NAL Historic Documents

JSC Historic Documents

The NASA Johnson Space Center has experienced a rich history that started in the initial days of human spaceflight and continues today with the goal of pushing humans deeper into the space frontier. Listed below are various links to help guide you to some of that amazing history. Also noted below describes an opportunity to donate any of your personal NASA-related files to the JSC Collection at the UHCL Archives to help preserve JSC’s history for those that want to research and study it. This would be a very special gift to our local community do help preserve and tell our NASA story.

NAL Historic Preservation Volunteers

The NAL Historic Preservation volunteers provide help to organizations that are tasked with preserving NASA JSC history. The NAL Historic Preservation volunteers help the University of Houston – Clear Lake (UHCL) Archives in their processing of JSC employee donations to the JSC Collection within the UHCL Archives.  Given the limited staff at UHCL, they are in need of people like the NAL to help in sorting, cataloging, and filing these important contributions so that they can be readily available to researchers.  In a similar way, NAL volunteers are helping the JSC Archivist in the sorting and organizing of JSC employee files that are stored in the JSC Archives building located onsite.  In addition, the NAL volunteer group has established a relationship with the onsite JSC History Office along with the JSC Historical Preservation Officer to provide help as identified by them.   If you have an interest in volunteering for these efforts to preserve JSC History, please contact the NAL Lead for this volunteer effort, Greg Blackburn, at and he will setup a short training session with UHCL enabling you to participate in this activity or provide you more information about volunteer opportunities.  Any number of hours of volunteering would be greatly appreciated by these organizations.

Donate Your Papers, Records, and Books to the UHCL JSC Archives

The NASA Johnson Space Center maintains an archive of historical information at University of Houston Clear Lake (UHCL), which is managed and administered by the UHCL Archive located within the Alfred R. Neumann Library. The JSC History Collection contains 1.5 million documents covering more than 40 years of NASA’s human spaceflight activities and community history and is also home to the JSC Oral History Collection.
The UHCL Archive is seeking your personal papers, photographs, brochures, correspondence, drawings, newsletters, journals, design, meeting minutes, and any personal mementos for inclusion in the JSC History Collection. No preparation on your part is required – the archive staff will receive your donation of your papers and records, will go through them carefully to remove any items of a private nature to return to you (such as personnel documents), will systematize your records and keep them in a form that can be accessed by historians and researchers along with your family and descendants in the future.  In addition, if you have other space related technical books that are still sitting on your shelves and no one wants them, consider donating them to the UHCL JSC Archives.   For more information about making a donation to the JSC Collection you can contact the Archive via email at or you can call 281-283-3962.
Additional information about the Archives at UHCL can be found at
The archive is free and open to the public M-F 8:30am – 4:30pm.
JSC History Portal

JSC History Portal

Through the JSC History Portal, the JSC History Office provides easy access to searchable, electronic files and resources such as transcripts of more than 1,000 oral histories, JSC’s collection of Roundups, press kits, NASA mission air-to-ground transcripts, all JSC news releases and more than 300 space-related websites and resources, such as links to NASA imagery and publications. The portal also provides access to the JSC history collection.