A Guide to the Hartley A. Soule Papers, 1950-1967 Soule, Hartley A. Papers Ms1987-004

A Guide to the Hartley A. Soule Papers, 1950-1967

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Collection Number Ms1987-004


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1987-004
Title
Hartley A. Soule Papers, 1950-1967
Physical Characteristics
2.8 cu. ft. 2 boxes
Creator
Soule, Hartley A., (Hartley Aiken), 1904-1988
Language
English
Abstract
The collection includes research files, personal notes, film scripts, and publications collected by Soule, an aerospace engineer, on the fields of aviation, aeronautics, and aerospace, particularly on the NACA and NASA programs, including the X-1 and X-15 jets, and the Mercury and Gemini space programs.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Hartley A. Soule Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Hartley A. Soule Papers, Ms1987-004, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Hartley A. Soule Papers were donated to Special Collections in 1986.

Processing Information

Some initial processing was completed in the late 1980s by Special Collections staff. Final processing, arrangement, and description of the collection commenced in June 2012 and was completed in October 2012.


Biographical Information

Hartley A. Soule (1904-1988) was an aeronautical engineer and NASA administrator. He received his B.S. degree from New York University in 1927 and joined the Langley Aeronautical Laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) the same year. His list of positions at Langley included head of the Spin Tunnel Section, Chief of the Stability Research Division, and Assistant Director. Soule assisted in establishing the NASA High Speed Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base and the Mercury Ground Tracking and Data Acquisition System, and led development on the X-1 and X-15 experimental jet programs. He retired from NASA in 1962.

Scope and Content

The Hartley A. Soule Papers include notes, memoranda, calculations, and drawings on the High-Speed Flight Research Station (1950-1954); Research Airplane Program (1953-1957); X-15 program (1958-1962); Dyna Soar program (1957-1962); Projects Mercury and Gemini (1961-1962); and history of the high-speed aircraft program (1963-67). Materials are arranged in two series. Series I: Papers, includes notes, correspondence, memos, subject files, and work projects. Series II: Publications, contains bound reports, scientific publications, and journals.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in two series. Series I: Papers, is organized by subject/material type. Files are in alphabetical order. Series II: Publications, is organized in chronologically. A list of publications is available in the "Contents List" below.


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Archives of American Aerospace Exploration (AAAE)
  • Science and Technology
  • United States. National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics
  • United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Occupations:

  • Aeronautical engineers.
  • United States. National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics--Officials and employees.
  • United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration--Officials and employees.

Contents List

Series I: Papers
  • Box-folder 1-1
    Correspondence
  • Box-folder 1-2
    Biographical Information
  • Box-folder 1-3
    High Speed Research Airplane Program
  • Box-folder 1-4
    Memos, Technical Documents
  • Box-folder 1-5
    Mercury Project- Budgets
  • Box-folder 1-6
    Mercury Project- Clippings
  • Box-folder 1-7
    Mercury Project- Correspondence
  • Box-folder 1-8
    Mercury Project- Flight Plans
  • Box-folder 1-9
    Mercury Project- General Reports
  • Box-folder 1-10
    Mercury Project- Photographs
  • Box-folder 1-11
    Mercury Project- Reports From Vendors
  • Box-folder 1-12
    Mercury Project Tracking Systems- Folder 1
  • Box-folder 1-13
    Mercury Project Tracking Systems- Folder 2
  • Box-folder 1-14
    Mercury Project Tracking Systems- Memoranda of Understanding
  • Box-folder 1-15
    NACA Chronological Correspondence
  • Box-folder 1-16
    NACA Clippings
  • Box-folder 1-17
    NACA Photographs
  • Box-folder 1-18
    NACA Sketchings
  • Box-folder 1-19
    NASA Clippings
  • Box-folder 1-20
    NASA Dyna Soar Project
  • Box-folder 1-21
    NASA Flight Research Center
  • Box-folder 1-22
    NASA Manned Space Center Information
  • Box-folder 1-23
    Notes, 1950
  • Box-folder 1-24
    Notes, 1951
  • Box-folder 1-25
    Notes, 1952
  • Box-folder 1-26
    Notes, 1953
  • Box-folder 1-27
    Notes, 1954
  • Box-folder 1-28
    Pacific Missile Range Technical Memoranda- Folder 1
  • Box-folder 1-29
    Pacific Missile Range Technical Memoranda- Folder 2
  • Box-folder 1-30
    Space/Space Flight Publications
  • Box-folder 1-31
    West Africa Publications
  • Box-folder 1-32
    X-1
  • Box-folder 1-33
    X-15 Clippings
  • Box-folder 1-34
    X-15, John V. Belker Paper on Project Origins
  • Box-folder 1-35
    X-15 Memorandum of Understanding
  • Box-folder 1-36
    X-15 Movie Scripts-Folder 1
  • Box-folder 1-37
    X-15 Movie Scripts-Folder 2
  • Box-folder 1-39
    X-15 1965 Program Review Conference
  • Box-folder 1-38
    X-15 Public Relations Materials
  • Box-folder 1-40
    X-15 Public Relations Material(Press Kit)
  • Box-folder 1-41
    X-15 Technical Data
Series II: Publications
Box: 2
Scope and Content

Publications
Project Mercury Progress Report- Contract Number NAS 1-430, 1959
Project Mercury- A Chronology, 1959
A Proposal To: NASA- Operation and Maintenance of the Guaymas Sonora Mexico Site, 1960
Project Mercury Progress Report- Contract Number NAS 1-430, 1961
National Geographic, September 1961
Missiles and Rockets, NASA, November 1961
National Geographic, February 1962
Results of the First United States Manned Orbital Space Flight, February 1962
Final Report Project Mercury- Prepared for National Aeronautics and Space Administration, March 1962
Results of the Second United States Manned Orbital Space Flight, May 1962
National Geographic, June 1962
Results of the Third United States Manned Orbital Space Flight, October 1962
Mercury Project Summary Including Results of the Fourth Manned Orbital Flight, May 1963
Astronautics and Aeronautics- Charting Apollo Flights/The X-15 Project/Superconducting Coils, February 1964
National Geographic, 1966
The Evolution of the Manned Space Flight Network, May 1967
The Evolution of the Manned Space Flight Network Through Gemini, December 1967
A Proposal to NASA- Project Mercury Slides, n.d

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Soule, Hartley A., (Hartley Aiken), 1904-1988