Lovell Lawrence, Jr. Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0010
Creators:
Lawrence, Lovell, Jr., 1915-1971
Dates:
1943-1953
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
3.27 Cubic Feet
(3 records center boxes)
3.12 Linear Feet
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The bulk of this collection consists of documents relating to Lawrence's work at RMI, including technical reports and administrative papers, as well as personal and business correspondence. The collection also includes some material on ARS and Lawrence's Chrysler years.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Lovell Lawrence, Jr. (1915-1971) was an amateur rocket experimenter in the 1930s under the American Rocket Society, of which he became president in 1946. He worked as assistant to the chief engineer of IBM from 1933 until 1941, when he joined with John Shesta, James Wyld, and Hugh Franklin Pierce to form Reaction Motors, Inc. (RMI), the first US rocket propulsion company, with Lawrence as president. Lawrence left RMI in 1951 over the gradual loss of administrative and technical authority. In 1953 he joined Chrysler's Missile Division as manager of power plant design. By 1956 he was director of the Redstone project. He went on to Chrysler's Advanced Project organization, first as chief engineer (1959), then as director (1961). In 1964 he became chief research engineer for Chrysler.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Mrs. Lovell Lawrence, Jr., gift, 1972, XXXX-0010, Unknown

General
General
Other materials: turbo supercharger (held by National Air and Space Museum, Aeronautics Division, acc. 1973-132)
General
NASMrev

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
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
Aeronautics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Airplanes -- Rocket engines Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Drawings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Lawrence, Lovell, Jr., 1915-1971 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Reaction Motors, Inc. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chrysler Corporation. Missile Division Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Rocket Society 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/