Guide to the Robert L. Kovach papers SC1517

University Archives staff
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
April 2020
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: Robert L. Kovach papers
source: Kovach, Robert L. (Robert Louis)
Identifier/Call Number: SC1517
Physical Description: 3 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1959-1972
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Preferred Citation

[identification of item], Robert L. Kovach papers (SC1517). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open for research use. Audio-visual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.

Biographical / Historical

Robert L. Kovach serves as Emeritus Professor of Geophysics in the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University. In 1965, Kovach was appointed Assistant Professor of Geophysics at Stanford University, and subsequently began contributing work to the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Program. In 1972, Kovach conducted active seismic and lunar seismic profiling experiments for the Apollo 14, 16 and 17 missions. Professor Kovach received the Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (ESAM) from NASA in 1973 for his contributions.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Robert L. Kovach, 2019.

Scope and Contents

Includes personal research notebooks, correspondence, mission reports and transcripts, films, photographs, and ephemera collected by Kovach reflecting his role as a principal investigator for the Apollo 14, 16, and 17 missions. Film reels and photographs depict seismic experiments designed by Kovach and conducted by NASA astronauts. Also includes ephemera including NASA badges and related news clippings).

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Apollo 14 (Spacecraft)
Apollo 16 (Spacecraft)
Apollo 17 (Spacecraft)
Kovach, Robert L. (Robert Louis)
Kovach, Robert L. (Robert Louis)
Stanford University. School of Earth Sciences. Faculty


Papers Accession ARCH-2019-261

Box 1, Folder 1

Geophysical Investigations 1961-1962

Box 1, Folder 2

Geophysical Investigations 1961-1962

Box 1, Folder 3

Gravity Study 1961-1964

Box 1, Folder 4

Gravity Study 1961-1964

Box 1, Folder 5

Gravity Study 1961-1964

Box 2, Folder 1

Apollo 17 ALSEP 1972

Box 2, Folder 1

Lunar Seismic Profiling Experiments Specifications 1972

Box 2, Folder 3

Apollo 16 Transcription 1972

Box 2, Folder 4

Apollo 17 Traverse Planning Data 1972

Box 2, Folder 5

NASA Badges 1975

Box 2, Folder 6

Apollo 14 & 16 Active Seismic Experiments, Apollo 17 Lunar Seismic Profiling 1976

Box 3, Folder 1

Vertical Aerial Images 1970

Box 3, Folder 2

Lunar Orbiter 1 Images 1966

Box 3, Folder 3

Newspaper Clippings 1966-1972

Box 4

Apollo 16 images 1972 Apr