PROJECT APOLLO PAPERS.
A collection of period distribution copies of memos, flight safety reports, crew schedules, and other program topics, collected by Gordon Cooper. Several were produced in the period following the tragic Apollo 1 fire. The collection includes:
1. A printed memo by Cooper, May 11, 1967, 2 pp, relating to Apollo spacecraft pyrotechnics, annotated by Wally Schirra: "Gordo - We need a better sales pitch than this - because we had a bad fire, means we will NEVER have another - not that we must provide for a similar contingency - WMSJr."
2. Numerous memoranda covering Saturn vehicle nomenclature updates (issued by Wernher von Braun), Saturn vehicle and stage numbering systems, Saturn V tower collision issues, LM propulsion systems status, and a security infraction report ("Safe accidentally left open ... Alan Shepard is responsible").
3. Cooper's manuscript 1968-1969 timeline for Command/Service Modules 101 through 109, 21 by 9 inches, folded. With additional notes on back-up and support crew status (Cooper was back-up commander for Apollo 10, CSM 106).
4. "Crew Support Team Schedule." A printed, folded sheet, 21 by 12 inches. Milestone charts for CSMs (101 to 108) and LMs (3 to 6), with support team tasks.
5. 3 Apollo 10 crew training summaries for late 1968 and early 1969, several pages each.
6. A sheet of Cooper's manuscript notes related to the Apollo spacecraft clock.
Each item is signed by Cooper and inscribed as from his files, the whole contained together in a folder titled in manuscript by Cooper "FLT Schedules" and inscribed "From my NASA Files, Gordon Cooper." One of the memoranda, from John Young and dated October 16, 1967, gives a bleak prognosis for the planned lunar landing, and closes: "the United States should not cop out on a national goal without an attempt at partial recovery."