Archives and Special Collections

Goddard Time Capsule

A time capsule was installed in 1966 into the concrete floor of Goddard Library. It is located in the Academic Commons in front of the entryway to the Archives and Special Collections Department and the Mosakowski Institute. The inscription on the tablet above the capsule reads "The time capsule beneath this tablet is a replica of a rocket built by Robert Hutchings Goddard in 1940. Dedicated on October 12, 1966 by Vice President of the United States Hubert Horatio Humphrey, the capsule is to be opened in the year 2466."

Goddard Memorabilia

  • Eight selected Goddard patents: Rocket Apparatus (July 7, 1914), Rocket Apparatus (July 14, 1914), Method of and Apparatus for Producing Electrical Impulses or Oscillations (Nov. 2, 1915), Mechanism for Feeding Combustion Liquids to Rocket Apparatus (Feb. 19, 1946), Apparatus for Steering Aircraft (Mar. 12, 1946), Control Mechanism for Rocket Apparatus (April 2, 1946) (two patents), and Vacuum Tube Transportation System (June 20, 1950).
  • The book, Rockets, which includes Dr. Goddard's historic work, "A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes."
  • A Goddard first-day stamp and Clark University stamp ceremony brochures.
  • This High Man, the Goddard biography by Milton Lehman.
  • Brochures describing the Goddard Library Program.
  • The scientist's honorary degree from Clark.
  • A cartoon depicting Dr. Goddard drawn by George Mason of Princeton, MA, for the 1926 University yearbook, Pasticcio.
  • Speeches by Dr. Stephen J. Riley and Dr. G. Edward Pendray at the first public showing of the Goddard papers at Clark on October 31, 1964.
  • Architect John M. Johansen's (of New Canaan, CT) sketch of the Goddard Library.
  • The national Goddard memorial legislation, HJ597.
  • Pages from Dr. Goddard's first Green Notebook, typical of the complete record he kept of his historic work.
  • Letters exchanged by Dr. Goddard and science-fiction writer H.G. Wells.
  • A vial of earth from Pakachoag Hill, Auburn, MA, where Dr. Goddard conducted the world's first successful liquid-fuel rocket test on March 16, 1926.
  • A vial of desert dust from Roswell, NM, where the scientist conducted his later tests and research.
  • A tape recording of the National Broadcasting Company Today show, of March 16, 1966, during which Mrs.Goddard is interviewed by newsman Peter Hackes. Dr. Goddard's Master's degree thesis at Clark, Theory of Diffraction.
  • Dr. Goddard's Master's degree thesis at Clark, Theory of Diffraction.
  • The scientist's doctoral dissertation at Clark, On the Conduction of Electricity at Contacts of Dissimilar Solids.
  • The book, Adventures in the World of Science, by Dr. Charles G. Abbot, fifth secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Miniature book: Robert H. Goddard: The Columbus of the Space Age, by Achille St. Onge of Worcester, foreword by Dr. Howard B. Jefferson, President of Clark University.
  • Banner honoring Dr. Goddard, from the Rotary Club of Auburn, MA.
  • Manuscript of Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey's address during the Goddard Commemorative Convocation at Clark on October 12, 1966.
  • Tape recording of October 12 Convocation and program brochure.

The Space Age

  • A retro rocket from the first Project Apollo mission: Provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; a spacecraft command module reaction control rocket engine. The engine and Apollo spacecraft for which it was designed are both programs carried out by North American Aviation, Inc. The engine measures 15 inches long, is 6 inches in diameter and weighs 9 pounds. The engine was on Apollo spacecraft No.9 during the first Apollo flight from Kennedy Space Center on February 26, 1966. The engine controls yaw of spacecraft during re-entry into earth's atmosphere.
  • Space suit material, provided by the David Clark Company of Worcester, showing the different layers that make up an astronaut's suit.
  • Film of the first walk in space by an American astronaut.
  • Packets of space food, provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, including tuna fish, bacon strips, banana pudding, coconut squares, beef sandwiches, cereal cubes and chicken bites.
  • Tape recordings of the air-to-ground communications during the historic 1962 orbital mission of Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr.
  • President John F. Kennedy's 1962 Special Message to Congress on Urgent National Needs, which pledged a successful U.S. man-on-the-moon mission in this decade.
  • A copy of the legislation that created NASA.
  • Transcripts committee hearings on NASA projects and appropriations.
  • Copies of Mariner IV Mars photographs, including man's first close-up picture of another planet.
  • The National Space Club speech by Dr. Wernher von Braun, director of the George C. Marshall Center, Huntsville, AL, and chairman of the Library Program's Intern Committee.
  • A Newsweek feature article of J. Leland, President of North American Aviation, Inc., and general chairman of the Library Program.
  • A Time feature article on Courtlandt S. Gross, chairman of the board of Lockheed Aircraft Corp. and chairman of the Library Program's Aerospace Corporations Division.
  • The NASA publication, Aeronautics and Astronautics, a diary of space exploration.
  • Selected articles on U.S. post-Apollo programs.
  • The U.S. Senate document U.S. International Space Programs, 1959-65, which traces efforts at setting up world space treaties.
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson's joint communique from the White House on international space law during the Sept. 27, 1966 visit of West German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard.
  • Space technology magazines.
  • A book on NASA history.
  • Bacon preserved by ionizing atomic energy: Provided by the United States Army Natick Laboratories, Natick, MA. The pound of bacon is from the free world's first production of foods commercially preserved by radiation sterilization. The initial production was done in June-July 1966.
  • NRC-Space Blanket: Developed by National Research Corporation, a subsidiary of the Norton Company, Worcester. A product of space technology, it is an outgrowth of the super insulation material proved in outer space.

Items Representative of Contemporary Life

  • The inaugural address of President John F. Kennedy.
  • The 1966 State of the Union message by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • A road atlas.
  • A miniskirt.
  • A restaurant menu provided by Anthony's Pier 4 of Boston.
  • Articles on reports of Unidentified Flying Objects, including a series written for the Boston Herald-Traveler by John Luttrell, now with WHDH-TV, Boston.
  • Annual reports of North American Aviation Inc., Collins Radio Corp., and the Norton Company.
  • Credit cards.
  • A Beatles record.
  • Batman Comics.
  • Package of filter-tip cigarettes.
  • Package of Tiparillos.
  • World Almanac.
  • Selected magazine advertisements that show era's materialism.
  • Photographs of contemporary homes.
  • A copy of TV Guide, fall preview issue.
  • September 1966 issue of Playboy.
  • A block of currency provided by the Worcester Federal Savings and Loan Association.
  • Broadway Show list.
  • Best-seller book list.
  • A cookbook.
  • Breakfast cereal with freeze-dried fruit.
  • "All-American City" edition of Worcester Telegram-Gazette.
  • City of Worcester street map and guide.
  • Surveys provided by the Worcester Redevelopment Agency.
  • Selected articles on the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement and developments in medicine.
  • A dictionary.
  • A bottle of detergent.
  • Tranquilizer pills.
  • A box of plastic wrap.
  • Audubon Magazine article, Ruin for the Grand Canyon.
  • The books, I Have Returned From the Stone Age, by Keinrich Harrel and Adventures with the New Guinea Headhunters by Christl, provided by journalist-explorer Lowell Thomas.
  • Letters with suggestions for time capsule contents from members of the Selections Committee.
  • Copies of the New York Times and Worcester Telegram and Gazette.
  • Liberty Tree bicentennial commemorative medallion: The "Liberty Tree" in Boston, planted by early settlers in 1646, played an historic role in Colonial American History as a symbol of freedom, now commemorated with a plaque.

Items Representative of Clark University

  • The book, The First 50 Years at Clark.
  • University general and evening school catalogs for 1966-67.
  • University directory.
  • Class of 1970 profile.
  • 1966 Treasurer's Report.
  • University charter.
  • 1966 yearbook Pasticcio.
  • Photographs contrasting the campus of years ago with the present campus.
  • Selected materials from the University development program.
  • Photographs of famous visitors to Clark, including the late President John F. Kennedy and Sigmund Freud.
  • The first University catalog.
  • The will of Jonas Clark, a founder and early benefactor of the University.
  • The University's First Official Announcement.
  • Early and recent editions of the student newspaper, Scarlet.