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William W. Vaughan Collection

Identifier: MC-87
Collection contains documents and artifacts pertaining to the life and career of William W. Vaughan.


  • 1958 - 2006


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.


3.5 Linear Feet (7 boxes.)

Biographical / Historical

William W. Vaughan received his undergraduate degree in 1951 from the University of Florida, graduate training in 1951-52 at Florida State University, and completed his graduate education in 1976 at the University of Tennessee with receipt of Ph.D. in Engineering Science. He served during 1952-55 as a Staff Weather Officer in the Air Force, Research Meteorologist in 1955-58 with the Air Force Armament Center, and 1958-60 with the Army Ballistic Missile Agency. He was Chief, Aerospace Environment Division and Atmospheric Science Division with the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center during 1960-1986, retiring as a member of the Senior Executive Service in 1986. Subsequently, he was Director, Research Institute, retiring in 1995, and was a Professor, Atmospheric Science, at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He also provided consulting service in areas of technical standards and aerospace environments relative to NASA’s space program developments and operations. Vaughan died December 23, 2020.

Taken from “Some Recollections From 1958-1986 (To The Best Of My Memory)” in the William W. Vaughan Collection with more recent information added. For further information on Vaughan, see Vaughan's death notice here. (Click "AIAA Fellow Vaughan Died in December.")

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of William W. Vaughan, 2014.

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