Tracy B Grimm

University Title:
Interim Head of Archives and Special Collections and Barron Hilton Archivist for Flight and Space Exploration
Archives & Special Collections
Stewart Center

Professional Information

Courses Taught:
• ENGL 373H: Science Fiction & Fantasy. Honors Science and Society Learning Community - Mars Alive! (embedded co-instructor)
• HIST 302H: Flight Paths: Purdue’s Aerospace Pioneers, A College of Liberal Arts Honors Seminar. (embedded co-instructor)
• HIST 495: Flight and Space Exploration: Archival Research Seminar (embedded co-instructor)
• HIST 395: Air and Space: The Technology and Culture of Flight (embedded co-instructor)
Guest Lectures:
Multiple one session to three session instruction modules: A&D395, AT290, ENG106, ENG 202, HIST 314, HIST 384, HIST 395, HIST494, HONR 299, TECH 299, and various K-12 student groups. 2014-2021.
M.L.I.S. with a specialization in Archival and Records Enterprise and a preservation focus. The University of Texas at Austin. 1997


“Special Collections as Muse: The Use of Rare Books and Archives to Inspire Creative Works” with Adriana Harmeyer, in Creators in the Academic Library. Ed. Rebecca Kuglitsch and Alex Watkins. ACRL. (Forthcoming 2022)

“On the Job Information Literacy: A Case Study of Student Employees at Purdue University Archives and Special Collections,” with Neal Harmeyer, in Learning Beyond the Classroom: Co-curricular Learning and Information Literacy. ed. Silvia Vong and Manda Vrkljan. ACRL. (2020)

“Archive as Laboratory: Engaging STEM Students & STEM Collections.” with Sharra Vostral. Engineering Studies 11.2 (2019): 135–152.

“Undergraduate Research in the Archives: A Case Study of Collaborative Teaching and Dissemination of Aerospace History,” in Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Case Studies and Best Practices. ed. Merinda Kaye Hensley and Stephanie Davis-Kahl. ACRL. (2017)

Tracy Grimm and Chon Noriega, “Documenting Regional Latino Arts and Culture: Case Studies for a Collaborative, Community-Oriented Approach.” The American Archivist, 76 (1), 95-112. (2013)

Preface. Toward the Preservation of a Heritage: Latin American and Latino Art in the Midwestern United States by Olga U. Herrera. Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame (2008)

“Identifying and Preserving the History of the Latino Visual Arts: Survey of Archival Initiatives and Recommendations.” UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Research Report. No. 6 (April 2005)

Curated Exhibitions:

"Apollo in the Archives: Selections from the Neil A. Armstrong Papers,” Exhibit lead curator, Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center, Purdue University | 2019

“Return to Entry,” Exhibit co-curator in partnership with Purdue University Galleries. Ringel Gallery | 2019

“Missing You: Navigating Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight and Enduring Legacy,” Exhibit lead curator, Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center, Purdue University | June 29, 2017 – December 8, 2017

“Steps to the Moon: Selections from the Neil A. Armstrong Papers and the Eugene A. Cernan Papers,” Exhibit lead curator, Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center, Purdue University | October 3, 2014 – February 27, 2015

“Jerry L. Ross: An Astronaut’s Journey,” Exhibit lead curator, Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center, Purdue University | January 7 – February 22, 2013

“The Latino Student at Notre Dame: From Early History to the Modern Experience 1864-2001,” Exhibition featured photographs, documents, artifacts, oral history interviews and interactive displays. Institute for Latino Studies, Galería America @ ND, University of Notre Dame | September 2002–January 2003


“Archive as Laboratory: Engaging STEM Students & STEM Collections,” T. Grimm and Sharra Vostral, Paper presentation for “Humanities for STEM: Using Archives to Bridge the Two Culture Divide” Humanities for STEM Research Collaborative Symposium, New York University, Tandon School of Engineering, Brooklyn, New York | April 6-7, 2018

“The Best of our Energies and Skills: Coordinated and Sustainable Preservation of Aerospace History,” T. Grimm and Carly Dearborn, Paper presentation for “To Boldly Preserve: Archiving for the Next Half-Century of Space Flight,” American Institute of Physics, College Park, Maryland | March 1, 2018

“The Archive as a Collaborative Research and Digital Publication Laboratory,” panelist, Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference 2016 – Negotiating Borders through Digital Collections, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | October 30, 2016

“Embedded and Beyond: From Co-teaching Archival Literacy and Historical Methods to Etiquette for Meeting an Astronaut,” Lightning talk for the panel, “Embedded Archivists: Exploring New Depths in Teaching with Primary Sources,” Archives * Records 2016 the Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists and the Society of American Archivists, Atlanta, Georgia | August 6, 2016

“Archivists with Class: Teaching Students Primary Source Literacy,” panelist, IFLA 2016 Information Literacy Section Satellite, Co-sponsored by the IFLA Information Literacy Section, ACRL, and DePaul University | August 11, 2016

“Challenges in Representing and Interpreting Material Culture,” panelist, The Interpretation of Latino Visual and Material Culture - Latino Museum Studies Program, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. | July 2012

“Who Are We? Preserving Legacy and Memory: A Preservation and Access Workshop for Artists and Arts Organizations,” co-presented with Lizette Guerra, Latino Art Now! Conference, Los Angeles | November 2010

“Not Your Grandmother’s Survey Project: Identifying and Saving Latino Arts Documentary Heritage,” paper presented at annual meeting of Midwest Archives Conference for panel: “Re-Casting the Net: Redefining Regional Archival Surveys and Expanding Access to Underrepresented Cultural Collections” Chicago | April 2010

“Heritage and History at Risk: Identifying and Collecting the Papers of Latina Artists in the Midwest,” panelist for: “What Does a Midwest Latina History Look Like” Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Minneapolis, Minnesota | June 2008.

“The Midwest Latino Arts Documentary Heritage Project/Documents of 20th Century Latin American and Latino Art A Digital Archive and Publications Project,” panelist for: Preserving the History of Latinos in the Midwest, Midwest Archives Conference, Bloomington, Illinois | April 2006

“Survey of Archival Initiatives for Latino and Latin American Visual Arts,” Smithsonian Institute for the Interpretation and Representation of Latino Cultures, Smithsonian Institution | Washington, D.C. June 2005

Other Information

Selected Media Interviews and Appearances:

WDBJ 7 Television, Roanoke, Virginia. Interview with Joe Dashiell, “Letters from the heart: Apollo 11 anniversary shines light on Roanoke teen and his mother” Air date December 18, 2019. Letters from the Heart, 2 video segments Part 1 and Part 2

CBS This Morning Saturday filming and interview with Jeff Glor, “The Armstrong Letters A Look at the Astronaut’s Collection of Correspondence” (Aired July 20, 2019)

WTHR Channel 13 Indianapolis TV “Neil Armstrong Papers Exhibit Chronicles Life of Purdue’s Most Famous Astronaut” (aired July 19, 2019)

WLFI West Lafayette TV interview, “Moon Landing 50th: Letters to Armstrong” (Air date July 19, 2019)

WBAA West Lafayette Radio interview with Samantha Horton. “For 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11, Purdue Archives Highlight Alumni Neil Armstrong,” Air date July 17, 2019, Also aired on WFYI Indianapolis, WBOI Northeast Indiana Public Radio.

WTIU Travel News Magazine "Journey Indiana" Episode 201, Season 2 Episode 1 TV interview with Jason Pear, (aired July 9, 2019)

Purdue University Boiler Bytes, “Amelia Earhart at Purdue University,” (2018)

Big Ten Network, “At Purdue, Amelia Earhart’s Legacy Soars On: LiveBig 2017-18,” aired on national network during games through Purdue 2017-2018 basketball season.