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Record Unit 9590,  Roderick, Walter R. interviewee,  Walter R. Roderick Interviews, 1986-1987

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Roderick, Walter R. interviewee
Title: Walter R. Roderick Interviews
Dates: 1986-1987
Quantity: 2 audiotapes (Reference copies).
Collection: Record Unit 9590
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

Roderick was interviewed by Susan E. Ewing, a University of Maryland student and Technical Information Specialist for the NASM Archives. The interviews cover his youth; education; career in the Air Force, Capital Airlines, and NASM; restoration of such famous aircraft as the Winnie Mae, Vin Fiz, and Douglas World Cruiser; opening of NASM and Silver Hill Museum; and reminiscences of colleagues, including Edward B. Chalkley, Paul E. Garber, and Walter Male.

Historical Note

Walter R. Roderick (1935- ), aircraft restoration specialist, served in the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1956. During these years, he gained experience in aircraft maintenance and repair. After three years with Capital Airlines, he joined the staff of the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in 1959. His duties as an aircraft restoration specialist at NASM's Paul E. Garber Facility were to preserve, restore, and exhibit historic aircraft. Highlights of his career include the opening of the new NASM building in 1976 and the Silver Hill Museum in 1977. He retired as Chief of Production Operations at NASM in 1986.

Introduction

The Smithsonian Institution Archives began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives' record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program staff conduct interviews with current and retired Smithsonian staff and others who have made significant contributions to the Institution. There are also interviews conducted by researchers or students on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Smith was interviewed for the Smithsonian Institution Archives Oral History Collection because of her service as a librarian and administrator with Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

Descriptive Entry

Roderick was interviewed by Susan E. Ewing, a University of Maryland student and Technical Information Specialist for the NASM Archives, in 1986 and 1987. The interviews cover his youth; education; career in the U.S. Air Force, Capital Airlines, and NASM; restoration of such famous aircraft as the Winnie Mae, Vin Fiz, and Douglas World Cruiser; opening of NASM and Paul E. Garber Facility; and reminiscences of colleagues, including Edward B. Chalkley, Paul E. Garber, and Walter Male. The collection consists of 3.0 hours of audiotape recording, 78 pages of transcript, and occupies 0.5 linear feet of shelf space. In total, this collection includes 2 original audiotape cassettes, 3 preservation 5" reel-to-reel audiotapes, and 2 reference audiotape cassettes.

Use Restriction

Restricted.

Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9590, Roderick, Walter R. interviewee, Walter R. Roderick Interviews

Container List

Box 1

Transcript of Interviews

Interview 1: 28 November 1986:

Box 1 of 1

Interview covers his youth; education; career in the U.S. Air Force, Capital Airlines, and NASM; restoration of aircraft; and reminiscences of colleagues, including Edward B. Chalkley, Paul E. Garber, and Walter Male.
Transcript, pp. 1-59, of audiotape recording, 1.5 hours.

Interview 2: 2 June 1987:

Box 1 of 1

Interview covers inquiries concerning injury of Walter Male, restoration of such famous aircraft as the Winnie Mae, Vin Fiz, and Douglas World Cruiser; opening of NASM and Paul E. Garber Facility; aircraft restoration techniques; and the annual "Open House" for the public at the Garber Facility.
Transcript, pp. 60-79, of audiotape recording, 1.5 hours.

Audio Recordings of Interviews

Interview 1: 28 November 1986:

Box 1 of 1

Total Recording Time: 1.5 hours
Original Masters: 1 audiotape cassette
Preservation Masters: 2 5" reel-to-reel audiotapes
Reference Copies: 1 cassette audiotape

Interview 2: 2 June 1987:

Box 1 of 1

Total Recording Time: 1.5 hours
Original Masters: 1 audiotape cassette
Preservation Masters: 1 5" reel-to-reel audiotape
Reference Copies: 1 cassette audiotape