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How to Research

What is a Finding Aid?

Finding aids are a "tool that facilitates discovery of information within a collection of records." There is a wide range of formats, and there is no one "right way." NASA's finding aids typically are written at the series level, providing information such as donor, subjects contained, dates, and box and folder lists. This information assists researchers in being able to locate material that may be of interest, and also assists archivists in being able to provide more targeted responses. Finding aids are added frequently, so keep checking.

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    Newest Finding Aids

    List of newly published finding aids, organized by date.

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    Top Research Questions

    Want to know more about animals, lunar modules, or the NACA? Find our most frequently requested topics here.

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Finding Aids

PDF finding aids are written at the series level, are text-searchable, and 508-compliant. Excel spreadsheets are written by topic, as a way to assist researchers in understanding the broad scope of what's in our collection. They allow users to sort, filter, and save content in ways that are meaningful for them.

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Apollo 7 - 10

All of our Apollo 7 - 10-related records including books, oral histories, textual records, photos, and some external sources across the Apollo mission.

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Oral Histories

Spreadsheet of our oral histories, including those with transcripts available online. Please note this is updated quarterly. Please see our DMS for the most current information.

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Academic Collection

Coming Soon! Master's theses and doctoral dissertations using NASA archival sources that have been gifted to the NASA HQ Archives for other scholarly work.

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NASA Administator

Administrators and Deputy Administrators

These findings aids are organized alphabetically, due to the overlap of acting and Deputy appointments.

Senior Positions

Senior Positions

Finding aids from Chief Scientists and other senior officials

Senior Positions

Missions and Programs 

Finding aids for specific missions and programs. 

Senior Positions

Author's Collections

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