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Creator:
Lawrence, Lovell, Jr., 1915-1971  Search this
Names:
American Rocket Society  Search this
Chrysler Corporation. Missile Division  Search this
Reaction Motors, Inc.  Search this
Lawrence, Lovell, Jr., 1915-1971  Search this
Extent:
3.27 Cubic Feet ((3 records center boxes))
3.12 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Drawings
Financial records
Date:
1943-1953
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:
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.
General:
Other materials: turbo supercharger (held by National Air and Space Museum, Aeronautics Division, acc. 1973-132)
NASMrev
Provenance:
Mrs. Lovell Lawrence, Jr., gift, 1972, XXXX-0010, Unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
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
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes -- Rocket engines  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Financial records
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0010
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0010