Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Chapman, Dean R., 1922-1995
Dean R. Chapman Papers, circa 1960-1976
Dean R. Chapman (1922-1995) was an authority on tektites (enigmatic natural glass objects that are found in certain regions of both the Earth's land surfaces and in its deep sea sediments. Tektites have historically been collected along with meteorites). He spent most of his career as an aerodynamicist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Ames Research Center. Chapman amassed a large collection of tektites which was donated to the National Museum of Natural History. These papers document Chapman's research on the origin of tektites and the development of his collection. They consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence exchanged between Chapman and scientists, museums, collectors, and dealers.
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Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
- Picture postcards
- Black-and-white photographs
- Black-and-white negatives
- Color photographs
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-100, Dean R. Chapman Papers