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Langley, Samuel Pierpont. [photograph]

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Photographer:
R. H. Lord
Type:
Photographs
Date:
Circa 1893
Summary:
Formal portrait of Samuel Pierpont Langley, in academic robes, seated at table; Cambridge, England, circa 1893.
Topic:
Aeronautics
Smithsonian Institution
Local number:
NASM-00165499
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Samuel P. Langley Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

Langley Memorial Tablet

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Author:
Unknown
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Object
Date:
1908
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
At the meeting of the Board of Regents on December 15, 1908, the following resolution was adopted: "Resolved, that the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution be requested to report to the Board of Regents as soon as practicable upon the erection in the Smithsonian building of a tablet to the memory of Secretary Langley, setting forth his services in connection with the subject of aerial navigation. Designs for his tablet are now being prepared by a well-known architect of this city, whose advice I have requested . . ." The document was signed by Regents Henry Cabot Lodge, A. O. Bacon, Alexander Graham Bell, and Secretary Charles D. Walcott, fourth Secretary of the Smithsonian (1907-1927). Samuel P. Langley (1834-1906) was the third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1887-1906).
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 15 Folder 12
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Samuel P. Langley Memorial Tablet
Secretaries
Sculpture
Secretariats
Standard number:
82-3199
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Samuel P. Langley

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Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Original negative number is A10688, but that negative has been lost. See also Neg. #s 21105, SA-33, A10678, A10679/A38877, and A10689 for a similar photograph
Summary:
Samuel P. Langley (1834-1906), astrophysicist and third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1887-1906). Photo shows Secretary Langley sitting in a chair. Secretary Langley was founder of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and tried to develop the first flying machine.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 15 Folder 8
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Secretaries
Secretariats
Portraits
Standard number:
2002-12175
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Samuel P. Langley

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Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Portraits
Date:
1887
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
Samuel P. Langley (1834-1906), astrophysicist and third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1887-1906). Langley was founder of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. He conducted research in aeronautics and made great efforts to develop the first flying machine. Photo dated August 22, 1887.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 15, Folder: 1
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Secretaries
Secretariats
Portraits
Standard number:
10610 or MAH-10610
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Samuel P. Langley

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Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
c. 1855
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
Seated portrait of Samuel P. Langley, third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1887-1906), taken when he was a young man.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 15, Folder: 8
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Secretaries
Secretariats
Portraits
Standard number:
10611 or MAH-10611
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Samuel P. Langley

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Author:
Unknown (D. G. Mc?)
Subject:
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Fairchild, Marian 1880-1962
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Person, candid
Date:
1901
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Presented to the Smithsonian Institution by Mrs. Marian Hubbard Bell Fairchild (Mrs. David Fairchild), daughter of Alexander Graham Bell, Nov. 1937.
Summary:
Samuel P. Langley (1834-1906), third Secretary of the Smithsonian (from 1887-1906), photographed at "Benin Bhragh," the home of Alexander Graham Bell in Baddick, Nova Scotia, on September 14, 1901.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 15, Folder 4
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Secretaries
Nova Scotia
Secretariats
Standard number:
82-3191
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Langley (Samuel P.) Aerodrome A, Curtiss 1914 Rebuild. [photograph]

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Photographer:
Unknown
Type:
Photographs
Date:
Circa 1914
Summary:
Long one-quarter rear left side view of the Curtiss rebuilt and modified Langley Aerodrome A in low-level flight above the surface of Lake Keuka, Hammondsport, New York; circa 1914.
Topic:
Aeroanutics
Aircraft
Langley (Samuel P.) Aerodrome A, Curtiss 1914 Rebuild
Local number:
NASM-A-26538
See more items in:
National Air Museum Photography Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

Secretary Samuel P. Langley

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Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
c. 1895
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Original negative number is A10689, but that negative has been lost. Probably taken at the same time as SA-33, A10678, A10679/A38877, and 21105.
Summary:
Portrait of Samuel P. Langley, 1834-1906, astrophysicist and third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1887-1906. Secretary Langley was founder of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and tried to develop the first flying machine.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 15, Folder 8
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Secretaries
Secretariats
Astrophysicists
Portraits
Standard number:
2002-12174
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Secretary Samuel P. Langley

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Author:
Dinst, Chine
Subject:
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
c. 1905
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
Secretary Samuel P. Langley (1887-1906) seated in a Board of Regents chair. Langley was the third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. This is one of the last photographs of Secretary Langley.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 15, Folder 8
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Secretaries
Secretariats
Portraits
Standard number:
82-3220
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Secretary Samuel P. Langley

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Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
National Zoological Park (U.S.)
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Exterior; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Exterior
Place:
Rock Creek Park (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
1901
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Original is in the National Air Museum Photography Collection, NASM Acc. No. XXXX-0572, Glass Plate Series, NAM A-18883. Condition notes (from 2006) describe it as: 7 x 5 inch glass plate negative, soft focus (seems to be slightly blurred by movement of camera); very bad silver mirroring, especially at edges, severe fingerprints on emulsion side and glass side; scratched. Copy negative number is A18883, but that negative has been lost.
Summary:
Secretary Samuel P. Langley studying and photographing birds in flight from a tower on the grounds of the National Zoological Park. Secretary Langley (third Secretary of the Smithsonian, 1887-1906), in establishing the Zoo in Rock Creek Park, had remarked on the suitability of the isolated spot for his astrophysical observatory. Although that arrangement never came to fruition, in 1901 he directed that two towers be erected in the park for flight observation experiments. During the years leading up to 1903, when Langley attempted flight with the aerodrome he designed, the Secretary was intently studying birds in flight.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 15, Folder: 10
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Grounds
Secretaries
Zoos
Secretariats
Birds
Flight
Standard number:
2002-12172
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Portrait of Samuel P. Langley

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Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
c. 1900
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Original negative number is A10673, but that negative has been lost.
Summary:
Samuel Pierpont Langley (1834-1906), astrophysicist and third Secretary of the Smithsonian, 1887-1906, in his cap and gown.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 15, Folder 3
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Secretaries
Secretariats
Astrophysicists
Portraits
Standard number:
2002-12202
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Samuel P. Langley Memorial Tablet

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Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Object
Date:
1908 c
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
See also Negative #82-3199 (same SIA location) for another version of the tablet with slightly different images and writing on the base. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to read the writing on the bases of both tablets.
Summary:
Memorial tablet of Secretary Samuel P. Langley (third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1887-1906) and his contributions to aerial navigation. The tablet is not completed and is still in the artist's studio as photographs of Langley are posted nearby. Other easels are visible in the background of the image. At the meeting of the Board of Regents on December 15, 1908, the following resolution was adopted: Resolved, that the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution be requested to report to the Board of Regents as soon as practicable upon the erection in the Institution Building of a tablet to the memory of Secretary Langley, setting forth his services in connection with the subject of aerial navigation . . . Regents Henry Cabot Lodge, A. O. Bacon, Alexander Graham Bell, and Secretary Charles D. Walcott.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 15 Folder 12
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Secretaries
Secretariats
Sculpture
Memorials
Standard number:
82-3198
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Samuel P. Langley Commemorative Statue

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Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Panama-Pacific Exposition (1915: San Francisco, California)
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Exterior; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Exterior
Date:
c. 1915
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
See Negative #'s SA-30 and 82-3201 for close-up photographs of the base of the statue (same SIA location).
Summary:
Photograph of the Samuel P. Langley commemorative statue at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, California, in 1915. The view is of the statue in the distance, including a view of the street and buildings next to it. People are seen with a street vendor in front of the buildings. Langley was the third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1887-1906, and pioneer in astrophysics and aerial navigation. The base of the statue reads, "To commemorate science's gift of aviation to the world through Samuel Pierpont Langley, an American." The exposition was intended to illustrate the function and administrative faculty of the Government of the United States and to demonstrate the nature and growth of our institutions, their adaptation to the wants of the people and the progress of the nation in the arts of peace and war.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 15, Folder 13
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Secretaries
Expositions
Secretariats
Sculpture
Memorials
Astrophysicists
Standard number:
82-3200
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Samuel P. Langley and the Aerodrome A

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Creator:
National Air and Space Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2011-10-07T15:10:12.000Z
Video Title:
Samuel P. Langley and the Aerodrome A
Description:
Dr. Peter Jakab, early flight curator and Associate Director for Collections and Curatorial Affairs at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, discusses Samuel P. Langley and his development of the ill-fated Aerodrome A. During his tenure as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Langley conducted aeronautical experiments, building a series of gasoline- and steam-powered large model Aerodromes in the 1890s and early twentieth century, the most successful in 1896. This led him to create and test a full-sized, human-carrying airplane, the Aerodrome A, in 1903. Unfortunately, the aircraft design was flawed and test flights met with disastrous results. The Wright brothers became the first to develop and fly a successful powered airplane. Learn more about the Aerodrome A: http://airandspace.si.edu/collections/artifact.cfm?id=A19180001000
Views:
12,292
Video Duration:
2 min 42 sec
Topic:
Aeronautics;Flight;Space Sciences
Youtube Category:
Education
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airandspace
YouTube Channel:
airandspace
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum

45c Samuel P. Langley single

Scott Catalogue USA C118
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Medium:
paper; ink (multicolored); adhesive / engraving
Type:
Postage Stamps
Place:
United States of America
Date:
May 14, 1988
Description:
mint
Topic:
Planes & Pilots
Technology & Inventions
Credit line:
Copyright United States Postal Service. All rights reserved.
Object number:
1989.0496.10239
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National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum

Samuel P. Langley at Aeronautical Congress in Paris, France

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Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Place:
Meudon (France)
Date:
Spetember 20, 1900
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
See neg. #75-1755 for a different view of the same group.
Summary:
Secretary Langley and group watching ascent of French Government balloons at Meudon for the Aeronautical Congress in Paris, France on September 20, 1900.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 15, Folder: 8b
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Secretaries
Secretariats
Balloons
Aeronautics
Aerodynamics
Standard number:
A450-B or A450B
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Samuel P. Langley Collection, 1891-1914 (bulk 1891-1900)

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Creator:
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Subject:
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Manly, Charles Matthews 1876-1927
Watkins, J. Elfreth (John Elfreth) 1852-1903
Physical description:
0.90 cubic feet (2 legal document boxes) (1 flatbox)
Type:
Correspondence
Collection descriptions
Records
Manuscripts
Photographs
Drawings
Publications
Date:
1891
1891-1914
bulk 1891-1900
1903-1916
Pre-1903
Notes:
Samuel Langley (1834-1906) was an aviation pioneer and early Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. As a youth, Langley studied civil engineering and pursued this as a career until 1864, when his interest in astronomy led him to positions at the Harvard Observatory, the Naval Academy, the Western University of Pennsylvania and the Allegheny Observatory. In 1887 he became Secretary of the Smithsonian, and spent the following years in construction and tests of aircraft. On May 6, 1896, he launched his Aerodrome No. 5, which weighed 26 pounds with a span of 12.5 feet and flew nearly 3/4 of a mile powered with a 1hp steam engine. This flight surpassed by more than ten times the best efforts of any predecessor. In 1903, at the request of the Board of Ordnance and Fortification of the United States he built another aerodrome; however, the launching attempts failed. In addition to his scientific experiments, Dr. Langley's writings include "Experiments in Aerodynamics" and "The Internal Work of the Wind," and the "Langley Memoirs on Mechanical Flight," published posthumously.
Summary:
This collection includes information about Langley and his colleagues, as well as evidence of Langley's work. The collection includes biographies of Langley and assistant Charles Manly, newspaper clippings, correspondence (Langley's, J.E. Watkins', and miscellaneous), manuscripts regarding Langley's planes, photographs and drawings, work requisitions for the aerodrome, a sketchbook, specifications and measurements for Langley's experiments, the "Langley Memoirs on Mechanical Flight" and the Langley "Waste Books."
Topic:
Langley Aerodrome No 5 (1895-96)
Aeronautics
Langley Aerodrome Family
Periodicals
Local number:
XXXX-0494
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

Letter from Secretary Samuel P. Langley to Solomon Brown, 11/25/1892

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Author:
S.P. Langley
Subject:
Brown, Solomon Galleon c. 1829-1906
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper
Type:
Document
Paper
Place:
United States, District of Columbia, Washington
Date:
November 25, 1892
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
Letter from Secretary Samuel P. Langley to Solomon G. Brown concerning employment and layoffs. Langley informed Brown that while there will be layoffs, Brown will not be a part of them. Brown had worked at the Smithsonian since 1850.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 34, Vol. 11.1, Box 32 p. 370
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
African Americans
Smithsonian Institution--Employees
Letters
Personnel management
Standard number:
SIA2016-011467
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Samuel P. Langley with the Easter Island Statues

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Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
Mason, Otis Tufton 1838-1908
United States National Museum
Arts and Industries Building
National Collections
Physical description:
Color: Cyano type; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Date:
1888
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Original negative number is MNH 5793A, but that negative has been lost. A similar print is Neg. # MNH 4072. According to Ellis Yochelson in the publication 'The National Museum of Natural History' (p.97), Easter Island sculptures were acquired in 1887 and installed the following year.
Summary:
Samuel P. Langley (1834-1906), third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1887-1906), George Brown Goode (left) and Otis T. Mason (right) standing in the U.S. National Museum Building, now known as the Arts and Industries Building (A&I), beside one of the Easter Island statues.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 15, Folder 8C
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Secretaries
Statues
Anthropology
Easter Island
Exhibitions
Asian Ethnology
Anthropology--Asian
Hall of Pacific and South Asian Ethnology
Pacific and South Asian Ethnology Exhibits
Standard number:
2002-12182
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Samuel P. Langley Papers, 1866-1906, 1909, 1914, 1942

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Creator:
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Subject:
Rinehart, Bentley L
Maltby, L. C
Reed, R. L
Balzer, Stephen M
Huffaker, Edward C
Manly, Charles Matthews 1876-1927
Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary
Allegheny Observatory
Physical description:
19.15 cu. ft. (22 document boxes) (2 half document boxes) (11 12x17 boxes) (4 16x20 boxes) (8 microfilm reels) (oversize materials)
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Date:
1866
1866-1942
1866-1906, 1909, 1914, 1942
Notes:
Samuel P. Langley (1834-1906) was the third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Apparently many of Langley's papers were accidentally burned after his death. Langley papers in the Smithsonian are housed in the Smithsonian Archives and the National Air and Space Museum (NASM). The Allegheny Observatory holds papers from Langley's years there, from which copies of Langley's correspondence, 1867-1887, have been made for this collection.
Summary:
These papers document important aspects of Langley's scientific and administrative career. Most of the material documents the progress of his aeronautical research from his first flying model of 1891 through the failure of his Aerodrome A of 1903. Also, information files housed in the National Air and Space Museum Library include secondary accounts and photographs relating to Langley's aeronautical studies. Related materials in the NASM Library include the Stephen M. Balzer papers, 1898-1902, which consist of correspondence with Langley and his associate, Charles M. Manly, regarding Balzer's aerodrome engines.
Topic:
Aeronautics
Astronomy and astrophysics
Local number:
SIA RU007003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

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