Dr. Fritz J. Russ Correspondence (SC-333)
Scope and Contents
The collection consists mainly of correspondence between Russ and various correspondents, regarding both professional and personal interests, during the time when Russ was Chief of the Missile Guidance and Control Group, Air Technical Intelligence Center, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The collection also includes a copy of Russ’s resume, circa 1955, as well as a few other miscellaneous documents.
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.
Conditions Governing 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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.
Biographical / Historical
Fritz J. Russ was born on September 23, 1920, in Jackson County, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio University in 1942 with a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Following graduation, from 1942 until 1946, Russ worked at the Naval Research Laboratory near Washington, DC. From 1946 to 1948, he worked for Industrial Research Laboratories. Russ came to work at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in December 1948, as a research and development engineer in the Gun Laying Equipment department, and continued in that position until November 1949. He was Chief of the Fire Control Test Unit in the Armament Laboratory at WPAFB from November 1949 until November 1950. Then, from November 1950 until 1955, he was Chief of the Missile Guidance and Control Group, Air Technical Intelligence Center, at WPAFB. In 1955, he left federal employment to start his own company Systems Research Laboratory. Fritz Russ was extremely successful, and he and his wife Dolores were great philanthropists, making large contributions to Wright State University, Ohio University, and other institutions and causes. Fritz Russ was awarded an honorary Doctorate of engineering degree in 1975 by his alma mater Ohio University. He died on Fritz Russ died on November 3, 2004, at the age of 84.
0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Language of Materials
Professional and personal correspondence of Dr. Fritz J. Russ while Chief of the Missile Guidance and Control Group, Air Technical Intelligence Center, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in the early 1950s.
The collection is arranged in a single series, chronologically.
Other Finding Aids
The finding aid is available on the Special Collections & Archives, Wright State University Libraries web site at http://www.libraries.wright.edu/special/collectionguides/files/sc333.pdf.
This collection of personal correspondence was found in materials at the Russ Nature Reserve when Greene County Parks and Trails Department took over that property (from the estate of Delores Russ in 2008). These materials were separated because they are not official Greene County records
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated to Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University Libraries, by the Greene County Records Center and Archives in June 2019.
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- 2019 Nov 8
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