A Guide to the John W. Townsend, Jr., Papers, 1949-1990 Townsend, John W. Jr., Papers Ms1990-068

A Guide to the John W. Townsend, Jr., Papers, 1949-1990

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1990-068


[logo]

Special Collections, Virginia Tech

Special Collections, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
USA
Phone: (540) 231-6308
Fax: (540) 231-3694
Email: specref@vt.edu
URL: http://spec.lib.vt.edu/

2018 (CC0).

Processed by: Special Collections Staff

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1990-068
Title
John W. Townsend, Jr., Papers, 1949-1990
Physical Characteristics
8.4 Cubic Feet 6 boxes
Creator
Townsend, John W., Jr. (John William), 1924-2011
Location
Please note: This collection is in off-site storage and requires 2-3 days notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.
Language
English

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the John W. Townsend, Jr., Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: John W. Townsend, Jr., Papers, Ms1990-068, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The John W. Townsend, Jr., Papers were donated to Special Collections in 1990.

Processing Information

Some original description of the John W. Townsend, Jr., Papers was completed prior to 2000. A folder list and additional description of the collection was completed in October and November 2018.


Biographical Note

John W. Townsend, Jr. was born in 1924. He received a B.A. from Williams College in 1947, an M.A. in 1949, and a Sc.D. in 1961. After completing his M.A., Townsent went to work for the Naval Research Labororatory from 1949-1958, spending the last three years as a branch head. In 1958, he moved to NASA for a decade, including three years (1965-1968) as the deputy director fo the Goddard Space Center in Maryland. He left NASA in 1968 to serve as a deputy administrator in the Environmental Sciences Services Administration (1968-1970), and an associate adminstrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (1970-1977). In 1977, he took a break from government work, serving as the president of Fairchild Space and Electronics Company (1977-1982) and, when the company changed names, president of Fairchild Space Company from 1983-1987. In 1987, he returned to NASA as director of the Goddard Space Center until his retirement in 1990. Townsend died in November 2011.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains six boxes of John W. Townsend, Jr.'s personal and professional papers from 1949 until his retirement from corporate and government aerospace work in 1990. In addition to profressional correspondence, memos, and subject files, there are extensive travel files from 1949-1968 and 1985-1990, congressional testimony on NASA projects from 1982-1986, and files on the history of the Upper Air Rocket Research Program at the Naval Research Laboratory from about 1956-1958. Throughout his career, Townsend also served on a number of council, boards, and panels. The collection also includes files from the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station Advisory Panel (1966-1968, the International Academy of Astronautics (c. 1981-1987), the NASA Advisory Council (1982-1987), the National Academy of Engineering (1982-1987), the National Research Council Space Applications Board (1983-1987), and the Office of Technology Assessment Advisory Board Panel on International Cooperation and Competition in Civilian Space Activities (1982-1985).  

Arrangment

The collection is in the original order it was received. For the most part, materials related to the same topic or organization are together and arranged in reverse chronological order.


Index Terms

    Subjects:

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

  • Businesspeople
  • Physicists
  • United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- Officials and employees

Contents List

Box-Folder 1
1-3
Goddard Space Flight Center History (3 folders), 1989
Box-Folder 1
4-5
JWT Reading File (2 folders), 1960
Box-Folder 1
6
JWT Reading File, 1961
Box-Folder 1
7-8
JWT Reading File (2 folders), 1962
Box-Folder 1
9-11
JWT Reading File (3 folders), 1963
Box-Folder 1
12-14
JWT Reading File (3 folders), 1964
Box-Folder 1
15-16
JWT Reading File (2 folders), 1965
Box-Folder 1
17-18
JWT Reading File (2 folders), 1966
Box-Folder 1
19-20
JWT Reading File (2 folders), 1967
Box-Folder 2
1-4
TERLS Advisory Panel (4 folders), n.d.
Box-Folder 2
5
Travel JWT, 1949-1954
Box-Folder 2
6
Travel JWT, 1957-1960
Box-Folder 2
7-8
Travel JWT 1955-1957 (2 folders), 1955-1990
Box-Folder 2
9
Travel , 1974-1976
Box-Folder 2
10
Up to 1957 Miscellaneous Correspondence
Box-Folder 2
11
JWT Performance Ratings, n.d.
Box-Folder 2
12
JWT Reading File , 1958-10-23-1958-12-30
Box-Folder 2
13
JWT Reading File , 1959-01-01-1959-03-31
Box-Folder 2
14
JWT Reading File , 1959-04-01-1959-06-30
Box-Folder 2
15
JWT Reading File , 1959-10-01-1959-12-31
Box-Folder 2
16
JWT Reading File , 1959-07-01-1959-09-30
Box-Folder 2
17-18
Travel (2 folders), 1963-1968
Box-Folder 2
19-21
Travel Thru 1973 (3 folders)
Box-Folder 2
22-23
Rocket Sonde Branch History (2 folders), n.d.
Box-Folder 2
24
GARP- Global Atmos. Research Project, n.d.
Box-Folder 3
1-2
Aerospace America Advisory Board (2 folders), n.d.
Box-Folder 3
3
American Geophysical Union, n.d.
Box-Folder 3
4
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, n.d.
Box-Folder 3
5-6
Center for Excellence in Government (2 folders), n.d.
Box-Folder 3
7
International Academy of Astro. Committee on Space & Global Change, n.d.
Box-Folder 3
8-10
International Academy of Astronautics (3 folders), n.d.
Box-Folder 3
11
National Academy of Sciences Nation Weather Observation Systems, n.d.
Box-Folder 3
12
NASA Advisory Council, 1987
Box-Folder 3
13-14
NASA Advisory Council (2 folders), 1986
Box-Folder 3
15-17
NASA Advisory Council (3 folders), n.d.
Box-Folder 3
18
Earth Observations: Technology, Economics, and International Cooperation, n.d.
Box-Folder 3
19
National Academy of Engineering, 1987
Box-Folder 3
20
National Academy of Engineering, 1986
Box-Folder 3
21
National Academy of Engineering, 1985
Box-Folder 3
22
National Academy of Engineering, 1984
Box-Folder 3
23
National Academy of Engineering, 1983
Box-Folder 3
24
National Academy of Engineering Finance Committee Correspondence, 1987
Box-Folder 3
25
National Academy of Engineering Finance Committee, 1986
Box-Folder 3
26
National Academy of Engineering Finance Committee, 1985
Box-Folder 3
27
National Academy of Engineering Finance Committee, 1984
Box-Folder 3
28
National Academy of Engineering Finance Committee, 1983
Box-Folder 3
29
National Academy of Engineering Finance Committee, 1982
Box-Folder 4
1-2
Travel (2 folders), 1987
Box-Folder 4
3-5
Travel (3 folder), 1988
Box-Folder 4
6
Appointment Book, 1987
Box-Folder 4
7
Appointment Books, 1988-1989
Box-Folder 4
8-11
Travel Vouchers (4 folders), 1989
Box-Folder 4
12-13
Travel Vouchers (2 folders), 1990
Box-Folder 4
14-15
Memos & Clippings (2 folders), 1990
Box-Folder 4
16-18
Memos (3 folders), 1989
Box-Folder 4
19-24
Memos (6 folders), 1988
Box-Folder 4
25
Publications, 1988
Box-Folder 5
1
Space Applications Board -1987 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1987
Box-Folder 5
2-5
National Resource Council Space Applications Board (NRC SAB) Miscellaneous (4 folders), 1986
Box-Folder 5
6-9, 11-13
NRC SAB (7 folders), 1985
Box-Folder 5
10
Minutes of Space Applications Board Meeting , 1985-07-23-1985-07-24
Box-Folder 5
14-17
NRC SAB (4 folders), 1984
Box-Folder 5
18-21
NRC SAB (4 folders), 1983
Box-Folder 5
22
National Research Council Space Science Board, n.d.
Box-Folder 5
23
National Research Council Board on Mathmatical Sciences, n.d.
Box-Folder 5
24
National Research Council-Commission on Engineer. & Technical Systems, 1987
Box-Folder 5
25
National Research Council Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems Meeting, 1985-10-24-1985-10-25
Box-Folder 5
26
Committee on NASA Scientific and Technological Program Reviews, n.d.
Box-Folder 5
27
Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems Meeting Briefing Book, 1986-04-17-1986-04-18
Box-Folder 5
28
Commision on Engineering and Technical Systems Miscellaneous, n.d.
Box-Folder 6
1-3
1987 Chron File (3 folders), 1987-06-22-1987-12-31
Box-Folder 6
4
Chronological Correspondence, 1987
Box-Folder 6
5-8
1986 Chron. Correspondence (4 folders), 1986
Box-Folder 6
9-10
1985 Chron. Correspondence (2 folders), 1985
Box-Folder 6
11
National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere, n.d.
Box-Folder 6
12
National Coalition for Science and Technology, n.d.
Box-Folder 6
13
Maryland Academy of Sciences, n.d.
Box-Folder 6
14
Office of Technology Assessment, 1985
Box-Folder 6
15
Office of Technology Assessment, 1984
Box-Folder 6
16-17
Office of Technology Assessment (2 folders), 1983
Box-Folder 6
18-19
Office of Technology Assessment Info. Continued (2 folders), n.d.
Box-Folder 6
20-21
SATSERV (2 folders), n.d.
Box-Folder 6
22
Testimony-Report "Pioneering the Space Frontier", 1986-07-22
Box-Folder 6
23
Testimony-House Committee on Space Science & Applic., 1986-02-27
Box-Folder 6
24
Testimony--Shuttle Pricing, 1985-02-21
Box-Folder 6
25-26
Testimony-Wind Shear Detection Technology (2 folders), 1984-07-25
Box-Folder 6
27
NRC-Low Level Wind Shear Committee, n.d.
Box-Folder 6
28
Testimony-Space Commercialization, 1984-06-19
Box-Folder 6
29
Testimony-Commercialization of Civil Space Remote Sensing, 1983-06-21
Box-Folder 6
30
Senate Testimony-NOAA Program, 1982-04-21
Box-Folder 6
31
Testimony-U.S. Senate on NASA Applications Program, 1982-03-30
Box-Folder 6
32
NASA Program Management & Procurement Practices/Procedures Testimony, 1981-06-25

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Townsend, John W., Jr. (John William), 1924-2011