A Guide to the William J. Alford, Jr., Papers, 1951-1988 Alford, William J., Jr. Papers Ms1987-007

A Guide to the William J. Alford, Jr., Papers, 1951-1988

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Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1987-007


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Processed by: Alexandra Dowrey, Graduate Assistant and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1987-007
Title
William J. Alford, Jr., Papers, 1951-1988
Physical Characteristics
0.6 cu. ft. 2 boxes
Creator
Alford, William J., Jr., 1924-2010
Language
English
Abstract
Spanning from 1951-1988, the William J. Alford, Jr., Papers contains NACA and NASA research memoranda and reports; publication drafts; a Langley working paper with associated research notes and patent details; correspondence; award certificates; AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics) conference programs; and personnel papers pertaining to William J. Alford's career as an aeronautical engineer. A detailed schematic drawing of "the variable sweep wing configuration tested in the high-speed 7- by 10- foot tunnel" is also included.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from William J. Alford, Jr., Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: William J. Alford, Jr., Papers, Ms1987-007, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to Special Collections in 1987.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the William J. Alford, Jr., Papers was completed in April 2013.


Biographical Note

William J. Alford, Jr. (1924-2010) graduated from Granby High School in 1942. During WWII he served in the United States Marine Corps as a dive-bomber pilot. In June 1949, Alford graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI) with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering. He continued graduate work in Aerospace Engineering at VPI from 1959-1960. He worked as an engineer at NACA-NASA Langley (1949-1980), served as head of the Advanced Transport Technology Program (1970-1975), and held the position of manager of the Energy Efficient Transport Office (1976-1979). Alford also served as the head of the Advanced Military Technology Office (1979-1980). Alford also holds co-ownership with Edward C. Polhamus of the patent for the Variable Sweep Wing Configuration (1962).

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains NACA and NASA research memoranda and reports, publication drafts, research notes and patent details for the variable-sweep wing design, correspondence, award certificates, AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics) conference programs, and personnel file papers pertaining to William J. Alford's career as an aeronautical engineer. Also included are a Langley working paper, with associated variable-sweep research notes and patent details, and a detailed schematic drawing, of "the variable sweep wing configuration tested in the high-speed 7- by 10- foot tunnel." These materials date from 1951 to 1988.

Some related materials may appear in separate folders. For example, awards and correspondence are also included in the biographical and career information file. Additionally, some personnel file papers, especially many of those in the biographical and career information file, contain photocopies in the place of the original documents.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series, Series I: Papers and Series II: Publications.

Series I contains papers that date from 1958 to 1988. This series includes award certificates, correspondence, personnel file papers, conference programs, and research notes and material related to the variable-sweep wing patent. Some papers relating to Alford's career had been previously arranged; these materials and their ordering are maintained in the "Biographical and Career Information" file.

This series is arranged by material type.

Series II is comprised of NACA, NASA, RAND, United States Air Force Project RAND, NATO Advisory Group for Aeronautical Research and Development, and NASP publications. These documents range from 1951 to 1987. NACA and NASA publications form the majority of this series. Most publications list Alford as an author.

This series is arranged chronologically.

Related Material

For more information relating to Edward C. Polhamus and the variable-sweep wing patent see the Edward C. Polhamus Papers, Ms1990-051. Finding aid available online.

Separated Material


Index Terms

    Persons:

  • Polhamus, Edward C., (Edward Charles), 1923-2001
  • Subjects:

  • Archives of American Aerospace Exploration (AAAE)
  • Science and Technology
  • University Archives
  • University History
  • Occupations:

  • Aeronautical engineers.

Contents List

Series I: Papers, 1958-1988
  • Box-folder 1-1
    Biographical and Career Information, 1960-1974
  • Box-folder 1-2
    Award Certificates, 1979
  • Box-folder 1-3
    Correspondence, 1979-1988
  • Box-folder 1-4
    Variable-Sweep Research and Patent, 1958-1966
  • Box-folder 1-5
    Conference Programs, 1983
  • Box-folder 1-6
    Miscellaneous Papers, 1964-1980
Series II: Publications, 1951-1987
  • Box-folder 1-7
    NACA Publications, 1951-1952
  • Box-folder 1-8
    NACA Publications, 1952-1954
  • Box-folder 1-9
    NACA Publications, 1954-1955
  • Box-folder 1-10
    NACA Publications, 1955-1957
  • Box-folder 2-1
    NACA Publications, 1957
  • Box-folder 2-2
    NASA Publications, 1958-1960
  • Box-folder 2-3
    NASA Publications, 1960-1981
  • Box-folder 2-4
    Other Publications, 1963-1987

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Alford, William J., Jr., 1924-2010
  • Polhamus, Edward C., (Edward Charles), 1923-2001