Glen A. Gilbert Collection
NASM.XXXX.0187

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0187
Creators:
Gilbert, Glen Alexander, 1913-1982
Dates:
1935-1982
Languages:
English
English.
Physical Description:
1.82 cubic feet
(4 document boxes, 1 slim document box)
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives Division
This collection consists of a seven volume set representing a partial documentation of Gilbert's contribution to ATC development. The material was compiled by Gilbert's wife after his death in 1982. The collection also includes two books by Gilbert on air traffic control.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
This collection contains seven bound volumes of Gilbert's written work. The volumes document Gilbert's contribution to ATC development from 1935 to 1982. The material was compiled by Gilbert's wife after his death in 1982. The collection also includes the following books:
Air Traffic Control, Glen A. Gilbert, Ziff-Davis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1945
Air Traffic Control: the Uncrowded Sky, Glen A. Gilbert, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC 1973
IEEE Transactions on Communications Special Issue on Aeronautical Communications, May 1978, ed. Sherman Karp, George G. Haroules & Leslie Klein, May 1973

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
This collection is arranged in Volume order.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Glen A. Gilbert (1913-1982), pilot, administrator and aviation consultant, played a key role in the development of the United States and international Air Traffic Control (ATC) System. Following his graduation from the University of Wisconsin, Gilbert went to work in commercial aviation, including periods at Northwest Airways (communications installation and operations, flight operations, (1931-34)), and American Airlines (Communications Supervisor, 1934-36). During this period he helped develop and operate collision-avoidance procedures for aircraft operating under instrument conditions until this service was taken over buy the federal government. Gilbert became the first Director of the United States ATC System (Chief, Airway Traffic Control Section, 1936-40; Chief ATC Division, 1940-46) during which time he represented the United States at a number of international conferences on aviation and played a key role in the formation of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 1944. He then became Special Assistant to the Administrator of Civil Aeronautics (1946-1951), where he continued his involvement with international aviation issues, often under commission for the President or Secretary of State. In 1951, Gilbert became an aviation expert for ICAO (1951-57) and later founded Glen Gilbert and Associates (1957), an aviation consulting firm. Gilbert co-authored 28 patent claims for airborne and ground equipment to improve ATC safety and efficiency and wrote a number of books and articles on the subject.

Administration
Processing Information note
The finding aid for this collection is the contents page(s) for each of the seven bound volumes of Gilbert's papers
Encoded by Tyler Love, 2013
Separated Materials note
Instrument and Radio Flying
,
Karl S. Day
, Air Associates, Inc. Garden City, New Jersey, 1938 was transferred to the National Air and Space Museum Library Branch of the Smithsonian Libraries.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Marilyn Graskowiak
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Gordon Gilbert, gift, 1984, XXXX-0187, Unknown

General note
General note
Duplicate sets of documents in LC; History of Aviation Collection, University of TX at Dallas; FAA Library; Helicopter Association International. Archival material in History of Aviation Collection, UTX Dallas. One of the books in this collection was transferred to the NASM Library. The title is as follows: Instrument and Radio Flying by Karl S. Day.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Glen A. Gilbert Collection, Acc. XXXX-0187, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use note
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Conditions Governing Access note
No restrictions on access

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Gilbert, Glen Alexander, 1913-1982 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Air traffic control Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Airplanes--Collision avoidance Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Radar air traffic control systems Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives Division
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA, 20151
Phone: 703-572-4045
NASMRefDesk@si.edu