Finding Aid for the Alexander Klemin Papers, 1900-1950

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UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 1997
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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Engineering and Technology --Aerospace Engineering Social Sciences --Education Geographical (By Place) --United States (excluding California)

Finding Aid for the Alexander Klemin Papers, 1900-1950

Collection number: 843

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Manuscripts Division staff, 1997
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Text converted and initial container list EAD tagging by:
Apex Data Services
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, July 2002
© 1997 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Alexander Klemin Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1900-1950
Collection number: 843
Creator: Klemin, Alexander, 1888-1950
Extent: 233 boxes (116.5 linear ft.) 84 oversize boxes
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Alexander Klemin (1888-1950) was the head of the Aeronautics Department at MIT (1917), head of the Guggenheim School of Aeronautics at New York University's College of Engineering (1925-45), and the author of Textbook Of Aeronautical Engineering, If you Want to Fly, Simplified Aerodynamics and Airplane Stress Analysis. The collection contains correspondence, lectures, reports, designs, photographs, patents, and related printed material concerning the technical and historical aspects of aeronautics, including the development of the helicopter and the gyroscope.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

Additional Physical Form Available

A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
  • Public Services Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Kraus Periodicals, Incorporated, purchase, 1963.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alexander Klemin Papers (Collection 843). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

Alexander Klemin was born in London, May 15, 1888; BS, London University, 1907; immigrated to the U.S., 1914; MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1915; became a U.S. citizen while head of the Aeronautics Department at MIT, 1917; Officer-in-charge of the Research Department, Army Air Service, at McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio during World War I; head, Guggenheim School of Aeronautics at New York University College of Engineering, 1925-45; author of Textbook Of Aeronautical Engineering, If you Want to Fly, Simplified Aerodynamics, and Airplane Stress Analysis; technical editor, Aviation magazine, 1915-1917; member, Royal Aeronautical Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers; died, 1950.

Scope and Content

Collection contains correspondence, lectures, reports, designs, photographs, patents, and related printed material concerning the technical and historical aspects of aeronautics, including the development of the helicopter and the gyroscope. The collection comprises the professional papers of Alexander Klemin as well as materials used by him as a professor. Of note is an alphabetical subject index of more than 150,000 entries to articles about helicopters, aviation, and gyroscopes in many technical journals.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Lectures file.
  2. Helicopter file.
  3. Technical file.
  4. Research.
  5. Miscellaneous.
  6. Spin test.
  7. Helicopter patents.
  8. Klemin's subject index to articles in technical journals (card file).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Klemin, Alexander, 1888-1950--Archives.
Aeronautical engineers--United States--Archival resources.
Universities and colleges--Faculty--Archival resources.
Aerodynamics--History--Sources.
Aeronautics--History--Sources.