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Creators:
National Air and Space Museum. Department of Astronautics
Dates:
1965-1984, with materials dating from circa 1953
Size:
32 cu. ft. (64 document boxes)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 398
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This collection deals chiefly with Durant's tenure as Assistant Director for Astronautics at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM). Perhaps the single topic of greatest interest is the effort to obtain a building for NASM, which was accomplished on July 1, 1976, when the new museum opened. A parallel theme concerns the drive to plan and com...

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Creators:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.)
Dates:
c. 1983
Size:
2 sound recordings (audio cassette)
1 Linear foot ((1 box))
0.05 Linear feet
Collection ID:
ACMA.03-016
Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives

In the 1980s, the National Air and Space Museum created an exhibit, with a correlating text called Black Wings: The American Black in Aviation. The exhibit and book were dedicated to the American Black Aviator, who has anonymously played a historic role in shaping the growth of modern aviation. Black Wings encompasses the men and women who had to o...

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Creators:
S. Sidney Pike Skywriting Corporation of America
Pike, S. Sidney
Dates:
1923-1964
bulk 1930-1940
Size:
5.5 Linear feet (4 flat boxes, 1 document box, 1 slim document box)
9 film reels (5 16mm films - runtime 41:59 4 35mm films - runtime 27:04)
4 Cubic feet (6 boxes)
Collection ID:
NASM.2012.0001
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

Skywriting, defined as the process of writing a name or message with smoke from an aircraft against a blue sky, began in England after World War I, the brainchild of Major John C. Savage, Royal Air Force (RAF). His first successful demonstration was at the Derby at Epsom Downs, in May 1922, when Captain Cyril Turner wrote "Daily Mail" above the track. In October of that year, Turner travelled to the United States and wrote "Hello U.S.A." above New York City. Allan J. Cameron, along with Leroy Van Patten established the Skywriting Corporation of America at Curtiss Field, an American branch of Savage's original company. They acquired the patents for mixing the writing gas in the United States and as a result controlled the market for years. In 1923, using the Skywriting Corporation, the American Tobacco Company launched the first skywriting advertising campaign for Lucky Strike cigarettes. Pepsi-Cola Corporation became one of the longest-running contractors of skywriting; in the late 1930s and mid 1940s, it contracted or owned a total of 14 aircraft. In 1940 alone, Pepsi contracted for 2,225 writings over 48 states, Mexico, Canada, South America and Cuba.

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Creators:
National Air and Space Museum. Archives Division.
Dates:
Ongoing
Size:
144 Cubic feet (Ongoing)
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.1183.U
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

The Technical Reference Files comprise an artificial collection that currently contains 1,900 cubic feet of aviation and space related materials, organized in 22 subject series. File materials include photographs, press releases, clippings, correspondence, reports, and brochures, on individuals, organizations, events, and objects.

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Creators:
National Air and Space Museum. Office of the Director
Dates:
1971-1978 and undated
Size:
10.12 cu. ft. (18 document boxes) (1 12x17 box) (1 16x20 box) (1 oversize folder)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 306
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

These records consist of the official files of Michael Collins as director of the National Air and Space Museum (NASM), 1971-1978. To a large extent, the files concern the planning and funding of the new NASM building, its construction, the preparation of exhibits, and the opening of the Museum on July 1, 1976. On day-to-day administrative ...

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Creators:
National Air and Space Museum. Archives Division.
Dates:
Ongoing
Size:
270 Cubic feet (Ongoing)
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.1183.O
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

The Technical Reference Files comprise an artificial collection that currently contains 1,900 cubic feet of aviation and space related materials, organized in 22 subject series. File materials include photographs, press releases, clippings, correspondence, reports, and brochures, on individuals, organizations, events, and objects.

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Creators:
National Air and Space Museum. Department of Space Science and Exploration
Dates:
circa 1972-1988
Size:
7.5 cu. ft. (7 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 347
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

These records consist of administrative files of the Department of Astronautics and the Department of Space Science and Exploration. They contain exhibit records, including scripts, status reports, and planning documents, as well as records concerning interns, publications, lectures, collections management, position descriptions, and professio...

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Creators:
National Air and Space Museum. Exhibits Design Division
Dates:
1972-2006
Size:
4 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 09-301
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of records documenting the design of new exhibitions for display at the National Air and Space Museum as well as updates to existing exhibitions. The majority of the records were created and maintained by William Jacobs, Exhibits Designer. Exhibitions documented in this accession include Where Next, Columbus?; Last...

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Creators:
Pleissner, Ogden M.
Dates:
1928-1976
Size:
3.2 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.pleiogde
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of painter Ogden M. Pleissner measure 3.2 linear feet and date from 1928-1976. Found within the papers are biographical material, scattered letters, artwork, nine scrapbooks, over one foot of printed material, and photographs.

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Creators:
Railway Express Agency.
Karl, Roger F. R.
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of
Dates:
1898 - 1969
Size:
3 Cubic feet (9 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0260
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Mainly forms, manuals, federal regulations, accounting instructions, and personnel materials. Included are labor agreements, an employee handbook, and information on the employees' sick benefit association. Other materials include drawings of property owned; and photographs, engineering drawings, technical publications relating to railroad passenge...

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