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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Inventory
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Northrop Grumman Corporation papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1911-2008
    Collection Number: mssNorthrop
    Creator: Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Extent: 261 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Fax: (626) 449-3477
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: Northrop Grumman Corporation papers contains records and materials, including photographs, correspondence, newsletters, brochures, technical drawings, reports, papers, and published works dated chiefly from the 1930s to the 1990s.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information


    The two first series of the collection are open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

    Publication Rights

    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 permission rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], Northrop Grumman Corporation papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Northrop Grumman Corporation, October 2011.


    Northrop Grumman Corporation is an American global aerospace and defense technology company formed by Northrop's 1994 purchase of Grumman.

    Scope and Content

    The Northrop Grumman Corporation papers document the history of Northrop Aircraft, Inc. and Northrop Corporation, as well as its products, employees, and founder, John Knudsen Northrop.
    The collection is divided into two series: Corporate Archival Records and Aircraft Division Records. The bulk of the material is within the Archives Series, however as the Aircraft Division/Aircraft Group, specifically the Division Historian, Ira Chart, created the archives, the series are interrelated and contain related materials.
    The collection is generally arranged by subjects and format of material within. Brochures, Reports, Manuals, Correspondence and Memoranda, etc. Organization largely dictated by types and organization of materials in collection.


    The following inventory was created by Brook Engebretson in 2015 and contains more detailed information regarding the contents of series and subseries. The series and subseries are listed, which match the current arrangement, and contain information on topics, subjects, and dates of the material. The box and folder numbers are not included in the document, however, but the series and subseries can be referenced with the contents list here for a general idea on where to locate the material within the collection.


    The collection is arranged in the following manner:
    • Series 1. Northrop Corporation Archives
      • Subseries 1. Audio and Visual, Box 1
      • Subseries 2. Blueprints and Technical Drawings, Boxes 2-13
      • Subseries 3. Clippings, Boxes 14-18
      • Subseries 4. Contracts and Subcontracts, Boxes 19-23
      • Subseries 5. Correspondence and Memoranda, Boxes 24-26
      • Subseries 6. Financial Records, Boxes 27-32
      • Subseries 7. Manuscript Files, Boxes 33-41
      • Subseries 8. Newsletters, Boxes 42-70
      • Subseries 9. Organization Charts, Box 71
      • Subseries 10. Patents, Boxes 72-73
      • Subseries 11. Publications, Boxes 74-82
      • Subseries 12. Reference Files, Boxes 83-223
    • Series 2. Aircraft Division Records
      • Subseries 1. Management Club, Boxes 224-229
      • Subseries 2. Public Affairs and Administration, Boxes 229-261
    • Series 3. Photographs and Negatives
      • This series is not processed and is not open.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Coleman, Ted, 1903-
    Gasich, W. E. (Welko E.), 1922-
    Jones, Thomas V., 1920-2014
    Northrop, John Knudsen, 1895-1981
    Stephens, Moye W., 1906-1995

    Corporate Names

    Douglas Aircraft Company
    Northrop Corporation -- History
    Northrop Grumman Corporation -- Archives


    Aeronautics -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
    Aerospace engineering -- United States
    Aerospace industries -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
    Drone aircraft -- United States -- History
    Fighter planes
    Jet planes, Military
    B-2 bomber
    F-5 (Jet fighter plane)
    F-20 (Jet fighter plane)
    Hornet (Jet fighter plane)
    Northrop aircraft
    Stealth aircraft
    F-20 (Jet fighter plane)


    Blueprints (reprographic copies) -- California
    Brochures -- California
    Business records -- California
    Contracts -- California
    Letters (correspondence) -- California
    Memorandums -- California
    Newsletters -- California
    Photographs -- California
    Reports -- California
    Technical drawings -- California