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NASA Photographs Collection

Identifier: SC.073

Scope and Contents

Series I: Pre-Shuttle Projects, 1964-1977 contains mainly black and white photographs from NASA projects pre-dating preparations for active space shuttle missions at Kennedy Space Center.

Series II: Space Shuttle Photographs, 1978-2001 contains black and white and color photographs concerning shuttle missions at the Kennedy Space Center.

Series III: Space Shuttle Transparencies, 1962-2001, Undated, contains transparencies chronicling the building of the space shuttle program at Kennedy Space Center.


  • 1962-2001


Language of Materials

English .

Conditions Governing Access

The entire collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical or Historical Information

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was established in 1958 to serve as the United States' public space program and was a key component in the "Space Race" of the late 1950s and 1960s. Throughout its history, the organization has taken part in countless scientific and military missions that include the Mercury and Gemini orbital missions, the Apollo moon missions, Apollo-Soyuz test mission, the Skylab, Mir, and International Space Stations, as well as numerous satellite and probe launches. However, since the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Space Transportation System (STS), or "space shuttle", has been NASA's primary focus.

Developed in 1972 by North American Rockwell, the space shuttle began with the idea of routine space flights using partially reusable vehicles. While space travel has not yet reached its initially desired levels, the shuttle program continues to aid in research and commercial space ventures including the Hubble Space Telescope and satellite repairs. Additionally, since the mid-1990s the space shuttle has been a primary vehicle for continued international space exploration, beginning with the Russian Mir Space Station and continuing with the new International Space Station.

In 2004, NASA announced that the STS program will continue until 2010 after which the new Orion program will be implemented in an effort to return to moon-oriented missions.


32.75 Linear Feet (27 Boxes)


The collection consists of over 10,000 color transparencies, black & white and color photographs documenting National Aeronautics and Space Administration's activities in the Kennedy Space Center, Florida from 1962 to 2001. Photographs chronicling the building of the space shuttle programs such as Skylab, Apollo, Soyuz, and Space Transportation System (STS) missions.

Arrangement Note

The collection is divided into three series an arranged in chronological order from earliest to the latest date.

Method of Acquisition

National Aeronautics and Space Administration donated these materials to the University of Central Florida, and they were transferred to the Special Collections and University Archives in 2007 (CFM2007_02).

Related Materials

For additional research material please refer to the Scott Simpkinson Papers and the Wagar Space Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, Orlando, Florida.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jamie Winholtz and Laurie Devaney; finding aid prepared by Jamie Winholtz and Laurie Devaney.

Photographs were placed into acid-free folders and organized chronologically and by project.

NASA Photographs Collection SC.073
Jamie Winholtz and Laurie Devaney
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Revision Statements

  • 09099999: Transparencies were processed and added to the NASA Photographs Collection by John Lynch in 2017. Transparencies were removed from the individual sleeves and placed in acid free four pocket sleeves and folders. The series is organized in chronological order from earliest to the latest date. Undated transparencies were kept at the end of the series.

Repository Details

Part of the UCF Special Collections Repository

5th Floor - Room 501
John C. Hitt Library
Orlando FL 32816 US