Office of the Director Collection, 1959-1982.

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory (U.S.). Office of the Director. Office of the Director Collection, 1959-1982.

Office of the Director Collection, 1959-1982.

The collection is composed of documents created by or sent to the Office of the Director of Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The three names most mentioned are William H. Pickering, Director, 1954-1976; Charles H. Terhune, Deputy Director, 1971-1983; and Bruce C. Murray, Director, 1976-1982. The diverse collection includes materials originating at JPL, NASA and California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and also contains congressional records, such as witness testimonies and Congressional voting records. The bulk of the collection is dated from 1975 to 1980. The collection is arranged by subject. It consists primarily of correspondence, plus memoranda, published and unpublished reports, drawings, charts, presentations, handwritten notes and photographs. The collection documents nearly every project that JPL was involved with during the late 1970s. It includes every flight project JPL was involved with at the time, including Voyager, Viking, Venus Orbital Imaging Radar, International Solar Polar Mission, Galileo, Seasat, Infrared Astronomical Satellite, Lunar Polar Orbiter and Halley's Comet missions. Various energy projects, such as the study of higher fuel efficient vehicles and the uses of solar power, and military projects, such as the MX-RES Project, are also represented in the collection. The retirement celebrations of William Pickering and institutional briefings of Bruce Murray are documented in the collection. The interactions among Caltech, JPL, NASA and Congress are documented. Various NASA memoranda concerning JPL procedures, planning, budgets and projects are included.

19.35 cubic ft. (62 boxes, 1 half-box and 1 oversize box).

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