Race to Outer Space

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.
NAS 1.21:2010-4704

The new look: design in the fifties
Lesley Jackson
NK1390.J32 1991

The Sixties: decade of design revolution
Lesley Jackson
NK1390.J33 1998

Interior design since 1900
Anne Massey
NK1980.M32 2008

Space and the American imagination
Howard E. McCurdy
TL789.8.U5 M338 1997

The American design adventure, 1940-1975
Arthur J. Pulos
NK1404.P85 1988

Remembering the space age
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, History Office.
NAS 1.21:2008-4703

Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian


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