Rocketry Scrapbook (1930s)
Portions of this collection are digitized

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Physical Description:
0.18 Cubic feet
1 flat box
This collection consists of one scrapbook containing newspaper clippings pertaining to rocketry during the 1930s.
This collection is in English.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of one spiral bound scrapbook, 12.5 by 10 inches, containing newspaper clippings pertaining to rocketry during the 1930s. The subject of the articles is primarily Dr. Robert H. Goddard, but Lester D. Woodford, Johannes Winkler, Rheinhold Tiling, Bernard Smith, Gerard Zucher, Charles A. Lindbergh, and Harry F. Guggenheim are also mentioned. The articles discuss rocketry achievements in Germany, Japan, the United States, and the Soviet Union. The front cover is printed with the words "Roto Scrap Book" in gold. "Franklin M. Gates," possibly the owner, is written on the first page.

Collection is in original order.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, Robert Hutchings Goddard (1882--1945) received his B.A. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1908 and received his M.A. in 1910 and Ph.D. in 1911 from Clark University. Dr. Goddard, trained as a physicist and engineer, is recognized as a space pioneer due to his concepts of rocket propulsion systems. He served a research fellowship with Princeton University from 1912--1914 and there began to develop his theories of rocket action. Returning to Clark, he conducted experiments that culminated in a 1916 report to the Smithsonian Institution, published as
A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes
. With the advent of World War I, Goddard began work at the Mount Wilson Observatory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, developing various innovations such as reloading mechanisms for artillery and a forerunner of the bazooka. By 1920, Goddard had turned his attention to liquid-fueled rockets and by 1926 had accomplished the world's first flight of a liquid-fuel rocket. In 1930, Goddard moved to Mescalero Ranch near Roswell, New Mexico, continuing with his rocket experiments until 1932. After a return to Clark and laboratory testing, Goddard came back to Roswell and in 1936 published
Liquid-Propellant Rocket Development
. In 1940 he was made Chief of Navy Research on Jet-propelled Planes.

Kelly Pope
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Unknown, found in collection, NASM.XXXX.0820.
Processing Information
Arranged and described by Kelly Pope, 2007. Updated and encoded by Jessamyn Lloyd, 2021.

Digital Content

Using the Collection
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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.
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Preferred Citation
Rocketry Scrapbook (1930s), NASM.XXXX.0820, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

More Information

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Rocketry Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scrapbooks Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Goddard, Robert Hutchings, 1882-1945 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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