Guide to the Charles “Chuck” Tiffany Collection


Title:
Charles “Chuck” Tiffany Collection
Repository:
Wright State University Libraries Special Collections and Archives
Phone: 937-775-2092
http://www.libraries.wright.edu/special/
Creator:
Tiffany, Charles F., 1929-2014
Dates:
1913-2014
Bulk dates:
1970-1993
Quantity:
3 linear feet
Abstract:
This collection consists of correspondence, awards and citations, photographs, and engineering reports related to Mr. Tiffany's work at Boeing and for the Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB.
Identification:
MS-510
Language:
The records are in English

Biography of Charles F. “Chuck” Tiffany

Charles F. "Chuck" Tiffany was born in 1929 and raised in Aitkin, Minnesota. After graduating from Aitkin High School in 1947 he attended Macalester College and the University of Minnesota where he received degrees in Civil Engineering and Mathematics. In 1952 he joined the Boeing Aircraft Company in Seattle as a stress analyst.

His career with Boeing (28 years) and the U.S.A.F. (8 years) progressed to Executive Vice-President of the Boeing Military Airplane Company. After retiring from Boeing in 1988, he was a private consultant on aircraft and aerospace vehicle structures for the U.S.A.F., D.O.D., NASA, FAA, National Academy of Engineering (N.A.E.), National Research Council, and all of industry.

Tiffany's area of expertise was airframe and propulsion structural design and damage tolerance. He led the development of new structural standards and specifications for improving aircraft safety and durability. He was a Member of the N.A.E. and was a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (A.I.A.A.). He received numerous awards and honors throughout his lifetime, including the Von Karman Memorial Award, the A.I.A.A. Structures, Material and Dynamics Award, the American Society of Mechanical Engineer's "The Spirit of St. Louis Medal," the John W. Lincoln Award, and the FAA Gold Medal. His work was captured in numerous technical papers and reports, including most recently, "Aging of U.S. Air Force Aircraft" and "Threats to Aircraft Structural Safety, Including a Compendium of Selected Structural Accidents/Incidents."

Charles Tiffany died October 12, 2014, in Tucson, AZ.

Scope and Content

The collection contains reports and papers produced by Mr. Tiffany during the course of his career as a leading engineer in the field of aircraft structural integrity. Also included are numerous awards, medals, and citations, and three scrapbooks with letters of commendation, photographs, news clippings, programs, and other materials related to his work. Researchers may find evidence of Tiffany's widespread influence on numerous aeronautic and aerospace projects in both the private sector and government.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged at the item level by format.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Restrictions on Access

Electronic files in this collection are not accessible until the files are fully processed. Requests to prioritize processing of electronic records in this collection can be submitted for consideration.

Separated Material: Separated Material

Oversize Loc 85, File 7 contains the AIAA Fellow Award.


Subject Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects:

Airframes -- Design and construction
Airframes -- Fatigue
Fracture mechanics
Structural engineering
Tolerance (Engineering)

Persons:

Tiffany, Charles F., 1929-2014

Organizations/Corporations:

Boeing Aircraft Company

Places:

Dayton (Ohio)
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio)

Material Types:

Awards
Correspondence
Photographs
Scrapbooks

Preferred Citation

[Description of Item, Date, Box #, Folder #], MS-510, Charles "Chuck" Tiffany Collection, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.

Acquisition Information

The Charles "Chuck" Tiffany Collection was donated to Wright State University Special Collections and Archives by Mark A. Tiffany of Rancho Palos Verde, California on July 21, 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Jocelyn Robinson, 2016.

Three scrapbooks were disassembled, pages were sleeved and placed in binder boxes in original order. Citations and plaques were removed from frames and boxed together, with the exception of the AIAA Fellow Award, which is housed in Oversize Loc 85.


Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Collection Inventory


Box 1
Scrapbook 1, Undated




Box 2
Scrapbook 2, Undated




Box 3
Scrapbook 3, Undated




Box 4
Medal: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Award, 1976




Box 4
Medal: The American Society of Mechanical Engineers Spirit of St. Louis Medal for Meritorious Service in the Advancement of Aerodynamics (in wooden presentation box), 1993




Box 4
Medal: John W Lincoln Award, USAF Aircraft Structural Integrity Program Conference (in velvet presentation box), 1997




Box 4
Medal: For Meritorious Civilian Service to the Department of the Air Force (in presentation box), 1987




Box 4
Medal: For Meritorious Civilian Service to the Department of the Air Force (in presentation box), Undated




Box 4
Medal: For Exceptional Civilian Service to the Department of the Air Force (in presentation box), Undated




Box 5 / Folder 1
Award: United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board Ad Hoc Committee on the F-111, Undated




Box 5 / Folder 2
Award: Federal Aviation Administration Award for Extraordinary Service to Technical Oversight Group for Aging Aircraft, 2002




Box 5 / Folder 3
Award: Aeronautical Systems Division Engineering Award Plaque, 1974




Box 5 / Folder 4
Award: USAF Civilian Service Award Certificates (4 total), Undated




Box 5 / Folder 5
Award: Certificate from The American Society of Mechanical Engineers Spirit of St. Louis Medal for Meritorious Service in the Advancement of Aerodynamics, 1993




Box 5 / Folder 6
Award: National Academy of Engineering Membership Certificate, 1984




Box 5 / Folder 7
National Academy of Sciences Print, Undated




Box 5 / Folder 8
Award: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Award, 1976




Box 5 / Folder 9
Award: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Structures, Fellow Certificate, 1980




Box 5 / Folder 10
Award: Von Karman Memorial Contest First Prize Plaque for Developments in Application of Fracture Mechanics, 1974




Box 6 / Folder 1
Fracture Mechanics Papers, 1913-1965




Box 6 / Folder 2
Boeing Pressure Vessel Report, 1963




Box 6 / Folder 3
Low-cycle Fatigue Failures Paper, 1964




Box 6 / Folder 4
Fracture Control Paper, 1970




Box 6 / Folder 5
Metal Progress Paper, 1976




Box 6 / Folder 6
Application of Fracture Mechanics Paper, 1977




Box 6 / Folder 7
Threats to Aircraft Paper, 2010




Piece ms510_e0001
Tributes to Charles Tiffany (Posthumous), 2014