James Chipman Fletcher papers, 1933-1992  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Fletcher, James Chipman, 1919-1991
Title
James Chipman Fletcher papers
Dates
1933-1992 (inclusive)
Quantity
182.25 linear feet
Collection Number
Ms0202
Summary
The James C. Fletcher papers (1933-1992), cover Fletcher's time as NASA Administrator from 1971-1977, and aspects of this professional life following his departure from NASA in the Carter Administration, and his return to NASA following the Challenger disaster in 1986. He also served as President of the University of Utah.
Repository
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
84112-0860
Telephone: 801-581-8863
special@library.utah.edu
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

James Chipman Fletcher, born 5 June 1919, in Millburn, New Jersey, attended high school in New York City and received a B.A. in physics from Columbia University in 1940. He served as a research physicist with the U.S. Navy Bureau of Ordnance, and in 1941 became a special research associate at the Cruf Laboratory of Harvard University. He went to Princeton University in 1942 as a teaching fellow and later was an instructor and research physicist.

Under an Eastman Kodak fellowship, Dr. Fletcher received his Ph.D. degree in physics in 1948 from the California Institute of Technology. He joined Hughes Aircraft Company as director of the Theory and Analysis Laboratory in the Electronics Division.

In 1954, Dr. Fletcher joined the Ramo-Wooldridge Corporation as an Associate Director and soon became Director of Electronics in the Guided Missile Research Division, later to become Space Technology Laboratories, with responsibility for all United States ICBM's. In July 1958 Dr. Fletcher organized the Space Electronics Corporation with his associate Frank W. Lehan. Space Electronics Corporation merged with the spacecraft division of Aerojet in 1961 to form the Space General Corporation of which Dr. Fletcher was the first president. He later became Chairman of the Boardof Space General and Systems Vice President of the Aerojet General Corporation, where he served until becoming the eighth president of the University of Utah in 1964. Leaving the University after seven years, Dr. Fletcher returned to work with the aerospace industry through the government when he was appointed administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1971. He served in this capacity until 1977. Following the Challenger disaster in 1986, Fletcher assumed once again took up the reigns at NASA and served as administrator from 1986-1989.

Dr. Fletcher served on more than fifty national committees, and as chairman of ten. In March 1967, he was appointed by President Johnson to the President's Science Advisory Committee for a four year term. He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering, was a Fellow of the IEE and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Chairman of the Naval Warfare Panel, a Regent of the National Library of Medicine, and on the Visiting Committee of the National Bureau of Standards. He was a member of Sigmi Xi and the recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Service Award of the California Institute of Technology in 1966.

Dr. Fletcher died 22 December 1991.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The James Chipman Fletcher papers consist of records, correspondence, and other documents primarily relating to his tenure as the Administator of NASA, the top position in that organization. Among the items included in Fletcher's papers are his appointment books. These are quite detailed accounts of Dr. Fletcher's meetings, as the books indicate with whom he met, at what time, and for how long. In some cases there is also a brief note on the subject of the discussion.

The bulk of the papers consist of speech and travel information. As NASA Administrator, Dr. Fletcher was called upon frequently to speak at affairs related to the aerospace industry, as well as address the requisite number of graduating classes and service organizations. He also traveled on tours of inspection and was present at various space launches.

For some years, following the speech and travel files, are notes and information from meetings and briefings. Some of these contain formal briefing charts and extensive printed materials on proposed NASA-related programs. In 1975-1977 there appear a number of files dealing with the fiscal year budgets.

Dr. Fletcher's handwritten notes on meetings or general office business are followed by the correspondence files. The general correspondence is filed by date. There are, however, some special subject files, such as those on Soviet Union and United States cooperation, which are filed chronologically within subject. Personal correspondence included with the collection consists of letters or recommendation as well as correspondence with friends.

There are a number of miscellaneous files at the end of each year. These include reports, telephone messages, newspaper clippings, and other similar items. Finally, the requests for autographs from the years 1971-1978 are filed together at the end of the collection.

The memorabilia includes clippings about Dr. Fletcher's appointment, biographies of NASA Austronauts, various certificates, plaques, models, and other items.

Dr. Fletcher's papers from his tenure as president of the University of Utah are housed in the University Archives.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: James Chipman Fletcher papers, MS 0202, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: MS 0202.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

General FilesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
General Files: April-August
1971
2
General Files: September-November
1971
3
General Files: November-December
1971

Correspondence: July-December, 1971Return to Top

Container(s): Box 4

Miscellaneous Reports, 1971Return to Top

Container(s): Box 5

Speech and Travel FilesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
6
Speech and Travel Files
1972
7
Speech and Travel Files Continued
1972
8
Travel Files
1972

Correspondence, 1972Return to Top

Container(s): Box 9

Space Shuttle Correspondence, 1972Return to Top

Container(s): Box 10

Budgets, Personal Correspondence, Miscellaneous Files, 1972Return to Top

Container(s): Box 11

Speeches, Introductions, Travels, 1973Return to Top

Container(s): Box 12

Speeches, Travel, 1973Return to Top

Container(s): Box 13

Travel, 1973Return to Top

Container(s): Box 14

Briefings, Meetings, 1973Return to Top

Container(s): Box 15

Correspondence, Hearings, Notes, 1973Return to Top

Container(s): Box 16

Correspondence, Space Shuttle, NASA research, 1973Return to Top

Container(s): Box 17

NASA Files: Research, Personnel, Clippings, 1973Return to Top

Container(s): Box 18

Appointments, Speeches, Travel, 1974Return to Top

Container(s): Box 19

Travel, 1974Return to Top

Container(s): Box 20

Travel, 1974Return to Top

Container(s): Box 21

NASA Briefings, 1974Return to Top

Container(s): Box 22

Research Files, 1974Return to Top

Container(s): Box 23

Correspondence, 1974 February-MarchReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 24

Correspondence, 1974 September-DecemberReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 25

Clipppings, Notes, Speeches, 1974Return to Top

Container(s): Box 26

Speeches, Travel, 1975Return to Top

Container(s): Box 27

Speeches, Travel, 1975Return to Top

Container(s): Box 28

Travel Files, 1975Return to Top

Container(s): Box 29

Meetings, Briefings, 1975Return to Top

Container(s): Box 30

Presentations, Research, 1975Return to Top

Container(s): Box 31

Reports, Technical Bulletins, 1975Return to Top

Container(s): Box 32

NASA Fiscal Year Budget, 1977Return to Top

Container(s): Box 33

Correspondence, 1975Return to Top

Container(s): Box 34

Correspondence, 1975Return to Top

Container(s): Box 35

Clippings, Notes, Travel, 1976Return to Top

Container(s): Box 36

Speeches, Travel, 1976Return to Top

Container(s): Box 37

Speeches, 1976Return to Top

Container(s): Box 38

Travel, 1976Return to Top

Container(s): Box 39

Speeches, NASA Meetings, 1976Return to Top

Container(s): Box 40

Meetings, Briefings, 1976Return to Top

Container(s): Box 41

Breifings, Space Shuttle, Research, 1976Return to Top

Container(s): Box 42

Space Shuttle, Research, 1976Return to Top

Container(s): Box 43

Subject Files, 1976Return to Top

Container(s): Box 44

Speeches, Budget, 1976-1978Return to Top

Container(s): Box 45

Meetings, Budget Planning, 1976-1978Return to Top

Container(s): Box 46

Notes, Space Policy, Correspondence, 1976Return to Top

Container(s): Box 47

Correspondence, 1976Return to Top

Container(s): Box 48

Correspondence, 1976Return to Top

Container(s): Box 49

Messages, Articles, Remarks, 1977Return to Top

Container(s): Box 50

Speeches, Travel, 1977Return to Top

Container(s): Box 51

Speeches, Travel, Meetings, 1977Return to Top

Container(s): Box 52

Meetings, Briefings, Space Shuttle, 1977Return to Top

Container(s): Box 53

Appropriations, Correspondnece, 1977Return to Top

Container(s): Box 54

Personal Correspondence, Resignation from NASA, 1977Return to Top

Container(s): Box 55

Requests for Autographs, 1975-1978Return to Top

Container(s): Box 56

Appointment as NASA Administrator, 1971Return to Top

Container(s): Box 57

This box includes clippings, certificates, memorbilia, and transparencies from Dr. Fletcher's appointment and confirmation as NASA Administrator.

Personal Esatate Information, 1987-1988Return to Top

Container(s): Box 58

NASA Publications, Aerospace Daily, 1986-1987Return to Top

Container(s): Box 59

NASA News, Budget, Policy, 1982-1988Return to Top

Container(s): Box 60

Current NewsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
61
Current News
1986-1987
62
Current News
1987-1988
63
Current News
1988-1989
64
Current News
1986
65
Current News
1986
66
Current News
1986
67
Current News
1987
68
Current News
1987
69
Current News
1987
70
Current News
1987
71
Current News
1988
72
Current News
1988
73
Current News
1988
74
Current News
1988
75
Current News
1989

Television Transcripts, 1987Return to Top

Container(s): Box 76

Television Transcripts, 1987-1988Return to Top

Container(s): Box 77

Television Transcripts, 1988Return to Top

Container(s): Box 78

Television Transcripts, 1988-1989Return to Top

Container(s): Box 79

Subject Files: A-CReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 80

Subject Files: D-UReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 81

Appointment Calendars, 1977-1987Return to Top

Container(s): Box 82

Correspondence, 1983-1986Return to Top

Container(s): Box 83

Correspondence, Personal files, 1985-1986Return to Top

Container(s): Box 84

Calenders, Subject Files-- People, 1978-1984Return to Top

Container(s): Box 85

Subject Files--PeopleReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 86

Subject Files--PeopleReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 87

Subject Files: A-MReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 88

Subject Files: M-SaReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 88

Subject Files: Sn-WReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 89

NASA Files, 1986-1989Return to Top

Container(s): Box 90

Retirement FilesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 91

Biographical Data, 1979-1985Return to Top

Container(s): Box 92

Financial RecordsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 93

DSB Files, 1985-1986Return to Top

Container(s): Box 94

DSB General CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 95

DSB MeetingsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 96

DSB Task ForcesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 97

DSB Meetings, Task ForceReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 98

Burroughs Consultants, Paoli MeetingsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 99

Burroughs Consultants Strategic PlanningReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 100

Burroughs Corp. MeetingsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 101

Burroughs Corp Meetings, PeopleReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 102

Burroughs Corp MarketingReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 103

Speeches, 1987-1989Return to Top

Container(s): Box 104

Speeches, 1987-1989Return to Top

Container(s): Box 105

Hand-written Notes, 1987Return to Top

Container(s): Box 106

Hand-written Notes, 1987Return to Top

Container(s): Box 107

Department of Energy FilesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 108

Department of Energy Conservation PanelReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 109

Missile Defense TechnologiesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 110

Energy Research Advisory BoardReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 111

Defense Files--Miscellaneous ReportsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 112

Defensive Technologies InitiativeReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 113

Institute for Defense AnalysisReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 114

SDI FilesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 115

SDI CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 116

SDI MeetingReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 117

Speeches, 1986-1989Return to Top

Container(s): Box 118

File Listings, Calendars, 1986-1989Return to Top

Container(s): Box 119

Correspondence, 1986-1989Return to Top

Container(s): Box 120

Correspondnece, TravelReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 121

Subject FilesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box
122
Subjects: A-B
123
Subject Files: B-C
124
Subject Files: E-F
125
Subject Files: G-I
126
Subject Files: J-O
127
Subject Files: P-R
128
Subject Files: S
129
Subject Files: Space-Speeches
130
Subject Files: Sr-T
131
Subject Files: U-X

NASA Files, 1970sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 132

Presidential and NASA Correspondence, 1972-1988Return to Top

Container(s): Box 133

Jimmy Carter, 1977-1988

Gerald and Betty Ford, 1974-1976

Richard and Pat Nixon, Lady Bird Johnson, 1972-1974

Nelson Rockefeller, 1975-1976

Ronald Reagan, 1972-1980

Evans and SutherlandReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 134

External Tanks CorporationReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 135

Institutes of HealthReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 136

Washington International ClubReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 137

Personal PapersReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 138

Personal PapersReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 139

SocietiesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 140

Correspondence, 1958-1962Return to Top

Container(s): Box 141

Correspondence, 1963-1970Return to Top

Container(s): Box 142

Correspondence, 1967-1990Return to Top

Container(s): Box 143

Government Correspondence, 1963-1989Return to Top

Container(s): Box 144

Personal Correspondence, 1971-1991Return to Top

Container(s): Box 145

SpeechesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 146

Institutes of HealthReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 147

SpeechesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 148

University of UtahReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 149

University of PittsburghReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 150

Energy Issues ClassReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 151

Energy Issues ClassReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 152

Energy Issues ClassReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 153

NASA Subject FilesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box
154
NASA Subject Files: A-N
155
NASA Subject Files: P-S
156
NASA Subject Files: S-U

Fairchild Industries MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
157
Fairchild Industries
1989-1991
158
Fairchild Industries
1989-1990
159
Fairchild Industries
1988-1991
160
Fairchild Industries
1989-1992
161
Fairchild Industries
1990
162
Fairchild Industries
1990
163
Fairchild Industries
1990
164
Fairchild Industries
1989-1990

Disarmament SocietyReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 165

Disarmament SocietyReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 166

Panels and ReportsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 167

Presidential TaskforcesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 168

Ethics and Audit CommitteesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 169

AerojetReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 170

Aerojet and RaytheonReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 171

Evans and SutherlandReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 172

Medical SciencesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 173

The Presidents Science Advisory CommitteeReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 174

Space Dynamics Research CorporationReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 175

Space Dynamics Research Corporation-Space Electronics Corporation, 1959-1989Return to Top

Container(s): Box 176

Space General, 1961-1989Return to Top

Container(s): Box 177

Space General-Space Museum Correspondence, 1955-1989Return to Top

Container(s): Box 178

Subject FilesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box
179
Subject Files A
180
Subject Files: B-C
181
Subject Files: C-E
182
Subject Files: E-I
183
Subject Files: I-L
184
Subject Files: M-N
185
Subject Files: N-O
186
Subject Files: O-P
187
Subject Files: P-R
188
Subject Files: R-T
189
Subject Files: T-Y

Events, 1970sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 190

Events, 1970sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 191

Events, 1970sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 192

Printed MaterialReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 193

Printed MaterialReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 194

NotesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 195

Personal DocumentsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 196

Certificates and EphemeraReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 197

Articles of InterestReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 198

Scrapbook Material and ClippingsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 199

NASA BadgesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 200

General Materials, 1964-1979Return to Top

Container(s): Box 201

Container(s) Description Dates
box
201
Folder
1
Correspondence
1972-1978
2
Energy and Man's Environment Workshop Program
1979
3
Commemorative materials
undated
4
Ariel Photographs Caption Information
undated
5
NBN Scholarship Students' Daily Report on U.S. Study Tour
1966
6
News Clippings
1964-1974

Oversize MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
202
General Materials
This box contains correspondence, a calendar, certificate, and memorabilia.
1976-1989
203
Award Certificates
1977-1989
204
Award Certificates
1988-1990
205
Award Certificates
1933-1975
206
Award Certificates
The certificates in this box were signed by Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan.
1967-1986
207
Award Certificates and Correspondence
1970-1992
Carton
208
Award Certificates and Framed Memorabilia
Includes a framed commemorative NASA space shuttle program and mission insignias pin collection.
1985-1988
209
Awards
1974-1977
210
Awards
1971-1989
211
Awards and Medals
1972-1988
Box
212
Award
undated
213
Plaques
1986-1989
214
Plaque
1974
215
Plaque
undated
216
Plaques
1975-1989
217
Plaque
1977
218
Plaque
1989
219
Plaque
1976
Carton
220
Plaques
1975-1989
221
Plaques
1971-1992
222
Plaques
1989
Box
223
Artwork
1984 and undated
224
NASA Plastic and Embroidered Logo
undated
225
Satellite Images
1972 and undated
226
Memorabilia
undated
227
Shuttle Spacecraft Cake Decoration
undated
228
Statue of a Young Man
undated
229
Lamp Shade
The lamp was presented to Fletcher by the Lewis Research Center.
1977
229 A
Lamp Base
1977
230
Command and Service Modules Model
undated
231
Satellite Model
This model was presented to Fletcher from the Office of Space Science and Application.
1989
232
Space Rocket? Model
undated
233
Boeing 747-300 Airplane Model
undated
234
Conical Accelerator NASP Concept Model
This model was presented to Fletcher by the NASA Langley Research Center.
1989
235
Lockheed Space Shuttle Model
undated
236
First Liquid Fueled Rocket Model
This model was presented to Fletcher by the Goddard Space Flight Center.
1989
237
First Liquid Fueled Rocket Model
This model was presented to Fletcher from the Goddard Space Flight Center.
1972
238
Satellite? Model
This model was presented to Fletcher from the Goddard Space Flight Center.
1977
239
Viking Lander '75 and Viking Spacecraft '75 Models
1975
240
Viking Spacecraft on a Mars Background Model
1976
241
Apollo Spacecraft Model
undated
242
Space Shuttle
undated
243
Apollo-Soyuz Test Project Model
undated
244
NASA Space Shuttle Model
1972
245
Skylab Model
undated
246
Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) Model
undated
247
Saturn V Rocket Model
The height of the model is 87 1/2" and the base is 14 3/4" square.
undated
248
"Lorena C. Fletcher as Candidate for Utah Mother of the Year Award" Scrapbook
1936-1967

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Astronautics--United States--History--Sources
  • Personal Names :
  • Fletcher, James Chipman, 1919- --Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence