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Heath (Richard A.) / early Lockheed history collection
SBHC Mss 76  
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  • Title: Richard A. Heath / early Lockheed history collection
    Identifier/Call Number: SBHC Mss 76
    Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 15 linear feet (13 cartons and 1 oversize box, and approximately 2 audiocassettes, 4 tape reels, 27 videocassettes, 2 film reels, and 7 CDs)
    Creator: Heath, Richard A.
    Date (inclusive): circa 1880s-2005
    Abstract: Early history of the Loughead (later Lockheed) family and aircraft company, located in Santa Barbara, ca. 1916-1921. Assembled by Richard A. Heath. Includes numerous photographs.
    Physical Location: A portion of the collection is located at the Southern Regional Library Facility (SRLF).

    Access Restrictions

    The collection is open for research. A portion of the collection is stored offsite. Advance notice is required for retrieval.

    Use Restrictions

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Research Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Research Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Research Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], Richard A. Heath / early Lockheed history collection, SBHC Mss 76. Department of Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Norene Sullivan, daughter of Richard A. Heath, 2008.

    Scope and Content

    The Richard A. Heath / Early Lockheed History Collection mainly contains material collected by and created by Heath, for an extensive history of the Lockheed (earlier Loughead or Lougheed) family and the aircraft company that eventually would become Lockheed Martin. Heath envisaged a series of albums that would focus on different members of the family and models of aircraft developed by the company. In a series of newsletters that he sent out to family members and other interested parties, he outlined his progress on the project. Many of these individuals helped him with various aspects of the project. Unfinished versions of the albums are contained in the collection.
    Much of the collection consists of copies of correspondence, documents, magazine and newspaper articles, and photographs obtained from family members, as well as other individuals and institutions. Interspersed throughout the collection there also are some originals, mainly photographs.
    During his professional career Heath worked for Lockheed Aeronautical Systems, as well as several other firms. There are files for several of these, as well as other material that pertains to Heath, but not to Lockheed.
    From about 1916 to 1921 the Lockheed Aircraft Company was located in Santa Barbara. The collection contains advertising, newspaper articles, photographs and other material relating to this time.


    The collection contains the following series: General - mainly research files pertaining to the various branches of the Lockheed family, the history of the company and the aircraft produced by the company. Throughout the files are numerous photographs, some original, most copies from family albums and collections. The newsletters includes information about work being done by Heath and members of the family about the Lockheed family/company project and the albums that Heath was producing. Also included are personal Heath files that pertain to his life and career. (Boxes 1-6). Scrapbooks / Albums – created by Richard Heath. Numbered Series - Focus on individual family members and early aircraft developed by the Lockheed Aircraft Company. Mainly copies of articles, correspondence, documents, and photos, with captions and descriptive information added by Heath, in varying stages of completion. (Boxes 7-9). Other - Albums and notebooks with originals and copies of correspondence, newspaper articles, and photographs; also Heath notebook pertaining to his career with Lockheed Aeronautical Systems and Raytheon. (Box 10). Artifact - Plexiglass paperweight. (Box 11). Audiovisual - Audiotapes - Cassettes and Open Reel. Relating to Lockheed and Heath personal matters. Several with no identification. Digital Video Cassettes - Includes photos. Film – 8mm. - Unidentified. Videotapes - Hi8 (8mm video cassette). Mainly relating to Lockheed Models. VHS - Includes copies of 1963 and 1968 audio interviews. Other - La Honda Shipwreck. Film, VHS videotape, and scrapbook. CDs - Most relating to the F1. (Box 13). Computer Files - 3 ½" Disks. Relating to Lockheed family, aircraft, correspondence, photos, and Heath personal matters; ca. 136 disks, most labeled, at least some are Adobe Photoshop and Word Perfect files. (Box 13). Zip drives - Mainly relating to Victor Lougheed and Art Goebel. (Box 13). Oversize - Mainly correspondence, family trees, and photographs. (Box 14).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Audiovisual materials
    Photograph albums
    Lockheed Martin