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General Electric Company Space Materials [Lathrop]

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Creator:
Lathrop, Paul Alan,, 1921-2002  Search this
Names:
General Electric Company  Search this
Carmichael, Leonard, 1898-1973  Search this
Von Braun, Wernher, 1912-1977  Search this
Extent:
0.69 Cubic feet ((1 box))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Newspaper clippings
Newsletters
Technical reports
Motion pictures (visual works)
Date:
bulk 1959-1972
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of approximately 0.69 cubic feet of material relating to General Electric's involvement in the U.S. Space Program gathered by General Electric employee Paul A. Lathrop. Materials include newsletters from the company's Missile and Space Vehicle Department as well as other General Electric newsletters; technical reports and publications (including some by Lathrop); news clippings; photographs; and newsletters from the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers. There are 51 photographs in the collection which are a mix of color and black and white. The vast majority of the prints are 8 by 10 inches, although some are slightly smaller. Paul A. Lathrop appears in some of the photographs, and Wernher von Braun appears in one. There are also three photos from an event held at the Smithsonian in 1959 (along with the invitation for the event) which includes images of Smithsonian Institution Secretary Leonard Carmichael. The collection also contains twelve reels of 16mm film. Topics covered in this collection include photographic equipment; Landsat 1 (Erts-A, Erts-1); Nimbus B (18 May 68); Atlas ICBM (SM-65, HGM-16); Thor IRBM (SM-75, PGM-17); Data Sphere (Capsule); and the RVX-2 Reentry Vehicle.
Biographical / Historical:
Paul A. Lathrop was Manager, Electronic Equipment Engineering in the Missile and Space Vehicle Department at General Electric Co.
Provenance:
Bryan Lathrop, Gift, 2016
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:
Attach authorities  Search this
Landsat satellites  Search this
Atlas ICBM  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Newspaper clippings
Newsletters
Technical reports
Motion pictures (visual works)
Citation:
General Electric Company Space Materials [Lathrop], Accession 2016-0049, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2016.0049
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2016-0049