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Guide to the Histories of Ames Research Files
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Histories of Ames Research Files
    Date: 1970-2009
    Identifier/Call Number: AFS1070.9
    Collector: NASA Ames Research Center NASA Ames History Archives
    Extent: 209 digital items (1.02 Gigabytes) and 6.3 cubic feet of analog material
    Repository: NASA Ames Research Center NASA Ames History Archives
    Moffett Field, California 94035
    Abstract: This collection contains research materials collected by individuals hired by NASA to write histories of NASA Ames or its research and development activities. Included are drafts of monographs, articles, and biographical sketches of personnel, as well as the materials gathered by the authors during their research. The documentation in this collection covers the history of NASA Ames from the early 1940s through the early 2000s, and includes information gathered from sources such as oral interviews, historical collections in the Ames History Archives, the Center's newsletter (Ames "Astrogram"), Ames business units, and writings and papers by NASA Ames engineers and scientists. The following researchers compiled the materials in this collection: Edwin P. Hartman, Edith W. Watson, Elizabeth A. Muenger, Glenn E. Bugos, Kristen Edwards, Karen Dunn-Haley, and James N. Anderson.
    Physical location: History Archives Reading Room, N207-112C
    Language of Material: All material is in English.


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright does not apply to United States government records. For non-governmental material, researcher must contact original creator.

    Preferred Citation

    NASA Ames History Archives, NASA Ames Research Center. Moffett Field, California. AFS1070.9, Histories of Ames Research Files, [Container number] : [Folder number]. [Identification of item]. [Date, if available].

    Acquisition Information

    The legacy material in Series I-VI of this collection was acquired over time, without acquisition documentation, and processed as a collection for the first time in 1998 by Helen Rutt, then re-processed in 2005 by Leilani Marshall. Series VII was acquired from James N. Anderson in 2009 (Acc. 2019-009).

    Scope and Content

    The Histories of Ames Research Files collection comprises research products and supporting materials accumulated by individuals hired by NASA to write about the history of Ames. The materials in this collection cover portions of the center's history from 1940 through the early 2000s. Included are drafts of historical products such as monographs, biographical sketches, and articles, as well as research files compiled by the researchers, which include source materials, notes, and oral interviews.
    The collection is organized by researcher and the body of materials they produced.
    • Series I, Edwin P. Hartman, contains drafts of Hartman's book Adventures in Research: A History of Ames Research Center, 1940-1965 (NASA SP-4302).
    • Series II, Edith W. Watson, contains research files Watson compiled for updating Hartman's book Adventures in Research.
    • Series III, Elizabeth A. Muenger, comprises the research files that Muenger accumulated for her monograph entitled Searching the Horizon: A History of Ames Research Center, 1940-1976 (NASA SP-4304), as well as a draft copy of the work.
    • Series IV, Glenn E. Bugos, contains comment drafts of Bugos's book Atmosphere of Freedom: Sixty Years at the NASA Ames Research Center (NASA SP-4314).
    • Series V, Kristen Edwards, contains the research files that supported her 1999 article entitled The US-Soviet/Russian Cosmos Biosatellite Program.
    • Series VI, Karen Dunn-Haley, includes research files and drafts of papers written by Dunn-Haley on the issues of manpower, the environment, safety, and external affairs at Ames Research Center.
    • Series VII, James N. Anderson, includes research files, oral interviews, and historical articles produced by Anderson to support the 2010 edition of the book Atmosphere of Freedom (NASA SP-2010-4314).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms may be used to index this collection.

    Personal Names

    Anderson, James N.
    Bugos, Glenn E.
    Dunn-Haley, Karen
    Edwards, Kristen
    Hartman, Edwin Phelps
    Muenger, Elizabeth A.
    Watson, Edith W.

    Corporate Name

    Ames Research Center

    Geographic Names

    Moffett Field (Calif.)