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Edward U. Condon collection

Identifier: COU:455

Scope and Contents

This collection includes documents, reports, journals, research papers, international newsletters, and books gathered during Edward U. Condon's with the Gemini mission at NASA and his commissioned study of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). Material related to UFOs is from Condon's involvment in “The Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects,” a research project commissioned by the US Air Force office of Scientific Research in Colorado. The purpose was to investigate claims of unidentified flying objects.

Series 5, Moving Image Films, was donated to the University of Colorado Boulder Archives in 2009 by William K. Hartmann, a former photoresearcher for the Condon Commission.


  • 1960s

Conditions Governing Access

Research access to original moving image films in this collection is restricted, due to preservation concerns. Contact with a list of desired items and a statement of intended use, which will be evaluated by the Moving Image Archivist based on preservation condition of the desired items and staff availability; please note that access may not be guaranteed for all items. All analog sound recordings, video formats, and badly deteriorated film held by the Archives must be digitized for research access, due to preservation concerns. If these materials have not previously been digitized, the researcher is responsible for the cost of digitization. Researchers may request access to previously-digitized audiovisual materials that are not online on the CU Digital Library by contacting

Copyright Statement

The University Libraries do not own the copyright to this collection. Researchers are responsible for contacting the copyright holder(s) for this material and obtaining permission to publish or broadcast. The University Libraries will not grant permission to publish or broadcast this material and are not responsible for copyright violations resulting from such use.

Biographical Note

Born on March 2, 1902 in Alamogordo, New Mexico, Edward U. Condon (1902-1974) was a theoretical physicist who made substantial contributions to academia, industry, and government. He had major impact in the development of scientific fields such as Quantum Mechanics, nuclear science, and electronics. Condon also participated in the development of nuclear weapons, radar, and for his report on unidentified flying objects (UFO).

Condon received both his bachelor’s degree (1924) and doctoral degree (1926) at the University of California. He also received the honorary D.Sc. degree from various institutions such as the University of Delhi (India), The New Mexico Institute of Mines and Technology, American University, and Alfred University.


17 linear feet (11 boxes, 4 reels)

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Edward U. Condon (1902-1974) was a nuclear physicist well known for his participation in the development of radar and nuclear weapons. The collection includes documents, journals, research papers, international newsletters, and books gathered during his involvement with the Gemini mission at NASA and his commissioned study of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).


The collection is arranged into five series: 1. Gemini Mission, 2. UFO sighting and incident reports, 3. Microfilm, 4. Printed material, and 5. Moving Image Films
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States