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Dr. Arthur Nutt Papers

Nutt, Arthur, 1895-1983  Search this
Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company  Search this
Packard Motor Car Company. New York  Search this
Wright Aeronautical Corp  Search this
Nutt, Arthur, 1895-1983  Search this
5.57 Cubic feet (15 boxes)
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
bulk 1915-1945
Arthur Nutt was an aeronautical engineer specializing in engine design.
Scope and Content Note:
This collection consists of the personal papers of Dr. Arthur Nutt. These papers relate to his career as an aeronautical engineer with the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company, Wright Aeronautical Corporation, Packard Motor Car Company, Arthur Nutt and Associates, and the Lycoming division of AVCO Manufacturing Corporation. The material include correspondence, photographs, reports, manuals, handbooks, test data, brochures, speeches, and scrapbooks. Included are biographical and autobiographical materials (notes, news clippings, articles, and photographs) compiled by Nutt in an unsuccessful attempt to publish his autobiography. Two smaller collections of Dr. Nutt's papers, NASM.1988.0055 and NASM.1988.0059, have been integrated into the main collection.

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Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged into two broad series. First, is the material pertaining to his professional life. This includes Nutt's correspondence, official reports, photographs (mainly of aircraft engines and aircraft), corporate publications (brochures, handbooks, instruction books, manuals, and parts lists), aircraft engine blueprints, aircraft engine proposals, test data, speeches, magazines, and newsletters. The second series contains papers gathered mainly for Nutt's personal use and interest. Of special interest are Nutt's logbook, scrapbooks, and notes for his autobiography.

Nutt's papers are arranged both alphabetically by manufacturer and then chronologically. Correspondence, photographs, reports, speeches, and notes (except miscellaneous biographical notes without dates) are organized by the latter method. Corporate brochures, handbooks, instruction books, manuals, blueprints and test data are grouped alphabetically by corporate name, then by date (and by aircraft engine type when applicable). Magazines, newsletters, and newspapers are also arranged alphabetically by title of publication and then chronologically.
Historical note:
Arthur Nutt was an aeronautical engineer specializing in engine design. Born in New Rochelle, New York in 1895, Nutt graduated from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1916 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and received an honorary doctorate from the Institute in 1941. Shortly after graduation, he was hired by the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Corporation (CAMCo) and started in the assembly department. As a motor engineer and eventually, chief motor engineer, Nutt was responsible for the development of the Curtiss D-12, V-1400, and R-1454 aircraft engines. After the merger of CAMCo and the Wright Aeronautical Corporation in 1930, Nutt went to work for Curtiss-Wright as vice president of engineering. He remained there for fourteen years until 1944 when he left to become director of aircraft engineering for the Packard Motor Car Company. He stayed with Packard until 1949 when he started and headed his own engineering sales firm, Arthur Nutt and Associates. In 1951 he joined the Lycoming Division of AVCO Manufacturing Corporation as vice president of engineering. Upon his retirement from Lycoming in 1959, Nutt stayed active in numerous civic and church activities. He was also a member of a number of professional organizations, most notably the Society of Automotive Engineers and served as its president in 1940. Nutt was inducted into the Aviation Pioneers Hall of Fame in 1978. He died in Boca Raton, Florida in 1983.
Jean N. Welch, gift, 1987, 1987-0115; 1988, 1988-0055 and 1988-0059.
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Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Curtiss R-1454 (engine)  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Curtiss CD-12 (engine)  Search this
Aeronautical engineers  Search this
Curtiss V-1400 (engine)  Search this
Airplanes -- Motors  Search this
Arthur Nutt Collection, Acc. 1987-0115, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Curtiss CD-12 V-12 Engine

Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company  Search this
Aluminum, Steel, Copper, Ceramic, Rubber, Magnesium, Preservative coating
Height 88.4 cm (34.8 in.), Length 144.3 cm (56.8 in.), Width 71.9 cm (28.3 in.)
PROPULSION-Reciprocating & Rotary
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Circa 1921
Credit Line:
Transferred from the U.S. Navy
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