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David H. Newby Collection

Identifier: MC-30
Newby's monthly handwritten notes from 1963 through 1973, telephone conversations, SEB presentation and report, Pocket Guide to the Air Force Space Program, Newby's obituary.


  • 1963 - 2013


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research in the Archives & Special Collections reading room. Handling guidelines and use restrictions will be communicated and enforced by archives staff members.

Conditions Governing Use

This material may be protected under U. S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code) which governs the making of photocopies or reproductions of copyrighted materials. You may use the digitized material for private study, scholarship, or research. Though the University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives and Special Collections has physical ownership of the material in its collections, in some cases we may not own the copyright to the material. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in our collections.


7 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

David H. Newby was born on February 12, 1920 and died on November 19, 2013. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1942.

Newby was extensively involved in rocket science throughout his life. After graduating from college, Newby joined NASA’s predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). He worked in the Instrument Development Division, where he was involved in aeronautical research in wind tunnels. By 1951, Newby became Head of the General Electrical Instrumentation Section.

Newby joined the Redstone Arsenal in 1951 as Chief of Test and Evaluation Lab, during which time he developed the facilities needed to test solid rockets. He remained in this position until he was appointed to be NASA’s liaison officer with the Army. Newby later became the Associate Deputy Director for Administration of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center during Dr. von Braun’s tenure. Newby was also the principle NASA contact for the construction of the Alabama Space and Rocket Center.

Outside of NASA, Newby worked for United Space Booster Inc., first as Manager of Procurement and eventually moving up the corporate ladder to become the Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President and General Manager.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of David H. Newby, 2006.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, and competing priorities. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.



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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives & Special Collections Repository

M. Louis Salmon Library
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899 Alabama 35899 United States of America