This collection consists of two original paper drawings of the Star Trek Starship Enterprise 33-inch model plans, drawn by Matt Jefferies in 1964. One of the drawing is 56 by 30 inches, the other is 42.5 by 27.75 inches. The back of one of the drawings also include a sample of over sprayed paint from the base color of the 33-inch model, and both have handwritten notes and diagrams from model-maker Richard C. Datin.
Biographical / Historical:
The weekly hour-long Star Trek TV show (NBC-TV), which aired from September 1966 until June 1969, became one of the most popular shows in the history of television. The show's depiction of a racially-integrated, multinational crew of men and women working together successfully, as well as its attention to contemporary social and political issues, pushed the boundaries of network television, earning Star Trek a dedicated fan base.
The principal designer of the Star Trek Starship Enterprise model, Walter "Matt" Jefferies, worked with concepts provided by Star Trek's creator Gene Roddenberry. A 33 inch model mostly of solid wood was then built by model-maker Richard C. Datin under subcontract to the Howard Anderson Company. This model, created as a study model and for publicity shots, did appear in some episodes. For production, however, Desilu/Howard Anderson ordered a larger model, the 11-foot Star Trek Starship Enterprise studio model (held by the Museum since 1974) which was built from enlarging the 33 inch model plans.
Noel McDonald /and CBS, Gift, 2016
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National Air and Space Museum. Exhibits and Public Services Department Search this
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
This accession consists of records documenting the development of the exhibition Star Trek and the intellectual property rights surrounding it. The exhibition
examined the unique history and influence of a popular culture icon and featured footage from the Star Trek television series as well as individual interviews with
the show's cast. Materials include proposals, scripts, correspondence, memoranda, notes, copies of press clippings, budget, reports, and permissions granted and received for
use of the footage and the promotional video created from the footage.
National Air and Space Museum. Department of Astronautics Search this
32 cu. ft. (64 document boxes)
1965-1984, with materials dating from circa 1953
This collection deals chiefly with Durant's tenure as Assistant Director for Astronautics at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM). Perhaps the single topic of greatest
interest is the effort to obtain a building for NASM, which was accomplished on July 1, 1976, when the new museum opened. A parallel theme concerns the drive to plan and complete
the new museum's exhibits. Durant's wide contacts in the aerospace community, based on his years as an engineer and administrator, made him very useful in this respect. At
the same time, there is a continuing interest in the on-going study of the history of military aviation and astronautics as well. Finally, there is documentation for Durant's
private interests, which included stamp collecting, magic, and the activities of the Cosmos Club, to which he belongs.
Correspondents include many of the United States astronauts; Arthur C. Clarke; Stanley Kubrick; and the creators of Star Trek, the popular television series.
Frederick Clark Durant, (1916-2015) was born in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, and educated as a chemical engineer at Lehigh University (B.S., 1939). He served as a naval pilot
during World War II.
In the post war years his career led him through a variety of aspects of aeronautics and rocketry, in both the government and private corporations. He was employed with
Bell Aircraft Corporation, 1947-1948; the U.S. Naval Air Rocket Test Station, New Jersey, 1949-1952; as an Engineering Consultant, 1953-1954; with Arthur D. Little, Inc.,
1955-1957; Avco-Everett Research Laboratory, 1958-1961; and Bell Aerosystems Company, 1962-1964. In 1965 he joined the National Air Museum (the National Air and Space Museum
- after 1966) as its Assistant Director for Astronautics. He held that post until leaving NASM in 1980 to pursue other interests. Durant is a recognized expert on the history
of rocketry and is a member of numerous societies, among them the American Astronautical Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and he is a past
President of the American Rocket Society.
Box 33 contains copyrighted materials; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.