The Theodore von Kármán Collections
Publisher: California Institute of Technology | ISBN: N/A | edition 1981 | PDF | 130 pages | 5,2 mb
Theodore von Kármán left instructions in his will that his papers be given to the Laboratory of Fluid Mechanics and Jet Propulsion named after him at the California Institute of Technology. Shortly after his death in 1963, the U.S. Air Force Academy Library selected several items from the collection for an exhibit at the dedication of the new von Kármán wing of the Academy's library. These items were subsequently presented to the library. The collection itself remained in the custody of the Kármán Laboratory until April 1968, when Professors Duncan Rannie and Frank Marble released the material to Dr. Judith R. Goodstein, the Institute's Archivist, following the formal creation of Caltech's science archives program. By 1971, about half of the 100 or so storage cartons had been examined and a brief report was prepared for the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections. The systematic arrangement and description of the collection began in 1976, with the support of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.