The William D. Reeves Papers consists of booklets, binders, calendars, correspondence, handbooks, memorandums, operating manuals, publications, schedules, technical drawings, technical manuals, technical reports, presentations, and miscellaneous materials used by William D. Reeves during his time working at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Reeves worked at NASA from 1967 until 2001. The bulk of the collection is composed of Reeves’ copies of handbooks, presentations, technical manuals, technical reports, and other materials that include his personal notes from 1988 to 2001, that he used while working as a NASA Flight Director and the Manager of the Space Shuttle/Space Station Integration Office. Reeves was an electrical engineer known for his work with the Space Shuttle partnership with Russian Space Station MIR, as well as his help building the International Space Station. Also, within the collection are documents from the Space Station Freedom project. There are general correspondence and presentation slides from the United Space Alliance, and RID Reports are present.
Hyman Abraham Steinberg (who went by “Hy”) was born in New York City to a Jewish family on December 15, 1925. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1944-1946 as a Radioman 2nd Class at the U.S. Naval Mine Depot in Yorktown, Virginia. He received a Bachelor of Art and Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1950 and 1951, respectively. In 1951, Steinberg worked as the junior architect for the New York City Public Works Department. Then, Steinberg worked at New York University’s Research Division as an engineering scientist from 1951-1955, where he co-developed the first engineered solar oven.
He next worked as an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, from 1955-1958. From 1958-1960, Steinberg worked as the Public Relations Account Executive for Basford Inc. in New York City. At the same time, he served as an industrial engineering consultant between 1958-1959 with Carmer Industries in New Jersey. He worked from 1960-1963 as the editor of Family Handyman Magazine in New York City; then followed this as an building consultant editor American Home Magazine.
Steinberg worked from 1967 to 1971 as an engineering specialist for Catalytic-Dow, Saturn 5 systems at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He also worked on the Apollo 8 program. From 1955 to 1980, Steinberg received 14 U.S Patents for Solar-Thermal energy conversion. In his career, he received 20 patents for his own inventions. Some of his best-known inventions today are the solar energy grill, inner channel hearing aid, and rotary electric shaver. Steinberg then worked as a real estate investor, architectural consultant, artist, and inventor until his death on February 12, 2016.
This collection contains writings, invention materials, photographs, and publications related to the life and career of Hyman A. Steinberg’s career at NASA that impacted human space flight. Most of the materials date from 1967 to 1973, though there are materials from Steinberg’s later independent consultancy with NASA while not a full-time employee.
The George Strouhal Papers is composed of NASA corporate contractor records and reports, reports, white papers and papers, manuals, research binders, memorandums, brochures, booklets, a poster, college course lecture notes, course assignment records, and miscellaneous materials, created and used by George Strouhal during his career working at NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center (later Johnson Space Center) between the 1960s and 1970s. Strouhal was a mechanical engineer known for his work focusing on thermal protection systems for the Apollo Program and Space Shuttle Program. The bulk of the collection is composed of Strouhal’s copies of official NASA corporation contractors’ reports, papers, records, and other materials, from the 1950 through 1970s. There are miscellaneous NASA, contractors, and various organizations’ aerospace research materials that he retained while working at NASA. The collection includes course notes kept by Strouhal during his undergraduate and other educational course work in the 1950s and 1960s.
The Reuben E. Taylor Papers is composed of memorandums, operating manuals, publications, technical drawings, technical manuals, technical reports, presentation slides, and miscellaneous materials, used and kept by Reuben E. Taylor during his time working at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The majority of the materials within the Reuben E. Taylor Papers were used by Taylor during his time working in the Space Shuttle Program Management Operations Effectiveness office. The bulk of the materials are memorandums, technical manuals, and operating manuals used by Taylor between 1981 and 1984 in regards to the planning for the Space Shuttle Program’s launching of the Orbiter. Also within the Reuben E. Taylor Papers are the plans for the Vandenberg Project, and documents from NASA’s partnership with Ariane Space. Similarly, technical drawings, technical reports, publications, and presentation slides from NASA general management are kept within the Reuben E. Taylor Papers collection.
The Teacher in Space Program Records is composed of correspondence, presentations, press releases, educational records, media plans, guides, photographs, and miscellaneous materials, documenting NASA’s Teacher in Space Project (TISP) program from 1984 to 2005. The collection appears to have been the personal collection of an unidentified individual connected with NASA and/or Johnson Space Center, transferred to the University of Houston-Clear Lake Archives and Special Collections by the Johnson Space Center History Office.
The Joseph G. Thibodaux Papers is composed of correspondence, photographs, memoranda, telegrams, programs, certificates, meeting minutes, artwork, scrapbooks, family genealogical and biographical data records, newspaper articles, journal articles, and miscellaneous materials, documenting the personal and professional career of Joseph Guy Thibodaux Jr. Thibodaux first began working for National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics in 1946. He would go to work at NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas, in 1964, serving as the Chief of the Propulsion and Power Division before retiring from NASA in 1980. The collection materials date from 1915 to 2008, including family records and information for the Thibodaux family.
John M. Trebes was born on July 1, 1932, in New London, Connecticut. He worked as an aerospace engineer at NASA for 30 years. He was Space Station mockup manager for the Man-Systems Division at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, around 1986. He also served as the preflight adaptation trainer (PAT) at Johnson Space Center. Trebes was chairman of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics from 1990 to 1991. John Trebes died on July 25, 2002. John Trebes married Alyce E. Dillinger, who worked for Lockheed Electronics Company during the Apollo Program. In 1962, she worked for NASA’s Preflight Operations Division at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston. In 1963, she worked for the organization’s Flight Operations Division. Dillinger was born on September 25, 1930. Alyce Dillinger Trebes died on October 30, 2012.
The collection contains materials spanning across the NASA careers of husband and wife John Trebes’ and Alyce Dillinger Trebes. It includes information on the Preflight Adaptation Trainer (PAT), Apollo Earth Landing System, Apollo Program training, Space Shuttle program, Life Sciences Directorate, and NASA-related photographs.
The Dale E. Wolfe Collection is composed of reports, correspondence, memorandums, training manuals, handbooks, personnel records, presentation slides printouts, photographs, booklets, newsletters, cartoons, and miscellaneous materials, created, used, or collected by Dale E. Wolfe while he worked with NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) as a NASA contractor working for Boeing’s Houston operations. Wolfe worked as an electrical engineer with Boeing and NASA JSC on the Apollo Program missions, Skylab Program, Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP), and various other program from 1967 through the 1980s. The bulk of the material in this collection are various manuals and handbooks relating to the Apollo 16 and 17 missions, as well as the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project with the Soviet Union.
The largest and most significant set of materials in the collection is Wolfe’s binder of reports and correspondence spanning the entire Apollo program between 1967 and 1975, focusing primarily on the Apollo 16 and 17 missions. The set contains original notes, manuals, reports, data, and company correspondence. The most interesting items in the collection are two of Wolfe’s original green fabric personal meeting notebooks, in which he took notes and wrote ideas own during meetings with Boeing Houston and NASA JSC between January 1973 and February 1975 at the height of the Skylab Program and Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. The collection is an important representation of the work of a Boeing contract employee with NASA Johnson Space Center at the height of the United States’ space program.
The Charles W. Yodzis Papers is composed of correspondence, memorandums, organizational charts, handbooks, manuals, technical reports, technical drawings, handwritten research and calculations, engineering performance studies, general propulsion studies, research files, notes, scientific studies, presentation slides, staff lists, photographs, 35mm slides, directories, magazine issues, and miscellaneous materials, created, used, or collected by Charles W. Yodzis from 1957 to 1994. Yodzis served as the Chief of the Primary Propulsion Branch of the Propulsion and Power Division at NASA Johnson Space Center from 1964 through his retirement.
Most of the materials were used by Yodzis in his research and design for the engine systems for the Apollo Command Service Module and Lunar Module, and for the Space Shuttle Orbiter—for which he and his team were primarily responsible for developing. The collection consists of materials stored in Yodzis’ original office subject and research files by project, purpose, engine type, and mission names. The collection is unique in that there is a large amount of Yodzis’ original handwritten scientific calculations and notes on all aspects of the development of primary propulsion systems for spacecraft.
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