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Purdue University Department of Aviation Technology records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 12
The Purdue University Department of Aviation Technology records document the historical background of the department, the Purdue University Airport, and key moments in the history of aviation in Tippecanoe County.

Scrapbooks compiled by the department provide a rich collection of photographs and news clippings which highlight key historical moments, individuals, additions of labs and simulators, and aircraft at the Purdue University Airport.

Publications among the records, include historical publications dating back to the 1930s, faculty minutes from the 1960s, various newsletters, and brochures, pamphlets, posters, programs and miscellaneous documents.

The audio visual material includes the DVD, "50 Years of Aviation Technology, Purdue University," 2004, and a VHS tape, labeled, "Osh Kosh." There are 21 slides labeled, "Mike Kroes, AT," and a partial carousel of slides from around the Aviation Technology Department, circa 1990.

Rounding out the records are artifacts, which include a Boeing 727 captain's steering yoke which was last used by Neil Armstrong, as he flew the aircraft on its last flight to the Purdue Airport, where it was donated to Purdue by United Airlines to be used as a teaching aircraft.

The records are organized into 4 series:
  1. Scrapbooks
  2. Printed Material
  3. Audio Visual Material
  4. Artifacts

Dates

  • 1928 - 2010
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1970s-1990s
  • Other: Date acquired: 06/02/2014

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Extent

6.40 Cubic Feet (1 cubic foot box, 14 mss. boxes, 1 small flat box and large flat box)

Abstract

This collection includes Purdue University Aviation Technology Department scrapbook binders containing brochures, clippings, memos, pamphlets, programs, photographs, and other documents from 1930s - 2006. Also includes historical information, reports, publications, slides, posters, Air Race Classic programs, a plaque from United Airlines, and photographs of historic aircraft taken at the Purdue Airport. Among the artifacts is a Boeing 727 aircraft captain's steering yoke last used by Neil Armstrong as he flew the aircraft on its last flight to the Purdue Airport, where it was donated by United Airlines to Purdue University as a teaching aircraft.

Biographical / Historical

History of Purdue University Department of Aviation Technology

*As it appears on the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology website, 2015:

1930s – 1940s Purdue University Aviation has a rich and storied history. In 1935, Amelia Earhart was invited to join Purdue as a visiting counselor for women students. She loved her role and the University, and she developed what she called her "flying laboratory": a Lockheed Electra twin-engined airliner. Earhart had the seats removed and extra fuel tanks installed in their place. With these changes the plane had a fuel capacity of 1204 gallons, which gave it a range of 4,500 miles. In the 1940s, Aeronautical Engineering developed a four year non-engineering program in Air Transportation. With options in flight, maintenance, and management, the program utilized the Purdue Airport and aircraft as a laboratory. Included in these resources was Purdue Aeronautics Corporation, which operated the fleet of DC-3 aircraft as well as the Purdue Airport, the first university-owned airport in the country.

1950s By the 1950s, the engineering school determined that the Air Transportation program was not consistent with their future goals. The management portion of the program was absorbed into the then-developing School of Management. The flight and maintenance options were in effect terminated. In order to make use of the available resources, flight and maintenance training programs were established in the Division of Technical Institutes (DTI). This was the beginning of what became known as the Department of Aviation Technology. A two-year program in Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) was created in 1954 and followed by Professional Pilot Technology (PPT) in 1956. The emphasis of the AMT program was providing student eligibility for the Civil Aeronautics Administration Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic certification. The PPT program utilized Purdue Aeronautics Corporation's (PAC) DC-3 aircraft and required the students to have a commercial pilot certificate prior to entering the program. Initially, both programs heavily utilized PAC equipment and facilities for laboratories. Although located on the West Lafayette campus, the program was not considered a part of the University. Academic subjects were taught as special courses, and aviation students paid extra fees. Specialized course and laboratory development and integration into the University mainstream were major goals of the late 1950s.

1960s By 1960, all academic subjects were being taught within the regular University course structure. Beginning in 1961, aviation students paid only the standard tuition and fees. A third program, Aviation Electronics Technology (AET), was initiated in the fall of 1961. Students graduating in the spring of 1962 were the first to receive associate degrees. Three significant events occurred in 1964: the development of the College of Technology, the development of an ab-initio flight training program, and the conversion of the existing flight option into a B.S. degree program. The College of Technology was formed as an organizational structure for the various two-year associate degree programs including aviation technology. Also included in the school were the departments of Industrial Education and Industrial Supervision, both four year Bachelor of Science degree-granting programs. The creation of the College of Technology enhanced the concept of the 2+2 curriculum at a time when an increasing number of students were seeking a B.S. degree. Also of major significance was the designation of the aviation unit as a department of the school.

1970s – 1980s The 1970s were a time of great change for Aviation Technology. The early part of the decade saw the dissolution of the Purdue Aeronautics Corporation and its sequel, Purdue Airlines, Inc. This forced the department to develop additional courses and laboratories. In 1977, a second B.S. degree option was made available for aviation maintenance students. Towards the end of the decade, the associate aviation electronics degree program was discontinued. The majority of the content and resources were relocated as advanced coursework in the Aviation Maintenance B.S. degree option. The 1980s saw the development of the Aviation Administration (AAT) program as well as the title change of Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) to Aeronautical Engineering Technology (AET), which better reflected the mission of the program.

1990s – 2000s The 1990s were a time of great success for the Department of Aviation Technology. In the early part of the decade, the department was able to expand its coursework to the Indianapolis Statewide Technology site. Then, in 1997, the department received initial academic accreditation of all Aviation Technology undergraduate programs by the Council on Aviation Accreditation (CAA). During the early part of the new millennium, Aviation Technology was able to establish industrial partnerships with Resin Services and United Airlines. In 2002 the department was awarded full accreditation reaffirmation of all Aviation Technology B.S. degree programs by CAA (which is now known as the Aviation Accreditation Board International, or AABI). The following year, Aviation Administration (AAT) was renamed to Aviation Management (AM).

2010s Aviation Technology began offering new undergraduate majors in unmanned aerial systems, aerospace financial analysis, airline management and operations, and airport management and operations, bringing the total number of undergraduate programs to seven. The department also became part of the new Purdue Research Park Aerospace district, expanding its ability to create research and other industry partnerships. As part of the deal, Purdue acquired the local fixed-base operator, now called Purdue Aviation LLC.

On October 9, 2015, Purdue’s Board of Trustees approved the renaming of the Department of Aviation Technology to the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology.

Source:

Purdue Polytechnic Institute, Aviation and Transportation Technology Website. Retrieved November 6, 2015. /polytechnic.purdue.edu/schools/aviation-and-transportation-technology/about/history>

Arrangement Note

Series 1. Scrapbooks, circa 1930s-2006 (2.8 cubic feet). The eight scrapbooks in this series document the history of Purdue’s Aviation Technology Department, and one scrapbook provides a history of Purdue’s Air Race Classic teams. Compiled by the department, the scrapbooks contain a rich collection of photographs and news clippings, along with staff information, brochures, memos and other key documents from the featured years. The 6th and 7th scrapbooks appear to have been compiled by Professor James R. Maris, Head of the Department of Aviation Technology, 1955-1982. Within these scrapbooks are Maris' "Purdue History in Aviation,” document, “A History of Purdue’s Flying Clubs," photographs, clippings, brochures, and other material from his tenue, along with a series of columns Robert Kriebel wrote for the Journal and Courier about local aviation history.

The scrapbooks have been placed in chronological order, and the material within each has been retained in original order. For preservation purposes, six of the eight scrapbooks were removed from their 3-ring binders, content of each page is described in detail, and a piece of archival paper separates each page within their respective folders. The eighth scrapbook, given as a gift and created by Kirsten Korkus for the 2004 Purdue Air Race Classic Team was left in its original state, to preserve its unique qualities and added decorations.

Series 2. Printed Material, 1928-2003 (1.4 cubic feet). This series has been divided into five subseries: Historical Publications; School of Technology Faculty Minutes and Associated Documents; Reports; Newsletters; and Brochures, Pamphlets, Posters, Programs, and Miscellaneous Publications. Please refer to each subseries for a detailed description.

Series 3. Audio Visual Material, circa 1950s-2004 (1.15 cubic feet). The audio visual material consists of photographs that were in original, labeled envelopes from the developer, and were grouped as such; Purdue Aviation Technology, Eismin (Professor), "“Falcon 20," labs/simulators, historical aircraft, and miscellaneous photographs and negatives. Also included is a DVD, "50 Years of Aviation Technology, Purdue University," 2004, and a VHS tape, labeled, "Osh Kosh." There are 21 slides labeled, "Mike Kroes, AT," and a partial carousel of slides from around the Aviation Technology Department, circa 1990.

The oversized photographs have been housed in a separate box for preservation purposes, along with the boxed slides. Also found in this box is a poster, "Centennial of Flight, 1903-2003."

Series 4. Artifacts, circa 1993 (1 cubic foot). This series is comprised of a Boeing 727 captain's steering yoke which was last used by Neil Armstrong, as he flew the aircraft on its last flight to the Purdue Airport. The Boeing 727 was donated to Purdue by United Airlines to be used as a teaching aircraft. Also included is a plaque presented by Chuck Crosby, Purdue alum and captain for United Airlines, on behalf of United, to Purdue University and the College of Technology.

Custodial History

Transfer in various accessions from Department of Aviation Technology

Source of Acquisition

February 6, 2014 and May 1, 2014 transfers from Purdue University Department of Aviation Technology via Professor Tom Carney. Material received prior to 2014 is legacy collection material; donors unknown.

Related Materials

MSF 478, James R. Maris papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

UA 54, Purdue Air Race Classic Team papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

MSA 257, Joseph P. Minton collection of Purdue Aeronautics Corporation and Purdue Airlines Inc. historical material, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

MSP 23, Emilio Salazar papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

MSF 461, Jerome Goldman papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries Jerome Goldman papers

Processing Information

Whenever possible, original order of the materials has been retained.  For preservation purposes, seven of the nine scrapbooks were removed from the original 3-ring binders, but the material was retained in its original order. Each page of material was separated by archival paper, within their respective folders, and is described in detail within the finding aid. The ninth scrapbook, given as a gift and created by Kirsten Korkus for the 2004 Purdue Air Race Classic Team was left in its original state, to preserve its unique qualities and added decorations. All materials have been housed in polyester sleeves, acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes. Oversized photographs, other printed material, and artifacts have been separated and grouped into individual series for preservation purposes.
Title
Purdue University Department of Aviation Technology records
Status
in_progress
Author
Mary A. Sego
Date
04/08/2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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