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Jerome 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, WW II and Purdue memorabilia, model airplanes, and a headset used at the Purdue Airport.


  • 1941-1972
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1965-1972
  • Other: Date acquired: 04/11/2010


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Purdue University, per deed of gift

Biographical Information

Jerome Goldman was born October 20, 1922 in Camden, New Jersey, to the late 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. He then returned to Purdue, where he majored in Aircraft Performance and Design. Goldman 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 he 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 his 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 2-engine, 4-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.

He 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 & 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.

Source(s): Purdue Oral History program, interview,46

Jerome Goldman papers

His obituary in the Lafayette Journal and Courier, February 2014


19.45 Cubic Feet

41 mss boxes, 2 cubic feet boxes, 2 small flat boxes, and 2 large flat boxes other_unmapped


The papers are comprised of thirteen series.


  1. Education
  2. United States Army Air Corps
  3. United Air Lines, Inc.
  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

Source of Acquisition

Estate of Jerome Goldman

Accruals and Additions

20091116; 20091124; 20121018 (headset only); 20140326; 20140425; 20140512

Related Materials

Oral History Program, Jerome Goldman interview, Part 1:

Oral History Program, Jerome Goldman interview, Part 2:

Joseph P. Minton collection of Purdue Aeronautics Corporation and Purdue Airlines Inc. historical material: Purdue University Department of Aviation Technology records:

Emilio Salazar papers:

Processing Information

All materials have been housed in polyester sleeves, acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes. Most items are in chronological order within their respective series or subseries. Artifacts have been separated and grouped together in a separate series for preservation and storage purposes.
Jerome Goldman papers
Shauna Borger, 2010; Mary A. Sego, 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States