Langley Theater Audio Tape Preservation Project Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.2012.0034
Creators:
National Air and Space Museum
Dates:
bulk 1976-2001
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
4 Cubic feet
(19 boxes)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of the cd and tape copies of this project. Please note that the original recordings are NOT part of this collection; the originals were returned to their original tape series and accession. The collection also contains the background documentation on this project, including grant information, and tape summaries.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Langley Theater (now called the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater) at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) has been the venue for numerous lectures, seminars and special events. Opened in 1976, the theater was an arena for speakers who dealt with almost every aspect of aviation and space history and science. Many famed pilots and astronauts, aircraft and spaceship designers, and space scientists presented lectures or were part of symposiums at the Museum's theater. These presentations, preserved on audio cassette tapes, constitute a rich historical legacy in sound. In 1994, curator Von Hardesty, Aeronautics Division, received a 5000 dollar grant from the Aviation and Space Writers Foundation to help with the cataloging and preservation of the theater lecture tapes. As the grant was not large enough to pay for outside conservation work, equipment (one CD recorder and two audio tape cassette recorders) was purchased and an archival preservation system was implemented. Each selected tape had a cassette and CD copy made. Famous lecturers include: David L. "Tex" Hill, Gerhard Neumann, Adolf Galland, Douglas Bader, George Gay, Gregory W. "Pappy" Boyington, Donald Lopez, Johannes Steinhoff, Francis Stanley "Gabby" Gabrieski, Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager, and Paul Tibbets.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Aeronautics Division, NASM, Transfer, 2012

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access.
Preferred Citation
Langley Theater Audio Tape Preservation Project Collection , Accession 2012-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
World War, 1939-1945 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fighter pilots Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Audiotapes Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
CD-ROMs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lopez, Donald S.,, 1923-2008 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gabreski, Francis Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tibbets, Paul W. (Paul Warfield), 1915-2007 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Davis, Benjamin O., Jr., 1912- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hill, David L. "Tex" Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bader, Douglas Robert Stuart Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Boyington, Gregory W. "Pappy" Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Yeager, Charles Elwood "Chuck" Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Neumann, Gerhard Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gay, George Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Galland, Adolf Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.). Samuel P. Langley Theater Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151
NASMRefDesk@si.edu
http://airandspace.si.edu/research/resources/archives/