Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

How Sputnik III is Orbiting Earth

NOT AVAILABLE DIGITALLY Online access and copy requests are not available for this item. If you would like us to notify you when it becomes available digitally, please email us at reference@gilderlehrman.org and include the catalog item number.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09794.01 Author/Creator: Place Written: s.l. Type: Photograph Date: 21 May 1958 Pagination: 1 photograph ; 20.7 x 25.4 cm.

Summary of Content: One wirephoto of Sputnik III's orbit around earth illustrated by J. Carlton dated May 21, 1958. The illustration displays the Russian satellites orbits in relation to three satellites belonging to the United States also orbiting the Earth.


Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Subjects: SpaceSatellitesRussiaScience and Technology

Sub Era: The Fifties

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources