The Glover Edwin Ruckstell Special Collection SDASM.008

Finding aid prepared by Jenna L. Shaeffer
San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA, 92101
(619) 234-8291

Title: The Glover Edwin Ruckstell Special Collection
Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.008
Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.2 Linear feet 1 manuscript box
Date (inclusive): 1918-1963
Abstract: This collection contains the personal papers of G.E. Ruckstell. He was involved in early design and manufacturing of both automobiles and airplanes.
Language of Materials note: English
creator: Ruckstell, Glover Edwin, 1891-1963

Biographical/Historical note

A mechanical and aeronautical engineer, not really remembered as a driver, Glover was more behind the scenes, firstly as Mercer team manager, and then found fame by developing the two speed rear axle which would be adopted by Ford’s Model T trucks. While he had been involved in automobile racing, aviation was his main interest. He became head of the Hall Scott Airplane department, before setting up his own manufacturing company, being closely intertwined with Ford. A licensed pilot and engine mechanic, he founded the company, Grand Canyon-Boulder Dam Tours, which was the first enterprise to provide comprehensive tourist services.
His background in automobile and machine shops earned him a World War I commission in the United States of America Aeroservice Aircraft Production Department.

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open to the public by appointment.

Conditions Governing Use note

For copyright and use restrictions please consult the library director.

Preferred Citation note

[Item], The G.E. Ruckstell Special Collection, Archives, San Diego Air & Space Museum.

Scope and Contents note

This is a collection of the personal papers of Glover Edwin Ruckstell. The collection includes his resume, letters of recommendation, contract, newspaper advertisements and articles, bill of sale, memos, axle part list, certificates, draft card, photographs, telegrams, travel schedule, travel orders, various correspondence, licenses, passes, and Trans World Airlines I.D. card.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Grand Canyon Airlines.
Hall, E.J., (Hall, Elbert John), 1882-1955
Grand Canyon (Ariz.)--Tours