History Collection - Background
NASA Johnson Space Center History Collection was first assembled
when the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center (now JSC) opened in Houston
in the early 1960s. Originally information was gathered by historians
as background for writing and publishing histories of each manned
space flight program. Most of these publications were published
by the Government Printing Office as Special Publications in
the 4000 - history series. For a listing of all NASA history
publications available go to the NASA
History Office publications page (http://history.nasa.gov/publications.html)
collected by the historians contain source documents and interviews
and now serve as part of the JSC History Collection currently
housed at the University of Houston - Clear Lake.
large portions of the Apollo, Skylab, and ASTP series were scanned
into PDF files by JSC. These electronic files are available
via reference request by contacting the archivist
at UHCL or the JSC History
Office. The paper copies of these documents are now located
at the National Archives and Records Administration,
Fort Worth Regional Archives.
was created to index the entire collection item by item in an
attempt to increase access to these documents. A second database
was added that would describe the holdings of the collection
down to the folder title level. Both
databases are available through this Website.
are encouraged to utilize these databases to expedite their
research requests and narrow their focus for available materials.
of the materials included in the JSC History Collection
regarding the JSC materials housed at the National Archives and
on accessing the materials in the JSC History Collection
History Search Index User Guide
Archive Search Index User Guide