Fonds SUL - Kenneth H. Sullivan fonds

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Kenneth H. Sullivan fonds

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CA ON00420 SUL

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  • 1940?-1984 (Creation)
    Sullivan, Kenneth H., 1922-

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21.4 cm of textual records and other material

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(1922-08-21 -)

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Kenneth H. Sullivan was born on 21 August 1922 in Toronto, Ontario. He graduated from St. Michael’s College and then took the Senior Aircraft Course at Central Technical School. He began work as an Aircraft Mechanic at Leavens Brothers Air Services in 1940. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in 1943 as a Flight Engineer. He then joined the Department of Transportation as a Meteorological Observer from 1944 to 1945. After the war, he earned a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical engineering from University of Toronto in 1949. During his summers from 1947 to 1949, he worked at Kenting Aviation. He was hired by A.V. Roe as an Installation Engineer after his degree, working there until 1951 when he began his career at Pratt & Whitney Canada. Based in Longueuil, Sullivan was part of the sales force. He held positions of increasingly responsibility. In 1966, Sullivan was invited to attend an 11-month course at the National Defence College in Kingston, Ontario. He was sponsored by the Canadian Department of Industry as the sole representative of Canadian industry. He joined about 30 military officers from Canada, Great Britain and the United States for a series of study sessions at the advanced graduate school level, including tours of various North American military installations and on-the-spot studies of conditions in a varied group of European, Asian and African nations. In 1971, he was elected to the Pratt & Whitney Canada Board of Directors. Sullivan retired from the company in 1984 as Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Product Support. In 1989, he and co-author Larry Milberry published Power: The Pratt & Whitney Canada Story.

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The family donated the archives to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in 2010 and 2017.

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The fonds consists of archives that Sullivan gathered during his early training and career, his RCAF service, and during his career at Pratt & Whitney Canada. There is also material presented to Sullivan upon his retirement from Pratt and Whitney Canada in 1984. Lastly, there is research material and proofs for the book Power: The Pratt & Whitney Canada Story. The records have been arranged into four series: SUL-1 Training, Education and Early Career; SUL-2 Pratt and Whitney Canada Career; SUL-3 Writing of Power: The Pratt and Whitney Canada Story; and, SUL-4 Photograph research for Power: The Pratt and Whitney Canada Story.

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Most photographs are not dated, but some appear to be in the public domain. Others, particularly the ones gathered for research purpose, are third-party copyright.

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Includes 21.4 cm of textual records, ca. 530 photographs and 1 album

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Created by Adele Torrance, 2017-10. French editing by Céline Mongeau, Larocque Linguistic Services, 2018-11.

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