Come to the lower level of the library to see a display on the space race of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Spurred by the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, on October 4, 1957, the United States passed the National Aeronautics and Space Act and entered into a “race” with the Soviets to explore space. The display illustrates how the space race influenced popular culture and design, including holiday decorations. If you are interested in reading more about the topic you may consult the short bibliography of books, along with their call numbers, given below. Please ask a librarian for assistance in locating materials or for help in further exploring the topic.
The space race: from Sputnik to Apollo, and beyond
Donald William Cox
TL789.8.U6 C6s 1962
NASA’s first 50 years: historical perspectives
Steven J. Dick, ed.
The new look: design in the fifties
The Sixties: decade of design revolution
Interior design since 1900
Space and the American imagination
Howard E. McCurdy
TL789.8.U5 M338 1997
The American design adventure, 1940-1975
Arthur J. Pulos
Remembering the space age
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, History Office.
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