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Jerome Lederer Papers


Jerome (Jerry) Lederer was one of the founders and long-time director of the Flight Safety Foundation. He worked as an aeronautical engineer for the U.S. Air Mail Service and for aviation insurance companies prior to becoming the first director of the Civil Aeronautics Board Safety Bureau in 1940. During World War II he worked with the Airlines War Training Institute and the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey in Europe.

In 1947 he organized the Flight Safety Foundation and served as the managing director until his 1967; Lederer had a concurrent position as director of the Cornell-Guggenheim Aviation Safety Center, 1950-1967. He was director of manned space flight safety (1967-1970) and director of safety (1970-1972) for NASA during the Apollo space program.

The Lederer Papers contain correspondence, speeches, articles, reports, photographs, news clippings, publications, an oral history interview, and memorabilia spanning Lederer's entire career.

Collection extent: 44.1 linear feet

Collection dates: 1910-2005

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