Gloria Skurzynski Papers, 1978-2010, bulk 2002-2010  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Gloria Skurzynski Papers
1978-2010, bulk 2002-2010 (inclusive)
3.75 linear feet, (6 boxes)
Collection Number
MSS 304
The Gloria Skurzynski Papers include correspondence, research, and drafts of her book "This Is Rocket Science."
Boise State University Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
1910 University Drive
Boise ID
Telephone: 208-426-3958
Access Restrictions

Collection is available for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Gloria Skurzynski was born in Duquesne, Pennsylvania on July 6, 1930. She attended Mount Mercy (now Carlow) College from 1948-1950. She is married with five daughters. She has lived in Utah and currently resides in Boise, Idaho.

A well-known children's author, Skurzynski started writing books in her mid-30s. She authored more than 50 fiction and non-fiction books, including Virtual War, Deadly Waters, Buried Alive, Valley of Death, The Magic Pumpkin, Waves: The Electromagnetic Universe, Sweat and Blood: A History of U.S. Labor Unions, and This Is Rocket Science. She won numerous awards for her books, including the Spur Award, the Golden Kite Award, the Christopher Award, and the Science Book Award from the American Institute of Physics.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Gloria Skurzynski Papers include correspondence, research, and drafts of her books "This Is Rocket Science" and "Are We Alone?"

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Preferred Citation

[item description], Gloria Skurzynski Papers, Box [number] Folder [number], Boise State University Special Collections and Archives.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 American Astronautical Society, Eugene M. Emme Award 2010
1 2 Biography 2000
1 3-5 Correspondence 2007-2009
1 6 Newspaper Article 2009
1 7 Photograph 2009
1 8-9 Research 2002-2011
2 1-3 Research 2002-2011
2 4 Research, An Aerospace Bibliography 1978
2 5 Research, NASA 2002-2007
3 1 Research, NASA 2002-2007
3 2 "This Is Rocket Science" Advanced Reader's 2009
3 3 "This Is Rocket Science" Book Covers 2009
3 4 "This Is Rocket Science" Book Proposal undated
5 "This Is Rocket Science" CD/DVD of Photographs and Drafts 2009
3 5-8 "This is Rocket Science" Drafts undated
4 1-2 "This Is Rocket Science" Drafts undated
6 "This Is Rocket Science" Proofs undated
"This is Rocket Science" (9 discs)
Box Folder
4 23 "Are We Alone?" Slides 2002
4 3-11 "Are We Alone?" Research Material 1993-2003
4 12 "Are We Alone?" Publications and On-Site Research Material 2001-2003
4 13-20 "Are We Alone?" Manuscripts and Editing Comments 2002-2003
4 21 "Are We Alone?" Correspondence with Editors at National Geographic Books 2002-2003
4 22 "Are We Alone?" Press Announcement for Arecibo Obervatory, National Science Foundation, and Seti 2003
5 “Mission to Mars: An Astronaut’s Vision of Our Future in Space” by Michael Collins 1990
5 Audio Cassettes
Nancy Feresten; Seth Shostak; Chris Chyba; Lindsay Herron; Max; Jill Tarter; Cheryl Duke; Laurence Doyle; Dina DVore; Nancy and Suzanne; Astrotech; Constellation; George Diller; David Des Marais; Mars; Alice Letvin
Advanced Space Propulsion Systems, Dr. Martin Tajmar; Arian Rocket, Space Elevator; Atlantis; DIME: Dropping In a Microgravity Environment (2 copies); Distant Suns, First Light, 1995; Explorer, JPL 2008; Future Space Rockets; Hubble, 2009; Launch; Mars Rising, Hubble Repair Launch; Mechanical Universe (2 DVDs); NASA (2 DVDs); NASA, 2006; NASA Aerospace Technology Education Resource Guide; NASA Conference, 2005; NASA Flight Testing Newton’s Laws: The Test Pilot Approach to High School Physics; NASA Orion; NASA Space Flight and Science, 2001; National Geographic, New Planets; National Geographic, Seconds from Disaster: Columbia’s Last Flight; Propulsion Tajmar 1-130; Robert Goddard Documentary, Mars Rovers; Shuttle; Space Research and You: A Tribute to the Science of STS-107, 2003; Stars; Starship Orion; STS-107, A Tribute, 2003 (2 copies); STS-120 Launch; STS-120 Press Conference; Telescopes
Pluto Launch; Discovery Launch 2006; NASA: The Greatest Show in Space; Frank Drake on The Screensavers on TechTV; SETI: The Search Accellerates, Allen Telescope Array

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Aerospace engineers--Biography
  • Authors, American--Idaho
  • Idaho
  • Literature
  • NASA
  • Rocketry--History
  • Science