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Descriptive Finding Guide for Norman Howard Casson Personal Papers SDASM.SC.0032
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  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: Norman Howard Casson Personal Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.0032
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.53 Cubic feet
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1965-1969
    Date (inclusive): 1965-2010
    Abstract: Norman Howard Casson has spent his technical career of six decades in aerospace. This collection contains photographs and text materials related to Casson's work, with the bulk related to his work on NASA's manned luanr missions, "Project Apollo".
    creator: Casson, Norman Howard

    Conditions Governing Access note

    The collection is open to researchers by appointment.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    Some copyright may be reserved. Consult with the library director for more information.

    Preferred Citation note

    [Item], [Filing Unit], [Series Title], [Subgroups], [Record Group Title and Number], [Repository “San Diego Air & Space Museum Library & Archives”]

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    The materials in this collection were donated to the San Diego Air & Space Museum in March 2010. The collection has been processed and is open for research with no restrictions.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Norm Casson worked on the Apollo Missions for NASA, beginning as an engineer and becoming the director in charge of checkout testing procedures.
    Norman Howard Casson has spent his technical career of six decades in aerospace. Though Casson was employed as a launch test conductor for the Titan I Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, and later the Titan II – and received many honors for his work there – he is best known for his contributions to the United States lunar landing program, “The Apollo Project.”
    NASA trusted Casson with the responsibility to thoroughly test and checkout every NASA manned spacecraft and take it through testing, and mission rehearsal with the actual astronaut crew members. After proving himself capable of managing Station C of the state-of-the-art Building 290 (constructed specifically for these operations), he was eventually given the responsibility of managing all Technicians, the Test Procedure Writing engineers, four control rooms, tank farm fluid and cas facilities, the systems engineers, the senior engineering test project managers, as well as all clerical and operations support personnel and the Apollo Post Recover operation and budget. This last was a team of engineers and technicians required to travel to the “splashdown” area of all Apollo Spacecraft returning from space, to save the systems and take steps to prevent hostile contamination from the surface of the moon.
    Casson was immensely successful. He completely restructured the organization into what he believed was a “lean and agile” machine. He set up systems to assure the engineers working on the project were up-to-date with certification and qualifications as well.
    Casson worked on the Apollo Missions for NASA as an engineer as well. He has a wealth of information on the American Space program. Casson lives in Arkansas and visits the Library & Archives when he is in the San Diego Area.

    Scope and Contents note

    One box, 12.25”x 5” x 15”, containing primarily photographs as well as instruction booklets and “Skywriter” articles from 1965-1969. Folders and their contents have been kept in their original order.

    Related Archival Materials note

    Digitized images from this collection are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdasmarchives/sets/72157630122196822/

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Aldrin, Buzz, 1930-
    Apollo 10. (Spacecraft)
    Apollo 11. (Spacecraft)
    Apollo 12. (Spacecraft)
    Apollo 15. (Spacecraft)
    Apollo 5. (Spacecraft)
    Apollo 8. (Spacecraft)
    Apollo 9. (Spacecraft)
    Armstrong, Neil, 1930-2012
    Bean, Alan, 1932-
    Cernan, Eugene, 1934-
    Chaffee, Roger B., 1935-1967
    Collins, Michael, 1930-
    Grissom, Virgil I., 1926-1967
    Irwin, James B., (James Benson), 1930-1991
    Kerwin, Joe, 1932-
    Scott, David Randolph, 1932-
    Stafford, Thomas P., 1930-
    United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
    White, Edward Higgins, 1930-1967
    Worden, Al, 1932-
    Young, John, (John Watts), 1930-
    American space missions
    Apollo 10 (Mission)
    Apollo 11 (Mission)
    Apollo 12 (Mission)
    Apollo 15 (Mission)
    Apollo 5 (Mission)
    Apollo 8 (Mission)
    Apollo 9 (Mission)
    Cold War
    Outer space--Exploration
    Project Apollo
    Space race