The Personal Collection of Willard Martin-Convair Special Collection SDASM.021

Finding aid prepared by Cindy Chen
San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA, 92101
(619) 234-8291
SERIES I: Newsletters-General Dynamics News, Convairiety, Managair 1959-1977
SERIES II: Photographs-Convair
SERIES III: Recognition Awards
SERIES IV: Colored Prints-Convair
SERIES V: Naval Operations and Convair documents/letters
SERIES VI: Convair San Diego Employee Handbook
SERIES VII: Convair Operations Scrapbook Photo Album

Title: The Personal Collection of Willard Martin-Convair Special Collection
Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.021
Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.4 Linear feet 1 Manuscript box
Date (inclusive): 1959-1977

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The collection was donated by Frank A. Lueke, Willard Martin’s step-son, on December 21, 2011.

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains the personal collection of Willard Martin, Convair Director of Public Relations. The collection includes photographs and other documents related to Convair operation and company literature, such as newsletters. There are also prints of Convair aircraft, and some of Martin’s personal company awards.

Biographical/Historical note

Formed after the merger of Vultee Aircraft and Consolidated Aircraft, Convair was an American aircraft manufacturing company. It later expanded into rockets and other spacecraft. Some of the aircraft manufactured included: Convair B-36 bomber, F-102 Delta Dagger, and Convair Model 48 Charger. The first Atlas rockets were also manufactured for the manned orbital flights as part of Project Mercury. This Atlas design also led to the Atlas-Centaur design. Convair was eventually sold to General Dynamics, and in 1994, to McDonnell Doublas and Lockheed. The dissolution of Convair happened in 1996.
Willard Martin was a management employee of Convair, and served as Director of Public Relations in the 1970’s.

Related Archival Materials note

Willard Martin Convair General Dynamics Naval Operations Support Group Pacific Convair Aircraft

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Willard, Martin, Supervisor
General Dynamics
Martin, Willard