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Walter R. Roderick Interviews

Creator:
Roderick, Walter R. interviewee  Search this
Extent:
2 audiotapes (reference copies).
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Audiotapes
Oral history
Date:
1986-1987
Introduction:
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 staff conduct interviews with current and retired Smithsonian staff and others who have made significant contributions to the Institution. There are also interviews conducted by researchers or students on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Smith was interviewed for the Smithsonian Institution Archives Oral History Collection because of her service as a librarian and administrator with Smithsonian Institution Libraries.
Descriptive Entry:
Roderick was interviewed by Susan E. Ewing, a University of Maryland student and Technical Information Specialist for the NASM Archives, in 1986 and 1987. The interviews cover his youth; education; career in the U.S. Air Force, Capital Airlines, and NASM; restoration of such famous aircraft as the Winnie Mae, Vin Fiz, and Douglas World Cruiser; opening of NASM and Paul E. Garber Facility; and reminiscences of colleagues, including Edward B. Chalkley, Paul E. Garber, and Walter Male. The collection consists of 3.0 hours of audiotape recording, 78 pages of transcript, and occupies 0.5 linear feet of shelf space. In total, this collection includes 2 original audiotape cassettes, 3 preservation 5" reel-to-reel audiotapes, and 2 reference audiotape cassettes.
Historical Note:
Walter R. Roderick (1935- ), aircraft restoration specialist, served in the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1956. During these years, he gained experience in aircraft maintenance and repair. After three years with Capital Airlines, he joined the staff of the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in 1959. His duties as an aircraft restoration specialist at NASM's Paul E. Garber Facility were to preserve, restore, and exhibit historic aircraft. Highlights of his career include the opening of the new NASM building in 1976 and the Silver Hill Museum in 1977. He retired as Chief of Production Operations at NASM in 1986.
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Restricted.
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Douglas World Cruiser (Airplane)  Search this
Winnie Mae (Airplane)  Search this
Vin Fiz (Airplane)  Search this
Restoration  Search this
Conservation and restoration  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Audiotapes
Oral history
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9590, Roderick, Walter R. interviewee, Walter R. Roderick Interviews
Identifier:
Record Unit 9590
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9590

Oral history interviews with Walter R. Roderick, 1986-1987

Interviewee:
Roderick, Walter R  Search this
Creator:
Ewing, Susan E  Search this
Subject:
Roderick, Walter R  Search this
Chalkley, Edward B  Search this
Garber, Paul Edward 1899-1992  Search this
Male, Walter  Search this
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Silver Hill Facility  Search this
Capital Airlines  Search this
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility  Search this
United States Air Force  Search this
Physical description:
2 audiotapes (Reference copies)
Type:
Interviews
Collection descriptions
Audiotapes
Oral history
Date:
1986
1986-1987
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Douglas World Cruiser (Airplane)  Search this
Winnie Mae (Airplane)  Search this
Vin Fiz (Airplane)  Search this
Restoration  Search this
Conservators  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU009590
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_217758

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