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NASA Ephemera Collection

Identifier: SC-056

Scope and Contents

Items in this collection are arranged primarily by mission. Missions that include just one item were placed chronologically in miscellaneous mission folders. Other series include publications, information guides and general ephemera.

Series I: Missions, 1969 - 1993, 2005, contains crew and other related photos (such as training and launches), assorted information kits, guest passes, patches, pins, stickers and other mission-specific ephemera.

Series II: Space News Publications, 1978-1994, contains 4 issues of Lockheed Horizons (1982-1983, 1987-1988), 3 issues of Rockwell news (1978, 1981, undated), 1 issue of Space News Roundup (1989), 6 issues of Spaceport News (1981, 1986-1989, 1991) and 3 issues of Star Gazer (1988, 1993-1994).

Series III: Information guides (1987, undated), contains a Kennedy Space Center general information guide and a 25th anniversary guide (1987).

Series IV: Miscellaneous Ephemera, (1969-2006, undated), consists of items -- patches, stickers and pins -- that do not fit into the mission-specific part of the collection.


  • Created: 1969-2006
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1980-1994


Conditions Governing Access

The entire collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical or Historical Information

The items presented here were collected by former UCF Librarian Cheryl and her husband Fred Mahan. Cheryl worked at UCF from 1977 (when it was still called FTU) until she retired in early 2007. Fred worked at the Kennedy Space Center in several different capacities from 1979 until his retirement in 1995. His various positions include time spent as a Management Systems Analyst (1979-1985), member of the Vehicle Integration Test team (1989-1994) and the Astronaut Office (JSC) resource person for OV-103 Discovery. The bulk of the items found in this collection are personal artifacts that span Mr. Mahan's tenure with NASA.


3.25 Linear Feet (5 Boxes)


This collection contains a wide variety of NASA memorabilia including pictures, patches, pins and stickers; ranging from 1969 to 2005. Also included are a number of mission charts, a wide range of crew photos and an assortment of space news publications including the Lockheed Horizons, The Rockwell News, Space News Roundup, Space Port News and Star Gazer. Of significant interest is the collection of photos (several signed) and memorabilia from the ill-fated 1986 Challenger mission Space Transportation System (STS) 51L.

Method of Acquisition

Cheryl & Fred Mahan transferred these materials to the University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives in 2004 (CFM2004_06).

Related Materials

Scott Simpkinson Papers, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, Orlando, Florida. NASA Photographs Collection, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, Orlando, Florida.

Processing Information

Collection processed by John Venecek; finding aid prepared by John Venecek and Suphi Burak Ogreten. The collection was organized according to mission, and any items that were not mission-specific were placed into miscellaneous folders. All photos printed on photo paper were placed in polyester sleeves, buttons and pins were placed in trays, oversized newspapers and mission charts were placed in L-sleeves and the velcro shorts were wrapped in tissue paper and stores with the trays.


NASA Ephemera Collection
John Venecek
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Repository Details

Part of the UCF Special Collections Repository

Special Collections & University Archives
University of Central Florida Libraries
P.O. Box 162666
Orlando Florida 32816-2666 US
(407) 823-2576