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George Hage Apollo Collection

Identifier: 2014-04-03
The George H. Hage Apollo Collection documents Hage's time as the Deputy Program Director for the Apollo Program at NASA with scrapbooks, clippings, photographs, reports, and memorandums. This collection covers Hage's time with the Apollo program and primarily features newspaper clippings from across the United States and official photographs compiled into annotated albums and scrapbooks.

Photographs (including both black-and-white and color) consist of images of Hage receiving awards as well as shots of the Apollo astronauts, Saturn V rocket launches, images of the Earth from the moon, images of the moon taken by the lunar orbiter, and images of lunar samples. Ten photographs include inscriptions and signatures from Apollo astonauts as well as other NASA personnel. One mounted image related to the first moon landing includes a "First man on the moon" stamp with a letter from Winton M. Bount and a signature of Richard M. Nixon. The photograph albums, which remain intact, are focused on the public response to the program and include official promotional NASA photographs. These binders were compiled by NASA and gifted to Hage.

A variety of textual materials are also in the collection. The binders contain official Apollo development documents given out to Hage’s team, providing an overview of what it was like to work on the program. Other reports and press kits are also included among the textual materials. Scrapbooks dedicated to individual Apollo missions contain a mix of photographs and textual items. These include more technical documentation about the development of Apollo programs and consist of newspaper clippings, memorandums, correspondence and printed ephemera.

Other individuals featured in the collection include Sam Philips, Thomas Paine, Chester Lee, Col. Thomas McMullen, George Low, and Christopher Kraft. Signatures are present from the Apollo 7-13 crews.


  • circa 1960s

Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research but has not been fully processed. Access to the collection may be limited or may require additional processing time. For more information contact us.

Conditions Governing Use

The Museum of Flight (TMOF) Archives is the owner of the physical materials in the archives and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from TMOF archives before any publication use. TMOF does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


7.9 Cubic Feet (1 half-width document box, 1 full-width document box, 5 scrapbook boxes, and 3 oversize boxes)


George Hage was NASA's Deputy Director for the Apollo Program. The 17 total Apollo Programs were designed to send astronauts to photograph, map, and eventually walk on, the moon. The collection contains notes about the production of the lunar orbiters and also photographs and news coverage of the successful Apollo missions.

Biographical Note: George Hage

George Hage was NASA's Deputy Director for the Apollo Program.

George Hampton Hage grew up in Seattle, Washington. His father died when he was young, so he was heavily influenced by his older brothers, Daniel and Robert. Both Daniel and Robert went on to become engineers at Boeing. He also had an older sister named Mary and younger brother named Sever. George Hage attended Garfield High School and lived in the Madrona area of Seattle. He met the Kriegel family during this time, and married Eleanor Kriegel in 1945. He earned a part-time job at his father-in-law's automotive garage and he started attending the University of Washington (he was exempted from military service due to near-sightedness). Hage received a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1947. Hage began his career at Boeing, working on the GAPA and Minuteman missile projects. Eventually he took leave from Boeing and joined NASA in 1967. After the Apollo 1 fire, he was assigned the role of Deputy Director of the Apollo Program. Hage returned to Boeing in 1969 and worked at the new Space Division in Kent, Washington. After a stint at a rocket company, Hage landed at Northrup Grumman as the President of their Electro-Mechanical Division. He retired from Northrup Grumman in 1988.
Historical Note: Apollo Program Project Apollo was a NASA program with the goal of designing crafts that could photograph and map the moon, eventually sending manned missions to the moon. There were 5 missions tasked with orbiting the earth and moon, and 7 tasked with landing on the moon (6 were successful).

Physical Location

Parts of this collection are temporarily on exhibit for Destination Moon.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by the creator's son.

Separated Materials

The following items were also part of this donation and are in objects storage:
  • Scale model of the integrated Saturn V that was part of his office decor in Wash. D.C. with padded blue custom case (suitcase-style with two closures and handle)
  • Flag and mission patch (framed) from Apollo 10 for successful completion of mission
  • Flag (framed) from Apollo 17 orbit for successful completion of mission
  • Flag and mission patch (framed) from 41B Challenger for successful mission
  • Photographs (2), patches (5), letter (1) (framed) for all top Apollo program leaders, and 7-11 patches. Letter signed by George Mueller (Associate NASA Director) congratulating Apollo 11
  • Plaque with letter (1) (with Plexiglas) with blue velvet backing for Apollo 11 commemorative medallion.
  • Badges (14) of Hage from various missions, including Apollo 8-12.
  • Plug (1) (in wood plaque) with Apollo 8 shield plug encased in resin
  • Plug (1) Apollo 11 re-entry shield plug encased in resin.
  • Patch (1; on wood plaque) from Apollo 11
  • Toy (1) Lunar Rover Vehicle with 2 occupants, 1971 die cast metal
  • Lunar Surface Globe on stand (Stored in Rare Book Room)
  • Moon rocks in cases (Stored in Rare Book Room)
  • Scrapbook album in plexicase
  • Photograph (framed) of Hage receiving commendations from Thomas Paine
  • Photograph (framed) of Hage with Apollo 11 staff (Phillips, Lee, McMullen)
  • Photograph (framed) of Hage with Apollo 11 staff (Kraft, Low, Gilrath)

Processing Information

Albums were removed from acrylic display cases for preservation purposes but remain intact. Bindered items were removed from binders and placed in album boxes, but original order is maintained. Some photographs were removed from frames for preservation purposes.


Guide to the George Hage Apollo Collection
Completed - Level 3
H. Kolesar; N. Davis
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
2nd Edition

Revision Statements

  • 2022 April: Added photos removed from frames, transferred to archives from objects; updated arrangement.

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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