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Guide to the Harlan D. Fowler Papers
MSS-1995-04  
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Series I:  Commercial Uses of Fowler Designs 1920-1966

Physical Description: 16 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series documents the commercial use of Fowler's designs, specifically the Fowler flap. Included are photographs that illustrate the use of the flap on various airplanes in different modes of extension. Items of note include a negative of the first working model of a Fowler variable area wing constructed in 1920, photographs of the first experimental airplane using a Fowler flap, the Canuch and other early experimental planes. This series also includes a limited number of press releases, correspondence, and technical reports of tests on Fowler flaps.

Access Note

Access to negatives is restricted.
Box/Folder 1/1-16

Commercial Uses of Fowler Designs 1920-1966

 

Series II:  Fowler-Designed Aerodynamic Flow Control Devices 1932-1970

Physical Description: 61 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised primarily of National Advisory Committe for Aeronautics (NACA) technical notes and test reports, many of which contain blueprints and/or photographs. The series includes photographs depicting various flap installations, as well as newspaper clippings and correspondence, such as correspondence with NASA Ames Research Center concerning scheduled tests of Ames Fowler Model propellers. Items of note include photographs of boundary layer control gloves, and a letter from The Smithsonian Institution National Air Museum with a photograph of a Fowler airplane model on display at the museum.

Arrangement

The series is arranged according to its original order into six subseries: Boundary Layer Control, Flaps, Ailerons, Ducted Fans and Deflected Slipstream, Dragulator, and Miscellaneous.
Box/Folder 1/17-56, 2/1-21

Fowler-Designed Aerodynamic Flow Control Devices 1932-1970

 

Series III:  Original Fowler Aircraft Designs and Data 1927-1966

Physical Description: 42 folders, 6 tubes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains Fowler’s original research, data and designs, documented by blueprints, reports, and charts. Also included are original drawings, also known as lofts. In addition, this series includes test reports by Fowler and by the University of Washington Aeronautics Laboratory regarding tests performed on Fowler-designed models. Items of note include photographs of full-size mockups of containerized air cargo planes, as well as photographs showing the "correct" method of handling cargo containers on the Fowler sky-truck. Of special interest are drawings and photographs of special uses Fowler proposed for the sky-truck such as a mobile surgical unit during World War II. Also of note are photographs of test models of the Fowler flap dating as early as 1927.

Access Note

Access to the drawings is restricted due to limited processing, and requires special permission from the Director of Special Collections & Archives.
Box/Folder 2/22-41, 3/1-22

Original Fowler Aircraft Designs and Data 1927-1966

Tube 1-6

Original Fowler Aircraft Drawings n.d.

 

Series IV:  Air Cargo Reports and Data 1937-1979

Physical Description: 15 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains materials documenting air cargo transport, including articles, reports by Fowler, blueprints, and photographs of the Fowler-designed air cargo transport container and sky-truck. One item of note is a drawing of an air cargo container titled "Future Air Freighter for Carrying Express and Mail," indicating an unrealized use of Fowler’s sky-truck and air cargo containers. A model of the air cargo container is owned by the SJSU Department of Aeronautics and is housed at the Mineta International Airport in San José.
Box/Folder 3/23-37

Air Cargo Reports and Data 1937-1979

 

Series V:  Miscellaneous Reports 1940-1969

Physical Description: 27 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains reports and blueprints, and includes the minutes of the second meeting of the Technical Subcommittee of the Prototype Aircraft Committee.
Box/Folder 3/38-42, 4/1-18, 5/1-4

Miscellaneous Reports 1940-1969

 

Series VI:  Aircraft Conversion Reports and Data 1958-1980

Physical Description: 20 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is primarily comprised of technical reports. Many of the reports include folded blueprints. Also included is a small amount of correspondence related to the technical reports.
Box/Folder 5/5-24

Aircraft Conversion Reports and Data 1958-1980

 

Series VII:  Aircraft Models n.d.

Physical Description: 8 items

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains models of airplanes equipped with Fowler flaps, as well as a few working models of aircraft devices by Fowler. Some of the airplane models are on display in the Special Collections Reading Room.
On display

Four Airplane Models n.d.

Boxes 10-11

Airplane Models and Aircraft Device Models n.d.

 

Series VIII:  Publications 1928-1974

Physical Description: 104 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is primarily comprised of materials published by NASA and the precursor organization, NACA. Also included in this series is Fowler’s seminal 1948 book on flaps, entitled Fowler Flaps for Airplanes: An Engineering Handbook (1948). This series is organized by publisher in the following order: NACA, NASA, and Other Publishers. In addition, the NASA publications are organized by type. NACA and NASA publications are arranged alpha-numerically. Other publishers are arranged alphabetically by author surname.
Box/Folder 5/25-27

NACA Publications ?-1958

Box/Folder 5/28-41, 6/1-49, 7/1-20

NASA Publications 1959-1974

Box/Folder 7/21-36

Other Publications 1928-1974

 

Series IX:  Additional Images n.d.

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains images that were originally in frames, as well as oversized images and slides. Many of the images were used to illustrate Fowler's text on airplane flaps. In addition, there are photographs and lithographs of commercial airplanes that incorporate the use of the Fowler flap. There are also approximately 150-35mm slides depicting aircraft and aircraft models from WWII to the 1960s, as well as a caricature drawing of Fowler riding on an airplane wing model.
Boxes 12-13

Additional Images n.d.