The Paul E. Stanley papers (1910-1969; 4 cubic feet) document the earliest years of the School of Aeronautics and the planning that went into creating the school. Other material among the papers pertain to the early years of the Purdue Airport and Division of Engineering Sciences. Neil Armstrong was a student of Stanley’s, and there are clippings, front pages of newspapers, reports, an invitation sent by Armstrong to Stanley for his homecoming celebrating in Wapakoneta, Ohio, along with other pre and post-Apollo 11 items. The papers contain numerous photographs from the early years of the Purdue Aeronautical Engineering labs, the Purdue Airport, staff, students from the Inter-American Aviation Training Program, and other photos of planes and pilots that Stanley had collected. The papers hold valuable planning documents and reports for the School of Aeronautical Engineering, including research material, curriculum charts and planning documents, floor plans and sketches for the addition of labs at the airport and elsewhere, and the specifications for complete construction of the Aeronautical Engineering Laboratory, Purdue University Airport, prepared by Walter Scholer and Associates, Architects, Lafayette, Indiana. There is also a wealth of pamphlets, brochures, bulletins and other such items from the earliest years of the Air Transportation Program, Aeronautical Engineering School and Engineering Sciences.
Types of materials include: annual reports, booklets, brochures, bulletins, clippings, correspondence, floor plans, negatives, pamphlets, photographs, planning drawings, publicity, records, reports, sketches, and specifications.
Please see pdf Finding Aid for the detailed inventory.
Series 1: School of Aeronautics Reports and Records, 1945-1972
Series 2: Pamphlets, Brochures, Bulletins, and Miscellaneous Items, 1942-1957
Series 3: Photographs and Negatives, 1909-1956
Series 4: Aeronautics, Astronautics, and Purdue Journals and Publications, 1952-1972
Series 5: Articles Related to Moon Landing, 1959-1969
Series 6: Clippings and Newspapers, 1913-1972
Series 7: Floor Plans and Related Documents, 1939-1960