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Personal papers of Howard W. Smith

Call Number: PP 385


This collection consists of correspondence, notes, papers, teaching material and other manuscript material including some photographs collected by Howard Smith, an aerospace engineer who also served as associate dean for the University of Kansas School of Engineering.


  • Creation: 1944 - 1995


Conditions Governing Access

These materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) no less than three days in advance of a planned visit. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Howard W. Smith

Howard W. Smith was born on November 24, 1929. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Wichita State University in 1951 and 1958. He earned a Ph.D in Aerospace Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1968. From 1951-1970, he worked in various positions at The Boeing Company in Wichita, Kansas. In 1970 he became an Associate Professor at the University of Kansas. He was made a Professor in 1977; he retired in 1995. He was appointed Associate Dean of the School of Engineering in 1974. He published numerous books and journal articles and held two patents. He was involved in numerous civic activites including K.U. Track and Field Offical (1971-1995), being a Douglas County 4-H Rocketry Superintendent, and being active with the Cub Scouts of America. He was also one of several K.U. faculty members involved in the design of Poliedro de Caracas in Venezuela, which was, at the time, the world's largest geodesic dome. He was married to Esther; they had six sons, Nick, Mike, Anthony, Geoffrey, James, and Andrew and one daugher, Elizabeth. Howard Smith died on September 30, 1998.


10 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

PP 385

Physical Location

Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Guide to the Howard W. Smith Collection
Personal papers of Howard W. Smith
Finding aid prepared by rh, 2011. Finding aid encoded by rh, 2011. Finding aid updated by eear, 2016; mwh, 2021.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Personal papers of Howard W. Smith, PP 385, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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