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Harold Collins Collection

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Before he retired from NASA in 1973, Harold ‘Hal’ Collins proved himself an integral member of the agency’s landmark programs. During the early days of Mercury, he became personally acquainted with the ‘original seven’ as a contracting officer, and then went on to assist any number of moonwalkers during his tenure as chief of mission support for the Apollo program. When Collins passed away the huge assortment of photos and retirement gifts he received were entrusted to his son George, and then, in 2002, were purchased by collector Dr. Nathan Sonnheim, who would put many of the items on display at a space exhibit at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute. Intent on sharing the remaining artifacts, Sonnheim is consigning the remainder of the Collins collection, an outstanding, one-of-a-kind assemblage from a man who befriended some of history’s most famous astronauts.