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Roger and Roberta Boisjoly NASA Challenger Disaster Collection.

Identifier: 2010-017-r
The Boisjoly collection covers Roger Boisjoly's involvement in the NASA Challenger accident. Besides copies of his congressional testimony there are copies of testimony from other participants as well as the complete report made by the committee. Along with this material is Boisjoly's personal and business correspondence as it relates to the Challenger accident and various pieces of Challenger related ephemera.


  • 1986 - 2010

Conditions Governing Access

Though this collection is open for research, it should be noted that it is not fully arranged and described.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.


13.5 Linear Feet (13 cartons, 1 large box)

Biographical / Historical

Roger Boisjoly is a mechanical engineer, fluid dynamicist and an aerodynamicist who worked for Morton Thiokol, the manufacturer of the solid rocket boosters for the Space Shuttle program. He is best known for raising objections to the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger the day before the loss of the spacecraft and its crew.

The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred on January 28, 1986, when Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members.


This collection is arranged in series: Series 1, Roger Boisjoly Papers Series 2, Reports, Challenger Disaster Series 3, Ephemera, Challenger

Within the series, the material is organized by material type.

Physical Location

Leatherby Libraries

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Roger and Roberta Boisjoly.

Processing Information

Though this collection is open for research it is not fully arranged and described. There are at least 3 linear feet left to process that consists of class and lecture material given by Boisjoly, A/V material of his lectures, as well as several Mbs of digital files to process and describe.
Finding Aid for the Roger and Roberta Boisjoly NASA Challenger Disaster Collection.
Rand Boyd
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Repository Details

Part of the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries Repository

Chapman University
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Orange 92866 USA US