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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Manned Spacecraft undated

Reports and Articles 1940-1973

Clippings 1952-1971

University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Paul E. Purser Papers

An Inventory of Holdings at the University of Houston Libraries



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Purser, Paul E.
Title: Paul E. Purser Papers
Abstract: Paul E. Purser was Special Assistant to the Director of Project Mercury, which developed into the Manned Spacecraft Center, the precursor to Johnson Space Center. In 1968, he served as Special Assistant to the President, University of Houston, where he advised the development of the University of Houston, Clear Lake. The papers consist of typescripts, page proofs and other materials related to the work "Manned Spacecraft", reports and articles, as well as Purser's files of clippings and research materials.
Identification: 1969-032
Quantity: 5.00 Linear Feet
Language of Materials The papers are in:English
Repository: Special Collections University of Houston Libraries

Biographical Note

Paul E. Purser was born in Southeast Louisiana. He graduated from Louisiana State University in 1939 with a BA in Aerospace Engineering.

In his early career, he held engineering positions at Glen L. Martin Company in Baltimore, and at Langley Field, where he researched wind tunnels and worked in the Pilotless Aircraft Research Division (PARD). From 1958 to 1970, Purser was Special Assistant to the Director of Project Mercury, which developed into the Manned Spacecraft Center, the precursor to Johnson Space Center. In 1968, he served as Special Assistant to the President, University of Houston, where he advised the development of the University of Houston, Clear Lake.

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Scope and Contents

The papers consist of typescripts, page proofs and other materials related to the work "Manned Spacecraft", reports and articles, as well as Purser's files of clippings and research materials.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research

Use Restrictions

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

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Index Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
Gemini 10 (Spacecraft)
United States. National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
University of Houston--Clear Lake
Genre/Form of Material:
Clippings
Page proofs
Pamphlets
Photographs
Reports
Typescripts
Topical Term:
Manned Space Flight Systems Engineering
Wind tunnels

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Paul E. Purser Papers, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Acquisition

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Detailed Description

 

Manned Spacecraft undated

This series contains typescript drafts, page proofs, transcripts, notes, drawings, charts, photographs and other research materials pertaining to Purser's work, "Manned Spacecraft"
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Reports and Articles 1940-1973

This series contains Purser's reports to the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, a manuscript titled "On the Shoulders of Titans: a History of Project Gemini", reports titled "America's Next Decades in Space", "Post-Apollo Space Program: Directions for the Future", "The Apollo Spacecraft: A Chronology", and "TRW Space Log".
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Clippings 1952-1971

This series contains clippings related to aviation and space exploration. Publications include "Aviation Week" and "Collier's".
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