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Alvin Howell Papers

Call Number: MS160

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photographs, correspondence and other papers related to Dr. Alvin Howell's research work with balloons. The collection primarily contains photographs of balloon launches that Howell directed.


  • Creation: 1950 -- 1980


Language of Materials



This collection is open for research. This collection may require review before it is available for use. Please contact DCA for further details.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. Any intellectual property rights that the donor possesses have been transferred to Tufts University.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Alvin Howell joined the Tufts University electrical engineering department faculty in 1940 and served as the chairman of the department from 1941 to 1970. He led the first team to send an unmanned 400-foot-tall balloon around the world in 1957, a spy flight funded by the Air Force to gather intelligence on the Soviet Union.


12 Linear Feet (10 boxes and 1 oversized folder)


This collection is not processed.

Processing status

This collection is minimally processed.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

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