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John E. Duberg Papers

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-1990-056

Scope and Contents

The John E. Duberg Papers span from 1927 to 1980 and include a wide variety of materials reflecting Duberg's career as a research scientist and National Committee for Aeronautics (NACA)/National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) administrator. The bulk of this collection consists of publications and reports. These include reports by Duberg himself and his colleagues, publications by others in the field, and government organizations. The papers also include copies of Duberg's M.S. and Ph.D. theses; drafts of speeches; correspondence; and materials from conferences and workshops attended.

The collection has been separated into seven series:

Series I: Publications and Reports, 1927-1980, n.d., contains publications, books, and reports. Many of these are from government organizations such as NASA, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Department of Transportation (DOT). Items from other groups include American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronauts (AIAA) booklets; Scientific American Magazine; University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) 10th Anniversary; and Virginia Engineering Review from the University of Virginia. Subjects include professional development, technology, mechanics, education, history of NACA and NASA, labor market and management, and engineering. Series II: Committees, Organizations, and Conferences, 1960-1980, n.d., contains materials from Duberg's involvement in professional committees and organizations. This includes meeting notes, conference materials, and agendas.

Series III: Presentations, 1948-1974, n.d., consists of presentations and talks given by Duberg and others. Subjects include space vehicles, NASA Langley's role in research, graduate education, and transport aircraft.

Series IV: Langley Research Center, 1940-1979, contains files related to Duberg's time working with NACA and NASA. This includes files such as travel authorization, general information, a Viking Project Certificate of Acknowledgment, and government position classification standards.

Series V: Theses and Notes, 1940-1976, n.d., largely consists of Duberg's own theses, drafts, and notes on writing and courses, but also includes a thesis written by Joseph E. Spagnuolo.

Series VI: Personal Files and Correspondence, 1968-1979, n.d., includes Duberg's personal files, such as a journal, as well as correspondence. Notably, this series includes an interview with Walt Bonney and correspondence with Dr. Hu, Peoples Republic of China.

Series VII: Photographs, 1973-1979, n.d., contains photographs from the Viking Mission, two Kodak slide carousels, and photographs of individuals and groups.

Dates

  • 1927 - 1980

Creator

Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Condition Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials. Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: http://bit.ly/scuareproduction. Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: http://bit.ly/scuapublication. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives (specref@vt.edu or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Biographical Note

John E. Duberg was born in New York City, NY, in 1917. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engingeering from Manhattan College in 1938. Two years later, in 1940, he received a Master of Science degree from Virginia Tech. In 1948, he received a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois, and later graduated from the Federal Executive Institute in 1971.

Duberg worked as an engineer for Cauldwell-Wingate Builders, NYC from 1938-1939. From 1943-1946, he worked at NACA Langley Labs as an aeronautical research scientist. Duberg worked as a research engineer at Standard Oil Company from 1946-1948. In 1948, Duberg returned to NACA Langley Labs to work as a research scientist until becoming chief of the structural research division at NACA in 1952. In 1956, Duberg left this position and worked as a research engineer at Aeronutronics Systems until 1957. From 1957-1959, he was a professor of structural engineering at the University of Illinois. In 1959, Duberg moved back to Langley Research Center, where he remained until retirement. Duberg began as the technical assistant to the the chief at NASA-Langley. becoming the technical assistant to the director in 1961. In 1964, he became assistant director, finally working as associate director of the theoretical mechanics division from 1968-1980.

In addition to these, Duberg worked as a research professor at George Washington University in 1979. He also acted as director of the Joint Institute of Advanced Flight Sciences from 1971-1979.

Outside of his work, Duberg was active in professional societies and received many awards. In 1950, he was a member of the Materials Advisory Board for the National Academy of Science. Later, in 1971, Duberg was a member of the subcommittee on Professional and Scientific Manpower, U.S. Department of Labor. He also acted as a member of the Industrial Advisory Committee at the University of Virginia, and was president of the advisory committee for Christopher Newport College in 1973 to 1976. Duberg was a member of the Virginia Academy of Science, NY Academy of Science, American Society for Engineering Education, and the Society of Engineering Sciences.

In 1977, Duberg received both the NASA Outstanding Leadership Award and the Fellow AIAA [DeFlorez award].

Duberg died in 2002.

Extent

4 Cubic Feet (6 boxes)

Abstract

The John E. Duberg Papers span from 1927 to 1980 and include a wide variety of materials reflecting Duberg's career as a research scientist and National Committee for Aeronautics (NACA)/National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) administrator. The bulk of this collection consists of publications and reports. These include reports by Duberg himself and his colleagues, publications by others in the field, and government organizations. The papers also include copies of Duberg's M.S. and Ph.D. theses; drafts of speeches; correspondence; and materials from conferences and workshops attended.

Arrangement

The collection has been separated into seven series:

Series I: Publications and Reports, 1927-1980, n.d., is arranged alphabetically according to group or author. For example, NASA publications and reports are grouped together. If there is more than one item from a group or author, they are arranged chronologically. Series II: Committees, Organizations, and Conferences, 1960-1980, n.d., is arranged alphabetically according to organization. For example, "Organization and Management and the Environment of Ideas" (Box 3, Folder 3) is grouped with items from the Federal Executive Institute, as the Federal Executive Institute is responsible.

Series III: Presentations, 1948-1974, n.d., is arranged chronologically.

Series IV: Langley Research Center, 1940-1979, is arranged chronologically.

Series V: Theses and Notes, 1940-1976, n.d., is arranged chronologically.

Series VI: Personal Files and Correspondence, 1968-1979, n.d., is arranged chronologically.

Series VII: Photographs, 1973-1979, n.d., is arranged chronologically.

Physical Access

Please note: This collection is in off-site storage and requires 2-3 days notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives for more information.

Source of Acquisition

The John E. Duberg Papers were donated to Special Collections and University Archives in 1990.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the John E. Duberg Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the John E. Duberg Papers began in 2020, but was placed on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Additional arrangement and description of the John E. Duberg Papers was completed as part of the project, "Piercing the Veil: Creating Access to the Archives of American Aerospace Exploration at Virginia Tech," funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) in 2024.

Title
John E. Duberg Papers, 1927-1980
Status
Completed
Author
Kat Zinn, Archivist, and Special Collections and University Archives Staff
Date
2024 (CC0 1.0)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
The processing, arrangement, and description of this collection was created as part of the project, "Piercing the Veil: Creating Access to the Archives of American Aerospace Exploration at Virginia Tech," funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) from 2022 to 2024.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Contact:
Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
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Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US
540-231-6308