liftoff commentary [reel-to-reel audio recording, 2 copies], July 18, 1966
    • box-folder 6 1 (3 folders)
      NASA photographs (black and white), 1966, n.d.
    • box-folder 6 2 (4 folders)
      NASA photographs (color), 1965-1966, n.d.
      General Note

      See also Oversize Materials.

    • box-folder 7 1 (5 folders)
      Gemini 10 photo album, 1966, n.d.
    • box-folder 7 folder: 2
      Gemini 10 scrapbook, 1966
    • box-folder 7 folder: 3
      "Gemini 10 - Flug : im Spiegel der deutschen Presse" [scrapbook of German newsclippings], 1966
Series III. Project Apollo, 1966-2004
  • Subseries A. Press Releases and Print Media, 1969-1970, n.d.
    • box-folder 8 3 (2 folders)
      "Apollo Spacecraft News Reference", [April 1969]
    • box-folder 8 folder: 4
      Apollo News Center press releases, July 13-24, 1969
    • box-folder 11 folder: 4
      Press feeds from WUI press center aboard USS Hornet during recovery of Columbia, July 24, 1969
    • NASA Current News, July 16-August 8, 1969
      • box-folder 14 3 (2 folders)
        Apollo 11 special issue, July-August 1969
      • box-folder 13 folder: 5
        July 16, 1969
      • box-folder 13 folder: 6
        July 17, 1969
      • box-folder 13 folder: 7
        July 18, 1969
      • box-folder 13 folder: 8
        July 22, 1969
      • box-folder 13 folder: 9
        July 23, 1969
      • box-folder 13 folder: 10
        July 24, 1969
      • box-folder 13 folder: 11
        July 25, 1969
      • box-folder 13 folder: 12
        July 28, 1969
      • box-folder 13 folder: 13
        July 29, 1969
      • box-folder 13 folder: 14
        July 30, 1969
      • box-folder 13 folder: 15
        July 31, 1969
      • box-folder 13 folder: 16
        August 1, 1969
      • box-folder 13 folder: 17
        August 4, 1969
      • box-folder 13 folder: 18
        August 5, 1969
      • box-folder 13 folder: 19
        August 6, 1969
      • box-folder 14 folder: 1
        August 7, 1969
      • box-folder 14 folder: 2
        August 8, 1969
    • box-folder 38 folder: 34
      NASA Reports and Press Releases
    • box-folder 38 folder: 35
      NASA 10th Anniversary Special Report
    • box-folder 38 folder: 40
      Press Releases about Astronauts, 1963
    • box-folder 35 folder: 21
      Materials about the Future of Spaceflight, 1969-1970
    • box-folder 14 folder: 4
      Other printed material, 1969-1970, n.d.
      Scope and Content

      Includes copies of Politica, a Serbo-Croatian magazine.

  • Subseries B. Audiovisual and Photographic Materials, 1969-1971, n.d.
    • box-folder 9 folder: 1
      Reel-to-reel audio recordings, July 14, 1969, n.d.
      • Press conference, July 14, 1969
      • Thomas O. Paine, n.d.
      • Collins family, n.d.
    • box-folder 11 folder: 2
      Apollo 11 television coverage [reel-to-reel audio recording], July 1969
    • box-folder 11 folder: 3
      Apollo 11 lunar descent and ascent - flight director loop [reel-to-reel audio recording, 2 copies], July 1969
    • box-folder 11 folder: 7
      "Temporary Composite on Apollo 11" [reel-reel audio recording], [July 1969]
    • box-folder 12 folder: 1
      "Apollo 11 Capsule" radio program [reel-to-reel audio recording], August 7, 1969
    • box-folder 12 folder: 2
      Press conference [reel-to-reel audio recording], August 12, 1969
    • box-folder 12 folder: 3
      Parades (Chicago and New York) [reel-to-reel audio recording], August 13, 1969
    • box-folder 12 folder: 4
      Dinner with President Nixon [reel-to-reel audio recording, 2 copies], August 13, 1969
    • box-folder 12 folder: 5
      Television appearances [reel-to-reel audio recordings], July 5-August 17, 1969
      • "Face the Nation", August 17, 1969
      • Press conference, July 5, 1969
      • Houston parade, August 16, 1969
    • box-folder 12 folder: 6
      Congressional visit [reel-to-reel audio recording], September 16, 1969
    • box-folder 13 folder: 3
      Television broadcasts [reel-to-reel audio recordings], 1969
      • "Rocketry", c. 1969
      • "Apollo 11 Capsule", 1969
      • "The President's Dinner", August 13, 1969
    • box-folder 14 folder: 8
      Radio programs commemorating one-year anniversary of moon landing [two reel-to-reel audio recordings], 1970
    • box-folder 15 folder: 3
      Media coverage of Apollo 12 and Apollo 13 [two reel-to-reel audio recordings], c. 1969-1970
    • box-folder 15 folder: 4
      Media appearances relating to the space program [reel-to-reel audio recordings], 1969-1971, n.d.
      • Grumman, September 17, 1969
      • von Braun (Dick Cavett Show), October 28, 1970
      • Hubert Humphrey on space, June 16, 1970
      • Norman Mailer on Apollo 11 (Today Show), January 11, 1971
      • Swigert and Apollo Program, n.d.
    • box-folder 16 1 (13 folders)
      NASA photographs (black and white), July 1969
    • box-folder 17 1 (9 folders)
      NASA photographs (color), July 1969
    • box-folder 17 folder: 2
      Miscellaneous photographs, c. 1969
      Scope and Content

      Includes Collins in laboratory, life support schematic, astronauts' wives, post-mission tour, and Apollo 12.

      See also Oversize Materials.

  • Subseries C. Apollo 11, 1966-1967, 1969
    • box-folder 8 folder: 1
      Apollo training notebook, 1966-1967
    • box-folder 8 folder: 2
      Apollo 11 training notebook, 1969
    • Apollo 11 mission commentary transcripts, July 16-24, 1969
      • box-folder 9 folder: 2
        July 16, 1969
      • box-folder 9 folder: 3
        July 17, 1969
      • box-folder 9 folder: 4
        July 18, 1969
      • box-folder 9 folder: 5
        July 19, 1969
      • box-folder 9 6 (2 folders)
        July 20, 1969
      • box-folder 9 folder: 7
        July 21, 1969
      • box-folder 9 folder: 8
        July 22, 1969
      • box-folder 9 folder: 9
        July 23, 1969
      • box-folder 9 folder: 10
        July 24, 1969
    • box-folder 10 1 (6 folders)
      "Apollo 11 Technical Air-to-Ground Voice Transcription (Goss Net 1)", July 1969
    • "Apollo 11 Command Module Voice Dump Transcription", July 1969
      • box-folder 10 folder: 2
        Tapes 11-03301 to 11-03303
      • box-folder 10 folder: 3
        Tapes 11-03304 to 11-03307
      • box-folder 10 folder: 4
        Tapes 11-03309, 11-03311 to 11-03314
      • box-folder 10 folder: 5
        Tapes 11-03318 to 11-03320, 11-03322
      • box-folder 10 folder: 6
        Tapes 11-03323 to 11-03328, 11-03331
    • box-folder 11 1 (3 folders)
      "Apollo 11 Onboard Voice Transcription", August 1969
    • "Apollo 11 Technical Crew Debriefing", July 31, 1969
      • box-folder 11 5 (2 folders)
        Vol. 1, July 31, 1969
      • box-folder 11 6 (2 folders)
        Vol. 2, July 31, 1969
    • box-folder 13 2 (2 folders)
      "Apollo 11 Mission Report", November 1969
    • Publications Concerning the Lunar Landing, c. 1969, n.d.
      • box-folder 39 folder: 1
        Life, Off to the Moon, July 4, 1969
      • box-folder 39 folder: 2
        Life, Leaving For the Moon, July 25, 1969
      • box-folder 39 folder: 3
        Life, On the Moon, August 8, 1969
      • box-folder 39 folder: 4-5
        Life, To the Moon and Back Special Edition, c. 1969
      • box-folder 39 folder: 6
        Epoca, Numero Speciale a Colori Luna, c. 1969
    • Correspondence, 1969, n.d.
      • box-folder 38 folder: 27
        Congratulations following the Lunar Landing
      • box-folder 38 folder: 28
        Correspondence in response to the Lunar Landing
      • box-folder 38 folder: 45
        Well Wishes for the Apollo 11 Crew, 1969
    • box-folder 14 folder: 7
      Book of greetings signed by French civic leaders, 1969
    • Songs and poems inspired by Apollo 11, 1969-1972, n.d.
      • box-folder 14 5 (2 folders)
        Printed material, 1969-1972, n.d.
        General Note

        See also Oversize Materials.

      • box-folder 14 6 (2 folders)
        Recordings, 1969, n.d.
    • Visual Art Inspired by Apollo 11
      • box-folder 36 folder: 9
        "The Great Moment" by Paul Calle: correspondence and commemorative booklet
    • box-folder 13 folder: 4
      "Some Photographic Results of the Apollo 11 Mission" by Paul A. Larsen, February 27, 1970
    • Apollo 11 five-year anniversary, 1974
      • box-folder 15 folder: 1
        Apollo 11 five-year anniversary, 1974
      • box-folder 35 folder: 18
        Materials Concerning the Fifth Anniversary of the Lunar Landing
    • box-folder 15 2 (2 folders)
      Apollo 11 ten-year anniversary, 1979
      Scope and Content

      Includes letter from Jimmy Carter.

      See also Oversize Materials.

    • box-folder 34 folder: 4
      Apollo 11 ten-year anniversary, 1979
      • "Men on the Moon: a 10th Anniversary Report" - LI (Newsday's Magazine for Long Island), July 15, 1979
      • "A Today Tribute to Apollo 11", Today, July 15, 1979
    • box-folder 35 folder: 19
      Apollo 11 fifteen-year anniversary
    • Apollo 11 twenty-year anniversary, 1989
      • box-folder 35 folder: 1
        Ad Astra- Special Issue Twentieth Anniversary of the Lunar Landing, July-August 1989
      • box-folder 35 folder: 37-41
        Materials Commemorating the Twentieth Anniversary of the Lunar Landing
    • Apollo 11 twenty-five-year anniversary, 1994
      • box-folder 37 folder: 1-2
        25th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing
    • box-folder 37 folder: 3
      Apollo 11 thirty-year anniversary, c. 1999
    • Apollo 11 thirty-five year anniversary, c. 2004
      • box-folder 37 folder: 5
        35th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing Press Kit
      • box-folder 37 folder: 4
        35th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing Correspondence, Articles, and Speeches
    • box-folder 34 folder: 2
      Apollo 11 ticker tape parade photo - New York City, August 13, 1966
    • box-folder 34 folder: 3
      "Zeus's Brothers" poem by Rod C. Teter, n.d.
  • Subseries D. NASA Materials, 1964-1970
    • box-folder 38 folder: 32
      Memos, 1964
    • box-folder 38 folder: 33
      Memos, 1965-1969
    • box-folder 35 folder: 27
      "NASA Astronauts" booklet, 1967
    • box-folder 13 folder: 1
      "Mission H-1 Abort from Lunar Powered Descent and Subsequent Rendezvous", November 7, 1969
    • box-folder 38 folder: 41
      Program for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Annual Honor Awards Ceremony, November 13, 1970
    • box-folder 38 folder: 5
      Chain of Command at NASA
    • box-folder 38 folder: 6
      International Responses to NASA
Series IV. Assistant Secretary of State, 1969-1971
  • box-folder 18 folder: 1
    Correspondence, notes, and photographs, 1961-1971, n.d.
  • box-folder 18 2 (2 folders)
    Printed materials, 1969-1971, n.d.
  • box-folder 18 3 (2 folders)
    Reel-to-reel audio recordings, 1969-1971
    • Television appearance, November 26, 1969
    • Television news, November 28, 1969
    • "Washington Week", November 29, 1969
    • Swearing-in ceremony [2 copies], January 6, 1970
    • "Washington Week", January 10, 1970
    • Television appearance, April 16, 1970
    • Television appearance [2 copies], February 3, 1971
    • Unidentified recording, n.d.
Series V. National Air and Space Museum, 1971-1979
  • box-folder 18 4 (2 folders)
    Memoranda, photographs, and ephemera, 1971-1979
  • box-folder 18 5 (3 folders)
    Newsclippings, 1971-1979, n.d.
  • box-folder 18 folder: 6
    "NASM Press Clippings, 1976-1977" booklet, 1977
  • box-folder 18 folder: 7
    Regents dinner and Collins' farewell reception [two audiocassette recordings], January 1978
  • box-folder 35 folder: 29
    NASM Interview
  • box-folder 35 folder: 30
    National Air and Space Museum Articles and Memos
Series VI. Boards and Clubs, 1973-1989
  • box-folder 19 folder: 1
    Air and Space Heritage Council, 1984
  • box-folder 19 folder: 2
    Andrulis Research Corporation, 1985
  • box-folder 19 3 (2 folders)
    CPRW Inc., 1985-1986
  • box-folder 19 folder: 4
    First Flight Society, 1985-1987
  • box-folder 19 folder: 5
    International Academy of Astronautics, 1973-1984
  • box-folder 19 folder: 6
    International Aerospace Hall of Fame, 1971-1988
  • box-folder 19 folder: 7
    International Platform Association, 1979, n.d.
  • box-folder 19 folder: 8
    Metropolitan Club (Washington, D.C.), 1980-1989, n.d.
  • box-folder 19 9 (2 folders)
    NASA Goals Task Force, 1986-1987, n.d.
  • box-folder 19 folder: 10
    National Aeronautic Association, 1984-1986
  • box-folder 19 folder: 11
    National Research Institute for Neural Injury, 1984, n.d.
  • box-folder 19 folder: 12
    National Space Club, 1982-1988
  • box-folder 19 folder: 13
    Space-Public Corporation, 1984-1985
  • box-folder 19 folder: 14
    Space World, 1988
  • box-folder 19 folder: 15
    U. S. Global Strategy Council and World Strategy Network, 1982-1987, n.d.
  • box-folder 36 folder: 22
    Materials from Various Organizations of Which Michael Collins Was a Member
Series VII. Writings, 1908-2004
  • Subseries A. Carrying the Fire (Book), 1971-1975, 1987, n.d.
    • box-folder 20 folder: 1
      Incoming correspondence, 1972-1974, n.d.
      Scope and Content

      Includes correspondence from from aviator Charles Lindbergh.

    • box-folder 20 folder: 2
      Outgoing correspondence, 1973-1974
    • box-folder 20 folder: 3
      Notes, legal agreements and background materials, 1971-1973, n.d.
    • box-folder 20 4 (3 folders)
      Typescript draft, n.d.
    • box-folder 20 folder: 5
      Condensed versions, 1975
      Scope and Content

      Includes Reader's Digest and USIA.

    • box-folder 20 folder: 6
      Publicity, 1974-1975, n.d.
    • box-folder 20 7 (2 folders)
      Reviews, 1974-1975, n.d.
    • box-folder 35 folder: 4
      Excerpt in Air and Space, October/November 1987
    • box-folder 36 folder: 38
      Excerpt in Science Digest, January 1975
    • box-folder 36 folder: 39
      Excerpts in Smithsonian, July 1974
    • box-folder 35 folder: 16
      Materials Concerning the Book Release
    • box-folder 35 folder: 32
      Reader's Digest, Excerpt from Carrying the Fire, January 1975
    • box-folder 38 folder: 7-10
      Book Background Material
    • box-folder 38 folder: 11
      Preface Research
    • box-folder 38 folder: 12
      Chapter One Research
    • box-folder 38 folder: 13
      Chapter Two Research
    • box-folder 38 folder: 14
      Chapter Three Research
    • box-folder 38 folder: 15
      Chapter Four Research
    • box-folder 38 folder: 16
      Chapter Five Reasearch
    • box-folder 38 folder: 17
      Modified Chapters Six-Seven Research
    • box-folder 38 folder: 18
      Old Chapter Six-New Eight Research
    • box-folder 38 folder: 19-20
      Old Chapter Seven-New Nine Research
    • box-folder 38 folder: 21
      Chapter Ten Research
    • box-folder 38 folder: 22
      New Chapter Eleven Research
    • box-folder 38 folder: 23
      New Chapter Twelve Research
    • box-folder 38 folder: 24
      Chapter Thirteen Research
    • box-folder 38 folder: 25
      Correspondence
  • Subseries B. Flying to the Moon and Other Strange Places (Book), 1975-1977, n.d.
    • box-folder 20 folder: 8
      Typescript draft, n.d.
    • box-folder 20 folder: 9
      Notes and reviews, 1975-1977, n.d.
    • box-folder 35 folder: 20
      Miscellaneous Materials
    • box-folder 38 folder: 4
      Book Reviews, Invoices, and Correspondence
  • Subseries C. Liftoff! (Book), 1908-1986
    • box-folder 21 folder: 1
      Correspondence and notes, 1987-1988
    • Notes and background material, 1908-1986
      • box-folder 21 folder: 11
        Introduction, 1987-1988, n.d.
      • box-folder 21 12 (2 folders)
        Chapter 1, 1957-1986, n.d.
      • box-folder 21 folder: 13
        Chapter 2, 1961-1971
      • box-folder 21 14 (2 folders)
        Chapter 3, 1908-1986, n.d.
      • box-folder 21 folder: 15
        Chapter 5, 1969-1986, n.d.
      • box-folder 21 16 (4 folders)
        Chapter 6, 1976-1986, n.d.
      • box-folder 22 folder: 1
        Chapter 7, 1977-1986, n.d.
    • Interview notes, 1985-1987, n.d.
      • box-folder 21 folder: 2
        Maxime Faget, n.d.
      • box-folder 21 folder: 3
        Robert Gilruth, 1985, n.d.
      • box-folder 21 folder: 4
        John Glenn, n.d.
      • box-folder 21 folder: 5
        Caldwell Johnson, 1985, n.d.
      • box-folder 21 folder: 6
        Chuck Mathews, 1986
      • box-folder 21 folder: 7
        Thomas Paine, 1986
      • box-folder 21 folder: 8
        Laurence Weeks, n.d.
      • box-folder 21 folder: 9
        John Yardley, 1985
      • box-folder 21 folder: 10
        Skylab and ASTP crews, n.d.
    • Typescript draft, c. 1987
      • box-folder 22 folder: 2
        Chapter 1, c. 1987
      • box-folder 22 folder: 3
        Chapter 2, c. 1987
      • box-folder 22 folder: 4
        Chapter 3, c. 1987
      • box-folder 22 folder: 5
        Chapter 4, c. 1987
      • box-folder 22 folder: 6
        Chapter 5, c. 1987
      • box-folder 22 folder: 7
        Chapter 6, c. 1987
    • box-folder 22 folder: 8
      Rewrite notes and background material, 1987, n.d.
    • box-folder 22 folder: 9
      Proofs, 1988
      General Note

      See also Oversize Materials.

    • box-folder 22 folder: 10
      Publicity, 1988, n.d.
    • box-folder 22 folder: 11
      Reviews, 1988
    • box-folder 34 folder: 5
      Galley proofs with revisions, n.d.
    • box-folder 34 folder: 6
      Final galley proofs with comments on illustrations, n.d.
    • box-folder 35 folder: 24
      Liftoff
  • Subseries D. Mission to Mars (Book), c. 1990, n.d.
    • box-folder 36 folder: 4
      Criticism of Mission to Mars
    • box-folder 36 folder: 14
      Materials for Preface to Mission to Mars
    • box-folder 36 folder: 15
      Mars Illustrations
    • box-folder 36 folder: 16
      Miscellaneous Correspondence, Notes, and Images for Mission to Mars
    • box-folder 36 folder: 17
      Mission to Mars - Book Reviews, Correspondence, and Materials from the Book Tour, c. 1990, n.d.
    • box-folder 36 folder: 18
      Copy of Manuscript: Part 1
    • box-folder 36 folder: 19
      Copy of Manuscript: Part 2
    • box-folder 38 folder: 3
      Mars Atlas
    • box-folder 38 folder: 36
      NASA Transparencies
  • Subseries E. Articles, 1970-1991
    • box-folder 23 folder: 1
      "Spaceport, U.S.A.", 1985
    • box-folder 23 folder: 2
      "Into the Unknown", 1987
    • box-folder 23 folder: 3
      "Flying High, Flying Low", 1988
    • box-folder 36 folder: 21
      "Mission to Mars" in National Geographic, November 1988
    • box-folder 35 folder: 2
      "A New Look at the National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian Institution" Aerospace Historian (Spring), March 1972
    • box-folder 35 folder: 3
      "Reflections of an Apollo 11 Astronaut" Air and Space, Fall 1982
    • box-folder 35 folder: 22
      "The Garden of Earth" in Guideposts, March 1971
    • box-folder 35 folder: 13
      Cricket Magazine, 1978
    • box-folder 35 folder: 35
      "The Hairy Ride Aboard Gemini 10, a 'bridge' on our way to the moon" in Smithsonian, May 1988
    • box-folder 36 folder: 25
      "Aerospace on the Mall" in Aerospace, June 1973
    • box-folder 36 folder: 28
      Commercial Space magazine, 1985
    • box-folder 36 folder: 29
      "Mars Bound" in Final Frontier, March/April 1991
    • box-folder 36 folder: 31
      Geo, February 1978
    • box-folder 36 folder: 32
      Geo, August 1981
    • box-folder 36 folder: 34
      "Out to Launch: Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral" in National Geographic Traveler, Spring 1986
    • box-folder 36 folder: 36
      "Showing Lindbergh the Air and Space Museum" in Saturday Review, April 16, 1977
    • box-folder 36 folder: 37
      Article About the Space Shuttle in Smithsonian, May 1977
    • box-folder 23 folder: 4
      Other articles, 1973-1988
      • "Aerospace on the Mall", 1973
      • "An Astronaut Comes Down to Earth", 1974
      • "Carrying the Fire: the Fire Carrier Tells It Like It Is", 1974
      • "Reflections of a Space Adventurer", 1974
      • "Thoughts from Space", 1974
      • "An Apollo Astronaut Addresses the Question of Man vs. Machine", 1985
      • "The Hairy Ride Aboard Gemini 10 : a 'Bridge' On Our Way to the Moon", 1988
      • "At Home in Space", n.d.
      • box-folder 35 folder: 36
        "A Homecoming" in St. Albans Bulletin, Winter 1970
      • box-folder 35 folder: 42
        Interview with Michael Collins, US News and World Report, May 16, 1988
      • box-folder 38 folder: 2
        Articles About Michael Collins' Life After Apollo 11
      • box-folder 36 folder: 27
        Miscellaneous Short Articles Concerning Michael Collins
      • box-folder 36 folder: 30
        "Where to Now?" Interview with Michael Collins in the G.A.O., Winter 1988-1989
      • box-folder 37 folder: 8
        "Moon Landing was a Hoax" in Weekly World News, March 5, 1991
    • box-folder 23 folder: 5
      Book reviews, 1970-1987
      • A World of My Own, 1970
      • The Heavens and the Earth, 1985
      • Entering Space, 1985
      • Sphere, 1987
      • Voyager, 1987
      • box-folder 35 folder: 9
        Various Book Reviews by Michael Collins
  • Subseries F. Other Writings (Drafts, Forwards/Prologues, and Notes), 1968-2007, n.d.
    • box-folder 35 folder: 5
      Air University Review Aerospace Medicine, July-August 1968
    • box-folder 35 folder: 6
      Articles About Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin, and Neil Armstrong
    • box-folder 35 folder: 7
      Blue Planet, Fall 2001
    • box-folder 35 folder: 15
      The Explorers Journal, Spring 2004
    • box-folder 35 folder: 26
      "The Moon: How Far is It...to Charles Lindbergh?" by Rober Baehr published in American Studies in Transition
    • box-folder 35 folder: 34
      Sky and Telescope, June 1985
    • box-folder 38 folder: 38
      Naples Daily News, Saturday, February 24, 2007
    • box-folder 38 folder: 39
      Newspaper Clippings on NASA Astronauts
    • box-folder 38 folder: 44
      Sky and Telescope Magazine, November 1991
    • box-folder 23 folder: 7
      Miscellaneous Writings, 1969-1988
      Scope and Content

      Includes report for Rogers Commission and foreword for The Space Shuttle: a Quantum Leap by George J. Torres.

    • box-folder 35 folder: 8
      Book Forward for Milestones of Aviation
    • box-folder 35 folder: 17
      The Day Gravity Stopped - Draft of a Children's Book by Michael Collins
    • box-folder 35 folder: 25
      Introduction to the Smithsonian book of Spaceflight
    • box-folder 35 folder: 28
      Space Machines Notes
    • box-folder 35 folder: 33
      Short Pieces Written by Michael Collins
    • box-folder 36 folder: 26
      "An Approach to Space Logistics" presentation
    • box-folder 36 folder: 33
      National Geographic Eyewitness to the 20th Century - Contributions by Michael Collins
    • box-folder 36 folder: 35
      Prologue to Blueprint for Space by Fred Ordway
    • box-folder 37 folder: 6-7
      Drafts of Articles and Speeches by Michael Collins
    • box-folder 38 folder: 26
      "CSIS Resources, Technology, and Future Battlefields"
    • box-folder 38 folder: 29
      Draft of "Factor A-Understanding the Requirement"
    • box-folder 38 folder: 31
      Miscellaneous Lectures
    • box-folder 38 folder: 43
      Quotations
    • box-folder 38 folder: 46
      Short Writings by Michael Collins
    • box-folder 23 folder: 6
      Opinion and editorial pieces, 1971-1987
Series VIII. Speeches, 1970-1996
  • box-folder 24 folder: 1
    January 1970
    • Assistant secretary of state swearing-in, January 6, 1970
    • Seminar on Foreign Policy, January 26, 1970
  • box-folder 24 folder: 2
    February-April 1970
    • National Association of Sunday School Teachers, February 11, 1970
    • Hubbard Medal presentation, February 16, 1970
    • Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association, February 21, 1970
    • National Association of Independent Schools, March 7, 1970
    • Oakton High School (Vienna, Virginia), April 29, 1970
  • box-folder 24 folder: 3
    May 1970
    • Robert J. Collier Trophy presentation, May 6, 1970
    • 25th anniversary of V-E Day, May 7, 1970
    • Association of Industrial Advertisers, May 11, 1970
    • Kansas Bankers Association, May 22, 1970
  • box-folder 24 folder: 4
    June-December 1970
    • Stonehill College, June 7, 1970
    • St. Michael's College, June 8, 1970
    • Northeastern University commencement, June 14, 1970
    • Aspen Country Day School, September 8, 1970
  • box-folder 24 folder: 5
    January-February 1971
    • Binational Center (Mexico City), January 28, 1971
    • World Affairs Council (Pittsburgh), February 9, 1971
    • World Affairs Council (Los Angeles), February 23, 1971
  • box-folder 24 folder: 6
    March-November 1971
    • Film showing at William A. M. Burden residence (Florida), March 28, 1971
    • Brief Board of Regents on National Air and Space Museum, September 27, 1971
  • box-folder 24 folder: 7
    December 1971
    • Men's Luncheon Group (Smithsonian Institution), December 9, 1971
  • box-folder 24 folder: 8
    1972
    • NASM Advisory Board, January 18, 1972
    • Air Force Association "Comfort Silver" Awards, September 13, 1972
    • "Early Birds of Aviation", September 22, 1972
    • USAF Academy Planetarium special program, October 13, 1972
    • USAF Brief Smithsonian council on NASM construction, November 10, 1972
    • Vance Air Force Base graduation, November 25, 1972
  • box-folder 24 folder: 9
    1973
    • Aviation / Space Writers Association, June 11, 1973
    • Combined Federal Campaign / Keymen luncheon, October 12, 1973
    • Elkins Airport dedication, November 17, 1973
  • box-folder 24 folder: 10
    1974
    • Military Order of the World Wars, March 14, 1974
    • Smithsonian Institution luncheon with museum director, March 28, 1974
    • U. S. Pavilion (Spokane, Washington), July 4, 1974
    • NASM Advisory Board, July 25, 1974
    • Death of Charles Lindbergh, August 26, 1974
  • box-folder 24 folder: 11
    1975
    • Concern benefit, March 13, 1975
    • Summer Series Institute (Xavier University), June 12, 1975
    • National Board of Smithsonian Associates, October 15, 1975
    • Southeastern University, October 22, 1975
    • box-folder 36 folder: 7
      Fairchild Conference at Cal Tech, August 8, 1975
  • box-folder 24 folder: 12
    1976
    • Lindbergh Forum, January 21, 1976
    • Screen News Digest Tribute to Robert Goddard, February 10, 1976
    • Achievement Rewards for College Students, March 10, 1976
    • Tribute to Robert Goddard, March 16, 1976
    • "Your Senator Reports" television show with Senator Charles H. Percy, June 21, 1976
    • National Youth Science Camp, June 30, 1976
    • Wells Fargo Bicentennial Awards, September 4, 1976
    • Junior Officer Council (Columbus Air Force Base), October 28, 1976
  • box-folder 24 folder: 13
    1977
    • NASM Advisory Board, February 24, 1977
    • Werner von Braun memorial service, June 22, 1977
    • Dedication of Delta Solar Sculpture (Venezuela), June 29, 1977
    • ADS Reserve (Wright-Patterson Air Force Base), August 1, 1977
    • Society of Experimental Test Pilots, October 14, 1977
  • box-folder 24 folder: 14
    1978
    • American University Speakers Weekend, February 23, 1978
    • Dinner honoring Barry Goldwater, March 13, 1978
    • AIAA Houston Chapter, March 21, 1978
    • Mrs. Carter's luncheon for wife of Rumanian president, April 13, 1978
  • box-folder 24 folder: 15
    January-June 1979
    • Einstein centennial reception, March 2, 1979
    • Senate of Scientists, March 14, 1979
    • "Joys of Research" Colloquium, March 16, 1979
    • William James Forum (Washington College), April 18, 1979
    • Brewer Trophy presentation, April 21, 1979
    • Dedication of multiple mirror telescope (Tucson, Arizona), May 9, 1979
  • box-folder 24 folder: 16
    July-December 1979
    • Tactical Training Wing (Holloman Air Force Base), October 13, 1979
  • box-folder 25 folder: 1
    January-June 1980
    • Pax River, April 18, 1980
    • Virginia Mason Research Center, April 24, 1980
    • Republican Platform Committee of Republican National Committee, May 8, 1980
  • box-folder 25 folder: 2
    July-October 1980
    • Aeronautical Engineering Duty / Aeronautical Maintenance Duty Symposium, October 3, 1980
    • Symposium on Space Activities and Implications (McGill University), October 16, 1980
  • box-folder 25 folder: 3
    November-December 1980
    • Military Order of the Carabao, November 21, 1980
  • box-folder 25 folder: 4
    1981-1984
    • George Washington University, January 29, 1981
    • NCMA (Langley Air Force Base), March 19, 1981
    • Lees McRae College, March 30, 1981
    • Kennedy Library, May 10, 1981
    • South Africa, 1982
    • Young Astronaut Program, October 17, 1984
    • box-folder 36 folder: 24
      US Air Force-Squadron Officer School Space Symposium, May 9, 1984
  • box-folder 25 folder: 5
    January-June 1985
    • AT & T Information Systems, January 8, 1985
    • IBM, January 16, 1985
    • Greater Bangor Chamber of Commerce, January 25, 1985
  • box-folder 25 folder: 6
    July-December 1985
    • National Aviation Hall of Fame (Dayton, Ohio), July 19-20, 1985
    • Washington College, September 19, 1985
    • Borg-Warner (Parkersburg, West Virginia), October 22, 1985
  • box-folder 25 folder: 7
    January-April 1986
    • Young Harris College, January 15, 1986
  • box-folder 25 folder: 8
    May-June 1986
    • Boca Raton College, May 17, 1986
    • box-folder 36 folder: 6
      "The Economic Payback from Space", GWU Symposium, July 16, 1986
  • box-folder 25 folder: 9
    July-December 1986
    • Fairmont State College, August 18, 1986
    • BeA Fasteners, October 18, 1986
    • Coffeeville Community College, November 18, 1986
  • box-folder 25 folder: 10
    January-June 1987
    • 25 Years of Man in Space (University of Rome), March 9, 1987
    • AIAA / NASA / USAF Symposium on Automation, Robotics and Advanced Computing for the National Space Program, March 11, 1987
    • Hartford Graduate Center, April 1, 1987
    • Kobe Space and Science Center, May 5, 1987
    • LTV Steel sales seminar, May 13, 1987
  • box-folder 25 folder: 11
    July-December 1987
    • The Bon, November 21, 1987
    • "Star Wars", c. 1987
  • 1988
    • box-folder 25 folder: 12
      Ethics of Change Conference (Atlantic Center for the Arts), February 19, 1988
    • box-folder 36 folder: 1
      Atlantic Center for the Arts, February 19, 1988
    • box-folder 36 folder: 8
      First in Flight Society, December 17, 1988
  • 1989
    • box-folder 36 folder: 2
      Chautaugua, 1989
  • 1990
    • box-folder 36 folder: 10
      Heavenly News Conference-National Cathedral Association, January 6, 1990
    • box-folder 36 folder: 11
      IBM Speach, January 11, 1990
    • box-folder 36 folder: 12
      International Conference on Aerospace History, April 23-27, 1990
  • 1991
    • box-folder 36 folder: 5
      Eastern Secondary Mortgage Market Conference, September 23, 1991
    • box-folder 36 folder: 20
      NASM- From Vinland to Mars, October 9, 1991
  • 1994
    • box-folder 36 folder: 23
      Tenth Annual Bakersfield Business Conference, October 15, 1994
  • 1996
    • box 37
      Lindbergh Lecture (VHS), May 9, 1996
    • box-folder 38 folder: 37
      NASM-Lindbergh Lecture, May 9, 1996
  • Undated
    • box 37
      Michael Collins Speech 2 (VHS)
Series IX. Correspondence, 1963-1973
  • box-folder 25 folder: 13
    Personal Correspondence, 1963-1973
    Scope and Content

    Includes letters from Buzz Aldrin, Charles Lindbergh and Lyndon B. Johnson.

  • box-folder 36 folder: 3
    Correspondence with Chelsea House Publishers
  • box-folder 35 folder: 14
    Email From Kate Doolan to Ed White, November 24, 2000
Series X. Biographical Material, 1966-2003
  • Subseries A. Calendars, 1964-1966
    • box-folder 35 folder: 10
      Calendar, 1964
    • box-folder 35 folder: 11
      Calendar, 1965
    • box-folder 35 folder: 12
      Calendar, 1966
  • Subseries B. Interviews and Television Appearances, c. 1991, c. 1998, c. 2003, n.d.
    • box-folder 36 folder: 13
      Johnson Space Center Oral History Project, c. 1998
    • box 37
      A Chautauqua Chronicle (VHS)
    • box 37
      American News Women's Club-Michael Collins (VHS), May 8, 1991
    • box 37
      Newton's Apple-Rich and Famous (VHS)
    • box 37
      Newton's Apple-Gore, Collins, R, and F (VHS)
    • box 37
      Kennedy Space Center-Roll 40 Michael Collins Interview #1 (VHS)
    • box 37
      Kennedy Space Center-Roll 41 Michael Collins Interview #2 (VHS)
    • box 37
      Kennedy Space Center-Roll 42 Michael Collins Interview #3 (VHS)
    • box 37
      For All Mankind (VHS)
    • box 37
      Society of Experimental Test Pilots - 2003 Centennial of Flight Oral History Sessions (DVD), c. 2003
  • Subseries C. Photographs and Published Materials, 1966-1984, n.d.
    • box-folder 25 folder: 14
      Printed materials and photographs, 1966-1984, n.d.
    • box-folder 35 folder: 31box-folder 38 folder: 42
      Photographs of Michael Collins
Series XI. Honors and Memorabilia, 1961-1989
  • Subseries A. Certificates, honorary doctorates, and awards, 1969-1985, n.d.
    • box-folder 25 15 (2 folders)
      Certificates and accompanying material, 1969-1985, n.d.
      General Note

      See also Oversize Materials.

      • First Life Astropolicy in the World, July 16, 1969
      • Souvenir plot of land, Stratford-upon-Avon, July 25, 1969
      • Pierre Guzman Prize, October 29, 1969
      • Order of Leopold, November 5, 1969
      • Doctor of Laws, Saint Michael's College, June 7, 1970
      • Doctor of Science, Northeastern University, June 14, 1970
      • International Academy of Astronautics, December 31, 1972
      • Apollo Lunar Science Community, March 5, 1973
      • Military Order of the World Wars, March 14, 1974
      • Advanced Management Program, Harvard University, December 19, 1974
      • National Space Club, March 12, 1975
      • Order of Rio Branco, July 29, 1975
      • Doctor of Science, Southeastern University, October 22, 1975
      • National Civil Service League, November 16, 1976
      • Legion of Merit, March 11, 1977
      • Aviation / Space Writers Association Distinguished Public Service Award, 1977
      • Federation Aeronautique Internationale Gold Medal, 1977
      • for Senior Government Executives on Public Policy Issues, December 1978
      • American Astronautical Society John F. Kennedy Astronautics Award, March 30, 1979
      • Air Reserve Forces Policy Committee, June 30, 1979
      • Spirit of St. Louis Medal, November 19, 1980
      • Lees-McRae Monogram Club, March 30, 1981
      • Doctor of Astronautical Science, Salem College, July 20, 1982
      • National Aviation Hall of Fame, July 1985
      • Texas Medal of Honor, n.d.
    • box-folder 35 folder: 23
      Articles and Correspondence Concerning Various Honors and Awards Bestowed Upon Michael Collins
    • box-folder 38 folder: 30
      Honorary Doctorate for Michael Collins from Stonehill College
  • Subseries B. Paperweights, c. 1968-1969, n.d.
    • box-folder 26 folder: 1
      Project Gemini, c. 1966
    • box-folder 26 folder: 2
      Fiat car, September 10, 1969
    • box-folder 26 folder: 3
      Aircraft joystick, n.d.
  • Subseries C. Plaques, 1961-1989, n.d.
    • box-folder 26 folder: 4
      Tuskegee Airmen honorary life membership, November 12, 1981
    • box-folder 26 folder: 5
      Air Force Systems Command, February 1982
    • box-folder 26 folder: 6
      USS Hornet, July 24, 1969
    • box-folder 26 folder: 7
      Jimmy Doolittle Fellow (Aerospace Education Foundation of the Air Force Association), 1984
    • box-folder 26 folder: 8
      Jimmy Doolittle Fellow (Aerospace Education Foundation of the Air Force Association), 1989
    • box-folder 26 folder: 9
      Fiji Police, n.d.
    • box-folder 26 folder: 10
      "Taken from the eagle's nest: the real reason for 21 days of quarantine", n.d.
    • box-folder 26 folder: 11
      Order of the Right Stuff, January 26, 1982
    • box-folder 26 folder: 12
      Gemini Launch Vehicle Division, 6555th Aerospace Test Wing, n.d.
    • box-folder 27 folder: 1
      "Mike 'Lead Finger' Collins [from the] Gemini X Backup Crew", c. 1966
    • box-folder 27 folder: 2
      Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy, March 18, 1970
    • box-folder 27 folder: 3
      Apollo XI Lunar Module, c. 1969
    • box-folder 27 folder: 4
      Collins family coat of arms, n.d.
    • box-folder 27 folder: 5
      T-38 Talon checkout - Edwards Air Force Base, December 6, 1961
    • box-folder 27 folder: 6
      Reproduction of plaque left on lunar surface, July 1969
    • box-folder 28 folder: 1
      Wooden Apollo 11 insignia - carved by Anneli Bonn and presented by Jack Webb Corp., n.d.
    • box-folder 28 folder: 2
      Ceramic piece with profiles of Aldrin, Armstrong and Collins and the names of those involved in the space program - by Edmond Amateis, 1969
    • box-folder 28 folder: 3
      USAF 25th Anniversary and "Comfort Silver" Awards banquet, 1969
    • box-folder 28 folder: 4
      Society of Experimental Test Pilots awards banquet, September 27, 1969
    • box-folder 29 folder: 1
      Gemini sunscreen plate, c. 1966
    • box-folder 28 folder: 5
      USS Guadalcanal - Gemini 10 recovery ship, n.d.
    • box-folder 28 folder: 6
      Air Force Association's Gill Robb Wilson Award, 1976
  • Subseries D. Memorabilia, 1969-1980, n.d.
    • box-folder 29 folder: 2
      Photo album commemorating Apollo 11 crew's trip to Germany, October 1969
    • box-folder 29 folder: 3
      Pilot's clipboard with topographical map of Edwards Air Force Base area, n.d.
    • box-folder 29 folder: 4
      Flight test performance reduction computer, n.d.
    • box-folder 29 folder: 5
      Academic regalia (yellow and black), n.d.
    • box-folder 29 folder: 6
      16mm film with Collins family scenes, n.d.
    • box-folder 29 folder: 7
      Commemorative Soviet space medallions, n.d.
    • box-folder 29 folder: 8
      Assorted memorabilia, 1969-1980
      • Apollo 11 launch invitation, 1969
      • "Voices from the Moon" sound disc (33 1/3 rpm), c. 1969
      • Apollo 11 cartoon, c. 1969
      • Voyager press kit and commemorative button, 1980
      • Original fabric from Kitty Hawk "Wright Flyer", n.d.
      • Autographed photographs of foreign dignitaries and NASA administrators, n.d.
    • box-folder 38 folder: 1
      Apollo 8 Commemorative Medallion
  • Subseries E. Medals, 1969, n.d.
    • box-folder 30 folder: 1
      City of New York seal, August 13, 1969
    • box-folder 30 folder: 2
      Presidential Medal of Freedom, August 13, 1969
    • box-folder 30 folder: 3
      Pere Marquette Discovery Award, November 8, 1969
    • box-folder 30 folder: 4
      Belgian medal, n.d.
    • box-folder 30 folder: 5
      French medal, n.d.
    • box-folder 30 folder: 6
      Ordem da Solidariedade (origin unknown), n.d.
    • box-folder 30 folder: 7
      Thai medal, n.d.
    • box-folder 30 folder: 8
      Texas Medal of Honor, n.d.
    • box-folder 31 folder: 1
      Brazilian medals [2 items], n.d.
    • box-folder 31 folder: 2
      Distinguished Flying Cross, n.d.
    • box-folder 31 folder: 3
      Eagle scout medal (presented by the Boy Scouts of Japan), n.d.
    • box-folder 31 folder: 4
      Italian medal, n.d.
    • box-folder 31 folder: 5
      Orden Jugoslovenske Zevezde Sa Lentom (Order of the Yugoslav Star), n.d.
    • box-folder 32 folder: 1
      Distinguished Service Medal, n.d.
    • box-folder 32 folder: 2
      Japanese Order of Culture, n.d.
    • box-folder 32 folder: 3
      NASA Distinguished Service Medal, n.d.
    • box-folder 32 folder: 4
      NASA Exceptional Service Medal, n.d.
    • box-folder 33 folder: 1
      Korean Order of the Mugungwha (Rose Azalea), n.d.
  • oversize folder: 1
    Subseries F. Oversize honors and memorabilia, 1966-1984, n.d.
    • National Aeronautic Association certificate of record, 1966
    • National Moon Walk Day proclamation (signed by Richard Nixon), July 20, 1969
    • Presidential Medal of Freedom certificate (signed by Richard Nixon), August 13, 1969
    • Assistant secretary of state appointment (signed by Richard Nixon), December 15, 1969
    • Federation Aeronautique Internationale diplome de record, 1969
    • NASA Group Achievement Award, April 2, 1973
    • Smithsonian Institution certificate of appreciation, January 27, 1980
    • United States Air Force certificate of appreciation to Patricia Collins, February 4, 1982
    • Flag flown aboard space shuttle Columbia (from NASA), 1982
    • Flags flown aboard space shuttle Challenger (from American Institute of Aeroanutics), [February 1984]
    • Air Force Reserve certificate of appreciation, n.d.
    • Apollo translunar / transearth plotting chart, June 23, 1969
    • Photo of first lunar landing, July 20, 1969
    • Apollo 11 emblem on fabric [3 copies], c. 1969
    • Soviet poster commemorating lunar landing, [1969?]
    • Lindbergh Awards Dinner poster, May 21, 1986
    • Italian lunar map, n.d.