About Jacques Tiziou & his collections

Archives and collections from the history of space exploration

Jacques Tiziou in his archive room. Washington DC, 2013

Jacques Tiziou interviews Gene Cernan for French TV. Dover, Delaware, 1972

This site is dedicated to my father, Jacques Tiziou.

Jacques has been intimately involved with the aerospace world throughout his entire career as a professional journalist from 1962 to his retirement in 2003.

Through the closing of his life in 2017 in Washington, DC, he continued to follow the latest developments in the field and keep in touch with all of his friends from the space program.

Always an avid collector, Jacques amassed an impressive archive of both historical documents and collectible memorabilia from the space program.

In 2011, Jacques was recognized as one of “The Chroniclers” of the space program, with his name inscribed in the honor roll at the Kennedy Space Center press site.

I’ve put together this site in order to share a little bit of what he’s gathered. I’m now sorting through the aftermath of his life, teasing apart archives, collectibles, family relics from what had become a bit of a hoarder situation.

The Air & Space Museum are taking a large chunk of his archives, and NASA’s archive folks are taking some as well, but that will leave me with plenty more cool space stuff to find homes for and I’ll need your help.

Please subscribe for updates (below) , follow @TiziouSpaceHIst on Twitter, and share this site with anyone that might be interested in these collections.

The collection:

Jacques collected a comprehensive archive of documents that start with Sputnik and span not only the entire Apollo program…

… but also the ensuing shuttle and unmanned programs.

Along the way, he collected all sorts of memorabilia, from plastic rockets…

… to real ones!

The contents of his archives range from 16mm film and video tapes…

… to collections of images and press materials.

His collection of memorabilia includes all sorts of objects, from mugs…

… to medals, pins, patches and stickers…

… to unique signed prints…

… many of which are quite customized.

What will happen to these collections?

Use the subscribe link below to follow this blog, and I’ll let you know when making some of the collectibles available. You can also follow @TiziouSpaceHist on Twitter.

You can also get in touch if you know of particular institutions that would be interested in taking on the archive documents.

– Jacques-Jean Tiziou
Philadelphia, PA
jj@jjtiziou.net

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Update on the Tiziou Space History collection

A lot has happened since I set up this site in 2013.

Jacques’ life came to a close in 2017.

I’d hoped to be able to sort through his collection of amazing aerospace history artifacts before he died; the stories and memories and information about the collection would have been priceless, doing an oral history project around it would have been so rewarding.

But that wasn’t to be, and so I’ve been doing my best to sort through the aftermath of his life, and learning more about him through what he left behind.

It’s taken a good long while and there’s still a long way to go:

As he got somewhat overwhelmed, Jacques’ tendencies to archive & collect led to a classic hoarder scenario. The NASA artifacts got buried under and entangled with piles of newspaper.

It took me months just to get rid of the stuff that was clearly trash (filling a big dumpster and taking five cargo vans of paper to the recycling center along the way) – and now I’ve been able to finally reveal the collections and begin rough triage of it.

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Most recently, I was finally connect with the chief archivist from NASA as well as a crew from the Air & Space Museum. They’ll be acquiring a large portion of the photographic & film collections & some other documents.

But there is so much left that they aren’t taking! So many things that he would have loved to share with you!

It’s tricky to figure out how to handle it. I could spend the next two years of my life running an e-bay store of aerospace treasures. Or I could burn it all and be done with it. (He told me that it would be my inheritance… and much of it is quite valuable… but so is my time…)

I’m continuing to try to balance multiple things:

  • honoring his wishes
  • prioritizing historic  & academic interests
  • delighting space geeks with the treasures that he collected
  • monetizing the collection enough to cover costs of sorting it all out
  • proceeding efficiently with the *vast* volume of things that he collected
  • juggling all of the other competing priorities of the rest of my life

My gut instinct is to make it a kickstarter style crowdfunding thing where folks interested in aerospace history could chip in little bits towards the triage costs in exchange for grab bags of the memorabilia. It would be much easier to give the bulk of the memorabilia to interested folks that way rather than combing through it all and selling it piecemeal. But we’ll see.

If you’re still interested in this collection, let me know; I’ll keep you posted as I figure it out.

Thank you,
-jj

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