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Jackson, Gordon Jr. Personal Papers
SDASM.SC.10225  
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
    Title: Gordon Mark Jackson, Jr. Personal Papers
    source: Jackson, Gordon Mark
    Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.10225
    Physical Description: 1 Cubic Feet The collection contains working files compiled by Gordon M. Jackson, an engineer at the Convair Division of General Dynamics in San Diego. During his engineering career with Convair, Jackson was recognized as the unofficial historian of the company’s historical production records. Researchers seeking information about the company’s products, back to its formative years and predecessor companies, relied on Jackson’s handwritten spread sheets, documenting company model numbers, years and quantity produced, nicknames, customers and other information of interest, such as geometry, weight, speed and as well as collaborators. Requests were often from highly placed organizations, such as the Smithsonian Institution and the Air Force Museum, as well as many noted aviation authors. An earlier Jackson San Diego Air & Space Museum donation may be found at Call Number O/S TL 686.C58.J3, essentially a copy of portions of the current donation. This collection is housed in four boxes, three of those measuring 14 by 12 by 10 inches in the aggregate, as well as a fourth oversize box, measuring 21 by 29 by 4 inches.
    Date (bulk): bulk
    Abstract: The collection contains working files compiled by Gordon M. Jackson, an engineer at the Convair Division of General Dynamics in San Diego. During his engineering career with Convair, Jackson was recognized as the unofficial historian of the company’s historical production records. Researchers seeking information about the company’s products, back to its formative years and predecessor companies, relied on Jackson’s handwritten spread sheets, documenting company model numbers, years and quantity produced, nicknames, customers and other information of interest, such as geometry, weight, speed and as well as collaborators. Requests were often from highly placed organizations, such as the Smithsonian Institution and the Air Force Museum, as well as many noted aviation authors. An earlier Jackson San Diego Air & Space Museum donation may be found at Call Number O/S TL 686.C58.J3, essentially a copy of portions of the current donation.
    Physical Description: This collection is housed in four boxes, three of those measuring 14 by 12 by 10 inches in the aggregate, as well as a fourth oversize box, measuring 21 by 29 by 4 inches.

    Biographical / Historical

    Born 7 September 1931 in Houston, Texas, Gordon M. Jackson was an engineer at Convair in San Diego, a Division of General Dynamics. He first joined the General Dynamics Astronautics Division in 1961, transferring to Convair in 1964. He was assigned to the propulsion fluids group in the mechanical design department, later joining the Modification Engineering Department. During his career with Convair, Jackson was recognized as the unofficial historian of the company’s historical production records. Researchers seeking information about the company’s products, back to its formative years and predecessor companies, relied on Jackson’s handwritten spread sheets, documenting company model numbers, years and quantity produced, nicknames, customers and other information of interest, such as geometry, weight, speed and as well as collaborators. Requests were often from highly placed organizations, such as the Smithsonian Institution and the Air Force Museum, as well as from many noted aviation authors. After his Convair retirement. Jackson attended law school, passed the California State Bar, and practiced law in the San Diego area. He passed away in La Mesa, California on June 10, 2018.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to research, some restrictions may apply.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The collection was donated to the San Diego Air and Space Museum.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    General Dynamics Corporation. Convair Division
    Convair Model 48 Charger
    General Dynamics Astronautics Division
    Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina
    Consolidated B-24 Liberator Family
    Jackson, Gordon Mark