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Richard Joseph Framme Papers

Identifier: MS-347

Scope and Content

The Richard Joseph Framme Collection documents the development of aircraft control systems in Dayton Ohio's Wright Field (Wright Patterson Air Force Base) research group. His areas of expertise range from radio and microcomputer control systems to instrument landing to the breakdown of metals in tropical environments.

Series I: Resume & Biographies. This series contains material related to Richard Framme's professional careers and include resumes, job searching material and a portfolio from early in his career.

Series II: Employment Records. This series contains records and documents from Richard Framme's career. These papers were mostly practical in nature and document the various job descriptions, organization structures and daily office regulations by which Mr. Framme worked. Also included are personal records dealing with health and finance, mostly in the context of the military or government affiliation he was working under at the time.

Series III: Awards and Honors. This series contains the many awards and certificates presented to Richard Framme throughout his career.

Series IV: Research. This series contains a variety of material which was used by Richard Framme during his career. Material in this series includes newspaper and magazine clippings, minutes, memos, conference notes, blueprints, engineering diagrams, research data, lectures, presentations, aviation history and patents.

Series V: Correspondence. This series includes letters written to and by Richard Framme. All correspondence in this series is professional in nature.

Series VI: Research Notebooks. An extensive set of pocket sized research notebook journals make up this series. The notebooks record ideas, have some technical sketches and record some of Mr. Framme's daily activities. The notebooks are arranged in sequential order from 1941 - 1973.

Series VII: Photographs. This series contains photographs. Most of the photographs are technical in nature, recording the assembly or actions of various aircraft or computer systems.

Series VIII: Technical Reports. This series contains technical reports written, contributed to or received by Richard Framme in his career. The technical reports are arranged in date order and range from 1930 - 1971. The topic of these reports mostly center on the research conducted by Richard Framme and his branch of ARL.


  • Creation: 1929-1973
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1940-1959


Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing materials in this collection.

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.

Biography of Richard Joseph Framme

Richard Joseph Framme was born February 7, 1905 in Carrollton, Kentucky. He was married to Blanche Anna Stanford May 8, 1937 and they had 2 sons and three daughters. Mr. Framme received a Bachelors of Science from the University of Kentucky in 1929. He continued his education and professional development at Bell Telephone Laboratories (1929-1933), Ohio State University (1948), University of Dayton (1958) and the United State Air Force Institute (1958).

Richard Framme enjoyed a long career, serving for such esteemed organizations as Bell Telephone Laboratory (1929-1933); Columbia University (1934-1935) and the USAF at Wright Patterson Air Force Base ARL under a variety of job titles from 1935-1973. In 1942 Richard Framme joined the Army Signal Corps as a Captain and rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel by 1948. He retired as the chief engineer of the aircraft instrument landing branch of the navigation division of ARL.

As an engineer Richard Framme participated in the development of the Automatic Radio Compass, (ILS) Instrument-Landing System and won a patent for an Aircraft Radio Navigator.


3.0 linear feet (3.5 boxes)

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The collection includes photographs, organization charts, research notebooks, research data, patent material, biographical information, blueprints and diagrams. Most items are technical reports or material related to Richard Framme's professional affiliation as an engineer with Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Statement of Arrangement

  1. Series I: Resumes & Biographies
  2. Series II: Employment Records
  3. Series III: Awards & Honors
  4. Series IV: Research
  5. Series V: Correspondence
  6. Series VI: Research Notebooks
  7. Series VII: Photographs
  8. Series VIII: Technical Reports

Acquisition Information

The Richard Joseph Framme Papers were donated to Wright State University Special Collections and Archives by Roxanne Hemmelgarn, on May 16, 2006.

Guide to the Richard Joseph Framme Papers (MS-347)
Finding aid prepared by Aja Ash, March 2007
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Revision Statements

  • December, 2007: Additional Processing by Rachel DeHart
  • February, 2008: Additional Processing by Kellie Fox February 2008

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA