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Joseph Foladare Papers

Identifier: 10152-MS

Scope and Content

The Joseph Foladare papers consist of mostly technical reports and memoranda surrounding Foladare's work with the Caltech Rocket Project during World War II.


  • 1943-1946



Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the California Institute of Technology Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the California Institute of Technology 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.


Joseph Foladare was born in Los Angeles on July 9, 1909. He earned his B.S. in Physics from Caltech in 1930, his M.A. in English from Claremont College in 1931, and his Ph.D. in English at Yale in 1936. In 1935, he took a teaching position in the English Department at Iowa State College in Ames. In 1940, he joined Santa Barbara State College (later University of California, Santa Barbara) as an English Professor.

During World War II, Foladare took an extended leave from his position at Santa Barbara to serve as the Supervisor of the Editorial Section for the Caltech Rocket Project, sponsored by the Office of Scientific Research and Development. He spent the next five years (1941-46) compiling and editing technical reports related to the design and use of rockets for war, and overseeing the publication of a series on monographs on the subject. For his service during the war, Foladare received the Presidential Certificate of Merit.

In 1946, Foladare returned to Santa Barbara, where he was the first chairman of the English Department to be appointed by the University of California. He retired from UCSB in 1974.

--By John Powers, November 1997


1.25 linear feet (3 boxes)

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The Foladare Collection at the Caltech Archives consists of three boxes of materials, all of which date from the Caltech Rocket Project during World War II (1942-46). Included in the first two boxes are technical reports on rocket science and weaponry, and Foladare's memoranda to the report writers regarding the style and structure of their reports. The third box contains the eight monographs on rocket-related subjects that the workers on the rocket project composed in 1946, in fulfillment of Caltech's OSRD contract

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The materials held in the Foladare Collection were graciously donated by Joseph Foladare's daughter, Elise Foladare.

Processing Information

Processed by John Powers in 1997, and updated in 1998. Original encoding by Brooke Dykman Dockter.

Guide to the Joseph Foladare Papers, 1943-1946
Processed by John Powers; machine-readable finding aid created by Brooke Dykman Dockter
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Repository Details

Part of the California Institute of Technology Archives and Special Collections Repository

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