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Frederick Bellinger Papers

Identifier: ahc.MSS336

Scope and Content

The Frederick Bellinger papers are divided into two distinct topics: Genealogy and Family History; and professional papers. A small portion of the papers include genealogy and family history research. Files contain: a typewritten memoir/autobiography of Frederick Bellinger; newspaper clippings and scrapbooks concerning the Bellinger family genealogy; miscellaneous newspaper clippings; and certificates and awards given to Dr. Bellinger. A second portion, the bulk of his papers concern his professional work as a chemical engineer and his research with the United States Army. Papers include: publications from the Georgia Academy of Science; organizational documents, by-laws, and programs from annual meetings of the Armed Forces Chemical Association and the American Ordinance Association; research and publications on Civil Defense, as well as, national defense and the military. A project that appears to have been of particular interest to Frederick Bellinger was the “Fred Project.” This was a classified military project to develop jet propulsion systems in 1945. Dr. Bellinger, for a brief time, supervised the project.


  • 1926-1978


Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

Frederick Bellinger (1904-1978) was born in New Orleans, Louisiana to Lyle Frederick Bellinger (1867-1952) and Annie Beall Dobbs (b. ?-1952). Lyle Frederick Bellinger was a career officer in the United States Army, serving as a Civil Engineer. As a result, the family often moved around the country and also lived in military installations in the Philippines, Japan, and Cuba. After his retirement from the military, Lyle Frederick Bellinger devoted a great deal of time to research of his genealogy and family history. He published three books about the Bellinger family line. His research files were passed to his son Frederick. Frederick Bellinger was born 14 August 1904. He was educated and received a degree in Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1926. In 1934 he began a graduate program. He completed a Masters of Science at Emory University and his doctorate at Yale by 1937. Also, during these years, he became an officer in the United States Army Reserves. With the beginning of World War II Frederick Bellinger was commissioned a Major in the United States Army as a Chief Chemical Engineer. Throughout the war his work focused on developing chemical propellants for rocket engines, an attempt to counteract the German “buzz bombs.” With the conclusion of the war, Frederick Bellinger left the Army, remaining in the reserves, and began teaching as an Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech. He remained at Georgia Tech until 1977. He retired just months before he died 22 October 1978. He had married Marie Parker in 1937 in Atlanta, GA. The couple had one daughter, Barbara Lynn, who was adopted by the Bellingers in 1947.


3 linear ft.



System of Arrangement

The first two boxes contain Genealogy and family History research. Professional papers, correspondence, research and publications are included in boxes 3-7.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Bellinger, 1977 and 1979 (1977.317, 1979.68).

General Physical Description note

Extent: 3 Linear feet (7 boxes)

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2008
An Inventory of His Papers at the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center
Inventory prepared by Mike Brubaker
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305