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Stephen Waring Collection

Identifier: MC-18
Correspondence, a CD, microfilm, a Memorex XL device pertaining to the Challenger incident; research materials (photos, documents, etc) for "Power to Explore."


  • 2004


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This collection is open for research in the Archives & Special Collections reading room. Handling guidelines and use restrictions will be communicated and enforced by archives staff members.

Conditions Governing Use

This material may be protected under U. S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code) which governs the making of photocopies or reproductions of copyrighted materials. You may use the digitized material for private study, scholarship, or research. Though the University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives and Special Collections has physical ownership of the material in its collections, in some cases we may not own the copyright to the material. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in our collections.
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2.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes.)

Biographical / Historical

Stephen P. Waring is an assistant history professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. In 1980, he earned his B.A. at Doane College, Crete, Nebraska. In 1982, he earned his M.A. at the University of Iowa, and he earned his Ph.D. from the same university in 1988.

Waring has taught a wide variety of college courses on both the undergraduate and graduate level, has given many seminars and presentations, and has delivered many papers at professional meetings. Waring has received numerous awards and research grants pertaining to his work as a professor. He is an expert on the Marshall Space Flight Center and the Challenger Incident, and he has written much on the subjects.

He has authored “Taylorism Transformed: Scientific Management Theory Since 1945” and coauthored “Power to Explore: The History of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, 1960 to 1990.” He is currently writing “The Challenger Investigations: Technology, Inquiry, and Politics.” Waring has written chapters for “Space Shuttle Legacy: How We Did It/What We Learned,” “A Mental Revolution: The Scientific Management Movement After Taylor,” and “A Companion to American Thought.” Additionally, he has written many book reviews.

He has also worked on public history projects: he was the project manager for the "Dimensions of Dora: Darkness and Despair Exhibit" at the UAH Union Grove Gallery; he was project manager for the "Dora and the V-2: Slave Labor in the Space Age" museum exhibit; and he coauthored the website "Dora and the V-2: Slave Labor in the Space Age.”

Further information about Waring may be found at and


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Stephen Waring, 2004.
Megan Sullivan
Description rules

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives & Special Collections Repository

M. Louis Salmon Library
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899 Alabama 35899 United States of America