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NASA Western Support Office Records at NARA Riverside, 1939-1969
Record Group 255  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Administrative History
  • Indexing Terms
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement of the Western Support Office Papers

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: NASA Western Support Office Records at NARA Riverside
    Date (inclusive): 1939-1969
    Collection Number: Record Group 255
    Creator: Western Support Office
    Extent: Number of containers: 46

    Volume: 19 linear feet
    Repository: National Archives and Records Administration, Riverside.
    Perris, CA 92570
    Abstract: The Western Coordination Office (WCO) was established to act as the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) liaison with aircraft companies and aeronautics research units of colleges and universities in the western region of the United States. Its functions were eventually transferred to the Western Support Office (WSO) in 1966, which reported to the Office of Industry Affairs at NASA headquarters. The materials in this collection include administrative documents, reference memoranda, and correspondence primarily generated by Edwin P. Hartman, the WSO coordinator.
    Language: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research. Access to some records is restricted due to national security classification status. Some reports have retained their secret security classification (FOIA (b)(1) National Security, Secret). All queries for records described in this guide should originate with NARA at Riverside.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright does not apply to United States government records. For non-government material, researcher must contact the original creator. Additionally, each document that has a security classification affixed must have a declassification marking stamped on the document prior to any type of reproduction.

    Preferred Citation

    RG255, [Identification of item], NASA Western Support Office Records, [Container number]: [Folder number], National Archives and Records Administration, Riverside, California.

    Administrative History

    The Western Coordination Office (WCO) was established to act as the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) liaison with western aircraft companies and aeronautics research units of western colleges and universities. The WCO reported directly to the Director of the NACA.
    Soon after the NACA was absorbed into the newly-established National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA) on October 1, 1958, the WCO was abolished by General Management Instruction (GMI) 2-2-16, NASA, August 25, 1959 and its functions transferred to the Western Operations Office (WOO), which was created by the same GMI. The WOO continued to work as a liaison with aerospace companies and research facilities. Their duties were expanded to include public affairs and administrative and management support of NASA activities west of Denver, Colorado.
    The WOO reported to the Associate Administrator of NASA at NASA headquarters. The WOO gained responsibility for management of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) contract by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) through GMI 2-2-16, NASA, March 7, 1962. The WOO’s contract management and procurement responsibilities were transferred to the NASA Resident Office-JPL (NRO-JPL) on May 8, 1966 in a memorandum from the Associate Administrator to the Associate Administrator for Space Science and Applications, dated October 19, 1965, subject: Prime Contracting Arrangements for Voyager. The NRO-JPL was abolished by NASA Management Instruction (NMI) 1136.27, June 15, 1966. Its remaining functions were transferred to the Western Support Office (WSO) which reported to the Office of Industry Affairs at NASA headquarters.
    The NRO-JPL was redesignated as the NASA Pasadena Office (NAPO) by NMI 1138.9, August 17, 1966. These records can be found in a collection titled “NASA Pasadena Office” and also housed at NARA Riverside as part of its Record Group 255.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms may be used to index this collection.

    Personal Name

    Hartman, Edwin Phelps, 1905-
    Robinson, Russell G. (Russell Gideon), 1907-2003
    Kamm, Robert W. (Robert William), 1917-2001
    Mulholland, Donald

    Corporate Name

    Western Support Office
    United States. National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.

    Subjects

    Aerospace engineering
    Aeronautical engineering

    Scope and Content

    The WSO Collection consists primarily of correspondence and memoranda relating to the needs and activities of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), a body established by Congress in 1915 to serve as an aeronautical advisory board to the government and the private sector. Subjects covered in this collection include the research and development activities of the US military, aerospace companies, universities and other facilities associated with the NACA and later NASA. Many of the memoranda reports relate to the needs, progress and activities of the aerospace industry, and academic research conducted in aerospace engineering, in the western United States, and were prepared by Edwin P. Hartman, the NACA Western Coordinator.

    Arrangement of the Western Support Office Papers

    The papers are arranged into 7 series:
    • I. Central Files, 1939-1962 (NARA ARC Identifier 608525)
    • II. Reference Memorandums of Edwin P. Hartman, 1940-1956 (NARA ARC Identifier 607812)
    • III. Confidential Reference Memorandums, compiled 1940-1962 (NARA ARC Identifier 607317)
    • IV. Secret Reference Memorandums, compiled 1946-1961 (NARA ARC Identifier 607259)
    • V. Reference Memorandums of Harrison Chandler, compiled 1940-1947 (NARA ARC Identifier 608523)
    • VI. Correspondence of the Western Coordinator, compiled 1940-1951 (NARA ARC Identifier 607622)
    • VII. Organizational History Files, compiled 1959 - 1968, documenting the period 1939 - 1969 (NARA ARC Identifier 608638)