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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary  Search this
Container:
Box 7 of 10
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 09-087, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Administrative Records
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Administrative Records
Administrative Records / Box 7
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa09-087-refidd1e3636

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary  Search this
Container:
Box 9 of 11
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 07-145, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Administrative Records
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Administrative Records
Administrative Records / Box 9
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Correspondence

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary  Search this
Extent:
1.5 cu. ft. (3 document boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1903-1925
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of correspondence and related materials dealing with the function and administration of the Office of the Secretary during the tenures of Samuel P. Langley and Charles Doolittle Walcott. Correspondents include Alexander Graham Bell, the Bureau of American Ethnology, the Interstate Commerce Commission, the Library of Congress, and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. For related material see Record Unit 45.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 05-162, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence
Identifier:
Accession 05-162
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Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-fa05-162

National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, documentary history

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 05-162, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence
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Correspondence
Correspondence / Box 2
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa05-162-refidd1e478

National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, technical reports, 1917

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 05-162, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence
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Correspondence
Correspondence / Box 2
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa05-162-refidd1e489

National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, airplane program, 1918

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 05-162, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence
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Correspondence
Correspondence / Box 2
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa05-162-refidd1e501

National Aeronautics & Space Administration

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary  Search this
Container:
Box 12 of 16
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-135, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Administrative Records
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Administrative Records
Administrative Records / Box 12
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa02-135-refidd1e4077

National Aeronautics & Space Administration

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary  Search this
Container:
Box 11 of 15
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 05-009, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Administrative Records
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Administrative Records
Administrative Records / Box 11
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa05-009-refidd1e4177

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary  Search this
Container:
Box 530 of 659
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 99, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Records
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Records
Records / Series 6c: Federal Agencies, Commissions, Councils, and Departments / Box 530
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0099-refidd1e43139

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary  Search this
Container:
Box 248 of 659
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 99, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Records
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Records / Series 2b: Organizations / Box 248
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0099-refidd1e19073

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary  Search this
Container:
Box 333 of 659
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 99, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Records
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Records
Records / Series 3b: Organizations / Box 333
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0099-refidd1e27288

Grants: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Grants, 1964-1967

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary  Search this
Container:
Box 17 of 659
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 99, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Records
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Records
Records / Series 1a: Subject File / Box 17
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0099-refidd1e1596

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary  Search this
Container:
Box 13 of 16
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 01-084, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Administrative Records
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Administrative Records
Administrative Records / Box 13
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa01-084-refidd1e4233

National Aeronautics & Space Administration

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary  Search this
Container:
Box 15 of 18
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 00-022, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Administrative Records
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Administrative Records
Administrative Records / Box 15
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa00-022-refidd1e5579

Website Records

Topic:
Innovations in Flight: Family Day and Outdoor Aviation Display (Website)
Creator::
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Electronic records
Web sites
Date:
2018
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of two websites maintained by the National Air and Space Museum.

The primary website for the National Air and Space Museum was crawled on August 8, 2018. It consists of information about the museum, including its Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and its exhibitions, collections, staff, research, programs, and events. The website also includes online exhibitions and educational resources. Detailed collection information is not included in this accession. Due to technical issues, some images may be missing.

The "Innovations in Flight: Family Day and Outdoor Aviation Display" website was crawled on July 20, 2018, and promotes the event which occurred on June 16, 2018. The website provides information about the National Air and Space Museum's event of the same name at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

Materials are in electronic format.
Topic:
Aeronautical museums  Search this
Astronautical museums  Search this
Web sites  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Special events  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Genre/Form:
Electronic records
Web sites
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-207, National Air and Space Museum, Website Records
Identifier:
Accession 19-207
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Website Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-fa19-207

Arm, Canadarm Remote Manipulator System

Manufacturer:
MDA Robotics and Automation  Search this
Spar Aerospace Ltd.  Search this
Materials:
Graphite-epoxy, Kevlar, copper, electronics, kapton, Darcon scrim cloth, Beta cloth, wax, plastic, velcro, paint
Dimensions:
3-D: 38cm x 15m (15 in. x 50 ft.)
Height from floor in support stand: 86.4cm (34 in.)
Weight: 450 kg (992 lb.)
Type:
EQUIPMENT
Country of Origin:
Canada
Credit Line:
Transferred from National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Inventory Number:
A20130168000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
Location:
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Hangar:
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9f448c1f6-da8a-46ee-a105-06656652ee99
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A20130168000
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Correspondence, 1903-1925

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary  Search this
Subject:
Bell, Alexander Graham 1847-1922  Search this
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906  Search this
Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927  Search this
Library of Congress  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology  Search this
United States National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Administration  Search this
United States Interstate Commerce Commission  Search this
Physical description:
1.5 cu. ft. (3 document boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1903
1903-1925
Topic:
Museums--Administration  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 05-162
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Correspondence 1863-1971 [Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_259002

Administrative Records, 1987-1998

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary  Search this
Subject:
Heyman, Ira Michael 1930-2011  Search this
Enola Gay (Bomber)  Search this
The Crossroads: The End of World War II, the Atomic Bomb and the Origins of the Cold War (Proposed exhibition)  Search this
The Last Act: The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II (Proposed exhibition)  Search this
Physical description:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Brochures
Clippings
Color photographs
Date:
1987
1987-1998
Topic:
Aeronautical museums  Search this
Atomic bomb  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 10-133
See more items in:
Administrative Records 1835-2017 [Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_289213

Website Records, 2018

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.)  Search this
Uniform title:
Innovations in Flight: Family Day and Outdoor Aviation Display (Website)  Search this
Subject:
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center  Search this
Innovations in Flight: Family Day and Outdoor Aviation Display  Search this
Exploring the Planets (Online exhibition)  Search this
Apollo to the Moon (Online exhibition)  Search this
A New Moon Rises: Views from the Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter Camera (Online exhibition)  Search this
Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity (Online exhibition)  Search this
Hawaii by Air (Online exhibition)  Search this
Fifty Years of Human Space Flight (Online exhibition)  Search this
Out of This World (Online exhibition)  Search this
America by Air (Online exhibition)  Search this
The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age (Online exhibition)  Search this
Explore the Universe (Online exhibition)  Search this
Star Wars: The Magic of Myth (Online exhibition)  Search this
Space Race (Online exhibition)  Search this
Looking at Earth (Online exhibition)  Search this
Type:
Electronic records
Collection descriptions
Web sites
Date:
2018
Topic:
Aeronautical museums  Search this
Astronautical museums  Search this
Web sites  Search this
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Special events  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 19-207
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Website Records 2004, 2009-2020 [National Air and Space Museum (U.S.)]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_398609

Gerard Post Herrick Papers

Creator:
Herrick, Gerard Post, 1873-1955  Search this
Names:
Convertoplane Corp  Search this
Herrick, Gerard Post, 1873-1955  Search this
Extent:
17.68 Cubic feet (2 records center boxes; 5 drawers)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Clippings
Black-and-white negatives
Publications
Motion pictures (visual works)
Correspondence
Drawings
Date:
1909-1963
bulk 1909-1921
Summary:
This collection consists of correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, handwritten technical notes, drawings, photographs, reports, and affidavits in support of historical statements. Also included are several hundred black-and-white negatives and three reels of motion-picture film of the Herrick Vertoplane.
Scope and Contents:
The material in this collection was donated to the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in December 1958 and relates to Herrick, the Herrick Balanced Rotary Engine, and the Herrick Vertoplane/Convertoplane series. The material consists primarily of correspondence, news clippings, and engineering drawings or sketches. Portions of the collection were discovered in the Paul E. Garber Papers (NASM Archives Accession 1991-0063) during the preliminary processing of that collection and were returned to the Herrick Collection at that time. Only the materials that now make up the bulk of Series I (Patent Related Material) and Series II (Technical Material) were found in their original enclosures (mostly envelopes) and were organized based on those enclosures. Series III (Miscellaneous Material) was created during processing primarily from loose, unorganized materials. Series IV (Engineering Drawings) consists of oversized materials and engineering drawings which had been stored rolled or folded.

A collection of negatives donated with the accession are currently housed in the curatorial files of the NASM Aeronautics Department. Some photographs from the collection were included in the NASM Archives Videodisc project; such photographs and others from the collection are housed in the NASM Archives Technical Reference Files. Three motion picture films from the collection were transferred to the NASM Film Archives in January 1995.

Note: The digital images in this finding aid were repurposed from scans made by an outside contractor for a commercial product and may show irregular cropping and orientation in addition to color variations resulting from damage to and deterioration of the original objects.
Arrangement:
The collection has been divided into four series. The first series contains patent-related material. The second pertains to technical materials. The third series, created during processing primarily from loose, unorganized materials, consists of miscellaneous material. The fourth series contains engineering drawings and oversized material which had been stored rolled or folded.

A collection of negatives are currently housed in the curatorial files of the NASM Aeronautics Department. Some photographs from the collection were included in the NASM Archives Videodisc project; such photographs and others from the collection are housed in the NASM Archives Technical Reference Files. Three motion picture films from the collection were transferred to the NASM Film Archives in January 1995.

SERIES I: Patent-Related Material

SERIES II: Technical Material

SERIES III: Miscellaneous Material

SERIES IV: Engineering Drawings and Oversized Material
Biographical / Historical:
Gerard Post Herrick (1873-1955) was a lawyer and engineer who is known as the inventor of the convertible aircraft. In 1911 Herrick, a graduate of Princeton (A.B.1895) and the New York Law School (L.L.B.1897), founded the Herrick Engine Co. to market his "balanced rotary engine" concept. During World War I, he served as a captain in the Army Air Service (1918-19). After the war, Herrick developed the concept of the convertible aircraft, which could operate both as a fixed-wing airplane and as a giroplane. In late 1930, Herrick engaged F. E. Seiler, ex-chief engineer of Kellett Aircraft Corp, to assist in the design of a full-scale Vertoplane, as Herrick called his invention. After delivering a number of drawings and reports to Herrick, Seiler began work at Heath Aircraft Co. and, before his death in mid-1931, pedaled the convertible aircraft concept and the data from his work with Herrick to C. L. Stauffer, a promoter and Heath dealer. In the meantime, Ralph H. McClarren, who had met Herrick in the late 1920s at the Guggenheim School of Aeronautics and had been Seiler's assistant at Kellett, left Kellett to join Heath, where he uncovered Seiler's and Stauffer's activities.

By this time Herrick had established the Vertoplane Development Corp. of New York to finance his aircraft. Herrick contracted with Heath for the actual construction of the craft, the design of which fell to McClarren. The first aircraft, the HV-1, was ready on November 6, 1931. The test pilot, Merrill Lambert, made several successful test flights in both fixed- and rotating-wing mode, but when he attempted an in-flight transition between the two, the aircraft fell out of control and crashed. Lambert bailed out of the aircraft, but was killed when his parachute failed to open.

Post-crash analysis found no fault with the basic convertible aircraft concept and Herrick continued development work with McClarren remaining as consulting engineer. The new aircraft, the HV-2, was flight tested beginning October 31, 1936 with George Townson as test pilot. Although the aircraft flew in both fixed- and rotating-wing mode, vibrations in the rotating wing delayed the first in-flight conversion until July 30, 1937.

Herrick continued to develop the convertible airplane concept with McClarren and others, including designs with both powered and unpowered rotors, as well as a variety of configurations and power plants. In the immediate post-World War II years, he changed the company name to Convertoplane Corp. and unsuccessfully lobbied financial interests and the government for support. He remained the president of Covertoplane and stayed active in the development process until his death in 1955.
Provenance:
Gerard P. Herrick, gift, 1958, NASM.XXXX.0097, unknown.
Restrictions:
Please see NASM Archives for restrictions.
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
Autogiros  Search this
Herrick Vertaplane Family  Search this
Herrick rotary engine  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings
Black-and-white negatives
Publications
Motion pictures (visual works)
Correspondence
Drawings
Citation:
Gerard Post Herrick Papers, NASM.XXXX.0097, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0097
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Gerard Post Herrick Papers
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0097
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