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Bullock (Frank E.) Papers
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Frank E. Bullock papers
    Creator: Bullock, Frank E.
    Identifier/Call Number: mssBullock
    Physical Description: 7.58 Linear Feet (15 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1920-2010
    Abstract: Papers belonging to Frank E. Bullock, aeronautical engineer and long-time employee at Lockheed Aircraft Corporation.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Frank E. Bullock papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Beverly Bullock McLeod, December 2011.

    Biographical / Historical

    Frank E. Bullock (1919-2011) was a long-term employee of Lockheed Aircraft Corporation where he worked on several projects including: P-80 jet aircraft, design of the Constellation, the Jetstar, and P-3 Orion. Beginning in 1956, he worked with Clarence "Kelly" Johnson in the Skunk Works on projects including the hydrogen powered aircraft program that was eventually abandoned, the SR-71, and the U2-R control systems. Bullock also taught at the Northrop Aeronautical Institute. He retired from Lockheed in 1980, after almost thirty years of service. He married Roberta Lois McComb in 1945; they had two children. Bullock died of natural causes in Glendale, California in 2011 at the age of 91.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection documents the aeronautics career and interests of Frank E. Bullock from the 1920s into the 21st century. The collection consists of fourteen series and contains annual reports, brochures and catalogs, charts and graphs, clippings, course materials, a directory, advertisements, a map, handbooks and manuals, lithographs, photographs and negatives, posters, magazines, newsletters, and reports. The collection is arranged alphabetically by the format of the material. The collection consists of published documents, and as such, does not document the detailed activities of Bullock, Northrop, or Lockheed.

    Processing Information

    Brook Engebretson processed the collection in November 2014. In 2020, Brooke M. Black created a finding aid.


    Arranged in the following series: 1. Annual reports, 2. Brochures and Catalogs, 3. Charts and Graphs, 4. Clippings, 5. Course Materials, 6. Directory, 7. Ephemera, 8. Handbooks and Manuals, 9. Images, 10. Magazines, Popular, 11. Magazines and Newsletters, Corporate, 12. Publications, Miscellaneous, 13. Reports, and 14. Oversize.


    Former call number: mssBullockpapers.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Aeronautical engineers -- United States -- Archives
    Aeronautics -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
    Aerospace engineering -- United States
    Aerospace engineers -- United States
    Aerospace industries -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
    Aircraft industry -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
    Airplanes -- Design and construction
    Engineers -- United States
    Jet planes, Military
    Lockheed aircraft
    Naval aviation
    SR-71 Blackbird (Jet reconnaissance plane)
    U-2 (Reconnaissance aircraft)
    California -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
    Annual reports
    Clippings (information artifacts)
    Manuals (instructional materials)
    Lockheed Aircraft Corporation
    Northrop Corporation
    Northrop Institute of Technology