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Zisfein, Melvin B.

Collection Creator:
National Air and Space Museum. Archives Division.  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The majority of the Archives Department's public reference requests can be answered using material in these files, which may be accessed through the Reading Room at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. More specific information can be requested by contacting the Archives Research Request.
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National Air & Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Biographies
National Air & Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Biographies / Series C: Biographies: Individuals / Biographies Z
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Zisfein, Melvin B.

Collection Creator:
National Air and Space Museum. Archives Division.  Search this
Container:
Drawer CZ, Folder 640000-01
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents note:
Documents
Collection Restrictions:
The majority of the Archives Department's public reference requests can be answered using material in these files, which may be accessed through the Reading Room at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. More specific information can be requested by contacting the Archives Research Request.
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National Air & Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Biographies
National Air & Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Biographies / Series C: Biographies: Individuals / Biographies Z / Zisfein, Melvin B.
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Zisfein, Melvin B.

Collection Creator:
National Air and Space Museum. Archives Division.  Search this
Container:
Drawer CZ, Folder 640000-80
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents note:
Photos
Collection Restrictions:
The majority of the Archives Department's public reference requests can be answered using material in these files, which may be accessed through the Reading Room at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. More specific information can be requested by contacting the Archives Research Request.
See more items in:
National Air & Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Biographies
National Air & Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Biographies / Series C: Biographies: Individuals / Biographies Z / Zisfein, Melvin B.
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Folder 39 Zisfein, Melvin B. Includes photograph.

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Container:
Box 10 of 10
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 420, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Public Affairs, Biographical Files
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Biographical Files
Biographical Files / Box 10
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Zisfein, Melvin B.

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Container:
Boxes 1-29 of 29
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7098, Biographical Information File
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Biographical Information File
Biographical Information File / Boxes 1-29
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Melvin B. Zisfein Papers

Creator::
Zisfein, Melvin B.  Search this
Extent:
3.43 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes) (1 12x17 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiotapes
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Clippings
Manuscripts
Place:
Fort Gordon (Ga.)
Date:
1947-1995 and undated
Descriptive Entry:
Included in this collection are articles, reports, notebooks, photographs, slides, and certificates and awards. There is very little personal correspondence, but papers written by Zisfein contained in this collection seem to represent some of his major writings. Of special note are 15 notebooks kept by Zisfein at NASM, which contain notes concerning exhibition concepts, planning, budgets, and schedules; museum policy, meetings, and agendas; and other professional activities. Also of note are a large number of photographic slides which depict the new NASM building and exhibition installations. Zisfein organized the slides into nine books, but books four to seven are missing from this accession.
Historical Note:
Melvin B. Zisfein (1926-1995) received Aeronautical Engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S., 1948; M.S., 1948). He worked at various companies as a designer and aerodynamicist from 1948 to 1953, including Lockheed Aircraft Corporation. He joined Bell Aircraft Corporation in 1953 as the Chief of the Dynamics Department. In 1960 Zisfein became General Manager of the Astromechanics Research Division of Giannini Controls Corporation until 1966, when he became Associate Director of the Franklin Institute Research Laboratories. From 1971 to 1982 he was at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) as Deputy Director (1971-1982) and also as Acting Director (1978), where he was instrumental in the planning, construction and design of the new NASM building which opened in 1976. In 1982 Zisfein became the first Director of the Army Discovery Center at the National Science Center in Fort Gordon, Georgia. He retired in 1988 but continued to teach as Adjunct Professor at Augusta College (Georgia) until 1990.
Topic:
Aeronautical museums  Search this
Aerospace engineers  Search this
Aerospace engineering  Search this
Museum buildings  Search this
Architectural design  Search this
Building  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Clippings
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-002, Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
Identifier:
Accession 96-002
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 1

Collection Creator::
Zisfein, Melvin B.  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-002, Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Untitled

Collection Creator::
Zisfein, Melvin B.  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Summary:
Scholarly and Professional Papers, 1947-1971
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-002, Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
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Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
Melvin B. Zisfein Papers / Box 1
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology exam in "Dynamics of Aircraft Structures," taken by Zisfein, June 6, 1947

Collection Creator::
Zisfein, Melvin B.  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-002, Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
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Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
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Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, technical data sheets and Zisfein notes, 1952

Collection Creator::
Zisfein, Melvin B.  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-002, Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
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Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Bell Aircraft, reports and presentations, 1958, 1960. Includes preliminary report and presentation titled "An Approximate Method for Obtaining Surface Pressure Aerodynamic Influence Coefficients," 1958, by Zisfein, and presentation titled "Aeroelastic ...

Collection Creator::
Zisfein, Melvin B.  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-002, Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
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Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
Melvin B. Zisfein Papers / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Giannini Controls Corporation, articles and reports, 1960-1966. Includes articles and reports written or co-written by Zisfein, or articles that cite Zisfein.

Collection Creator::
Zisfein, Melvin B.  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-002, Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
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Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
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Franklin Institute Research Laboratories, reports, 1969, 1971. Co-written and written by Zisfein.

Collection Creator::
Zisfein, Melvin B.  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-002, Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
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Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
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Untitled

Collection Creator::
Zisfein, Melvin B.  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Summary:
Papers Relating to National Air and Space Museum, 1972-1981 and undated
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-002, Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
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National Air and Space Museum (NASM), memoranda, meetings, and statement, 1976, 1978. Concern exhibition and research policies, personnel incentives, and "NASM Five Year Forward Planning Statement."

Collection Creator::
Zisfein, Melvin B.  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-002, Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
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Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
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"Visitors' Reactions to the National Air and Space Museum and the Individual Exhibits, Volume II: Detailed Findings," undated

Collection Creator::
Zisfein, Melvin B.  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-002, Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
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Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Zisfein articles, papers, and lectures, 1972, and undated. Includes article, "Critical Thoughts on Structural Mechanics and NDE," with William B. Tarpley, 1972, and lectures describing the NASM "exhibits complex."

Collection Creator::
Zisfein, Melvin B.  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-002, Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
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Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Articles concerning Zisfein and NASM, 1974, 1977

Collection Creator::
Zisfein, Melvin B.  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-002, Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
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Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
Melvin B. Zisfein Papers / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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"Dennis the Menace at the National Air & Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C.," 1977

Collection Creator::
Zisfein, Melvin B.  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-002, Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
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Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
Melvin B. Zisfein Papers / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa96-002-refidd1e383

Travel Vouchers, 1972-1980 (3 folders)

Collection Creator::
Zisfein, Melvin B.  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-002, Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
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Melvin B. Zisfein Papers
Melvin B. Zisfein Papers / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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