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Cecil F. Warner papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 498

Scope and Contents

The Cecil F. Warner papers document his teaching and research career dedicated to the areas of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, gas turbines, rocket propulsion and air pollution. The papers also reflect Warner's involvement within the community and countless volunteer hours committed to Boy Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, Kiwanis, First United Methodist Church and Home Hospital.

Types of materials include: artifacts, audiovisual materials, booklets, books, CD-ROMs, clippings, correspondence, electronic media, miscellaneous materials, publications, report cards, scrapbook (scanned), and textbooks.


  • 1921 - 2007
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1940 - 2010


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

Cecil F. Warner was born June 13, 1915 in Parker, Indiana. He attended Tri-State College in Angola, Indiana, earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 1939, a Master of Science from Lehigh University in 1942, Bethlehem, PA, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1945.

In 1942 Professor Warner joined the Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering and retired after nearly 40 years as Professor of M.E. in 1981, but he continued part time until 1996. He was instrumental in developing the Purdue Jet Propulsion Laboratory and pioneered research in liquid fueled rocket engines. Warner initiated courses in rocket propulsion, air pollution, thermodynamics and the internal combustion engine laboratory. Many of his students have made major contributions to industry and the space effort of not only our country but of the world. During two stints at Aerojet General Corporation, he was Project Engineer for Nuclear Rocket and Liquid Rocket Divisions. Warner was a team member instrumental in developing the fuels used in the space shuttle. He authored five texts and numerous articles in his area of expertise. He was active in the American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics, and was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Sigma Xi, Pi Tau Sigma, and Tau Beta Pi.

Warner was active in the Boy Scouts of America, Kiwanis, Masonic Lodge, Habitat for Humanity, and Home Hospital Thrift Shop. He received numerous civic awards including Scouting's Silver Beaver, The Golden Deed and Good Neighbor Awards during his retirement career of volunteering.


2.287 Cubic Feet (Four letter-size full-width manuscript boxes and one flat box)


The papers have been arranged into six series, and are in chronological order within each series.
  1. Report Cards and Teaching Contracts
  2. Correspondence
  3. Clippings, Booklets, and Miscellaneous Documents
  4. Books and Publications
  5. Audio Visual Material
  6. Artifacts

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Melda Warner (wife of Cecil F. Warner), April 16, 2007, and James B. Warner (son of Cecil F. Warner), April 25, 2007.

Processing Information

All materials have been housed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes. Photographs were palced into polyester sleeves. All newsprint has been photocopied or scanned and originals retained for display purposes, with photocopies made available for research. The CD-ROMs have undergone digital processing.



Cecil F. Warner papers
Under Review
Mary A. Sego
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Second edition. Collection description first completed 2018-08-01.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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