Collection: Oral histories
Jo Ann Morgan joined the Department of Space History in 1985. Her immediate task was to create an accessible database for the division's Oral History Project. Up to that time, the oral history data base had been logged in a notebook. As the project expanded over time, Jo Ann continued to computerize additional interviews, organize and maintain permission files, and provide editorial assistance for the project.
Today, the Glennan-Webb-Semans Project for Research in Space History, the RAND History Project, and the Iridium History Project, along with others from the division, are described in Oral History on Space, Science and Technology: A Catalog of the Collections of the Department of Space History, National Air and Space Museum (Washington, DC, National Air and Space Museum, 1993).
For ten years, Jo Ann assisted the Museum-wide Collections Committee, overseeing the acquisition of all new additions to the national collection of aviation and space artifacts. She set up and maintained files on the artifacts submitted for the committee's consideration, and provided committee members with background information about the artifacts being discussed.
In addition to her continuing work on the Oral History Project, Jo Ann is responsible for tracking the division’s grants and budget.