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Creator:
Foster, Robert L, 1922-1994  Search this
Names:
John F. Kennedy Space Center  Search this
McDonnell Douglas Corp  Search this
Project Gemini (U.S.)  Search this
Project Mercury (U.S.)  Search this
Vandenberg Air Force Base (Calif.)  Search this
Extent:
0.75 Cubic Feet ((2 box))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Correspondence
Articles
Newsletters
Memorandums
Date:
bulk 1930-1974
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of .75 linear ft of Robert L. Foster's professional papers, including the following types of material: reports, correspondence, photographs, invitations, McDonnell newsletters, interoffice memorandums, and newspaper articles. The papers relate to his long association with the McDonnell Douglas Corporation, and his roles in Project Mercury, Project Gemini, and at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Biographical / Historical:
Robert L. Foster (1922-1994) received a BSEE from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1952. Prior to his time at Georgia, Foster was in the US Army Corps of Engineers from 1942-1950. In 1953, he began his long association with McDonnell Douglas Corporation. At McDonnell Douglas Foster had a number of important positions, including the following: Group Engineer for Advanced Design (1958-1959), Senior Group Engineer for Project Mercury (1959-1960), Engineering Manager for Project Mercury (1960-1965) , and Operation manager for Project Gemini (1965-1967). Later in 1967, Foster was transferred from Cape Kennedy to Vandenberg Air Force Base where he served as base manager (1967-1968), Deputy Director (1968-1969) and finally Director (1969 -).
Provenance:
Sally Foster-Chang, Gift, 2004
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:
Manned space flight  Search this
Space vehicles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Correspondence
Articles
Newsletters
Memorandums
Citation:
Robert Foster Papers, 2004-0062, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2004.0062
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2004-0062