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Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences Collection

Identifier: H010-14

Scope and Content

This collection contains photographs and slides that were created/and or collected by the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences. The Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences Collection is housed in three non-standard boxes of various sizes totaling 1.19 linear ft.

Provenance of this collection is unknown. The collection is in good condition, order was imposed by the processing archivist. The curator identified eight series with the first series being the Aeronautical Archives Series. Images depict the interior of the institute, aircraft models, displays and exhibitions, aviation art on china and vases, watches that timed the Wright Brother's flight, offices, balloon accession, early aviation aircraft, medal pins, early helicopters, meetings, and people.

The second series is the Annual Summer Meeting Series featuring not further identified people, landscapes, lecture hall, airplanes, homes, little children, civilian and military speakers, table tennis and shuffleboard games, and a visit to the Marquardt Aircraft Corporation.

The third series is the Annual Meeting Series depicting individuals such as K. C. Black, William Sears, Ed Katzenberger, Lt. Col. Robert R. Williams, Ernie Stout, Admiral L. de Flory, Andrew Haley, Martin Goland, H. R. Byers, Ralph Damon, Garrick, T. B. Wright, General E. M. Powers, Francis Clanser, Fred B. Lee, von Karman, Dix Spears, Ben Shupak; group of people, lecture halls, podium discussion participants, sketches on drawing boards, dinner receptions, registration desk, demonstration of equipment, and award presentation.

The fourth series is the Flight Safety Seminar Series highlighting participants, convention speakers, recreational scenes, beach scenes, blowing out a fire with heavy machinery, airplane flying over the ocean, and people gathered in front of a settlement.

The fifth series is the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences Series features party scenes and recreational scenes at the S. P. Johnston residence including an incomplete list of participants; speakers, award ceremonies, and IAS personnel at the Welman A. Shrader residence.

The sixth series is the Various Meetings Series containing images from the American Helicopter Society Meeting showing a Helicopter Air Transport Sikorsky VS-317 (S-51) in flight and on ground at the Camden Airport; participants and convention speakers at a soaring meeting at Elmira, NY, soaring planes on ground and in flight, single engine airplane and Boeing B-29 Superfortress on tarmac, and aerial photographs of Elmira New York; airplanes, people, social gatherings, Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar, passengers in cabin on Lodestar, and aerial photography at the Meeting on Wings gathering; convention speakers, audiences, and convertible models at the Convertible Aircraft Congress; convention speakers and award ceremony for Chuck Yeager at the Military Aeronautics Meeting; airplanes flying at airshow and audience at the National Air Races; registration desk, convention speakers, exhibits, and vendor hall at the Propulsion Meeting; convention speakers and participants of podium discussion at the Personal Aircraft Meeting; convention speakers, participants at podium discussion, exhibits, vendor hall, registration desk, and audience at Flight Propulsion Meeting; convention speakers and audience at H.A.M. Meeting.

The seventh series is the Topics Series featuring personnel working in their offices with some images containing identification on the back, holiday decoration in offices, holiday parties, staff outings, interior and exterior shots of building, and view on street scenes of the IAS Personnel and Social Functions topic; a rendering of a building in Los Angeles; views from windows of a building on street scenes, parades, and people in New York, some individuals are identified, and NBC camera teams covering the event; Fairchild Furniture at Sand Point depict wooden furniture such as chairs, chaises longe, end tables, vitrines, mirrors, armoires, piano forte, and Flemish tapestries L'Histoire d'Alexandre; the Wright Field Trip showcases participants in a group picture; the Major Lester D. Gardner's 80th anniversary party highlights Gardner and participants; individuals being depicted in portraits or in group pictures; the IAS' trip to Muroc Army Air Field in Muroc, CA depicts participants, airplanes such as Northrop XB-35 Flying Wing, Douglas D-558 in hangar, Chance Vought XF6U-1, as well as images from the IAS Corporate Member Briefing and tour of the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center.

The eighth series is the Slides Series comprising charts, three views, and curricula.


  • 1946 - 1962
  • Majority of material found within 1950 - 1954


Language of Materials

Collection is in English and French.

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection are open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish material from this collection in any form, current or future, must be obtained from the Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Historical Sketch

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and its predecessor organisations have played a major role in the aeronautical and aerospace community. Through seminars, lectures, mulitple publications, and awards it has recorded and reported on the milestones of human flight.

The IAS moved to New York, NY in 1946 where a library and a museum were established, which the general public had access to. Major Lester Gardner had steered the institute for many years before he retired and left his post to Samuel Paul Johnston. Under Johnston's leadership the institute opened new locations on the West Coast (San Diego and Los Angeles, CA) and accumulated a large quantity of literature relating to the aeronautics industry.

Due to shrinking numbers in membership and because for push to focus on space during the Cold War, the IAS leadership decided to shift their name from Aeronautical to Aerospace Sciences. Their main publication was named the Journal of the Aero/Space Sciences instead of Journal of the Aeronautical Sciences.


"Wikipedia," "American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics," last modified June 19, 2016, accessed September 1, 2016,
"AIAA," "History & Heritage," accessed September 1, 2016,
"AIAA," "The IAS- Later Years (1945-1963)," accessed September 1, 2016,


1.19 Linear Feet (One negative storage box (5.5x12x4.5), one photo print box (5.5x7.5x12), and one individual slide box (2.5x2.5x11.5).)


The Institute of Aeronautical Sciences (IAS) was founded in 1932 and merged with the American Rocket Society (ARS) in 1963 to become the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The latter's mission is future-oriented in the realm of aerospace technology and science and thus benifiting humanity as a whole by means of cutting edge science and technology, excellence, and leadership. The images in this collection are a pictorial history of the institute in the years 1945 through 1963.

Series Description

The Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences Collection is organized in eight series:

Series I. Aeronautical Archives 0.16 linear ft. (twenty-two envelopes), 1946-1950.

Arranged by topic.

Series II. Annual Summer Meeting 0.1 linear ft. (twelve envelopes), 1949-1953.

Arranged by topic.

Series III. Annual Meeting 0.2 linear ft. (thirty envelopes), 1949-1958.

Arranged chronologically by date.

Series IV. Flight Safety Seminar 0.04 linear ft. (nine envelopes), 1952-1956.

Arranged chronologically by date.

Series V. Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences (IAS) 0.04 linear ft. (seven envelopes), 1950-1954.

Arranged chronologically by date.

Series VI. Various Meetings 0.25 linear ft. (thirty-three envelopes), 1948-1953.

Arranged chronologically by date.

Series VII. Topics 0.22 linear ft. (thirty-four envelopes), 1945-1962.

Arranged by topic.

Series VIII. Slides 0.18 linear ft. (one single slide box), undated.

Arranged by topic.

Provenance Statement

The Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences Collection were donated to the History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, the donor and the arrival of the collection at the repository is unknown. Welman A. Shrader was the Director of Publications for the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences (IAS), however, the inventory in the holding file did not reveal sound evidence that the images in this collection belonged to him.

Additional Sources

For further information about the IAS view the Welman A. Shrader Papers, H030-84. For the Institute of the Aerospace Sciences consult the Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. under ID No. MSS10694.

Image ID

It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission from copyright holders of materials to which this institution does not own copyright.

Images in this collection are identified by a unique number that provides information about the format, record group, collection, box, folder, and image numbers. Please use this number when ordering reproductions of images from this collection.

Record Group Code

1 = CAT/Air America Archives

2 = Doolittle Archives

3 = Lighter than Air Archives

4 = George H. Williams, Jr., World War I Aviation Library

5 = History of Aviation Archives

6 = University Archives

7 = HAC Stacks

8 = WPRL Stacks

9 = Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Collection

10 = Belsterling Collection

11 = Closed Stacks

12 = Unidentified

13 = Chance Vought Archives

14 = Twirly Birds Archives

Image Format Code

P = Photograph/Postcard

S = Slide

N = Negative

T = Positive Transparency

B = Black and White

C = Color

Example: 5IAS-1-1-PB1

5 = History of Aviation Archives (HAC)

IAS = Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences

1 = Box Number

1 = Folder Number

P = Photograph/Postcard

B = Black and White

1 = Image Number

Images archived in plastic image holders may also have a location code in the format: 1/TL. In this example, the number is the sheet number and the letters indicate the top left position on the sheet. Position indicators are T = top, L = left, R = right, M = middle, and B = bottom. Position indicators may be combined to describe the position on the sheet, as shown in this example.

Note to the Researcher

The images are housed in envelopes counting up to five images, which are interleaved with acid-free paper. The slides are separated with folder stock cut to size.

Guide to the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences Collection
Patrizia Nava, CA. Arranged and processed by John Luckadoo and Elisabeth Lambert.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
English (eng)
Edition statement
First revision by Patrizia Nava, CA. 2020-10-27.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-10-27: 1st revision was an update of the EAD location and other style elements of the finding aid by Patrizia Nava, CA.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Division, History of Aviation Archives. Repository

3020 Waterview Pkwy
Suite 11.206
Richardson Texas 75080 US