Scope and Content Note
Arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within, the series contains professional and personal letters, often
including attachments of meeting notes, agendas, minutes, papers, blueprints, drawings and clippings. The Chronological subseries,
likely maintained by Hawkins’ secretaries or assistants, represents the bulk of the series and consists primarily of Hawkins’
outgoing correspondence. Compiled by Hawkins, the various subject and Personal correspondence files contain a greater number
of incoming letters and memoranda. In addition, copied correspondence or memoranda from or between Lockheed executives throughout
Hawkins’ tenure are well represented in the series. The distinctions between the subseries are often unclear as there is overlap
and duplication of topics and material. As such, researchers should be aware that materials may be dispersed through the series.
Likewise, materials in the Correspondence, Consulting Files, and Subject Files series are frequently related and contain corresponding
or duplicate documents.
Frequent correspondents include Lockheed executives and senior management such as Roy A. Anderson, Lawrence O. Kitchen, and
Daniel Tellep, Norman R. Augustine, Carl Haddon, Carl Kotchian, James W. Plummer, Jack Real, Clarence L. Johnson, Ben Rich,
Daniel J. Haughton, and Courtland Gross. Frequent correspondents at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company include Eugene Root,
Herschel Brown, Stanley Burriss, Louis Ridenour, and James Plummer. The Army, Air Force, and Navy are correspondents within
the Department of Defense (DoD) subseries.
Topics represented in the series include aircraft (C-141 Starlifter, C-5 Galaxy, AH-56 Cheyenne, L-1011, supersonic transport,
stealth, Quiet Aircraft, remotely piloted vehicles, long endurance aircraft), missile systems (tactical, long range, intercontinental,
air-to-air, air-to-surface, cruise, Polaris, Ding-Dong), space programs and satellite systems (Discoverer/CORONA, Pioneer
Venus, Agena), and projects (Ping-Pong reconnaissance rocket, X-7 ramjet test vehicle, X-17 research rocket). Other topics
represented are employee relations, personnel development, and operations at Lockheed, internal and national research and
development programs, and liquid hydrogen as an alternate fuel. Noteworthy are Hawkins’ weekly, monthly, and yearly activity
reports throughout the Chronological subseries, which provide an account of the projects he supervised in detail.