Research in NASA History: A Guide to the NASA History Program
|September 14 2009|
This updated version of Research in NASA History: A Guide to the NASA History Program explains what kinds of resources are available from the NASA History Division at Headquarters, the Field Centers, the National Archives, and other relevant organizations for researchers in aerospace history.
Much has been written about the evolution of NASA’s multifaceted programs and the people who carried them out. Yet much remains to be done, and we hope this publication will facilitate research in this important field. As an active internal function, NASA history also marks its 50th year in 2009.
Aware of the historic mission on which it was embarking, NASA hired its first Chief Historian, Eugene M. Emme, in 1959. Emme remained on the job until 1978 and was the first of an unbroken line of NASA Chief Historians that included Monte D. Wright (1978–82), Sylvia Fries (1983–90), and Roger D. Launius (1990–2002). These individuals also served as Directors of the History Office at NASA Headquarters. As is evident from this publication, the various NASA Centers also carry out historical and archival functions.
This third edition of Research in NASA History replaces the first two editions published in 1992 and 1997, respectively. Those editions were preceded by History at NASA (1986), prepared by Sylvia Fries, and the Guide to Research in NASA History, first issued in 1976 and written by Alex Roland (second through seventh editions).
As an introduction to the field of space history, researchers may wish to consult Critical Issues in the History of Spaceflight (NASA SP-2006-4702), edited by Steven J. Dick and Roger D. Launius and published in 2006. Readers will find there some measure of the riches that await researchers in NASA history.
Steven J. Dick
PDF format, 2MB, 90Pages. Thanks to NASA History.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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