National Air and Space Museum Archives

Glen A. Gilbert Collection

Collection ID:
Gilbert, Glen Alexander, 1913-1982
Physical Description:
1.82 Cubic feet
4 document boxes; 1 slim document box
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
Scope and Contents
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

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.

Marilyn Graskowiak
Processing Information
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
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Gordon Gilbert, gift, 1984, XXXX-0187, Unknown
Separated Materials
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.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Glen A. Gilbert Collection, Acc. XXXX-0187, 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.
Conditions Governing Access note
No restrictions on access

More Information
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.

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