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Russian Aeronautical Collection

Creator:
Hardesty, Von, 1939-  Search this
Names:
Sikorsky, Igor Ivan, 1889-1972  Search this
Extent:
26 Linear feet
30.81 Cubic feet (53 legal-size document boxes, 1 slim legal-size document box, 1 flat box )
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Newspapers
Reports
Articles
Place:
Soviet Union
Date:
1876-2006
Summary:
The Russian Aeronautical Collection is a mix of technical, historical, and cultural reference materials, including originals or copies of articles, documents and other historical materials relating to Russian and Soviet aviation from the Tsarist period through the Soviet era. The collection focuses on key events, personalities and aircraft designs, and certain subject areas are covered in depth, including the life and career of Igor Sikorsky, the transpolar flights of the 1930s, Soviet aviation in the Spanish Civil War, and the operational history of the Soviet Air Force in World War II.
Scope and Contents:
This collection contains newspaper clippings, articles, pamphlets/booklets, magazines/journals, reports, monographs, manuscripts, bibliographies and a few photographs.

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:
This collection was arranged by the creator first by what chronological era the subject matter dealt with, then alphabetically within each era by file unit title. Von Hardesty also created a grouping of materials that deals with aircraft design and designers and another grouping that contains reference material. Groupings and materials are in the order that the processing archivist received them which also correspondes to the guide that Von Hardesty created.

The processing archivist added the last 2 series which covers materials that were not listed in the original guide to the collection.

There are 8 series:

Series I: 1885-1917

Series II: 1918-1940

Series III: 1941-1945

Series IV: 1946-Onwards

Series V: Design

Series VI: Reference

Series VII: Loose Materials

Series VIII: Administrative Material
Biographical / Historical:
The Russian Aeronautical Collection (RAC) was assembled over the course of two decades by Von Hardesty, curator in the Aeronautics Division of the National Air and Space Museum. The RAC developed as a research project linked to the publication of Hardesty's book Red Phoenix: The Rise of Soviet Air Power, 1941 -1945 (first published in 1982.)
Provenance:
Aeronautics Division / Von Hardesty, Transfer, 2006
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:
Aeronautics -- Russia  Search this
Endurance flights  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Genre/Form:
Newspapers
Reports
Articles
Citation:
Russian Aeronautical Collection, ACC. 2006-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2006.0034
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Russian Aeronautical Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg29c0aca61-392f-462a-a4c9-802610155e12
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2006-0034
Online Media:

The Invisible Encounter

Author:
Sikorsky, Igor Ivan, 1889-1972  Search this
Collection Creator:
Hardesty, Von, 1939-  Search this
Container:
Box 49, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1947
Scope and Contents:
I. I. Sikorsky, The Invisible Encounter (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1947). (photocopy)
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.
Collection Citation:
Russian Aeronautical Collection, ACC. 2006-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Russian Aeronautical Collection
Russian Aeronautical Collection / Series 5: Designers & Designs / 5.2: Designers & Design - Sikorsky
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2f1ddc5f9-fd3c-457f-9de7-ddc41c2d6133
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-2006-0034-ref1517

The Message of the Lord's Prayer

Author:
Sikorsky, Igor Ivan, 1889-1972  Search this
Collection Creator:
Hardesty, Von, 1939-  Search this
Container:
Box 49, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1944
Scope and Contents:
Igor I. Sikorsky, The Message of The Lord's Prayer (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1944). (photocopy)
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.
Collection Citation:
Russian Aeronautical Collection, ACC. 2006-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Russian Aeronautical Collection
Russian Aeronautical Collection / Series 5: Designers & Designs / 5.2: Designers & Design - Sikorsky
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg235ea8748-5c30-4172-81af-ebf481280ef5
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-2006-0034-ref1519

Serge Gluhareff Papers

Creator:
Gluhareff, Serge Eugene  Search this
Names:
Sikorsky (Aircraft manufacturer)  Search this
Gluhareff, Michael.  Search this
Sikorsky, Igor Ivan, 1889-1972  Search this
Extent:
0.45 Cubic feet ((3 boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographic prints
Correspondence
Logbooks
Diaries
Date:
bulk 1920 -1986
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of approximately 0.20 cubic feet of material relating to Serge Gluhareff's career with Sikorsky Aircraft including: photographs; news clippings; correspondence; philatelic materials; immigration paperwork; and his pilot's licenses, medical certificates, and ratings. Notable figures who appear in the photographs (in addition to Serge Gluhareff) include Michael E. Gluhareff; Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky; H. Franklin Gregory; Dimitry D. "Jimmy" Viner; Reginald Alfred Charles Brie; Charles L. "Les" Morris; and Leslie Bradford Cooper. Aircraft seen in the photographs include the Sikorsky (VS-317) S-51; Sikorsky S-39 Sport Amphibion; Sikorsky (VS-316A, S-48) XR-4; Sikorsky (VS-317, S-51) XR-5; Sikorsky (VS-316A, S-48) R-4B (H-4B); Sikorsky S-43 Amphibion (Baby Clipper); Sikorsky VS-300 ; and the Sikorsky S-37 "Ville de Paris" ("Southern Star"). Also in the collection are digital image files scanned from a diary, loaned for copying by the donor, written by Serge Gluhareff's wife, Norma. These pages contain both her written recollections of Serge and his career, as well as photographs.
Biographical / Historical:
Serge Eugene Gluhareff (1903-1958) was an engineer who worked on several major Sikorsky aircraft models. Gluhareff was born in Russia in 1903 and went to school in Finland from 1919 to 1924, obtaining an engineering degree from the School of St. Alexis. While in Finland, Serge and his brother Michael (also an engineer) built and flew their own gliders. Serge and Michael came to the United States in 1924 and went to work for the Sikorsky Aero Engineering Corp. in Westbury, Long Island, New York as engineering draftsmen. Serge rose through the ranks becoming engineering supervisor at the Sikorsky plant in College Point, Long Island (1926-1929), then executive engineer (1934-1943) and later assistant engineering manager for research and development at the Stratford, Connecticut facility, a position he held from 1943 until he was forced to retire for health reasons in 1954. Serge had a long and close association with Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky and was the project engineer for important Sikorsky models such as the Sikorsky S-39 Sport Amphibion; Sikorsky S-40 Clipper; Sikorsky S-42 Clipper; Sikorsky VS-44; Sikorsky S-34; and the Sikorsky S-36. Serge also assisted in the development of Sikorsky's early helicopter models, including the Sikorsky VS-300. Serge obtained his pilot's license in 1928 and acted as test pilot for some early flights of the VS-300. Serge was also a member of many professional organizations including the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences; American Helicopter Society; Society of Automotive Engineers; and the Connecticut Association of Professional Engineers.
Provenance:
David Gluhareff, Gift, 2015
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:
Sikorsky (USA) VS-300 Family  Search this
Sikorsky (VS-316A, S-48) YR-4B (YH-4B)  Search this
Lockheed WV-2Q (EC-121M) Warning Star  Search this
Sikorsky S-39A Sport Amphibion  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographic prints
Correspondence
Logbooks
Diaries
Citation:
Serge Gluhareff Papers, Accession 2015-0050, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2015.0050
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2e4a52a8e-0e29-49e8-a716-485b5545eb02
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2015-0050

Aviakonstruktor IgorʹIvanovich Sikorskiĭ, 1889-1972 / G.I. Katyshev, V.R. Mikheev ; otvetstvenyĭ redaktor V.N. Dalin

Author:
Katyshev, G. I (Gennadiĭ Ivanovich)  Search this
Mikheev, V. R (Vadim Rostislavovich)  Search this
Dalin, V. N  Search this
Subject:
Sikorsky, Igor Ivan 1889-1972  Search this
Physical description:
174, [2] p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Soviet Union
Date:
1989
Topic:
Aeronautical engineers--Biography  Search this
Call number:
TL540.S54K38 1989X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_397821

Sky pioneer : the story of Igor I. Sikorsky / by Robert M. Bartlett

Author:
Bartlett, Robert Merrill 1898-1995  Search this
Subject:
Sikorsky, Igor Ivan 1889-1972  Search this
Physical description:
153 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm
Type:
Biography
Date:
1947
©1947
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1059161

The story of the winged-S : an autobiography / by Igor I. Sikorsky : with many illustrations from the author's collection of photographs

Author:
Sikorsky, Igor Ivan 1889-1972  Search this
Ill:
Pont, Charles E (Charles Ernest) 1898-1971  Search this
Publisher:
Dodd, Mead & Company  Search this
Physical description:
x, [2], 266 pages : photographs, port. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Biography
History
Date:
1939
Topic:
Airplanes  Search this
Helicopters  Search this
Call number:
TL540.S54 A3X 1939
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1058664

Nouvelle méthode de calcul des efforts dans l'avion et de la résistance des matériaux employés dans sa construction; critique de la méthode usuelle / Edmond Soulages

Title:
Calcul des efforts et de la résistance des matériaux dans la construction des avions
Author:
Soulages, Edmond  Search this
Former owner:
Sikorsky, Igor Ivan 1889-1972 DSI  Search this
Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences (U.S.) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
199, [1] p. illus., diagrs. 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1925
Topic:
Airplanes--Design and construction  Search this
Airplanes--Materials--Testing  Search this
Strength of materials  Search this
Strains and stresses  Search this
Call number:
TL671.6 .S68 1925
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_88987

Sikorskiĭ / V.R. Mikheev, G.I. Katyshev

Author:
Mikheev, V. R (Vadim Rostislavovich)  Search this
Katyshev, G. I (Gennadiĭ Ivanovich)  Search this
Subject:
Sikorsky, Igor Ivan 1889-1972  Search this
Physical description:
617 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Soviet Union
Date:
2004
Topic:
Aeronautical engineers  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_918250

The aviation careers of Igor Sikorsky / Dorothy Cochrane, Von Hardesty, Russell Lee

Author:
Cochrane, Dorothy  Search this
Hardesty, Von 1939-  Search this
Lee, Russell 1956-  Search this
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Subject:
Sikorsky, Igor Ivan 1889-1972 Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
207 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1989
C1989
Call number:
TL506.U6W3732 1989X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_384774

Krylʹia Sikorskogo / G.I. Katyshev, V.R. Mikheev

Author:
Katyshev, G. I (Gennadiĭ Ivanovich)  Search this
Mikheev, V. R (Vadim Rostislavovich)  Search this
Subject:
Sikorsky, Igor Ivan 1889-1972  Search this
Physical description:
414 p., [48] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Soviet Union
Date:
1992
Topic:
Airplanes--Design and construction--History  Search this
Call number:
TL540.S54 K19 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_453141

1923-1973: fifty years of first in flight

Author:
United Aircraft Corporation Sikorsky Aircraft Division  Search this
Sikorsky, Igor Ivan 1889-1972  Search this
Subject:
United Aircraft Corporation Sikorsky Aircraft Division History  Search this
Physical description:
55 p. illus., col. ports. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1973
197-]
Call number:
TL724.5.S5 U41
TL724.5.S5U41
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_49756

Reflections on a pioneer : presented at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York, May 24, 1989 / Sergei I. Sikorsky

Author:
Sikorskiĭ, S. I  Search this
Subject:
Sikorsky, Igor Ivan 1889-1972  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1989
Topic:
Sikorsky helicopters  Search this
Helicopters--History  Search this
Call number:
TL716.9.S5 S57 1989
TL716.9.S5 S57 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_402103

I. I. Sikorsky [manuscript]

Author:
Sikorsky, Igor Ivan, 1889-1972  Search this
Collection Creator:
Hardesty, Von, 1939-  Search this
Container:
Box 48, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
November 4, 1920
Scope and Contents:
I. Sikorsky, manuscript dated November 4, 1920. (photocopy, pages numbered 332-539).
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.
Collection Citation:
Russian Aeronautical Collection, ACC. 2006-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Russian Aeronautical Collection
Russian Aeronautical Collection / Series 5: Designers & Designs / 5.2: Designers & Design - Sikorsky
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg26596cca9-9d27-4fc9-84a9-013c0dbd72a3
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-2006-0034-ref1499

What Can Aircraft Do in the Next War?

Author:
Sikorsky, Igor Ivan, 1889-1972  Search this
Collection Creator:
Hardesty, Von, 1939-  Search this
Container:
Box 49, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1925-1928
Scope and Contents:
Igor I. Sikorsky, "What Can Aircraft Do In the Next War?", typed manuscript (1925) with preface (December 1928). (photocopies). Cover letter (Igor Sikorsky, Jr to Carl Bobrow, Harry Woodman, and Von Hardesty), July 24, 1995.
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.
Collection Citation:
Russian Aeronautical Collection, ACC. 2006-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Russian Aeronautical Collection
Russian Aeronautical Collection / Series 5: Designers & Designs / 5.2: Designers & Design - Sikorsky
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2a6662b30-ea7d-48f8-9351-089bcdd904e4
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-2006-0034-ref1523

Igor Sikorsky, the Russian years / K.N. Finne ; Carl J. Bobrow and Von Hardesty, editors ; translated and adpated by Von Hardesty

Author:
Finne, K. N  Search this
Bobrow, Carl J. 1952-  Search this
Hardesty, Von 1939-  Search this
Subject:
Sikorsky, Igor Ivan 1889-1972  Search this
Physical description:
223 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Soviet Union
Date:
1987
C1987
Topic:
Aeronautical engineers)--Biography  Search this
Ilʹia Muromets (Bomber)  Search this
Call number:
TL540.S54F513 1987X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_370008

Sikorskiĭ : vo slavu Rossii / V.R. Mikheev

Author:
Mikheev, V. R (Vadim Rostislavovich)  Search this
Subject:
Sikorsky, Igor Ivan 1889-1972  Search this
Physical description:
100 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Russia
Date:
2000
20th century
Topic:
Airplanes--History  Search this
Call number:
TL540.S54 M55 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_816238

Papers

Author:
Sikorsky, Igor Ivan 1889-1972  Search this
Donor:
Dibner, Bern DSI  Search this
Burndy Library DSI  Search this
Author:
Burndy Library Manuscripts Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
4 items
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Manuscripts (documents).)
Sources
Date:
1958
1958-1971
Topic:
Helicopters  Search this
Science--History  Search this
Technology--History  Search this
History  Search this
Science  Search this
Technology  Search this
Call number:
MSS 001372 A
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_179380

Skycrane : Igor Sikorsky's last vision / John A. McKenna ; Ned Allen, editor-in-chief

Author:
McKenna, John A  Search this
Allen, Ned  Search this
Subject:
Sikorsky, Igor Ivan 1889-1972  Search this
Physical description:
xxi, 115 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2010
C2010
Topic:
Sikorsky helicopters--History.  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_961295

The story of the Winged-S; late developments and recent photographs of the helicopter, an autobiography, by Igor I. Sikorsky

Author:
Sikorsky, Igor Ivan 1889-1972  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 314 p. illus. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1967
Topic:
Airplanes  Search this
Helicopters  Search this
Call number:
TL540.S54A3 1967X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_278392

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