The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was founded on July 29, 1958 by President Eisenhower as a response to the launch of Sputnik by the Soviet Union. Since its creation, NASA has developed a long and special relationship with the southwest region. The Space Program collection dates 1962 – 1983, bulk 1963 – 1973. Types of records include newspaper clippings, photographs, concept art, diagrams, government documents, data reports, press releases, promotional material, and books. The majority of these items chronicle the history of the Apollo program and its individual missions.