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A. Leo Stevens Glass Plate Photography Collection

Creator:
Stevens, Albert Leo, 1873-1944  Search this
Names:
Stevens, Albert Leo, 1873-1944  Search this
Extent:
0.52 Cubic feet ((1 slim legal document box) (1 shoebox) (1 small shoebox))
0.89 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Glass negatives
Transparencies
Lantern slides
Date:
1900-1915
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of 37 glass negatives, 22 glass lantern slides, and 4 transparencies depicting the life and career of Stevens, circa 1900-1915. There are also corresponding negatives and contact prints for these 63 images.
Biographical / Historical:
Albert Leo Stevens (1873-1944) was an accomplished balloonist and aviation pioneer. Stevens began making ascensions when he was twelve and began manufacturing balloons and dirigibles at the age of 20. Stevens was an exhibitor in parachute, balloon, dirigible, and human cannonball shows and also was a participant in races such as the Gordon Bennett Balloon Races. Stevens flew one of the very first successful dirigibles in the United States in 1906 and opened the first private airfield in the nation in 1909. In the latter part of his career, Stevens became a flight promoter and worked with such pioneering aviators as Harry Atwood, Harry Bingham Brown, George Beatty, and Harriet Quimby. Stevens also played a key role in the development of safety features for parachutes.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Chris and Maureen Lynch, Valhalla Aerostation, Purchase, 1997, 1997-0039, Public Domain
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:
Airships  Search this
Balloons  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics -- Exhibitions  Search this
Genre/Form:
Glass negatives
Transparencies
Lantern slides
Identifier:
NASM.1997.0039
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1997-0039

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