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Edgar S. Gorrell Collection

Creator:
Gorrell, Edgar S. (Edgar Staley), 1891-1945  Search this
Names:
Air Transport Association of America  Search this
United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces  Search this
Gorrell, Edgar S. (Edgar Staley), 1891-1945  Search this
Extent:
3.95 Cubic feet (9 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Correspondence
Publications
Date:
1893-1943
Summary:
This collection contains documents relating mainly to Gorrell's activities as president of the Air Transportation Association of America. The materials include copies of Gorrell's addresses and Congressional testimony, as well as press clippings concerning Gorrell's activities. The collection also includes albums of World War I vintage photographs collected by or presented to Gorrell.
Scope and Contents:
The Edgar S. Gorrell Collection is largely comprised of material relating to Gorrell's career as president of the Air Transport Association of America. The material includes his correspondence and speeches, the Congressional hearings and reports for the bills he advocated, and publications and newspaper articles about him and his career. Also in the collection are several photographs and photograph albums from World War I and other miscellaneous material.

Note: The digital images in this finding aid were repurposed from scans made by an outside contractor for a commercial product and may show irregular cropping and orientation in addition to color variations resulting from damage to and deterioration of the original objects.
Arrangement:
Arranged into two series:

Series 1: GENERAL. This series contains correspondence, addresses delivered by E.S. Gorrell, and publications and newspaper articles, some written by Gorrell. There are also Congressional hearings and reports, and some miscellaneous material. The documents are arranged in chronological order.

Series 2: PHOTOGRAPHS/ALBUMS. This series contains photographs and photo albums. Many of these are aerial photographs of trenches taken c. 1916 --1918, but there are also many photographs of aerial and land transport equipment.
Biographical/Historical note:
Colonel Edgar S. Gorrell (1891-1945) was a pilot and an advocate for aviation safety. He graduated from West Point in 1912 and then spent two years as an infantryman in Alaska before transferring to the Signal Corps, where he joined the 1st Aero Squadron, serving under Gen. John J. Pershing in Mexico. On one of his flying missions in Mexico, Gorrell ran out of gas and was stranded in the desert for several days before being rescued. Upon returning to his unit, he began to criticize the poor equipment US pilots were forced to use, both in terms of actual aircraft components and the signals and communication equipment used on land. In 1917 he was promoted to Captain, and in World War I he became the Chief Engineering Officer for the Air Service, and eventually the Chief of Staff for the Air Service, with the rank of Colonel. After the war, Gorrell remained in Europe representing the US at conferences and peace talks.

In March 1920, he resigned his commission in the Army and joined the automobile business. He served as the vice president of Marmon Motor Car Company until 1925. Then he became vice president, director, and general manager, and later president, of the Stutz Motor Car company of America. In January 1936, Gorrell again switched fields when he was elected the first president of the Air Transport Association of America, shortly after its conception. It was with this organization that he was known for his role in promoting safety in civil aeronautics. He was a strong advocate for the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938 which provided government control and regulation of civil aeronautics, and he provided testimony before congressional committees several times. Gorrell continued to support civil aeronautics, especially through his role as president of the Air Transport Association of America, until his death, in 1945.
Provenance:
No donor information, gift, unknown, XXXX-0057
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Correspondence
Publications
Citation:
Edgar S. Gorrell Collection, Acc. XXXX-0057, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0057
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Edgar S. Gorrell Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0057
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New York Airways Collection

Creator:
Wheatland, Richard  Search this
Names:
Air Transport Association of America  Search this
American Helicopter Society  Search this
Civil Aeronautics Board  Search this
New York Airways  Search this
Pan American World Airways, Inc.  Search this
Extent:
7.63 Cubic feet ((7 records center boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Publications
Financial records
Photographs
Clippings
Reports
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Date:
1929-1971
bulk 1952-1969
Scope and Contents:
The collection includes a variety of material, probably collected by Richard Wheatland, reflecting the administration of New York Airways as well as its dealings with organizations such as the Air Transport Association, American Helicopter Society, Bell, Cierva, Eastern, Grand Central Building, IATA, Pan America Airways, Sikorsky, TWA and the federal government. In addition to administrative correspondence, memoranda, proposals and reports, there are a great deal of manuscripts and publications, souvenirs, clippings, and photographs.
Biographical / Historical:
New York Airways (NYA) began air mail service on October 15, 1952. As one of the three Helicopter Carriers (along with Los Angeles Airways and Helicopter Air Services of Chicago), it was characterized by its environment - operations within a metropolitan area; its revenue - exclusively mail; and its high dependence on subsidy, which amounted to between 2/3 and 3/4 of total revenues. In search of another source of revenue, NYA began passenger work shortly thereafter, using first the Sikorsky S-55 helicopter and later the Vertol 44B and the twin-turbine, twin-rotor Vertol 107. In 1958, after continuing criticism from the Civil Aeronautics Board on the subject of alleged excessive costs and increasing subsidy need, NYA was forced to suspend some services - and in 1961 Congress put a ceiling on subsidy payments to the three helicopter airlines. NYA's influential friends compensated for the lack of federal support by supplying helicopters for service from the Port of New York Authority and the top of the Pan Am Building. Eventually all subsidy was withdrawn and NYA avoided closure through its ties with interested sponsors Pan America Airways, United, TWA and American.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Richard Wheatland, gift, 1973, 1992, 1992-0052, NASM
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Helicopters  Search this
Helicopter transportation  Search this
Air mail service  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Publications
Financial records
Photographs
Clippings
Reports
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Identifier:
NASM.1992.0052
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1992-0052

Air transport

Author:
Air Transport Association of America  Search this
Physical description:
ill. 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
United States
Date:
1971
199u
Topic:
Aeronautics, Commercial--Freight  Search this
Call number:
HE9788.5.U5 L778
HE9788.5.U5L778
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_332495

Domestic origin-destination survey of airline passenger traffic

Title:
Origin-destination survey of airline passenger traffic
Author:
United States Civil Aeronautics Board  Search this
Air Transport Association of America  Search this
Airline Finance and Accounting Conference  Search this
Physical description:
v. : charts ; 35 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
United States
Date:
1959
1967
Topic:
Aeronautics, Commercial--Passenger traffic--Statistics--Periodicals  Search this
Air travel--Statistics--Periodicals  Search this
Call number:
HE9803.A6 U59
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_517561

Origin-destination survey of airline passenger traffic - domestic

Author:
United States Civil Aeronautics Board  Search this
Air Transport Association of America  Search this
Airline Finance and Accounting Conference  Search this
Physical description:
v. : charts ; 35 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
United States
Date:
1968
1968-
Topic:
Aeronautics, Commercial--Passenger traffic--Statistics--Periodicals  Search this
Air travel--Statistics--Periodicals  Search this
Call number:
HE9803.A6 U59
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_517563

Competition among domestic air carriers, September 17-30, 1955 / Research Dept., Air Transport Association of America

Author:
United States Civil Aeronautics Board  Search this
Air Transport Association of America Research Department  Search this
Physical description:
7 v. (700 p.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1955
[1955]
Topic:
Airlines--Statistics  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial--Passenger traffic--Statistics  Search this
Call number:
HE9803.A6 U585 1955
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_520739

Air transport facts & figures

Title:
Air transport facts and figures
Author:
Air Transport Association of America  Search this
Physical description:
5 v. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
United States
Date:
1966
1968
1966-1968
Topic:
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Call number:
HE9788.5.U5 L778
HE9788.5.U5L778
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_445382

Air transportation

Title:
Air transportation, today and tomorrow 1945
Little known facts 7th-8th ed
Author:
Air Transport Association of America  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
United States
Date:
1945
1946
1945-46
Topic:
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Call number:
HE9788.5.U5 L778
HE9788.5.U5L778
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_445383

Little known facts about the scheduled air transport industry / Air Transport Association of America

Author:
Air Transport Association of America  Search this
Physical description:
7 v. : ill. ; 29-40 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Statistics
Place:
United States
Date:
1937
1944
1937-1944
Topic:
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Call number:
HE9788.5.U5 L778
HE9788.5.U5L778
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_445384

Facts & figures about air transport

Title:
Facts and figures about air transport
Air transport facts and figures
Author:
Air Transport Association of America  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
United States
Date:
1960
1962
1960-1962
Topic:
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Call number:
HE9788.5.U5 L778
HE9788.5.U5L778
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_445577

Facts & figures: air transportation

Title:
Facts and figures: air transportation
Author:
Air Transport Association of America  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
United States
Date:
1963
1965
1963-1965
Topic:
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Call number:
HE9788.5.U5 L778
HE9788.5.U5L778
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_445578

Proceedings of symposium, The smaller city airport, June 4, 1963, Hotel Statler Hilton, Washington, D.C

Author:
Air Transport Association of America  Search this
Physical description:
192 p. in various pagings : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1963
[1963]
Topic:
Airports  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Call number:
TL725 .P96 1963
TL725.P96 1963
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_337715

Transcript of the symposium on the changing environment of international air commerce / sponsored by the Karl F. Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University in cooperation with the Air Transport Association of America, May 4, 1978

Author:
Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy  Search this
Air Transport Association of America  Search this
Physical description:
115 p. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1978
[1978]
Topic:
Aeronautics, Commercial--Congresses  Search this
International economic relations--Congresses  Search this
Transit, International--Congresses  Search this
Call number:
HE9780 .T77 1978
HE9780.T77 1978
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_339400

Municipal air passenger traffic patterns served by U.S. domestic trunk and local service carriers

Author:
Air Transport Association of America Research Department  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 271 leaves ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1951
[1951]
Topic:
Aeronautics, Commercial--Passenger traffic  Search this
Call number:
HE9803.A6 A29 1951
HE9803.A6A29 1951
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_339487

A.T.A. airline airport demand forecasts : industry report / Air Transportation [i.e. Transport] Association of America

Author:
Air Transport Association of America  Search this
Physical description:
126 leaves : charts ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1969
[1969]
Topic:
Aeronautics, Commercial--Forecasting  Search this
Airports--Planning  Search this
Call number:
HE9803.A6 A111 1969
HE9803.A6A111 1969
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_339601

Air transport facts & figures

Title:
Air transport facts and figures
Author:
Air Transport Association of America  Search this
Physical description:
12 v. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
United States
Date:
1947
1959
1947-1959
Topic:
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Call number:
HE9788.5.U5 L778
HE9788.5.U5L778
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_136594

Little-known facts

Author:
Air Transport Association of America  Search this
Subject:
Air Transport Association of America  Search this
Physical description:
[24] p. incl. maps, diagrs. 43 x 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1937
[1937]
Topic:
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Call number:
TL521.A67
TL521.A67
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_170992

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