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School of Aerospace Engineering records

School of Aerospace Engineering records

Descriptive Summary

Title: School of Aerospace Engineering records
Identification: UA328
Date: 1929-1978 (bulk 1931-1967)
Size/Quantity: 2.8 linear feet (seven document cases)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Georgia Institute of Technology. School of Aerospace Engineering.
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:This collection consists of administrative files relating to the annual inspections of the School of Aerospace Engineering by the Engineers' Council for Professional Development (ECPD) and the Institutional Self-Study of the 1960s at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The collection also includes articles and research by the faculty in aerospace engineering, dating mainly from the late 1930s and 1940s.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aeronautics was established on March 3, 1930, when Georgia Tech received a $300,000 grant from the Daniel Guggenheim Fund to promote aeronautical engineering on the campus. This was the last and third largest grant made to seven institutions across the United States for establishment of centers for aeronautical research and instruction. In 1962, the School of Aeronautics was officially renamed the School of Aerospace Engineering. In the early years of the twenty-first century, the School is consistently ranked among the top five programs in aerospace engineering in the United States.

The first classes began in September 1931 with eighteen students and two faculty members. The school's first building, the Guggenheim Building, was dedicated in June of that year. The number of students rose steadily in the early years, climbing to 228 in 1950. The Master's degree program graduated its first two students in 1934; the Ph.D. program began in 1961. Expansion continued during the 1960s, reaching a peak enrollment of 935 students in 1967. By 1984, enrollment had dropped to 839 students, and by the early 1990s it had decreased to just over 550 students. About 265 undergraduates, 120 Masters and 110 Ph.D. students were studying aerospace engineering in 2007.

Montgomery Knight served as the first Director of the School of Aeronautics, holding the position until his death in 1943. D. W. (Donnell Wayne) Dutton succeeded Knight and continued in the position until 1963. A. L. (Arnold Lionel) Ducoffe followed as Director, serving from 1964 until his death in 1986. After Ducoffe's death, Robin B. Gray became Interim Director from June 1986 until October 1988. Donald P. Giddens took over for four years (1988-1992). After G. Alvin Pierce served as Interim Director for one year (1992-1993), Robert G. Loewy assumed the leadership of the school. At the time of writing, Loewy has held the position of William R. T. Oakes Professor and Chair of the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech for fourteen years.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of administrative files relating to the annual inspections of the School of Aerospace Engineering by the Engineers' Council for Professional Development (ECPD), which document the curriculum in Aerospace Engineering and the activities of its faculty, and the Institutional Self-Study at the Georgia Institute of Technology during the 1960s. The collection also includes articles and research, most by members of the faculty in aerospace engineering, on the research that was taking place at Georgia Tech during the era of World War II. Some of the articles discuss the establishment of aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech and its early years.


Arrangement

Arranged into two series:

SERIES 1. Administrative files

SERIES 2. Writings and research


Index Terms

Aerospace engineering--Georgia--Atlanta.
Ducoffe, A. L., (Arnold Lionel), 1921-
Dutton, D. W., (Donnell Wayne), 1913-
Engineering schools--Georgia--Atlanta.
Engineering--Study and teaching--Georgia--Atlanta.
Engineers' Council for Professional Development.
Georgia Institute of Technology. School of Aerospace Engineering. History.
Georgia School of Technology.
Helicopters--Aerodynamics.
Knight, Montgomery, d. 1943.
Manuscripts.
Technical education--Planning.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite [Item, Folder Title], School of Aerospace Engineering Records (UA328), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Provenance

Donation, School of Aerospace Engineering, 1991 (accession number: #1992.0405). The collection was transferred to the Library when the Aerospace Engineering departmental collection was dismantled. Some of the transferred materials were discarded in 1991. This collection consists of all that was retained. The contents of Series 2 may have been collected by R. W. Weems, a former faculty member in the School of Aerospace Engineering. (The series was filed under the heading "PUBLICATIONS--WEEMS.")

Processing Information

Amy Li and Christine de Catanzaro processed these papers in October 2007.

Revisions to Finding Aid

March 2010:
  • Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit.

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access

    None.

    Restrictions: Use

    Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.


    Related Material

    In this archive, see also the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aeronautics Flight Training Program (MF016) and the Engineering Experiment Station Photograph Collection (VAC300).


    Other Finding Aids

    A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.


    Container List

     

    SERIES 1: Administrative files, 1944-1978 (bulk 1957-1967)

    Arrangement

    Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

    Description

    Series 1 consists of administrative files relating mainly to two subjects, the annual inspections of the School of Aerospace Engineering by the Engineers' Council for Professional Development (ECPD) and the Institutional Self-Study at the Georgia Institute of Technology during the 1960s. The ECPD inspection materials and reports document the curriculum in Aerospace Engineering and the activities of its faculty, particularly during the late 1950s to the early 1970s. The Institutional Self-Study committee files provide information on the state of the Institute and plans for its development. The Library Committee materials shed particular light on planned improvements to the library during this period. Additional files include correspondence and task force reports.

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    11Aeronautical Engineering School Task Force--Second Supplemental Report, October 1957
    12Correspondence, August 1944
    13Engineers' Council for Professional Development annual report, 1947-1950
    14Engineers' Council for Professional Development annual report, 1957
    15Engineers' Council for Professional Development annual report, 1958
    16Engineers' Council for Professional Development annual report, 1959
    17Engineers' Council for Professional Development annual report, 1961
    18Engineers' Council for Professional Development annual report, 1962
    19Engineers' Council for Professional Development annual report, 1963
    110Engineers' Council for Professional Development inspection materials, 1954
    111Engineers' Council for Professional Development inspection materials, 1957
    112Engineers' Council for Professional Development inspection materials, 1959
    113Engineers' Council for Professional Development inspection materials, 1961
    114Engineers' Council for Professional Development inspection materials, 1961-1962
    115Engineers' Council for Professional Development inspection materials, 1962
    116Engineers' Council for Professional Development inspection materials, 1962-1966
    117Engineers' Council for Professional Development inspection materials, 1966-1967

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    21Engineers' Council for Professional Development inspection materials, 1967
    22Engineers' Council for Professional Development report, February 1957
    23Engineers' Council for Professional Development report re: Georgia Tech, 1962
    24Engineers' Council for Professional Development report, February 1973
    25Engineers' Council for Professional Development report, May 1978
    26Engineering College annual report, 1959-1960
    27Engineering College annual report, 1960-1961
    28Engineering College annual report, 1961-1962
    29Engineering College annual report, 1962-1963
    210Engineering College annual report, 1963-1964

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    31Engineering College annual report, 1964-1965
    32Institutional Self-Study--Manual, 1960
    33Institutional Self-Study Committees, 1962
    34Institutional Self-Study Committees, 1962
    35Institutional Self-Study Committees--Library, Graduate School, 1962
    36Institutional Self-Study--Library Committee: Related articles, 1961
    37Institutional Self-Study--Library Committee, 1961-1962
    38Institutional Self-Study--Library Committee: Correspondence, 1962
    39Institutional Self-Study--Library Committee: Minutes, notes, 1962
    310Institutional Self-Study--Library Committee, 1962-1963
    311Institutional Self-Study--Library Committee: Report (drafts), 1962-1963

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    41Institutional Self-Study--Library Committee: Report, January 1963
    41Institutional Self-Study--Library Committee: Recommendations, undated
    42Institutional Self-Study--Steering Committee, 1962
    43Institutional Self-Study--Steering Committee, 1962
    45Institutional Self-Study--Report: Self-Study Visitation Committee, May 1963
    46Institutional Self-Study--Manual for the Institutional Self-Study Program, 1967
    47Institutional Self-Study--Master plan for the School of Aerospace Engineering, December 1967
    48Institutional Self-Study--Departmental science development proposal (1 of 2), March 1969
    49Institutional Self-Study--Departmental science development proposal (2 of 2), March 1969
    410Institutional Self-Study--Self-study of the School of Aerospace Engineering, August 1972
    411National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics: Technical Note 2474, October 1951
    412Proposed standards--College Delegate Assembly, November 1962
     

    SERIES 2: Writings and research, 1929-1967 (bulk 1931-1944)

    Arrangement

    Arranged alphabetically by author or title.

    Description

    SERIES 2 consists of a collection of articles and research, most by members of the faculty in aerospace engineering. Prominent are several of the faculty who served on the early administration in the School of Aerospace Engineering, including A. L. (Arnold Lionel) Ducoffe, D. W. (Donnell Wayne) Dutton, and Montgomery Knight. These materials chronicle the research that was taking place at Georgia Tech, particularly during the era of World War II and the period immediately preceding it, on subjects such as helicopters and supersonic flight. Some of the articles, particularly some of those by Dutton and Knight, discuss the establishment of aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech and its early years.

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    51A Statement of the Aims and Objectives of the Georgia School of Technology, January 1934
    52Air Accident Notes, 1929-1937
    53America's Problems in the Air, August 1940
    54Autogiro Flight Reports, 1934-1935
    55Barringer, Lewin B.: Soaring, January 1939
    56Bricker, E.I.: The Minimum Performance Requirements of CAM04-T as Applied to the DC-4 Airplane, July 1947
    57Bricker, E.I.: The Research Engineer, November 1948
    58C2-L60 and C2-L100 Monoplanes General Characteristics, undated
    59Castles, Walter JR.: A Direct Method of Calculating the Maximum Rate of Climb, Top Speed and the other Useful Performance Characteristics of a Helicopter in Powered Flight, January 1944
    510Correspondence used in paper on aerospace education, August 1938-January 1939
    511Correspondence, etc. used in paper on aerospace education, October 1938-February 1939
    512Curriculum proposal, report, undated
    513Development of the Georgia Tech helicopter, January 1939
    514Ducoffe, Arnold L.: "Pressure Response in Supersonic Wind-Tunnel Pressure Instrumentation, January 1953
    515Ducoffe, A[rnold] L.: The Problem of Pneumatic Pressure Lag, April 1963
    516Dutton, Donnell W.: A Bibliography of Articles and Books on Rotating Wing Aircraft, 1944
    517Dutton, Donnell W.: Article on aeronautical engineering in the Southeast, March 1954
    518Dutton, Donnell W.: Helicopter Development--A Non-technical, Historical Discussion, April 1944
    519Dutton, Donnell W.: Helicopter Development--A Non-technical, Historical Discussion, November 1944
    520Flying for Everybody, 1940
    521Helicopter Development, September 1938
    522Helicopter Development, September 1938
    523Helicopter Research, February 1942

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    61Huang, A.B. and Hartley, D.L.: Kinetic Theory of the Sharp Leading Edge Problem. I. Supersonic Flow, September 1967
    62Journal of the Aeronautical Sciences, June 1938
    63Knight, Montgomery: A Personal Air Vehicle, May 1938
    64Knight, Montgomery: A Personal Air Vehicle, 1938
    65Knight, Montgomery: Aeronautical Education, 1939
    66Knight, Montgomery: Aeronautics and the Engineer, November 1935
    67Knight, Montgomery: Analytical Comparison of Helicopter and Airplane in Level Flight, 1938
    68Knight, Montgomery: Charisteristics of the Floating Aileron, March 1931
    69Knight, Montgomery: General Flight Analysis of the Helicopter, January 1942
    610Knight, Montgomery: Georgia Tech Starts Classes in Aeronautic Engineering, May 1931
    611Knight, Montgomery: Helicopter Research Program of the Georgia School of Technology, October 1939
    612Knight, Montgomery: New School of Aeronautics at Georgia Tech, February 1931
    613Knight, Montgomery: Static Thrust Analysis of the Lifting Airscrew N.A.C.A. Tech Note 626--Analytical Comparison of Helicopter and Airplane in Level Flight, 1938
    614Knight, Montgomery: Static Thrust Analysis of the Lifting Airscrew N.A.C.A. Tech Note 626--The Modern Helicopter, June 1938
    615Knight, Montgomery: The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aeronautics of the Georgia School of Technology, Januray 1931
    616Knight, Montgomery: The Major Problems of Aeronautical Engineering, February 1932
    617Knight, Montgomery: The Technical Development of the Helicopter, April 1938
    618Knight, Montgomery and Hefner, R.A.: Analysis of Ground Effect on the Lifting Airscrew, undated
    619Knight, Montgomery and Hefner, R.A.: Static Thrust Analysis of the Lifting Airscrew, undated
    620Mills, R.H.: A New Type of Slide Rule, December 1938

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    71Mills, Roscoe H.: A Note on Some Accelerated Boundary Layer Velocity Profiles, January 1938
    72Mills, R.H.: Report M1--Data on Calibration and Tares, 1938-1939
    73Mills, R.H.: Some Accelerated Boundary Layer Velocity Profiles, December 1937
    74Pierce, G. Alvin: Unsteady Hypersonic Flows about Thin Lifting Surfaces, March 1967
    75Pope, Alan: Aerodynamics of Supersonic Flight, May 1950
    76Pope, [Alan]: Aeronautical Progress and The Wind Tunnel, April 1944
    77Pope, Alan: American Aviation Turns to Research, December 1942
    78Pope, Alan: Firepower, February 1942
    79Pope, Alan: Uncle Sam Rides High, June 1943
    710Static Thrust Analysis of the Lifting Airscrew N.A.C.A. Tech Note 626--Why Rotating Wings, February 1937
    711State Engineering Experiment Station--Project applications and reports, 1941-1945
    712The Aeronautical Engineer, April 1932
    713Weems, W.R.: Homing versus Crabbing Flight, November 1937
    714Weems, William Rupert: Survey of the Means for Laboratory Measurement of Wing Flutter Forces, May 1935
    715Weems, W.R.: The Effect of Tubing on the Indication of an Airspeed Meter, March 1936
    716White, Frank M.,Jr.: The Use of the WKB Method in Applied Mechanics, undated
    717Young Men in National Defense Aviation, 1941