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Glennan-Webb-Seamans Project Interviews

Creator:
Collins, Martin  Search this
Names:
Glennan-Webb-Seamans Project for Research in Space History  Search this
Project Apollo (U.S.)  Search this
Atwood, John Leland, 1904-1999  Search this
Bradshaw, Delmer  Search this
Burnett, James  Search this
Demitriades, Paul  Search this
Doll, Edward  Search this
Downey, Peter  Search this
Duff, Brian.  Search this
Elms, James C., 1916-  Search this
Fletcher, James  Search this
Gilruth, Robert  Search this
Glennan, Thomas Keith, 1905-1995  Search this
Jacobs, Donald  Search this
Mettler, Ruben F., 1924-  Search this
Miller, Mark  Search this
Mueller, G. E. (George Edwin), 1918-  Search this
Phillips, Samuel  Search this
Ramo, Simon  Search this
Seamans, Robert C.  Search this
Shapley, Willis  Search this
Silverstein, Abe  Search this
Soergel, David  Search this
Storms, Harrison A., Jr., 1915-1992  Search this
Webb, James E. (James Edwin), 1906-  Search this
Wilson, Thorton  Search this
York, Herbert F. (Herbert Frank)  Search this
Extent:
3.01 Cubic feet (16 boxes )
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Transcripts
Date:
1985-1990
Summary:
This collection consists of the transcripts for the Glennen-Webb-Seamans Project (GWS), which examines various aspects of NASA management practices during the Apollo program. This project constitutes one of several oral history projects conducted within the Department of Space History, NASM. The principal investigator for the GWS was Martin Collins and the interview set contains 193 hours of interviews with 22 individuals. The central thread of this collection was the problem of configuring new political relations among the space sciences and sponsors. The following individuals were interviewed: J. Leland Atwood; Delmer Bradshaw; James Burnett; Paul Demitriades; Edward Doll; Peter Downey; Brian Duff; James Elms; James Fletcher; Robert Gilruth; T. Keith Glennan; Donald Jacobs; Ruben Mettler; Mark Miller; George Mueller; Samuel Phillips; Simon Ramo; Robert Seamans; Willis Shapley; Abe Silverstein; David Soergel; Harrison Storms; James Webb; Thorton Wilson; and Herbert York.
Scope and Contents:
The Glennan-Webb-Seamans Project Interviews consist of 193 hours of interviews with 26 individuals. The audio cassette tapes of these interviews have yet to be remastered and, due to their fragility, are unavailable to researchers. Transcripts are available to researchers, though there are restrictions placed on a number of them. A NASM staff member will advise the patron which transcripts are available for copying or viewing and how to order copies of transcripts and/or CDs.
Arrangement:
The Glennan-Webb-Seamans (GWS) Project Interviews are arranged alphabetically by interviewee. Boxes 1-11 (Series 1) contain the interviews on audio cassette tapes. These tapes have yet to be remastered and, due to their fragility, are not available to researchers.

Boxes 12-16 (Series 2) contain the transcripts for these cassette tapes. Most of these transcripts are available to researchers, though restrictions are placed on a small number of them. Transcripts with user restrictions are highlighted in bold type.
Biographical / Historical:
This collection contains the interviews of the Glennan-Webb-Seamans Project (GWS). These interviews analyze a variety of facets revolving around NASA management and its handling of contractors during the Apollo program. The individuals listed as part of this collection's name refer to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) first two administrators and the agency's deputy administrator during much of the 1960s. The principal (though, by no means the only) interviewer for this project was Martin Collins and the interview set consists of 193 hours of interviews with 26 individuals. These interview subjects represent some of the most influential decision-makers at NASA, the aerospace industry and academia. The following were interviewed for this project: J. Leland Atwood; Delmer Bradshaw; James Burnett; Paul Demitriades; Edward Doll; Peter Downey; Brian Duff; James Elms; James Fletcher; Robert Gilruth; T. Keith Glennan; Donald Jacobs; Ruben Mettler; Mark Miller; John Moore; George Mueller; Samuel Phillips; Simon Ramo; Robert Seamans; Willis Shapley; Abe Silverstein; David Soergel; Harrison Storms; James Webb; Thornton Wilson and Herbert York. Among the myriad of topics discussed in these interviews is the Apollo 1 [204] fire that killed astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee on January 27, 1967, during a test at the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida. The GWS Project constitutes one of a number of oral history efforts endeavors conducted by the National Air and Space Museum's (NASM) Department of Space History.
General note:
This collection consists of the interview transcripts, not the tapes.
Provenance:
Department of Space History, Transfer, 1999, 1999-0036, Varies
Restrictions:
Various restrictions apply.
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:
Astronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Transcripts
Citation:
Glennan-Webb-Seamans Project Interviews, Acc. 1999-0036, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1999.0036
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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James C. Elms Collection

Creator:
Elms, James C., 1916-  Search this
Names:
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Elms, James C., 1916-  Search this
Extent:
3.5 Cubic feet (10 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Publications
Correspondence
Notes
Speeches
Date:
1959-1980
Summary:
This collection consists of speeches, papers, notes, newspaper articles and records on Elms' career, including the following areas: Transportation System Center; Electronics Research Center; Manned Space Station; Space Shuttle; Space Systems Committee; Gemini Mission Review Board; and Hearings on space topics.
Scope and Content Note:
In 1989, Mr. Elms donated this material to the National Air and Space Museum's Department of Space History in conjunction with his interview for the Glennen-Webb-Seamans oral history project. The collection was transferred to the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) Archives in 1993. The Elms Collection consists of speeches, papers, notes, newspaper articles and congressional hearings. Some of the subjects covered in the collection are: Transportation Systems Center, Electronics Research Center, Space Station Program, Space Shuttle, Space Systems Committee, and Gemini Mission Review Board.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into two series and within each series chronologically. In the first series, the researcher will find correspondence, congressional hearings and speeches. Series II contains miscellaneous newspaper clippings and oversize materials. The original folder titles were inconsistent, sometimes containing only acronyms and/or abbreviations. For the sake of clarity, acronyms and abbreviations have been spelled out, and the project archivist has preceded each of the original folder titles with a subject heading, project designation and/or agency title.
Biographical Note:
James Elms (1916-1993) began his aerospace career at Consolidated Vultee in 1940 as a junior stress analyst. During WWII, he served with the US Army Air Forces at Wright Field (later Wright-Patterson AFB) where he developed a cartridge positioner which prevented turret guns from jamming. After the war he received his Bachelor of Science in Physics from the California Institute of Technology and his Master of Arts Degree from the University of California. He worked for North American Aviation as manager of the Armament Systems Department, Autonetics Division. There, he was responsible for research, development, and design of fire control, radar and allied systems. Upon leaving North American, he became the manager of the Avionics Department for the Denver Division of the Martin Company, where he was responsible for design and development of guidance, flight control, and other electronic and electrical systems for the Titan Missile. In September of 1960 Mr. Elms joined the Ford Motor Company, Aeroneutronics Division, after a brief stint at the Crosley Division of AVCO. While at Ford, Elms was recruited to join the senior staff of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas, eventually becoming Deputy Director. During the 1960s, Elms held a variety of other administrative positions at NASA, including Deputy Associate Administrator for Manned Space Flight, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC. After his service there, Elms became the Director of NASA's Electronics Research Center (ERC). The ERC was slated to be closed at the end of 1970. Elms was able to rally support for the ERC and get the majority of his directorate transferred to the US Department of Transportation as the Transportation Systems Center. This initiative saved many jobs and allowed important government research to continue. Upon leaving official government service, Mr. Elms continued to work as a consultant for government and private industry. James C. Elms passed away on May 7, 1993.
Provenance:
James C. Elms, gift, 1993, 1993-0047, NASM
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Permissions Requests
Topic:
Astronautics  Search this
Space stations  Search this
Space shuttles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Publications
Correspondence
Notes
Speeches
Citation:
James C. Elms Collection, Acc. 1993-0047, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1993.0047
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Speeches

Collection Creator:
Elms, James C., 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 10, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1969 - June 1970
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
James C. Elms Collection, Acc. 1993-0047, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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James C. Elms Collection
James C. Elms Collection / Series 1: Professional Materials / 1.3: Speeches
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-1993-0047-ref100

Miscellaneous

Collection Creator:
Elms, James C., 1916-  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
This series contains newspaper clippings and other oversize and miscellaneous material covering a variety of subjects.
Arrangement:
The materials are arranged chronologically.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
James C. Elms Collection, Acc. 1993-0047, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1993.0047, Series 2
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Newspaper Clippings, James C. Elms, "Giant Role Ahead for NASA Research Center Here," Boston Sunday Herald

Collection Creator:
Elms, James C., 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 10, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
January 29, 1967
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
James C. Elms Collection, Acc. 1993-0047, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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James C. Elms Collection
James C. Elms Collection / Series 2: Miscellaneous
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-1993-0047-ref105

Newspaper Clippings, James C. Elms, review of Science and the Educated Man, by Julias A. Stratton, Boston Globe

Collection Creator:
Elms, James C., 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 10, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
March 19, 1967
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
James C. Elms Collection, Acc. 1993-0047, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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James C. Elms Collection
James C. Elms Collection / Series 2: Miscellaneous
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-1993-0047-ref106

Newspaper Clippings, James C. Elms, "Tommy Shulman's Tips on Career Guidance: Career in Space," Boston Record American

Collection Creator:
Elms, James C., 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 10, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
April 24, 1967
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
James C. Elms Collection, Acc. 1993-0047, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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James C. Elms Collection
James C. Elms Collection / Series 2: Miscellaneous
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-1993-0047-ref107

Newspaper Clippings, James C. Elms, "Research in Electronics," Wellesley Alumni Magazine

Collection Creator:
Elms, James C., 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 10, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
May, 1967
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
James C. Elms Collection, Acc. 1993-0047, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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James C. Elms Collection
James C. Elms Collection / Series 2: Miscellaneous
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-1993-0047-ref108

Newspaper Clippings, Electronic Research Center in the News

Collection Creator:
Elms, James C., 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 10, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1967-1969
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
James C. Elms Collection, Acc. 1993-0047, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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James C. Elms Collection
James C. Elms Collection / Series 2: Miscellaneous
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-1993-0047-ref109

Correspondence and Reports

Collection Creator:
Elms, James C., 1916-  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
James C. Elms Collection, Acc. 1993-0047, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1993.0047, Subseries 1.1
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James C. Elms Collection / Series 1: Professional Materials
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Newspaper Clippings

Collection Creator:
Elms, James C., 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 10, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
July, 1963 - November, 1969
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
James C. Elms Collection, Acc. 1993-0047, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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James C. Elms Collection
James C. Elms Collection / Series 2: Miscellaneous
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-1993-0047-ref110

Newspaper Clippings

Collection Creator:
Elms, James C., 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 10, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
April, 1969 - November, 1969
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
James C. Elms Collection, Acc. 1993-0047, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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James C. Elms Collection
James C. Elms Collection / Series 2: Miscellaneous
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-1993-0047-ref111

Electronics Research Center, Japanese Visitors

Collection Creator:
Elms, James C., 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 10, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1967-1970
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
James C. Elms Collection, Acc. 1993-0047, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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James C. Elms Collection
James C. Elms Collection / Series 2: Miscellaneous
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-1993-0047-ref112

Cartridge Positioner Patent

Collection Creator:
Elms, James C., 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 10, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1944
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
James C. Elms Collection, Acc. 1993-0047, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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James C. Elms Collection
James C. Elms Collection / Series 2: Miscellaneous
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-1993-0047-ref113

Les Chemins de fer en France, S.N.C.F, Paris

Collection Creator:
Elms, James C., 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 10, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1972
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
James C. Elms Collection, Acc. 1993-0047, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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James C. Elms Collection
James C. Elms Collection / Series 2: Miscellaneous
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ead_component:sova-nasm-1993-0047-ref114

[NASA] Dictionary of Acronyms

Collection Creator:
Elms, James C., 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 10, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
James C. Elms Collection, Acc. 1993-0047, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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James C. Elms Collection
James C. Elms Collection / Series 2: Miscellaneous
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Elms, James C., 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
February, 1959 - August, 1960
November, 1960 - April, 1962
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
James C. Elms Collection, Acc. 1993-0047, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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James C. Elms Collection
James C. Elms Collection / Series 1: Professional Materials / 1.1: Correspondence and Reports
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-1993-0047-ref12

Correspondence, Chronological. File

Collection Creator:
Elms, James C., 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
January, 1960 - July, 1960
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
James C. Elms Collection, Acc. 1993-0047, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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James C. Elms Collection
James C. Elms Collection / Series 1: Professional Materials / 1.1: Correspondence and Reports
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-1993-0047-ref13

Correspondence, Chronological

Collection Creator:
Elms, James C., 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
September, 1960 - December, 1961
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
James C. Elms Collection, Acc. 1993-0047, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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James C. Elms Collection
James C. Elms Collection / Series 1: Professional Materials / 1.1: Correspondence and Reports
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-1993-0047-ref14

Correspondence, Chronological, Outgoing

Collection Creator:
Elms, James C., 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1962
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
James C. Elms Collection, Acc. 1993-0047, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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James C. Elms Collection
James C. Elms Collection / Series 1: Professional Materials / 1.1: Correspondence and Reports
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1993-0047-ref15

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