July 23, 2014

Purdue Archives Keeps Neil Armstrong’s Story Alive

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From the AP (via WISH-TV):

The death of Neil Armstrong has reignited interest in the life of the first man to walk on the moon — from his words to papers.

The Purdue University archive that houses personal items from Armstrong, and other astronauts, is fielding more requests since his Aug. 25 death at age 82.

Tracy Grimm, who oversees the Flight and Space Exploration Archives, said the Discovery Channel wanted access to interviews between Armstrong and James R. Hansen, author of the 2005 biography “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong,” for a program. Hansen donated 22 microcassettes worth of interviews conducted for the book.

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Purdue Libraries is receiving a $2 million grant from Barron Hilton and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to endow an archivist for the Flight and Space Exploration Archives. Purdue also houses the George Putnam Collection of Amelia Earhart papers, the world’s largest collection of memorabilia and artifacts tied to Earhart.

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