January 22, 2022

After Two Years of Work Neil Armstrong Collection Finds its Home in Purdue Archives, More Than 213 Cubic Feet of Material Available

From The Exponent:

Tucked away in a box on the fourth floor of Hicks is a receipt for an Italian motorcycle purchased by Neil Armstrong.

This receipt is just one of thousands of items from the Neil A. Armstrong Papers collection in the Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives.


After more than two years of work, archivists Tracy Grimm, Mary Sego and graduate student Donovan Irven were able to completely catalog all of the documents, artifacts and photographs Armstrong donated to the University.

“The collection is about 213 cubic feet, all together,” said Grimm.

The collection includes a myriad of different artifacts from Armstrong’s life, and not only his time after becoming a world-renowned astronaut, but also his childhood, teenage years and time at Purdue.


Correspondence and letters from fans take up a large part of the collection; Grimm estimates that there are more than 70,000 pieces of paper in his correspondence section.

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Direct to “Finding Aid to the Neil A. Armstrong Papers 1671-2012 (321 pages; PDF)

See Also: Purdue Libraries Celebrates Gift of Armstrong Papers (November 21, 2014)

See Also: Neil Armstrong Gives Papers to Purdue Libraries (November 1, 2008)

Direct to The Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center (Purdue Libraries)

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