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Jerome M. Goldman papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 461

Scope and Contents

The Jerome Goldman papers document Goldman's career as a Purdue University student in Aeronautical Engineering, his service in the United States Army Air Corp and his work afterwards as a pilot for United Air Lines, along with his key role in establishing Purdue Aeronautics Corporation and Purdue Air Lines as chief pilot, director of operations, and later vice president for operations and maintenance. Also included are papers from his work with International Learning Systems, the Federal Aviation Administration, and consultant work.

The bulk of the papers include flight manuals and other technical manuals some of which Goldman played a role in writing. There are some papers concerning the Midwest Program on Airborne Television Instruction (MPATI) that was conducted out of Purdue Aeronautics Incorporated, and information about the Playboy plane, "Big Bunny" that was maintained by Purdue Airlines. There are numerous photographs from Goldman's service in the United States Army Air Corps, and from his days at Purdue as a student and staff member of Purdue Aeronautics and Purdue Airlines.

Types of materials include: administrative records, artifacts, certificates, clippings, correspondence, financial papers, notes, reports and textbooks from college classes, flight manuals, technical and training manuals, flight log books, papers, photographs, reports, slides, slide rules, World War II and Purdue memorabilia, model airplanes, and a headset used at the Purdue Airport.


  • 1941 - 1972
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1965 - 1972


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Portions of material in this collection are in the public domain. Other material copyrights held by Purdue University or original creator. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Jerome M. Goldman was born October 20, 1922 in Camden, New Jersey, to Morris Goldman and Edith Tietelman Goldman and raised in New Jersey. He graduated from Camden High School in 1940 and enrolled in Purdue University. After Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps where he served with distinction, flying B-29's in the Pacific Theater, 20th Air Force from July 1942 through April 1946. Goldman then returned to Purdue, where he majored in Aircraft Performance and Design. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1947. He was originally in the Class of '43, which was the first class at Purdue to be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Upon graduation Goldman went to work as a flight officer for United Airlines.

In 1953 he returned to Purdue University, to serve as a pilot and as Director of Flight Operations and Engineering for Purdue Aeronautics Corporation and later Purdue Airlines, Inc., Purdue's "teaching airlines," which were instrumental in providing flight training to Purdue professional pilot students in the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s. Goldman worked on his graduate degree, taking classes at night, while employed as Chief Pilot for Purdue Airlines and Purdue University Professional Pilot Program. He received his Master of Science degree in Education, with a minor in Audio-Visual Aids and Guidance Counseling from Purdue in 1965. He completed additional courses in Accounting and Economics of Labor Relations. Goldman also completed several Air Force Technical Schools, airline transition on DC-6 and DC-9; Pratt & Whitney JT8D Jet Engine Course; Douglas Aircraft Company DC-9 training program.

Goldman played a major role in the start-up of Purdue Aeronautics Corporation and later Purdue Airlines. He continued for 20 years as Chief Pilot, Director of Operations and Engineering, and Vice President of Operations and Maintenance, until the airline discontinued operations in December 1972.

During nearly all of Goldman's 20 years at Purdue, he was designated as Air Carrier Check Airman and remained an active line pilot while serving in management. He established all flight and operations procedures and philosophy for Purdue Airlines, and produced operation procedures manuals, training manuals, etc. He screened, employed, and conducted initial and recurrent training for Purdue Airlines pilots. Goldman also participated in aircraft and equipment performance investigation for selection and purchase. Goldman logged a total flight time in excess of 17,000 hours including two-engine, four-engine and jet, in over 23 years of accident and incident-free airline flying. He also experienced a small amount of engineering test flying for S.T.C.s (supplemental type certificate) and modifications.

After Purdue Airlines ceased operations, Goldman was employed by International Learning Systems group in Greenwich, Connecticut where he set-up a Lear Jet recurrent audio visual training program. He later joined an air cargo company and served as a line captain. He then gained employment for the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Carries Operation Inspector, until his retirement in 1990. After his retirement Goldman served as an expert witness and consultant to legal and insurance firms.

Goldman was a member of the Purdue Alumni Association, and elected member of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences and American Rocket Society prior to their merge and formation of AIAA. He was also a Senior Member of the Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1154 and American Legion Post No. 11. He also served as a volunteer at St. Elizabeth Hospital.


19.45 Cubic Feet (29 letter-size full width manuscript boxes, 11 letter-size half-width manuscript boxes, two cubic feet boxes, two small flat boxes, and two large flat boxes)


The papers are comprised of thirteen series. Most items are in chronological order within their respective series or sub-series. Artifacts have been separated and grouped together in a separate series for preservation and storage purposes


  1. Education
  2. United States Army Air Corps
  3. United Air Lines, Incorporated
  4. Purdue Aeronautics Corporation
  5. Purdue Airlines Incorporated
  6. International Learning Systems (ILS), and Zantop International Airlines
  7. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  8. Consulting Work, Resume/Credentials, Purdue Correspondence, Airport History, and Miscellaneous Items from Later Years
  9. Handbooks and Manuals
  10. Log Books
  11. Clippings and Newsletters
  12. Photographs and Slides
  13. Artifacts

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by the estate of Jerome Goldman. Dates of acquisition include, November 16, 2009; November 24, 2010; July 10, 2010; October 18, 2012 (headset only); March 26, 2014; April 25, 2014, and May 19, 2014.

Processing Information

All materials have been housed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes. Polyester sleeves have been used where warranted. Artifacts have been separated and grouped together in a separate series for preservation and storage purposes.

The first seven cubic feet of the papers were received in 2009 and processed in 2010. The bulk of the papers (12.45 cubic feet) were received later and processed in 2016.
Jerome M. Goldman papers
Shauna Borger and Mary A. Sego
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Edition statement
Third edition. Collection description first completed in 2010 by Shauna Borger, and it was later updated by Mary A. Sego 2012-05-12.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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