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Vol 1 Ross A. McFarland Papers
1849-1980, 210 lin. ft

Ross A. McFarland is regarded as the father of human factors in aviation. Author of the classic Human Factors in Air Transport Design, several other books and hundreds of articles, he was also a consultant to many federal agencies and corporations. In the 1930s and 1940s, McFarland was a researcher at the Fatigue Laboratory at Harvard University, and in 1947 he joined the faculty of the Harvard School of Public Health. His research included studies of the effects of substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and carbon monoxide on human performance; dark adaptation and visual thresholds; anoxia and high altitude physiology; stress and fatigue in pilots and other flight personnel; the physiological and psychological characteristics of airplane pilots; human factors in air and ground vehicle design; health and safety in air and ground transportation; accident prevention; and circadian rhythms in air travel. McFarland's papers are a source of information on these topics as well as the McFarland family history, the Guggenheim Chair of Aerospace Health and Safety at Harvard, the Aerospace Medical Association, Pan American Airlines, U.S. military research, the Human Factors Society, other researchers involved in similar studies, and a host of related topics. The collection also includes hundreds of photographs.

Subject Area(s): Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Engineering

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Vol 2 Ross A. McFarland Papers
1849-1980, 210 lin. ft

Ross A. McFarland is regarded as the father of human factors in aviation. Author of the classic Human Factors in Air Transport Design, several other books and hundreds of articles, he was also a consultant to many federal agencies and corporations. In the 1930s and 1940s, McFarland was a researcher at the Fatigue Laboratory at Harvard University, and in 1947 he joined the faculty of the Harvard School of Public Health. His research included studies of the effects of substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and carbon monoxide on human performance; dark adaptation and visual thresholds; anoxia and high altitude physiology; stress and fatigue in pilots and other flight personnel; the physiological and psychological characteristics of airplane pilots; human factors in air and ground vehicle design; health and safety in air and ground transportation; accident prevention; and circadian rhythms in air travel. McFarland's papers are a source of information on these topics as well as the McFarland family history, the Guggenheim Chair of Aerospace Health and Safety at Harvard, the Aerospace Medical Association, Pan American Airlines, U.S. military research, the Human Factors Society, other researchers involved in similar studies, and a host of related topics. The collection also includes hundreds of photographs.

Subject Area(s): Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Engineering

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Theodore Benzinger Papers
1934-1984, .5 lin. ft.

Dr. Theodore Benzinger was in charge of a research laboratory in Rechlin, Germany. His high altitude research included decompression studies and work in an altitude chamber to stratosphere equivalent altitudes. In 1947, he began working at the U.S. Navy Medical Research Institute and at the National Bureau of Standards. The collection consists of copies of research papers, letters, and depositions.

Subject Area(s): Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Engineering, World War II

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H.T.E. Hertzberg Papers and Reports
1930-1976, 12 lin. ft.

Hans Theadore Edward Hertzberg was a physical anthropologist in the Biophysics Branch of the Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton from 1946-1972. Most of his research was in the field of anthropometry, the measurement of the human body. He practiced engineering anthropology at Wright-Patterson measuring body size and strength and utilized this data in the design of dummies, cockpits, seats, oxygen masks, helmet, gloves, and clothing and personal equipment used in flying. The papers in this collection consist mostly of correspondence and reports which reflect the scope of his research.

Subject Area(s): Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Engineering

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Aerospace Medical Association Records
1929-1991, 31 lin. ft.

The collection currently consists of historical files, records, and annual meeting reports of the association. In general, the records consist of correspondence, old journal files, and scientific publications. The most important series is the record of annual meetings spanning 1929-1991.

Subject Area(s): Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Engineering

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Flight Nurse Section, Aerospace Medical Association Records
1943-2000, 3.3 lin. ft.

The Flight Nurse Section began in mid-1963 when a group of active duty, retired, and allied nurses met at Brooks AFB, Texas, and petitioned the Aerospace Medical Association to establish an affiliated group. Membership is open to registered nurses who have an interest in aerospace or environmental health nursing and who are members of the Aerospace Medical Association. The collection consists of correspondence, reports of annual meetings, news articles and clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, and related administrative records.

Subject Area(s): Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Engineering

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A.H. Hasbrook Papers
1940-1980, 100 lin. ft.

This collection comprises the original research, reports, court cases, and correspondence documenting A. Howard Hasbrook's career in crash injury research. It includes the studies he conducted at Cornell University as well as research and investigations carried out for various other organizations. Hasbrook endeavored to make both airplane and automobile survivable crashes less lethal. His analysis led him to become an early advocate of seat belts for both airplanes and automobiles, and he encouraged the design of less deadly vehicle interiors to decrease the likelihood of death and injury during and after crashes.

Subject Area(s): Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Engineering

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Dorothy Brower, Medical Illustrator, Collection
1925-1991, 13 lin. ft.

Dorothy Brower was a medical illustrator. She began her career at Johns Hopkins University, studying under Max Brödel, who is considered the father of modern medical illustration. Brower's career brought her to Dayton in 1955 to illustrate for the medical team working with the first group of astronauts at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. When she retired, she stayed in Dayton working as a freelance artist until her death in 1992. The collection consists of her original art, photography, wax sculptures, correspondence, and other personal papers.

Subject Area(s): Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Engineering, Medical History, Arts

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Space Medicine Archives
1964-2000, 2.5 lin. ft.

The Space Medicine Branch was founded in 1950 as a constituent organization of the Aerospace Medical Association for the express purpose of advancing the science and art of space medicine and the biological sciences, with special emphasis on the problems facing humans at high altitudes and in the space environment. The records document the membership, annual meetings, and the actions of Space Medicine Branch Officers.

Subject Area(s): Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Engineering

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International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine Records
1952-2007, 25.24 lin. feet

The International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine was founded as an elected honorary society for aerospace medicine professionals in 1955. In general, the records consist of correspondence, minutes, a small quantity of financial records, a few portrait photographs of members or laureates, and a series of publications. Besides the sometimes extensive correspondence with members, the most important series is the continuous record of semi-annual meetings held between 1955 and the early 1980s.

Subject Area(s): Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Engineering, Medical History

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Harold Sandler Papers
1934-1998, 7 lin. ft.

This collection contains photocopies of aerospace medical research articles, periodical articles, and books, along with data, photographs, journals of proceedings, and Russian aerospace medicine pamphlets. Included are four bound books containing articles written by Dr. Sandler. The majority of the information within the collection was used by Dr. Sandler to write review articles and to supply background information for his research.

Subject Area(s): Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Engineering

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Dr. Harry Dyme Papers
1950-1998 (Bulk 1950-1975), 1.75 lin. ft.

Dr. Harry Dyme was the chief of nutrition section of the Aero-Medical Laboratory on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. He worked on the Air Force Base from the 1950s through the 1970s. The collection consists of research materials and photographs concerning cold weather survival and other aerospace medical studies he conducted in the 1950s.

Subject Area(s): Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Engineering, Cold War History

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Dr. Malcolm L. Ritchie Collection
1949-2006 (bulk 1960-1970), 39.5 lin. ft.

The Dr. Malcolm L. Ritchie Collection is composed of documents relating to Dr. Ritchie’s career. Journals, reference books, and slides/negatives are included. Additional personal papers have been added.

Subject Area(s): Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Engineering, Family and Personal Papers, Business and Industry

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Paul Webb Collection
1953-1993 (bulk 1972-1984), 21.2 lin. ft.

The Paul Webb Collection consists of records and files accumulated by the research firm Webb Associates during the course of experiments in human physiology and calorimetry between 1972 and 1984, as well as articles, book drafts, and other publications on similar topics, written by or citing Dr. Paul Webb. The collection also contains several Vari-Temp suits which were part of a calorimeter designed and used by Dr. Webb, as well as prototype space activity suits also designed by Webb.

Subject Area(s): Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Engineering, Aviation

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Skylab Collection
1960-1990, 11 lin. ft.

The Skylab Collection comes from the library of Dr. Shiro Furukawa, who was a NASA scientist that worked under the supervision of Skylab physician Dr. Paul Buchanan. Dr. Furukawa was a flight surgeon on the Skylab Medical Team and later investigated space station era life sciences, medicine programs, manned operations, as well as automated/robotic space construction operations at Kennedy Space Center. This collection houses publications, reference material, NASA reports, journal, magazine, and newspaper clippings related to the research he conducted throughout his career.

Subject Area(s): Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Engineering

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Dr. Stanley C. White Papers
1950-2000 (Bulk 1961-1979), 9 lin. ft.

Dr. Stanley C. White was a pioneer in the design of life support systems for space travel. He worked as an aerospace doctor with the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab programs. He was the president of both Aerospace Medical Association and International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine. Dr. White’s collection contains photographs, slides, and papers from his career. Many of the photographs are from his work at NASA and his papers contain the selection of astronauts. There are many family photographs and slides.

Subject Area(s): Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Engineering

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World War I Aviation Medicine Photographs
1916-1919, 1 folder

This small collection contains 36 photographs taken during and just after World War I. The photographs show military posts, testing equipment, planes, and various buildings.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Medical History, Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Engineering, World War I

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Brooks AFB 50th Anniversary Papers
ca. 1968, 1 folder

This small collection contains pamphlets, press releases, and photographs celebrating the Brooks Air Force Base Golden Anniversary. The photographs depict various testing devices for pilots.

Subject Area(s): Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Engineering

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Charles A. Lindbergh Records
1963, 1 folder

This small collection contains two items. The first is a letter from Charles Lindbergh to Charles I. Barron, M.D., expressing his appreciation to Dr. Barron for permitting him to undergo decompression tests in Lockheed Aircraft Company's high-altitude chamber. The second item is Lindbergh's electrocardiogram from a Flight Personnel Examination.

Subject Area(s): Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Engineering, Medical History

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