Scope and Content Note
The bulk of the collection is located in this series, which is composed of papers related to Edwards' scientific research
projects (Subseries 1) his administrative documents (Subseries 2), and awards he received (Subseries 3).
Most of the material is in Subseries 1, which is further organized into categories that represent significant groupings of
documents by topic or project. These are: documents related to the Computational Aeroelasticity Program-Transonic Small Disturbance
(CAP-TSD) and CAP-TSD viscous (CAP-TSDV) computer codes, raw data records, the Drones for Aerodynamic and Structural Testing
(DAST) project, the National Transonic Facility (NTF), the National Full-scale Aerodynamics Complex Wind Tunnel Fan Blades
project, notes and reference materials, the Space Shuttle Pilot Induced Oscillation Suppression Filter, and Space Shuttle
Protuberance Air Load Ramps. Other files include research and data on various aircraft and wind tunnels over the course of
Edwards' career. The CAP-TSD and CAP-TSDV documents include the complete files for a workshop taught by Edwards and his staff
to instruct engineers at NASA and in the aerospace industry in using the code. These papers also document precursors of the
code, such as LTRAN2, XTRAN2, XTRAN2L, and XTRAN3S, among others. Various computations, computer code, and memos are also
included in the CAP-TSD and CAP-TSDV category. The DAST project is thoroughly documented in these papers. Edwards carefully
arranged these project documents chronologically, and included notes, internal memos, and planning documents, such as diagrams
of the control room setup and work orders for equipment needed for test flights. The NTF category includes papers and data
documenting wind tunnel testing, as well as records, correspondence, and memos that document a debate at NASA in 1998 about
the future of the NTF program. This includes a handwritten draft of a letter by Edwards that argues "Wind tunnel technology
and testing is/should be the 'life-blood' of Langley Research Center" (NASA Dryden History Office, 1998).
Subseries 2 includes administrative files from Edwards' career at Langley Research Center. A large portion of these records
document Edwards' period as Head of the Unsteady Aerodynamics Branch at Langley, including documentation of a national peer
review of the entire branch. Subseries 2 also includes meeting notes, travel narratives, management training documentation,
calendars, resumes, evaluations, and performance reviews.
Subseries 3 includes various NASA and AIAA awards Edwards received, and photographs documenting the awards ceremonies.