Frederick Bellinger Papers
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Frederick Bellinger Papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: Bellinger, Frederick Lyle, 1867-1952
Title: Frederick Bellinger Papers
Dates: 1926-1978
Quantity: 3.0 linear ft.
Quantity: Extent: 3 Linear feet (7 boxes)
Identification: ahc.MSS336

Biographical/Historical Note

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.

Scope and Content Note

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.


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

Index Terms

American Ordnance Association.
Armed Forces Chemical Association.
Bellinger family
Bellinger, Frederick Lyle, 1867-1952
Bellinger, Frederick, 1904-1978
Business enterprises--Georgia--Atlanta
Fred Project.
Georgia Academy of Science.
Georgia Institute of Technology.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Frederick Bellinger Papers, MSS 336, Kenan ResearchCenter, Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2008


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.

Container List




11“An Unexpurgated Autobiography,”, 1978
2Graduation Programs, 1926, 1937
3Personal Journals, 1944-1952
4Professional Awards and Certificates, 1925-1971
5Records and Resume, 1926-1977



21Scrapbook, “Bellinger of the Mohawk Valley” Genealogy, 1941
2Scrapbook, “Bellinger of the Mohawk Valley” Genealogy, 1930
3Scrapbook, “Bellinger Colonels” Genealogy
4Scrapbook, “Trip to Germany,”, 1948
5Genealogy of the Mohawk Valley Bellingers and Allied Families by Lyle Frederick Bellinger. Herkimer, NY: Herkimer County Historical Society, 19762
6Loose Papers, Bellinger Genealogy, undated
7Newspaper Clippings, personal, 1952, undated



31Associations and Professional Memberships, Armed Forces Chemical Association, Constitution and bylaws, 1962-1963
2Associations and Professional Memberships, Georgia Academy of Science, newsletters, 1962
3Associations and Professional Memberships, Georgia Engineering Society, Correspondence and minutes, 1945-1978
4Correspondence, 1945-1978
5Articles and publications, 1938-1957
6Articles and publications, 1958-1963
7Articles and publications, 1963-1965
8Articles and publications, 1965-1970
9Articles and publications, 1970-1977



41Research and publications, Egyptian Trip, 1955-1956
2Research and publications, Engineering, 1935-1970
3Research and publications, Military, 1946-1962
4Research and publications, Miscellaneous, 1949-1965
5Research and publications, National Security and Civil Defense, 1959-1967


5Publications, Phd Dissertation, Frederick Bellinger, “Absorption of Carbon Dioxide in Packed Towers,” New Haven CT: Yale University, 1940 Publications, “Preliminary Operational Survival Plan,” State of Georgia, December 1957, volumes 1-4, 1940, 1957


6Publications, “South Georgia Minerals Program,” Project Reports 1-11, Georgia State Division of Conservation Department of Mines, Mining and Geology, 1966-1969



71Scrapbook of “Fred Project,”, 1945
2Speeches by Frederick Bellinger, “Chemical Engineering Research,”, 1959-1961
1Speeches by Frederick Bellinger, “Church Groups,”, 1962-1977
2Speeches by Frederick Bellinger, “Egypt, Middle East, Holy Land,”, 1956
3Speeches by Frederick Bellinger, “Engineering Research,”, 1959-1968
4Speeches by Frederick Bellinger, “Management", 1956
5Speeches by Frederick Bellinger, “Military,”, 1961
6Speeches by Frederick Bellinger, “Miscellaneous,”, 1957-1958
7Speeches by Frederick Bellinger, “National Security and Civil Defense,”, 1962-1970
8Speeches by Frederick Bellinger, “National Security and International Relations,”, 1963-1965
9Speeches by Frederick Bellinger, “Space Age and Radiation Fallout,”, 1959