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Von Kármán, Theodore, 1881-1963 (Physicist, Aerodynamicist, Applied Mathematician)



  • Existence: 1881 - 1963


Background: Caltech Professor of Aeronautics and Director of the Daniel Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at Caltech (GALCIT), 1930-1949.


Collection Notes: Papers, 1880s-1960s. The original collection includes more than 145,000 pages of letters, scientific manuscripts, reports, unpublished speeches, lecture notes, family papers, medals, and photographs.

Supplementary materials totaling 13 boxes were added in 1994 and include manuscript files on the Josephine de Kármán memorial trust and foundation, family material, a few technical reports and von Kármán's 1909 dissertation and and some correspondence. Also included is print material as well as a large amount of memorabilia in the form of medals, degrees, citations, artwork, and photographs. Microfilms of correspondence and other von Kármán materials at the US Air Force Academy are also available at the Institute Archives.

Collection size: 188 boxes, 81 linear ft.

Finding aid is available for this part of the collection (boxes 1-175) and the papers are also available on microfilm.

Photo of Theodore von Kármán (PhotoNet).

Found in 162 Collections and/or Records:

100th Anniversary Dinner

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1986-00666


 Digital Record
Identifier: 2022-04-20-000003


 Digital Record
Identifier: 2018-02-21-000009

Ball Game

 Digital Record
Identifier: 2018-03-13-000006

Banki Medal, Hungarian Astronautical Society

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1999-00397

Barcelona, Cannes

 Digital Record
Identifier: 2018-03-13-000009

Bozse Wedding

 Digital Record
Identifier: 2018-03-13-000001

Carl Friedrich Gauss Medal

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1999-00406

Collected Works 1952-63

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2002-00571

Collected Works of Theodore von Karman, 5 vols.

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2002-00570

Columbian Gold Medal, City of Genoa

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1999-00384

Commander, Legion of Honor, France

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1999-00372

Construction [?]

 Digital Record
Identifier: 2018-02-21-000021

Daniel Guggenheim Medal

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1999-00364

Daniel Guggenheim Medal

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2001-00577

Additional filters:

Unprocessed Material 98
Digital Record 61
Collection 2
Archival Object 1
Medals and awards 63
Film 48
Aeronautics 42
Film & Video 16
Engineering 12