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James Hart Wyld Collection

Creator:
Wyld, James Hart.  Search this
Names:
American Rocket Society  Search this
Extent:
0.5 Cubic feet (2 Boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Negatives
Date:
bulk 1930-1939
Summary:
A collection of items attributed to rocket pioneer James Hart Wyld dating from the 1930s and 1940s. The collection consists of two boxes, with one containing notes and prints attributed to Wyld and the other containing original negatives.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of approximately 140 black-and-white negatives (28 35mm strips of 8 frames each, seven 35mm strips of 2 frames each, and six 3.5 x 6 inch sheets), predominantly taken by James H. Wyld, of American Rocket Society meets and rocket tests and an Elmira, New York, glider meet, and images taken by Wyld on various trips around the New York City area and elsewhere. Buildings, engineering projects, and landscapes pictured include the Lincoln Tunnel and the Triborough Bridge (under construction), the Empire State Building, Central Park, Gilgo Beach and Long Beach (Long Island), Port Washington, Fire Island, the 1939 World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, the Vanderbilt Cup races in Mineola, New Rochelle, Cornwall, and the Catskills, all in New York. Also included are images taken in Princeton, New Jersey; Connecticut; Mount Washington, New Hampshire; and Massillon, Ohio. Individuals pictured include Frank Harrison, Albert Rice, and Bill Baum. The collection also consists of Wyld's personal papers including a diary covering the period of February 1931 to May 1936; a 1932 scientific notebook; two photographs of rocket test activities; a post card addressed to Wyld from "John" (possibly John Shesta) referencing a postponement; a portraint of James Wyld; handwritten report, "An Automatic Thrust and Mixture Control for Rocket Motors," 1946.an envelope full of information relating to a court case involving the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; a Princeton University Alumni Lectures pamphlet entitled America's Problem of National Defense by Professor Harold Sprout; five newspaper clippings related to rockets; an undated letter, missing the first page, to Wyld from Bernard E. "Ben" Smith regarding rocket testing; two letters, dating from 1938-1939, from Wyld to "John" (possibly John Shesta) regarding rocket testing; a report entitled Long Range Rocket, Section II (Propellant Systems) by Dr. Paul F. Winternitz, Director of Laboratories, Reaction Motors, Inc.; "Proposal for Unguided Liquid-Propellant Rocket Projectile" by an unknown author, possibly Wyld; two drawings of rockets; three pages of notes handwritten by Wyld, and a letter from Albert M. Paquin to the American Rocket Society, with handwritten comment attached, regarding financial assistance from the Society for rocket research. In addition, the collection contains a memo to Wyld regarding Reaction Motors, Inc. stock prices; and Wyld's handwritten notes and drawings entitled, "The Design of Streamline Hulls and Fins for Rockets," "The Nature of Rocket Flight" (noted as draft of Chapter IV of Introduction to Rocketry), "Pumping Mechanism" (appears to be missing pages), "Superchargine Airplane with Oxygen," and six additional pages of miscellaneous notes and drawings. Some pages of the notes have been initialled and noted by Shesta and Lawrence.
Biographical / Historical:
Rocket pioneer James Hart Wyld was born in 1913 and received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University in 1935. He joined the American Interplanetary Society (later the American Rocket Society) in 1931. In the late nineteen thirties, Wyld developed and tested the first modern liquid-propellant rocket motors. In 1941 he, along with John Shesta, Lovell Lawrence, Jr., and Hugh Franklin Pierce, formed Reaction Motors, Inc. (RMI), the first US rocket propulsion company.
Related Materials:
The American Rocket Society's Rocket Test Stand No. 2 is featured in negatives present in this collection. More information concerning this artifact can be found at American Rocket Society's Rocket Test Stand No. 2.
Provenance:
Anne W. Blizard, Gift, 2005, NASM.2005.0051
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:
Rocketry  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Rocket engines  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics) -- Performance  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives
Citation:
James Hart Wyld Collection, Accession 2005-0051, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2005.0051
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James Hart Wyld Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2005-0051
Online Media:

Report and Lecture

Collection Creator:
Wyld, James Hart.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
bulk 1930-1943
Scope and Contents:
A pamphlet containing a lecture by Professor Harold Scott entitled 'America's Problem of National Defense' The lecture was published by Princeton University in 1939. Also included in the folder is a document by Dr. Paul F. Winternitz entitled 'Long Range Rocket, Section II. (Propellant Systems).
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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:
Rockets (Aeronautics) -- History  Search this
Collection Citation:
James Hart Wyld Collection, Accession 2005-0051, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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James Hart Wyld Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-2005-0051-ref513

Diary

Collection Creator:
Wyld, James Hart.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
bulk 1931-02-10-1939-05
Scope and Contents:
A diary of Wyld's that is dated from the 10th of February, 1931 to May 1936.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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:
Rockets (Aeronautics) -- History  Search this
Collection Citation:
James Hart Wyld Collection, Accession 2005-0051, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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James Hart Wyld Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-2005-0051-ref514

Photographs

Collection Creator:
Wyld, James Hart.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Prints
Date:
bulk 1930-1943
1935
Scope and Contents:
A colleciton of three prints. The first is a portrait of Wyld and is held with tape to a cardboard frame, the joining of which is fragile. The second depicts the launching of a V-2 rocket. The third is labled as depicting the flight of a mail rocket at Greenwood Lake, New York in 1935.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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:
Rockets (Aeronautics) -- History  Search this
Collection Citation:
James Hart Wyld Collection, Accession 2005-0051, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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James Hart Wyld Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-2005-0051-ref515

Clippings

Collection Creator:
Wyld, James Hart.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
bulk 1930-1943
Scope and Contents:
A collection of newspaper clippings covering the development of rocket propulsion systems in aviation.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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:
Rockets (Aeronautics) -- History  Search this
Collection Citation:
James Hart Wyld Collection, Accession 2005-0051, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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James Hart Wyld Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-2005-0051-ref516

Notes and Notebook

Collection Creator:
Wyld, James Hart.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
bulk 1930-1943
Scope and Contents:
A collection of handwritten and typed notes by Wyld. The the folder is made up of loose sheets of note paper and a single notebook.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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:
Rockets (Aeronautics) -- History  Search this
Collection Citation:
James Hart Wyld Collection, Accession 2005-0051, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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James Hart Wyld Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-2005-0051-ref517

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Wyld, James Hart.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
bulk 1930-1943
Scope and Contents:
A collection of Wylds written correspondence to various individuals. Also included in the folder is an envelope containing pamphlets regarding the A.S.M.E petition to the Supreme Court in 1939.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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:
Rockets (Aeronautics) -- History  Search this
Collection Citation:
James Hart Wyld Collection, Accession 2005-0051, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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James Hart Wyld Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-2005-0051-ref518

Brown Notebook

Collection Creator:
Wyld, James Hart.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
bulk 1943-03-20
Scope and Contents:
A notebook containing notes taken by Wyld. The binding of the pages to the spine is fragile. Notebook states it begins on the 20th of March, 1943 but provides no end date.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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:
Rockets (Aeronautics) -- History  Search this
Collection Citation:
James Hart Wyld Collection, Accession 2005-0051, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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James Hart Wyld Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-2005-0051-ref519

Photo Folder 1

Collection Creator:
Wyld, James Hart.  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Date:
bulk 1930-1943
Scope and Contents:
The folder contains a collection of negatives described as depicting various rocket meets during the 1930s. Also included are Princeton University Store photo envelopes which include Kodak advertisements.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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:
Rockets (Aeronautics) -- History  Search this
Collection Citation:
James Hart Wyld Collection, Accession 2005-0051, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
James Hart Wyld Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-2005-0051-ref520

Photo Folder 4

Collection Creator:
Wyld, James Hart.  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Date:
bulk 1930-1943
Scope and Contents:
Contains negatives depicting rocket test stands used by the American Rocket Society. The negatives are contained within labled envelopes inside the folder. Included also are two paper scans of the negatives.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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:
Rockets (Aeronautics) -- History  Search this
Collection Citation:
James Hart Wyld Collection, Accession 2005-0051, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
James Hart Wyld Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-2005-0051-ref523

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