Guide to the San José State University Department of Aviation and Technology Records MSS.2010.06.08

Robert Donahue and Grace Song
SJSU Special Collections & Archives
© 2010
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0028

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Title: San José State University Department of Aviation and Technology Records
source: San José State University
source: San Jose State College
creator: Leonard, Thomas E., 1922-
Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2010.06.08
Physical Description: 10 boxes (8 linear feet)
Date (inclusive): 1934-1996
Abstract: The San José State University Department of Aviation and Technology Records (1934-1996) include reports and publications concerning technical reports and test fuel cells for the aviation department, newspaper articles, instructional materials, audio cassette tapes, papers and publications concerning the department, the Flying 20, a student flying organization associated with the Aviation Department, and many photographs depicting students and professors.


The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has been assigned to the San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

San José State University Department of Aviation and Technology Records, MSS-2010-06-08, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

Project Information

This finding aid was created as part of the Survey and Cataloging Project, a two-year San José State University Library grant project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The project began in 2008 with Danelle Moon as the Project Director and Erin Louthen as the Project Archivist.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Robert Donahue. Finding aid EAD encoded by Robert Donahue. Reviewed by Danelle Moon. Accruals were added in 2016 and in 2017, and the collection was rearranged in 2017, by Grace Song.

Organizational History

In 1857 the San Francisco Board of Education established Minns' Evening Normal School for current and prospective teachers in the city. Named after its principal, George W. Minns, the institution was formally established as the first California State Normal School by the State Legislature in 1862. A decade later, the Legislature voted to move the Normal School to San Jose, and the school relocated to its new home on Washington Square prior to the fall term of 1872. After a fire destroyed the Normal School building in 1880, the Legislature authorized $200,000 to construct a new building on the same site. Completed in 1881, the building was commonly referred to as the Second State Normal School. After several names and curriculum changes, Minns' Normal School is now San José State University, offering more than 134 bachelor's and master's degrees with 110 concentrations, and is recognized as one of the top public universities granting such degrees in the West.
The San Jose State University Aeronautics Department began in the 1936-1937 school year. At the time it was called the Civil Pilot Training program and was sponsored by the U.S. government in anticipation of World War II. During World War II, the Aeronautics Department was used extensively for training pilots for the war and several of the instructors who taught after 1945 had been involved in aviation. In 1945, the Civil Pilot Training program became the Aeronautics Department and was located in the basement of the San Jose State College Physics Building as part of the Engineering and Mathematics Program. The Aeronautics Department was renamed the Aviation Department in 1988 and in 2001 again was renamed the Aviation and Technology Department.


This collection is arranged into eight series: Series I. Technical Reports (1951-1968); Series II. T.E. Leonard Papers (1953-1995); Series III. News Clippings and Publications (1934-1993); Series IV. Event Programs and Brochures (1950-1995); Series V. Student Papers (1934-1996); Series VI. Photographs (1938-1994); Series VII. Instructional Materials (undated); and Series VIII. Audio Cassette Tapes (1974-1983).

Subjects and Indexing Terms

San José State University -- History
Aeronautics -- California -- San Jose
San José State University Aeronautics Dept. -- History
San José State University Aviation Dept. -- History
San José State University
San Jose State College
Leonard, Thomas E., 1922-


Series I: Technical Reports 1951-1968

Series Scope and Content Summary

The series Technical Reports (1951-1968) mainly includes technical reports and papers concerning the building of a fuel test cell facility within the Aviation department, reports on noise suppression for the test cell, fuel studies, as well as technical information from different companies and corporations. These were presumably used in the aviation department’s classes and lab sessions by students and professors, and/or for ordering certain parts or supplies from different companies.


This series is arranged in its original order. No arrangement was made based on chronological or alphabetical order.
Box 1, Folder 1

Survey of Motor Gasoline Quality 1958 April

Box 1, Folder 2

Ethyl Technical Notes (Book) Undated

Box 1, Folder 3

Fuel Studies, Reports, and Published Articles Undated

Box 1, Folder 4

Fuel Studies, Reports, and Published Articles Undated

Box 1, Folder 5

Fuel Studies, Reports, and Published Articles Undated

Box 1, Folder 6

Fuel Studies, Reports, etc. Undated

Box 1, Folder 7

Sound Control for Industry Undated

Box 1, Folder 8

Noise Control Analyses and Tests for Air Force Bases 1951

Box 1, Folder 9

Engine/Cell Testing 1953-1955

Box 1, Folder 10

Bolt Beranek and Newman Consultants in Acoustics 1951 August - 1952 May

Box 1, Folder 11

JT3, JT3D, JT4 Gas Turbine Installation Handbooks 1956-1959

Box 1, Folder 12

General Sound Control, Inc. circa 1958

Box 1, Folder 13

Maxim Silencer Company 1958

Box 1, Folder 14

Naval Postgraduate School circa 1958

Box 1, Folder 15

Pan American World Airways Jet Test Cell 1958 November

Box 1, Folder 16

Silence, Inc. 1958 November

Box 1, Folder 17

Amarillo Air Force Base circa 1959

Box 1, Folder 18

Sigma Engineering Company Ear-Valvs 1959 January

Box 1, Folder 19

U.S. Air Force Academy - Colorado 1959 April

Box 1, Folder 20

Engine Run-Up Stand Diagrams and Information circa 1959

Box 1, Folder 21

Link Aviation, Inc. circa 1960

Box 1, Folder 22

Trans World Airlines, Inc. Test Cell Information 1960 August

Box 1, Folder 23

Koppers Company, Inc. Sound Control circa 1960-1962

Box 1, Folder 24

Jet Engine Test Cells (Correspondence) 1961

Box 1, Folder 25

Lycoming circa 1961

Box 1, Folder 26

Pratt & Whitney Aircraft 1961 June

Box 1, Folder 27

Rover Gas Turbines 1961 September - October

Box 2, Folder 1

Metrix, Inc. Undated

Box 2, Folder 2

Test Cell - Correspondence 1958-1964

Box 2, Folder 3

Instrumentation Undated

Box 2, Folder 4

Photographic Sequence Showing: Disassembly of Pratt and Whitney Aircraft JT3 Engine Undated

Box 2, Folder 5

30,000 Pound Thrust Capacity Turbo-Jet Engine Test Facility Undated

Box 2, Folder 6

Preliminary Instrumentation Undated

Box 2, Folder 7

TWA Jet Test Cell Intercom System Undated

Box 2, Folder 8

Energy System/Cell EC-30 1961 September

Box 2, Folder 9

Test Cell Information Undated

Box 2, Folder 10

United Airlines Test Cell Information circa 1960 July

Box 2, Folder 11

Shipping and Receiving Forms circa 1963-1965

Box 2, Folder 12

G.E. Equipment Turned Over to the College 1964 November

Box 2, Folder 13

"Items to Complete" List circa 1962-1968

Box 2, Folder 14

Comments Regarding Controversy Between State of California and G.E. 1964 February

Box 2, Folder 15

Delta Airlines, Inc. 1961 August

Box 2, Folder 16

American Airlines 1960 September

Box 2, Folder 17

Autonetics Undated

Box 2, Folder 18

Proposed System Design for Aeronautical Test Cells and Facilities 1963 March

Box 2, Folder 19

Facilities Standards for Engineering 1957 March

Box 2, Folder 20

Division of Architecture Instrumentation 1960 September

Box 2, Folder 21

Engine Connector Panel Diagrams Undated

Box 2, Folder 22

Photographs of Parts Undated

Box 2, Folder 23

Instrumentation Requirements Reciprocating Test Cell circa 1961 April

Box 2, Folder 24

Division of Architecture and Kittell-Lacy, Inc. San Jose State College Aeronautical Test Cell 1961 May

Box 2, Folder 25

Sound Data Parameters 1961 April

Box 2, Folder 26

Consolidated Electrodynamics Undated

Box 2, Folder 27

Kittell-Lacy, Inc. 1960 July

Box 2, Folder 28

Adel Precision Products 1959 August

Box 2, Folder 29

Air Logistics Corporation circa 1960 March

Box 2, Folder 30

General Metrics Company 1962 March

Box 2, Folder 31

Cell Plans Undated

Box 2, Folder 32

Glenair, Inc. Undated

Box 2, Folder 33

Instrumentation and Mechanical Systems (IMS) 1962

Box 2, Folder 34

ITEC Corporation 1958-1961

Box 2, Folder 35

Laboratory Equipment Co. (Industrial Acoustics) 1956-1961

Box 2, Folder 36

General Acoustics 1959

Box 2, Folder 37

Fenwal Electronic, Inc. Undated

Box 2, Folder 38

Endevco Corporation Undated

Box 2, Folder 39

Correspondence: Don Edwards 1961 August

Box 2, Folder 40

Dillon and Company, Inc. Undated

Box 2, Folder 41

Equipment List Test Cell 1961 June

Box 2, Folder 42

Soil Conditions Undated

Box 2, Folder 43

Audio-Visual Equipment - Test Cell 1961 July

Box 2, Folder 44

Proposal Specifications for Turbojet Engine and Reciprocating Engine Test Cell 1959 March

Box 2, Folder 45

Koppers Company, Inc. Sound Control Undated

Box 2, Folder 46

Nankervis circa 1959

Box 2, Folder 47

Gilmore Undated

Box 2, Folder 48

Continental circa 1961

Box 2, Folder 49

GE Reports circa 1953-1954

Box 2, Folder 50

Pacific Scientific Company Bill And Control Circuit Line Diagram 1962

Box 5, Folder 1

"Milestones of Flight" Undated


Series II: T.E. Leonard Papers 1953-1995

Scope and Contents

This series includes the papers of professor and chair of the Aviation Department, Thomas E. Leonard, or T.E. Leonard. The papers include administrative and logistical documents about the departments of aviation, engineering, and industrial technology. Some of these include information about the campus buildings. Also included are some papers that document the activities and interests of Tom Leonard.


This series is arranged chronologically.
Box 3, Folder 1

Engineering Division Administrative Records 1953-1967

Box 3, Folder 2

San Jose State College Annual Reports 1959-1960, 1963-1964

Box 3, Folder 3

Industrial Technology Major 1959-1964

Box 3, Folder 4

Electrical Work for Aeronautics Building 1960 November

Box 3, Folder 5

General Work for Aeronautics Building 1960 November

Box 3, Folder 6

Mechanical Work for Aeronautics Building 1960 November

Box 3, Folder 7

Link Foundation Annual Reports 1961-1964

Box 3, Folder 8

News Clippings About SJSU Aeronautics Department 1962-1968

Box 3, Folder 9

Engineering Student Publication, The Rule 1964 November

Box 3, Folder 10

Lear Jet 1965-1967

Box 3, Folder 11

F-84-E 1995


Series III: News Clippings and Publications 1934-1993

Scope and Contents

Series III, News Clippings and Publications (1934-1993) consists of clippings from newspapers as well as magazines and other publications about aviation. Most of the clippings are from local newspapers such as the San Jose Mercury News, and SJSU publications, like the Spartan Daily. Most of these articles are about the department's accomplishments.
Included are news articles concerning the department, a scrapbook concerning a 1981 air collision in San José, and news concerning the Flying 20, a student organization associated with San José State University. The Flying 20 was originally formed in San Jose in 1939 for flight enthusiasts associated with San Jose State College. After the passing of California Executive Order 82, which prohibits university students from using non-commercial carriers for university-related activities, the Flying 20 club and other California flying clubs lost access to university funds. Many of the articles in this series chronicle the Flying 20's attempt to change or repeal California Executive Order 82.


This series is arranged chronologically.
Box 3, Folder 12

News Articles from Spartan Daily and San Jose Mercury 1934-1946

Box 3, Folder 13

Aviation Publications/Magazines (Preflight, High Pitch, FAA Horizons, Air Progress) 1942-1968

Box 3, Folder 14

News Clipping on Women in Army Hospitals 1943 July 17

Box 3, Folder 15

News Clipping on Major Edner 1943 November 20

Box 3, Folder 16

News Clipping on Bill Odom 1949 March 8

Box 3, Folder 17

San Jose State College Publications 1964, 1969

Box 3, Folder 18

News Clippings (1 of 2) circa 1968-1989

Box 3, Folder 19

News Clippings (2 of 2) circa 1968-1989

Box 3, Folder 20

Aviation Publications/Magazines 1974, 1987, 1990

Box 3, Folder 21

Spartan Daily Articles on Aviation Department 1978, 1987, 1992

Box 3, Folder 22

Newspaper Articles circa 1979, 1989

Box 3, Folder 23

California/San Jose Newspaper Articles 1988-1993

Box 3, Folder 24

"Will Fly for Food" Cartoon 1992-1993

Box 5, Folder 2

News Clipping on Eileen Collins, Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Undated


Series IV: Event Programs and Brochures 1950-1995

Scope and Contents

Series IV, Event Programs and Brochures (1950-1995), includes information about the department’s various events, such as commencement ceremonies, retirement parties, Air Youth Day, Aero Crash, the Alpha Eta Rho fraternity, and more. These are mostly in the form of brochures, pamphlets, flyers, and programs.


The series is arranged chronologically.
Box 3, Folder 25

Aeronautics/Department of Aviation Informational Programs 1950-1951, undated

Box 3, Folder 26

Air Youth Day Programs 1954, 1984

Box 5, Folder 3

Aero Crash Event Flyer 1970 May 23

Box 3, Folder 27

SJSU Department of Aviation Commencement Ceremonies/Graduation Receptions 1986, 1991

Box 3, Folder 28

SJSU Department of Aviation Events 1986, 1991

Box 3, Folder 29

Aviation Department Commencement 1991

Box 3, Folder 30

SJSU Department of Aviation and Technology 1991, 1995

Box 3, Folder 31

Graduation and Retirement Event Invitations 1993-1995

Box 5, Folder 4

Aero Crash Event Poster Undated

Box 3, Folder 32

Alpha Eta Rho Fraternity Undated


Series V: Student Papers 1934-1996


This series is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Series V, Student Papers (1934-1996), includes a small sample of the department’s student work, including a scrapbook and a paper on the history of aviation in the Santa Clara Valley.
Box 5, Folder 8

Scrapbook (Jim Craddock) circa 1934

Box 3, Folder 35

Lee Dorn Memorial (?) circa 1967

Box 3, Folder 33

History of Aviation in the Santa Clara Valley 1977

Box 3, Folder 34

Space Down to Earth 1996


Series VI: Photographs 1938-1994

Scope and Contents

The photographs series spans from 1938 to 1994, and includes a variety of photographic prints, slides, and negatives that depict students in the “Aero Lab,” aviation-related events and conventions/conferences, key people in the aviation department, aircrafts, and more. They depict the different incarnations of the Aviation Lab and the department's equipment, conferences or social gatherings, such as the Federal Aviation Administration Flight Instructor's Seminar. Of note, one department scrapbook includes famous pilots including Amelia Earhart, Sir Charles Kingsford, Charles Lindbergh, and there is also a photograph of a department professor meeting U.S. President Ronald Reagan. These photographs illustrate the livelihood and happenings within the department and beyond.


This series is arranged chronologically.
Box 3, Folder 36

Flying Club 1938

Box 3, Folder 37

Aviation Conference (?) circa 1950-1959

Box 3, Folder 38

Smaller Photos (Miscellaneous) circa 1960-1980, undated

Box 3, Folder 39

Meeting at Bakersfield 1962 October 6

Box 3, Folder 40

Dedication, Halaby 1964 April 10

Box 3, Folder 41

Photos of Students Working circa 1969, undated

Box 4, Folder 33

Photos of Students, Aircrafts, Events, and Aero Classes circa 1970-1984

Box 4, Folder 1

Aviation Conference circa 1977 (?)

Box 3, Folder 42

Slides circa 1978-1980

Box 4, Folder 26

Photos of Aero Lab and Aircraft Students circa 1979-1980

Box 4, Folder 2

Aero Graduation Photos 1980-1985

Box 4, Folder 3

Correspondence Between Ralph Mitchell and Dr. H. Gene Little 1986 February

Box 4, Folder 4

Slides (Aviation, General SJSU) 1994 June

Box 4, Folder 5

Aero Building Undated

Box 4, Folder 6

Aeronautics Test Cell Project Undated

Box 4, Folder 7

Airport Illustration (?) Undated

Box 4, Folder 8

Alpha Eta Rho, Crash Event, and Other Student Gatherings Undated

Box 4, Folder 9

Alpha Eta Rho Student Undated

Box 4, Folder 10

Boeing-Wind Tunnel Models - SST Undated

Box 4, Folder 11

History Book Photos Undated

Box 4, Folder 12

FAA Flight Instructor's Clinic Undated

Box 5, Folder 5

Large Photographic Prints of Aeronautics Lab and Engineers Undated

Box 4, Folder 13

Loose Negative (Fragile) Undated

Box 4, Folder 14

Miscellaneous Department of Air Force Photos Undated

Box 4, Folder 15

Miscellaneous Photos Undated

Box 4, Folder 16

Miscellaneous Photos from a Meeting/Event Undated

Box 4, Folder 17

Miscellaneous Photos from Events and Classes Undated

Box 5, Folder 6

Miscellaneous Print Undated

Box 4, Folder 18

Mounted Photo: Aircraft Engine Assembly Undated

Box 4, Folder 19

Mounted Photo: Cessna Aircraft in Preparation for Painting Undated

Box 4, Folder 20

Mounted Photo: Inspection and Materials Laboratory Undated

Box 4, Folder 21

Mounted Photo: Power Plants Laboratory Undated

Box 4, Folder 22

Mounted Photo: Strain Gage Applied to Engine for Performance and Stress Studies Undated

Box 4, Folder 23

Mounted Photo: Supersonic Tunnel Working Section with Double-Delta Wing Model Undated

Box 5, Folder 7

Mounted Photos Undated

Box 4, Folder 24

Negatives Undated

Box 5, Folder 9

Photo Album/Scrapbook (Includes Some News Clippings) Undated

Box 4, Folder 25

Photos and Negatives of Lab Undated

Box 4, Folder 27

Photos of Aircrafts and San Jose Airport Undated

Box 4, Folder 28

Photos of Aircrafts, Flight Views, Students, etc. Undated

Box 4, Folder 29

Photos of Aircrafts, Lab Spaces, and Reagan Undated

Box 4, Folder 30

Photos of Classes, Students, and Events Undated

Box 4, Folder 31

Photos of Events, Classes, etc. Undated

Box 4, Folder 32

Photos of Events, Students, and Classes Undated

Box 4, Folder 34

Signed Photos of Richard J. Hieb and Catherine Coleman to Tom Leonard Undated


Series VII: Instructional Materials Undated

Scope and Contents

The seventh series, Instructional Materials (undated), contains a collection of prints and lantern slides that functioned as instructional materials shown during class times. These prints and slides cover a wide variety of topics under the umbrella of aviation, from the history of flying and of aviation to various aircraft models.


This series is arranged in two sub-series: 1. Prints; and 2. Lantern Slides. The materials in each sub-series are arranged in original order.

Sub-Series 1: Prints

Box 4, box 1

Prints (1 of 2) Undated

Box 4, box 2

Prints (2 of 2) Undated


Sub-Series 2: Lantern Slides

Box 6, Envelopes 1-74

Lantern Slides (1 of 4) Undated

Box 7, Envelopes 1-71

Lantern Slides (2 of 4) Undated

Box 8, Envelopes 1-77

Lantern Slides (3 of 4) Undated

Box 9, Envelopes 1-61

Lantern Slides (4 of 4) Undated


Series VIII: Audio Cassette Tapes 1974-1983

Scope and Contents

The audio cassette tapes in Series VIII (1974-1983) cover a range of topics that have to do with graduation ceremonies, demonstration tapes, et cetera. These tapes were found with the lantern slides and corresponding prints, and have not been tested for functionality.


This series is arranged in chronological order.
Box 10, Folder 1

Earl Sams to Tom Leonard 1974

Box 10, Folder 2

"Beech Baron" circa 1978-1979

Box 10, Folder 3

Dr. Paul Gardner 1983

Box 10, Folder 4

7-ES-1074 A. and B. The Bald Eagle, Bo Bottom Undated

Box 10, Folder 5

Demonstration Tape Undated

Box 10, Folder 6

Graduation (?) Undated

Box 10, Folder 7

"The Humorous World of Justin Wilson" Undated

Box 10, Folder 8

Unlabeled Undated