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Charles M. Ehresman papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 490

Scope and Contents

The Charles M. Ehresman papers (1897-2011; 46.0 cubic feet) document the work and professional activities of Charles M. Ehresman, designer of Purdue University’s High Pressure Rocket Laboratory, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, and operations manager of Purdue’s Thermal Sciences & Propulsion Center (known today as Zucrow Laboratories).  The collection also documents the design and construction of the High Pressure Rocket Laboratory and its early administration and operations, as well as materials pertaining to Maurice J. Zucrow, professor of Gas Turbines and Jet Propulsion in the Schools of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautical Engineering and pioneer of rocket propulsion testing and development at Purdue University.  Materials in the collection largely relate to the early years of the Thermal Sciences & Propulsion Center (TSPC), Ehresman’s research and publications in the 1990s and 2000s, his teaching and advising activities between the 1960s and 1990s, and his involvement in AIAA activities, from presenting scholarship at the organization’s conferences to serving on the AIAA’s Historic Site Committee.  Other materials of particular interest include Ehresman’s research on water ingestion systems and waterspouts, as well as his efforts to organize historical information for the Thermal Sciences & Propulsion Center’s 50th Anniversary (1999) and collected research for the Zucrow Labs history webpage.  Types of materials in the collection include: books, correspondence, conference and research papers and presentations, multimedia materials, proposals and reports, research and teaching materials, and subject files.

Dates

  • 1897-2011
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1960-1972, 1997-2009
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/05/2013

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.  Materials pertaining to student grades and other student privacy-sensitive material are restricted because of reasons of confidentiality.  These materials are identified in the below inventory. The collection is stored offsite.  24 hours notice is required to access the collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Purdue University per deed of gift

Extent

46.00 Cubic Feet

32 c.f. boxes, 28 mss. boxes, 5 CD boxes, 2 lantern slide boxes, 2 slide boxes, 1 flat box, 1 artifact box other_unmapped

Abstract

Correspondence, conference and research papers and presentations, multimedia materials, proposals and reports, research and teaching materials, subject files, and other materials documenting the work and professional activities of Charles M. Ehresman, designer of Purdue University’s High Pressure Rocket Laboratory, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, and operations manager of Purdue’s Thermal Sciences & Propulsion Center (known today as Zucrow Laboratories).  The collection also documents the design and construction of the High Pressure Rocket Laboratory and its early administration and operations, as well as materials pertaining to Maurice J. Zucrow, professor of Gas Turbines and Jet Propulsion in the Schools of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautical Engineering and pioneer of rocket propulsion testing and development at Purdue University.

Source of Acquisition

Donated by Alecia A. Wiltgen, May 1, 2013

Accruals and Additions

20130425 20130706 (addition)

Existence and Location of Originals

multi-part note content

Related Materials

multi-part note content

Processing Information

All materials in this collection are housed in acid-free boxes.  Whenever possible, the original order of subject files was retained with overfilled folders divided into smaller sub-folders.  Much of the material in the collection was found loose, without folders or other types of organization seen in Ehresman’s papers.  Loose items, when feasible, were placed in acid-free folders (marked “Loose Material” in the below inventory) and arranged by subject with other materials in the collection.  Paperclips were removed from items and replaced with acid-free paper.  Duplicate materials of three or more have been discarded.  These items largely consisted of books and other published materials.
Title
Charles M. Ehresman papers
Status
In Progress
Author
John Michael Foster, 2014 and Mary A. Sego, 2015
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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