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Eric Preece was an engineer with the Wright Aeronautical Corporation (WAC) of Paterson, New Jersey, a company involved in the engineering development of the mass production of cylinder heads for WAC air-cooled engines for Boeing B-29 bombers during World War II. Mr. Preece served as the manager of Experimental Manufacturing prior to his promotion to Production Manager of WAC's Plant 7 in 1943. He was also an active member of the American Society of Tool Engineers, serving as the Public Relations Chairman and later as chapter president.

Identifier

NASM.XXXX.0502

Processing Information

Arranged and described by Jordan Ferraro and Jelena Fay-Lukic, 2010. Encoded by Amanda Buel, 2014.

Creator

Preece, Eric

Date

1933-1944

Provenance

Unknown (Eric Preece?)

Extent

4.4 Cubic feet (8 records center boxes; 1 flatbox)

Summary

This collection traces Preece's engineering work with WAC, and includes the following types of materials: correspondence, memos, technical drawings, minutes of meetings from both the WAC Gear Committee and the American Society of Tool Engineers, descriptions of various projects and equipment, photographs, reports, catalogues, brochures, manuals, notebooks, and personnel information.

Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Notebooks

Correspondence

Photographs

Reports

Memoranda

Drawings

Manuals

Catalogs

Brochures

Arrangement note

This collection is arranged into six series: Series I: Professional Materials Series II: Material Related to Notebooks Series III: Material Related to Business Practices Series IV: Drawings Series V: Miscellaneous Material Series VI: Oversized Material

Scope and Contents

This collection traces Preece's engineering work with Wright Aeronautical Corporation (WAC), and includes the following types of materials: correspondence, memos, technical drawings, minutes of meetings from both the WAC Gear Committee and the American Society of Tool Engineers, descriptions of various projects and equipment, photographs, reports, catalogues, brochures, manuals, notebooks, and personnel information.

Genre/Form

Notebooks

Correspondence

Photographs

Reports

Memoranda

Drawings

Manuals

Catalogs

Brochures

Rights

Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.

Names

American Society of Tool and Manufacturing Engineers

Wright Aeronautical Corp

Topics Airplanes
World War, 1939-1945
Wright Cyclone 18 (R-3350) 18-cyl radial engine family
Aeronautics
Airplanes -- Motors
Airplanes -- Design and construction
Aeronautics, Military

Citation

Eric Preece Engine Collection, Acc. XXXX-0502, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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