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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Dates:
2007-2017
Collection ID:
Accession 18-051
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of two websites associated with the Chandra X-ray Observatory, operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory for the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The website developed for the general public was crawled on December 20, 2016. It includes information about the telescope and its mis...

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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Dates:
2015
Collection ID:
Accession 15-320
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of two websites and a mobile website maintained by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory which operates the Chandra X-ray Observatory for the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The Chandra X-ray Observatory website, crawled on May 29, 2015, includes information about the telescope and its ...

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Creators:
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Sponsored Programs and Procurement Department
Dates:
2003-2012
Size:
23 cu. ft. (23 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 16-360
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of records documenting the awarding of funding by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO). These records relate to the Chandra X-Ray Center and were maintained by the Subawards/Grant Awards Section. Materials include correspondence, proposals, amendments, reports, reviews, revisions, agreements, checklists, ...

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Creators:
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Sponsored Programs and Procurement Department
Dates:
1998-2007
Size:
49 cu. ft. (49 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 14-038
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of records documenting the awarding of funding by Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO). These records relate to the Chandra X-Ray Center and were maintained by the Subawards/Grant Awards Section. Materials include correspondence, proposals, amendments, reports, reviews, revisions, agreements, checklists, financia...

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Creators:
McDonald, William C., 1906-1984
Dates:
bulk 1917-1980s, 2016
Size:
2 Cubic feet ((7 boxes))
Collection ID:
NASM.2017.0048
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

This collection consists of two cubic feet of material relating to William C. "Mac" McDonald's flying career, focusing on his time in the Army Air Forces as one of the "Men on the Flying Trapeze," his time training Chinese pilots at the Central Aviation School to fly before and during World War II, and as a Chinese National Aviation Corporation (CN...

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Creators:
Desind, Herbert Stephen.
Dates:
1950-1992
Size:
109 Cubic feet (305 boxes)
Collection ID:
NASM.1997.0014
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

The collection consists of 109 cubic feet of material, primarily photographs with some additional documentation, covering aerospace topics. The bulk of the material relates to US space exploration, including extensive photo files on US manned missions through the Space Shuttle, and satellite and sounding rocket work. The first series consists of unmanned spacecraft material, the second series consists of manned spacecraft material, and the third series consists of aircraft material.

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Boyd, Theodore E.
Dates:
1916-1983
Size:
0.84 Cubic Feet (1 legal document box; 1 flat box)
Collection ID:
NASM.2013.0016
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

The Theodore E. Boyd World War I collection consists of material documenting Theodore E. Boyd's World War I career. The bulk of the collection covers the World War I era, 1917 to 1919, but materials before and after those dates are also present. Materials include: correspondence, written both during the war to family and friends; photographs; military orders, mostly in English, a few in French; flight logs; identity card; Honorable Discharge and Distinguished Service Cross certificates; memoirs of his war experiences, both written for publication and to his family; and post war veterans rosters.

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Creators:
Garber, Paul Edward, 1899-1992. interviewee
Dates:
1974
Size:
8 audiotapes (reference copies).
Collection ID:
Record Unit 9592
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

The Smithsonian Institution Archives began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives' record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program ...

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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:
Pierce, Harold Fisher, 1889-1963
Dates:
1909-1985
Size:
3.27 Cubic feet (4 legal document boxes; 1 legal half-size document box; 3 flat boxes)
Collection ID:
NASM.2014.0044
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

The Harold F. Pierce collection consists of documents relating to Pierce's career in aviation medicine, particularly his service as a flight surgeon in World War I and World War II and his work on the Henderson Pierce rebreathing apparatus. Materials include correspondence, photographs, military records, certificates, technical drawings, and news clippings.

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