About the records

Title Records of Ronald William Cumming (1920-1986)
Date Range 1942 - 1966
Reference MS 13551
Creator Ronald William Cumming (1920 - 1986)
Extent 0.15 metres (20 items)
Repository State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collections
Abstract This is a guide to the records of Ronald William Cumming, an engineer and psychologist. He was a research scientist at the Aeronautical Research Laboratories 1941-1955 and a member of the Human Engineering Research Group 1956-1966 conducting early research on human factors in aviation and developing a visual method for aligning aircraft onto the correct glide path for landing.

Administrative Information

  • The collection is comprised of records from 2 accessions. The codes used to uniquely identify each accession range from CUMM1993/0001 to CUMM1993/0002.
  • The records have been allocated to 1 series. The codes used to uniquely identify each series range from CUMS0001 to CUMS0001.
  • Through the processing of the records, 4 provenance entities were identified. The codes used to uniquely identify each provenance entity, i.e. records creator or custodian, range from CUP0001 to CUP0004.
  • The inventory covers 20 items, and may include records of continuing value, records sentenced for destruction and records that have been destroyed. The codes used to uniquely identify each inventory item range from CUMM00001 to CUMM00020. The total collection occupies 15 linear cm of shelf space (or its equivalent).
  • The documentation of the records at inventory level started on 6 September 2004. The latest additions were made on 7 September 2004. The latest modifications were made on 27 July 2007. This collection profile was updated on 30 March 2009.

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence and working files from Ronald William Cumming, most of which date from the 1950s and 1960s.

How These Records Can Be Used

Researchers wishing to consult these records will need to contact the State Library of Victoria regarding the access conditions that may apply to specific series or inventory items.

Where material from the Ronald William Cumming Collection is copied or quoted the source of the material must be acknowledged.

Preferred Citation

Records from the Ronald William Cumming Collection should be cited as [Inventory item number and title], [Series number], Ronald William Cumming Collection, MS 13551, State Library of Victoria, Australia.

For citation of the published guide, an acceptable form would be: Barbara Cytowicz, Ann McCarthy and Gavan McCarthy, Ronald William Cumming Guide to Records, The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre, 2008 [URL and date accessed].


The Ronald William Cumming Guide to Records has been published by the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre (previously the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre). You may download, temporarily store in cache and display the material on this web site in unaltered form only. You may also print and copy the material on this site in unaltered form as permitted by the Copyright Act 1968 only (retaining this copyright notice). This guide is the result of serious scholarly research and must be formally acknowledged as such when the guide itself or the records it catalogues are cited.

The Ronald William Cumming Collection is held by the State Library of Victoria. The State Library of Victoria manages any rights (including moral rights) in all material contained in the Ronald William Cumming Collection.

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Published by the The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on AustehcWeb, November 2007
Listed by Barbara Cytowicz, Ann McCarthy, Gavan McCarthy
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Updated 30 March 2009

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