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Beverly Orndorff papers

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: ViU-2018-0070

Content Description

Papers of UVA alumnus and science journalist Beverly (Bev) Orndorff, mainly relating to his work for the Richmond Times Dispatch documenting NASA space missions. Collection also includes photographic negatives of Orndorff's photographs of William Faulkner during his time at the University of Virginia.

Acquisition Type



Gift of Beverly Orndorff

Restrictions Apply



  • Creation: 1957 - 1990


4 Cubic Feet (4 cubic foot boxes.)


Box One • Small spiral notebook • Apollo 11 – selected transcripts • 1984 Challenger [when they took Langley experiment up with them]--assorted notes in manila folder • Project Mercury folder – 1st Manned space program – John Glenn, Allan Shepherd. Schirra was the 3rd in space – this is about that. Includes correspondence. • Apollo 11 press kit and assorted newspaper clippings • 2 telegrams and a NASA news release brief (loose) • NASA “Apollo Action Kit” folder • Photo clipping from NASA • Apollo 17 flight plan “you’d live by these” [3-hole punched bound pamphlet] • Assorted negatives • Mail to Beverly Orndorff • NASA News Media Handbook – July 1988 binder • Space Shuttle Transport System Binder Box 2 • Notebook: Apollo 8 – Dec 1968 • Binder: Apollo 8 Transcriptions Binder • Binder: with mostly press-related papers and writing, some press photos • Binder: Apollo 8 Mission Commentary Box 3 • Assorted photographic negatives, well labeled and often attached to accompanying article photocopies • Two large photo prints—Charles Smith and Physics department facilities staff member • Binder: NASA Space operations manuals Box 4 • William Faulkner negatives in a sm Richmond Times-Dispatch envelope • Western Union Press Message • Dept of Interior Geological Survey docs: “Gelogic Maps of the Fra Mauro Region of the Moon” • Assorted space- and NASA-related documents; some published, some ephemera (sprinkled throughout the box) • 5 Langley Research Center typed documents • Manila folder: ephemera, clippings, Langley Research Ctr and NASA flight-related • “Viking Series” manila folder – Richmond Times-Dispatch pages • 2 blank reporters notepads • Collection of small photos (1970s?) • Mostly-empty wall calendar • Assorted magazine periodicals: SCIENCE, NASA Facts, CASW, The Richmond News Leader, Space Shuttle Facts, etc • Notebook including various mission documents • Various large letters addressed to Mr. or Mrs. Orndorff • Various NASA Space Transportation System Briefing Series and other NASA briefing periodicals • Mission Commentary Tape transcriptions – loosed folded pages • Various paper-bound info books (flight, press…) • Large manila envelope with “Apollo 13, notebooks, misc” – a few notebooks inside