Title Preserving the origins of the space age; the material legacy of the International Geophysical Year (1957-1958) at the National Air and Space Museum
Author DeVorkin, D.H.
Author Affil DeVorkin, D.H., Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Source p.35-47, ; Smithsonian at the poles, Washington, DC, May 3-4, 2007, edited by I. Krupnik, M.A. Lang and S.E. Miller. Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, Washington, DC, United States. ISBN: 978-0-9788460-1-50-9788460-1- X
Publication Date 2009
Notes In English. 28 refs. CRREL Acc. No: 63004398
Index Terms organizations; preserving; storage; collections; curation; IGY 1957-58 Education, Outreach and Communication Publications; International Geophysical Year 1957-58; International Polar Year 2007-08; IPY 2007-08 Education, Outreach and Communication Publications; museums; National Air and Space Museum; preservation; Smithsonian Institution
Abstract In July 1966, the 89th Congress (H.R. 6125) laid out the charge defining the new Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: to "memorialize the national development of aviation and space flight; collect, preserve, and display aeronautical and space flight equipment of historical interest and significance; serve as a repository for scientific equipment and data pertaining to the development of aviation and space flight; and provide educational material for the historical study of aviation and space flight." Under this umbrella statement, the Museum has been actively collecting artifacts and documentary evidence in the area of the earth and space sciences, as well as in astronomy, that helps to preserve the social, cultural, intellectual, and material legacy of the enterprise. The paper examines the holdings pertaining to the IGY era (1957- 1960) presently in the NASM collection. It discusses how some of these items were identified, selected, and collected, as a means of offering a preliminary appraisal of the historical value of the collection. It highlights a suite of objects built by James Van Allen's Iowa group and discusses their historical significance.
URL http://hdl.handle.net/10088/6803
Publication Type monograph
Record ID 292175