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ColinBurgess
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posted 05-03-2012 01:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know where (or if) I can locate a transcript of the press conference introduction of the "Next Nine" (Group 2) astronauts in Houston on 17 September 1962?

moorouge
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posted 05-03-2012 11:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You could try NARA at Fort Worth. I hope you have better luck with them than I had.

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posted 05-04-2012 02:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Out of curiosity Moorouge, what was your experience?

moorouge
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posted 05-04-2012 04:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That many NASA records have not been archived or, if they have, are buried so deep as to be almost impossible to find. In my case it was delivery and allocation of boilerplate capsules used in recovery exercises.

kr4mula
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posted 05-07-2012 11:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kr4mula   Click Here to Email kr4mula     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I used the NASA records at NARA-Ft Worth facility many times during my dissertation research and always found the staff to be very helpful, but they were hampered by issues not under their control.

For starters, the NASA collection there is absolutely HUGE. The then-director actually took me back in the stacks to show me and it was reminiscent of the final "Raiders of the Lost Ark" scene. He was a NASA enthusiast and was trying to put some serious effort into cataloging the materials, but they were hampered by the sheer volume of stuff.

They have a finding aid online that will get you pointed in the right direction, but it is just listed down to the collection level. So you might, as I did, want to have a relevant collection pulled, only to end up with literally hundreds of boxes to sort through. You'll have to do some real legwork to find what you want, but it can be done.

But it was this situation that had me concerned when I heard that the remaining NASA documents being housed at the University of Houston -Clear Lake were being recalled by NARA and would be stashed away at Ft. Worth, too. At least everything at UHCL had been cataloged.

Oh, and as Eddie (moorouge) described, NASA just didn't save everything that we might be interested in, especially as the transition from the Apollo era into shuttle commenced and people began getting RIFed and threw out their files.

astro-nut
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posted 05-13-2012 02:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there any video of the Group 2 announcement/press conference?

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