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Access to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Archives is granted by appointment only and is based on staff availability.

The Archives of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center contains some of the most important technical documents and historic papers of the 20th century, including:

  • The papers of Dr. Wernher von Braun and other rocket scientists - 108 linear feet of Von Braun's documents alone!
  • A collection of hundreds of books
  • Technical documents pertaining to the early space program
  • NASA's special publications
  • Congressional records from the early space program
  • Science fiction materials from the 1920s forward
  • The papers of WWII U. S. Army Ordnance Corps officers

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center's Archives also features the space collection of Frederick Ordway III, who served as the Technical Advisor for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.