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Deke Slayton Notebooks and Letter

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2008-04-12
The Deke Slayton Notebooks and Letter is a small collection consisting of planning notebooks used by Slayton ranging in date from 1963 to 1992 and letter that he received in 1959.

The notebooks are primarily pocket-sized planners recording Slayton's activities from 1963-1976 and from 1991-1992. There are 181 notebooks in total, most of which cover one month of a year, arranged in small boxes each covering one calendar year with twelve notebooks per box. One notebook, not housed in a box, is a larger composition style notebook spanning 1991-1992.

The letter is correspondence to Slayton from T. Keith Glennan dated April 14, 1959. The related envelope is also present. The letter welcomes Slayton, then Captain in the U.S. Air Force, to the Project Mercury team, mentions a press meeting, and sends goods wishes to him and his family. Glennan was an administrator at NASA when he wrote the letter.


  • 1959-1976, 1991-1992


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.


3 Cubic Feet (2 records cartons)

Biographical / Historical

Donald Kent "Deke" Slayton was a pilot for the United States Air Force, an aeronautical engineer, test pilot and then astronaut. He was selected as one of NASA's original Mercury Seven astronauts. He later became NASA's first Chief of the Astronaut Office and Director of Flight Crew Operations, responsible for NASA crew assignments. He was born in 1924 and died in 1993.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was purchased at auction.

Separated Materials

A jacket, medal, chart, lapel pin and flight calculator were acquired with this letter and have been transferred to Objects storage.
Guide to the Deke Slayton Notebooks and Letter
Completed - Level 1
N. Davis
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
1st edition

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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