Archives

Collection

The Jerry Ross collection of papers, artifacts, images, and videos is housed at Purdue University’s Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center. Students of all ages, faculty, and other researchers are welcome to use the collection for scholarly research, instruction, and study. Information about using the collections of the Archives and Special Collections is available here: www.lib.purdue.edu/spcol

For specific questions about using the Jerry L. Ross Papers, please contact Tracy Grimm, Barron Hilton Archivist for Flight and Space Exploration. The on-line exhibit “Jerry L. Ross An Astronaut’s Journey,” created in conjunction with a special exhibition of the same name held January 7 through February 22, 2013 at the Special Collections Research Center, is available here: collections.lib.purdue.edu/ross.

The Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives, of which the Jerry Ross collection is part, reflects Purdue University’s strong ties to the history of aviation and space exploration. Through digitization of original collections, creation of physical and virtual exhibitions, lectures and presentations, the Archives serves as a critical, dynamic educational resource on flight and space history for scholars, students, teachers, and the public.

Established with generous funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and Barron Hilton, the Archives include the papers, photographs, and rare books of astronauts, pilots, engineers, and promoters of flight and space travel. Some of the key collections in the Archives include papers of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Roy Bridges, Jr., Eugene Cernan, Jerry Ross, and Janice Voss; papers of pilots such as Amelia Earhart, first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and Ralph Johnson, inventor of the technique for safe landings during blackout conditions, and papers of engineers whose contributions advanced space exploration, such as Mark Geyer, Orion program manager for NASA.