Descriptive Finding Guide for the Willard Martin Personal Papers SDASM.SC.10092

Alan Renga
San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park
San Diego 92101

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
Title: Willard Martin Personal Papers
source: Willard, Martin, Supervisor
Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.10092
Physical Description: 0.4 Linear Feet 1 Manuscript box
Date (inclusive): 1959-1977
Abstract: Willard Martin served as Director of Public Relations for Convair in the 1970s.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to SDASM on December 21, 2011.

Scope and Contents

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

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 Materials

The Convair General Dynamics Collection

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation

[Item], [Filing Unit], [Series Title], [Subgroups], [Record Group Title and Number], [Repository “San Diego Air & Space Museum Library & Archives”]

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of 1 box, 15”x5”x10. This collection contains the personal papers of Willard Martin, who worked at Convair from the 1940s to the 1970s. 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.

Conditions Governing Use

Some copyright may be reserved. Consult with the library director for more information.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Convair F-106 Delta Dart
Convair 990
Convair 880
General Dynamics
Martin, Willard
Willard, Martin, Supervisor


Box 01


Folder 01 - Convair San Diego Employee Handbook

Physical Description: 1. One leather-bound Convair Employee Handbook, W. Martin. Includes excerpts written from 1949 to 1963, which the majority of information dated in the 1950s. Includes a location map of San Diego while sections include: Organization, Technical Information, Employee Conduct, Classifications & Job Performance.

Folder 02 - Naval Operations and Convair documents/letters

Physical Description: 1. Commendation Letter, Naval Operations Support Group Pacific for General Dynamics Convair Division and employees, December 1966. 2. Response letter, from Jack L. Bowers, General Manager, General Dynamics, in response to commendation letter, December 1966. 3. Congratulatory memo, from General Dynamics Manager N.R. Keough to R.J. Collette, W. Martin and G.K. Phares, December 1966. 4. Memo from Program Manager A. Minella to W. Martin, regarding “letter of appreciation” from Naval Operations Support, December 1966. 5. Program, Third Annual Awards Recognition Dinner for Students of Supervision, July 1971.

Folder 03 - Recognition Awards

Physical Description: 1. Recognition Awards, Convair Management Association, to W. Martin, June 1970, 1971, 1974. 2. Certificate of Service, National Management Association, for Willard Martin, Director of Public Relations, 1976-1977.

Folder 04 - Newsletters 1959-1977

Physical Description: 1. One (1) Convairiety company newsletter, September 2, 1959. 2. Sixteen (16) editions of General Dynamics News, 1962-1973. 3. One (1) General Dynamics World newsletter magazine, May 1974. 4. One (1) booklet, National Management Association 30th Anniversary 1942-1972. 5. One (1) Managair, National Management Association, Convair Chapter newsletter, 1977.

Folder 05 - Colored Prints-Convair

Physical Description: 1. Color print, Atlas USAF Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. 2. Color print, Tartar, U.S. Navy Surface-to-Air Missile. 3. Color print, 440 Metropolitan Commercial Transport. 4. Color print, F-106A Delta Dart. 5. Two (2) color prints, F-102A Delta Dagger USAF all-weather interceptor. 6. Color print, The 990, Commercial Jet Transport. 7. Color print, The 880, Commercial Jet Transport.

Folder 06 - Photographs-Convair

Physical Description: Numerous photos and images of Convair, including 3 8 x 10 color photos of employee awards, various 8 x 10 black and white photos depicting company employees and functions, various 8x10 black and white and color photos of the Engineering Prototype Facility, Convair planes, 600 jet engine pod, facility operations, Navy jets, N28K, Charger model 48, and more, and also one, large black and white print depicting various Convair Aircraft from 1923 to1966 with a key to the aircraft.

Folder 07 - Convair Operations Scrapbook Photo Album

Physical Description: One 3-ring Binder, black and white photographs showing Convair activities: Engineering and Assembly area, pilot’s floor, engineering technical personnel, fuselage, main landing gear pivot installation, major structural assembly, etc. Binder has been removed for conservation purposes, photos remain.