Scope and Content
Title: Joseph Foladare Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1943-1946
Extent: 1.5 Linear feet
California Institute of Technology. Archives.
Pasadena, California 91125
Collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the California Institute of Technology Archives. All
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to the Head of the Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the
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[Identification of item, Box and file number], Joseph Foladare Papers, Archives,
California Institute of Technology.
Joseph Foladare was born in Los Angeles on July 9, 1909. He earned his B.S. in Physics
from Caltech in 1930, his M.A. in English from Claremont College in 1931, and his Ph.D.
in English at Yale in 1936. In 1935, he took a teaching position in the English
Department at Iowa State College in Ames. In 1940, he joined Santa Barbara State College
(later University of California, Santa Barbara) as an English Professor.
During World War II, Foladare took an extended leave from his position at Santa Barbara
to serve as the Supervisor of the Editorial Section for the Caltech Rocket Project,
sponsored by the Office of Scientific Research and Development. He spent the next five
years (1941-46) compiling and editing technical reports related to the design and use of
rockets for war, and overseeing the publication of a series on monographs on the subject.
For his service during the war, Foladare received the Presidential Certificate of Merit.
In 1946, Foladare returned to Santa Barbara, where he was the first chairman of the
English Department to be appointed by the University of California. He retired from UCSB
Scope and Content
The Foladare Collection at the Caltech Archives consists of three boxes of materials, all
of which date from the Caltech Rocket Project during World War II (1942-46). Included in
the first two boxes are technical reports on rocket science and weaponry, and Foladare's
memoranda to the report writers regarding the style and structure of their reports. The
third box contains the eight monographs on rocket-related subjects that the workers on
the rocket project composed in 1946, in fulfillment of Caltech's OSRD contract.
The materials held in the Foladare Collection were graciously donated by Joseph
Foladare's daughter, Elise Foladare.