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Ernest S. Stoops papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 295

Scope and Contents

The papers of Ernest S. Stoops (1947-2008; 1.4 cubic feet) documents the academic and professional career of Ernest S. Stoops, Purdue class of 1949.  Collection includes autobiographical literature, professional papers, correspondence, photographs, and artifacts relating to his involvement in the Purdue University Army ROTC and his professional career, most notably his involvement in the development of launch systems for the HELLFIRE missile.  Collection includes his ROTC memorabilia and Purdue Zouaves Uniform.


  • 1947 - 2008
  • Majority of material found within 1947 - 1988
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/03/2016


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright use information

Copyright held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical or Historical Information

Ernest S. Stoops was born in 1927 in Adams Township, Hamilton County, Indiana to Walker Stoops and Zula Price Stoops.  His siblings were James Bernard (1922), Mary Esther (1923), Jeanette May (1927), and Vera Evelyn (1928).  He graduated from Sheridan high School in 1945 and Purdue University in 1949 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering.  During his time as a student at Purdue, he was active in the Army ROTC, was a member of the Scabbard and Blade Military Honor Society, and organized the Purdue Military Ball on November 5, 1948.  He worked in the aircraft industry with stints at Douglas Aircraft, Northrop Aircraft, North American Aviation, Rockwell International Corporation and served as a Lt. in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.  He participated in the development of the Douglas A-4d Skyhawk, the Douglass F-4d Skyray, the Northrop QX-4 Target Drone, the North American A3j-a/ RA5C Vigilante, the Apollo Space Program, and the Rockwell HELLFIRE Missile Launcher.  Upon retiring in 1988, he continued to work on the side including part time for the Army at Huntsville, AL from 2001-2003 as a consultant for HELLFIRE. Source:  Stoops, Ernest S.  To Indiana---- Oliver Stoops 1833-1925

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1.40 Cubic Feet

1.00 mss._boxes

1.00 cubic_foot_boxes


Collection contains photographs, personal papers, and technical papers documenting the academic and professional career of Ernest S. Stoops, Purdue Class of 1949.

Source of Acquisition

Ernest S. Stoops
Ernest S. Stoops papers
Richard Bernier and Keertana Marella
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description was first completed 2015-08-10.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-20: Collection description updated by Keertana Marella

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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