J. Gordon Vaeth Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.1994.0011
Creators:
Vaeth, J. Gordon (Joseph Gordon), 1921-2012
Dates:
1908-1992
Languages:
Multiple languages
This collection contains materials in English, French, and German.
Physical Description:
1.97 Cubic feet
4 legal document boxes and 1 oversize folder
Repository:
This collection, compiled by J. Gorden Vaeth, consists of documents, reports, news clippings, scrapbooks, publications, and photographs relating to rigid and non-rigid airships worldwide.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of documents, reports, news clippings, scrapbooks, publications, and photographs relating to rigid and non-rigid airships worldwide, including the USS Shenandoah; USS Akron; USS Macon; USS Los Angeles; Schütte-Lanz; R-23; TC-14: and the Zeppelins Hindenburg and Bodensee. It was compiled by J. Gordon Vaeth for personal and research reasons.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by type of material. Most publications are housed individually in folders.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
J. Gordon Vaeth (1921-2012) was an accomplished author and historian on the subject of airships. He was known as the 'leader of the airship underground' during his earlier days with the Naval Airship Program at the start of World War II. During his active duty in the U. S. Navy (1942-1946), he was assigned to Commander Airship Patrol Group One, later Commander Fleet, Airships, Atlantic, then to Naval Air Station Lakehurst. He entered civilian life in 1947, continuing to work with programs relating to airships, including at the Office of Naval Research, the Helios Project, and on Skyhook. Vaeth held many positions for the federal government and was the director of systems engineering for the National Environmental Satellite Service at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at the time of his retirement. Vaeth was a frequent lecturer, including appearances in television documentaries, as well as the author of numerous professional articles and books.

Administration
Processing Information
Arranged and described in 1993 by Christina T. Simcox. Updated and encoded in 2020 by Jessamyn Lloyd.
Author
Jessamyn Lloyd
Immediate Source of Acquisition
J. Gordon Vaeth, Gift, 1993, NASM.1994.0011

General
General
Additional materials: Mr. Vaeth also donated a number of books and volumes of "The Airship Quarterly" which are housed in National Air and Space Museum Branch Library.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
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
No restrictions on access
Preferred Citation
J. Gordon Vaeth Collection, NASM.1994.0011, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Airships Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics, Military Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States Navy TC-14 (Airship) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Clippings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Vaeth, J. Gordon (Joseph Gordon), 1921-2012 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Project Skyhook Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Project Helios Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Office of Naval Research Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Navy. Naval Airship Program Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
ZRS-5 Macon (Airship) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
ZR-1 Shenandoah (Airship) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
ZR-3 Los Angeles (Airship) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
LZ 129 Hindenburg (Airship) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
LZ 120 Bodensee (Airship) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
ZRS-4 Akron (Airship) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Navy -- Aviation Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Chantilly, VA 20151
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