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George F. McCanless, Jr. Collection

Identifier: MC-122

Content Description

This collection includes materials on wind tunnel research at NASA, Chrysler, and Thiokol, as well as journal articles written by the donor on various technical topics.


  • Creation: 1955 - 1991


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.

Biographical / Historical

George F. McCanless, Jr., husband of Christel Ludewig McCanless, is an expert on Space Station Freedom, microgravity research, aerodynamics, and acoustics. McCanless received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T. in 1955. He worked for the Marshall Space Flight Center, and during his career there, he received three Certificates of Appreciation from NASA. In April of 1987, he received a Certificate of Appreciation for his “Dedication and contributions to the...microgravity payload and associated accommodating facilities.” McCanless received the second certificate in April of 1989 for “Creative and resourceful contributions to the Materials Processing in Space Program and to the Centers for the Commercial Development of Space." Finally, he received a Certificate of Appreciation in June of 1991 for “Dedicated and diligent support of commercial users in the Space Station Freedom design process.” George McCanless is also a published author in technical journals such as "Logistics Spectrum," the "Journal of the Acoustical Society of America," and the "Journal of Spacecrafts and Rockets."


1 Linear foot (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Christel McCanless, 2018

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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