The Harlan D. Fowler Papers (1920-1980) document the career of Harlan D. Fowler, inventor and aviation engineer. Fowler is recognized for inventing the Fowler flap, a variable area wing high-lift device for aircraft still used on most commercial airplanes today. The collection consists of his professional papers including technical reports, blueprints, original data, technical publications, drawings, and photographs, as well as airplane models relating primarily to the Fowler flap and the Fowler-designed air cargo container. This collection documents the history of technology, the history of aviation, and the development of the aircraft industry during World War II. The collection is arranged into nine series: Series I. Commercial Uses of Fowler Designs; Series II. Fowler-Designed Aerodynamic Flow Control Devices; Series III. Original Fowler Aircraft Designs and Data; Series IV. Air Cargo Reports and Data; Series V. Miscellaneous Reports; Series VI. Aircraft Conversion Reports and Data; Series VII. Aircraft Models; Series VIII. Publications; and Series IV. Additional Images.
Harlan D. Fowler Papers, MSS-1995-04, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.