This collection contains personal papers of Roger D. Arno, a retired NASA Ames Research Center engineer and artist, including
portfolios, sketches, drawings, posters, artifacts, and optical media. The bulk of the collection comprises digital and paper
copies of Arno's artwork, in the form of technical and astronomical illustrations representing engineering concepts, as well
as editorial cartoons about NASA people and projects. Also present are Arno's memoirs about his career with NASA.
Roger Arno's civil service career at NASA Ames Research Center spanned from 1966 to his retirement in 2000, after which he
continued to work as a consultant for another decade. Unusually, Arno worked as both engineer and artist, dual roles that
proved to be complementary. As an engineer, Arno supported many research and design projects (proposed and actual) that were
related to manned, unmanned, and biological research missions. As an artist, he illustrated numerous engineering and design
concepts and created outreach materials. His artwork ranged from precise computer-aided designs and detailed illustrations
of elaborate scenes, to logo art and animations. In the 1960s and 1970s, Arno's designs were rendered by hand, mainly in the
form of pencil or pen and ink drawings. Later, the majority were executed by computer, with increasing sophistication as design
software matured. Ever the commentator, Arno combined his artistic ability with a healthy sense of humor to provide amusing
sketches of colleagues and projects, as well as frank, sometimes acerbic, editorial commentary about NASA.
Number of containers: 2
Volume: .75 cubic feet
Copyright does not apply to United States government records. For non-government
material, researcher must contact the original creator. This collection contains copyrighted material.
Collection is open for research.