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Historic Letter Collection

Names:
Armstrong, Neil, 1930-  Search this
Bell, Alexander Graham, 1847-1922  Search this
Cochran, Jacqueline  Search this
Doolittle, James Harold, 1896-1993  Search this
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937  Search this
Rickenbacker, Eddie, 1890-1973  Search this
Extent:
0.45 Cubic feet ((1 box))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Date:
bulk 1894-1980
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of approximately 100 historic letters. Correspondents include: Neil Armstrong, Alexander Graham Bell, Richard Byrd, George Clemenceau, Jacqueline Cochran, Glenn H. Curtiss, Sir Geoffrey de Havilland, Jimmy Doolittle, Amelia Earhart, Thomas Edison, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Augustus Herring, Harry Houdini, Otto Lilienthal, Henry Cabot Lodge, Grover Loening, Charles Manley, Hiram Maxim, James Means, William Mitchell, Eddie Rickenbacker, Alex P. de Seversky, I. Sikorsky, and Ferdinard von Zeppelin.
Provenance:
Gift, Various donors, Various
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
Air pilots  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Citation:
Historic Letter Collection, Accession XXXX-0477, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0477
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0477

Ninety-Nines, Inc. History Books Collection

Creator:
Ninety-Nines (Organization)  Search this
Names:
Air Race Classic  Search this
Angel Derby  Search this
Ninety-Nines (Organization)  Search this
Powder Puff Derby  Search this
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937  Search this
Thaden, Louise (McPhetridge), Mrs, 1905-1979  Search this
Extent:
8.73 Cubic feet (23 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Publications
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Date:
1929-1981
Summary:
The Ninety-Nines, Inc. History Books Collection consists of scrapbooks (yearbooks) complied by the officers of the Ninety-Nines to document the organization. Included in the yearbooks are the following: photographs of the members and officers; news clippings of the organization, individual chapters and sections, and about individual members; programs from air races, including Air Race Classic, Angel Derby, and the Powder Puff Derby; minutes from the annual meetings; and newsletters of the organization, The 99news, Ninety-Nine News, and Ninety-niner.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of 19 bound scrapbooks and 34 unbound scrapbooks chronicling the history of the Ninety-Nines. Some of the volumes are described with a date range (September 1, 1937 -- September 1, 1938), while others are described with a volume number and date range (Volume 28, 1956 -- 1957). Organization of the Ninety-Nines History Books varies somewhat over the years. Usually, the books begin with photographs of the officers of the national organization, followed by minutes and a program from the annual meeting. The books end with copies of The Ninety-Nines Newsletters from the previous year. Additional contents of each book are dependent upon the events that happened in a particular year. In the early years of the organization, the books include further refinements of the constitution and by-laws, and various newspaper and magazine articles regarding accomplishments of the organization or individual members. In subsequent years, the history books focus more on the air races in which members participated or various events sponsored by the organization.

The researcher will note that in 1953 volume numbers were assigned to the books. For the sake of continuity and clarity in the finding aid, the processing archivist assigned volume numbers where appropriate. These numbers appear in square brackets where appropriate, i.e. [35]. Due to the fragile nature of the bound scrapbooks, photocopying may not be possible.
Arrangement:
The Ninety-Nines, Inc. History Books Collection is arranged chronologically, by date and/or volume number.
Biographical/Historical note:
On November 2, 1929, twenty-six licensed women pilots gathered together at Curtiss Field, Valley Stream, Long Island, New York, to discuss the formation of a club "to promote women pilots among themselves, and to encourage other women to fly, as well as to break down general opposition to aviation." (1) After that first meeting, letters were sent out to the 117 licensed women pilots in the United States, giving all of them the opportunity to become charter members in the new club. The name of the club was to be determined by the number of women who wished to join. When 99 letters were returned by the approved date, the club became known as The Ninety-Nines. Many famous female pilots of the time, including Amelia Earhart, Ruth Elder, Viola Gentry, Phoebe Omlie, and Louise Thaden were charter members.

In the succeeding years, The Ninety-Nines have ably fulfilled the purpose set forth in the original letter. Many aviation records have been set by members of The Ninety-Nines. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to pilot an aircraft across the Atlantic and, in 1936, Louise Thaden and Blanche Noyes won the Bendix Trophy Race. Since 1941, the organization has bestowed a variety of scholarships and grants to members who are seeking advanced training in specialized branches of aviation. Today, the Ninety-Nines, Inc. has grown to include 6,500 members in 35 countries.

(1) Clara Trenckmann to Mr. Skinner and Mr. Mellen, October 1, 1929. "September 1, 1929 -- September 1, 1930," Folder 1, Box 1, Ninety-Nines, Inc. History Books Collection (Acc.XXXX-0470). Archives Division, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
Provenance:
Ninety-Nines, Inc., unknown, XXXX-0470
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:
Periodicals  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics -- Societies, etc.  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Women in aeronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Publications
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Citation:
Ninety-Nines Inc., History Books Collection, Acc. XXXX-0470, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0470
See more items in:
Ninety-Nines, Inc. History Books Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0470
Online Media:

Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT), Inc. Collection [Sheaffer]

Creator:
Sheaffer, Daniel  Search this
Names:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation  Search this
Pennsylvania Railroad Company  Search this
Santa Fe Railroad  Search this
Transcontinental Air Transport  Search this
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937  Search this
Sheaffer, Daniel  Search this
Extent:
1.91 Cubic feet (1 legal document box, 1 slim legal document box, and 3 flatboxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Advertisements
Tickets
Correspondence
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Business records
Maps
Brochures
Date:
1928-1952
bulk 1928-1943
Summary:
The Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT) was the first US airline associated with railroads (Pennsylvania and Santa Fe) in providing a rapid form of coast to coast transportation service. This collection includes material that Daniel M. Sheaffer collected about Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT).
Scope and Contents:
This collection includes material that Daniel M. Sheaffer collected about Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT), including: tickets, advertisements, brochures, route maps, schedules, TAT business documents, TAT Air Mail and Postal Telegraph documents, photographs, postcards (showing "TAT plane over" various geographical landmarks), correspondence, and scrapbooks.There is also some material pertaining to Curtiss-Wright Corporation. The photographs show TAT terminals and aircraft, and famous personalities including Amelia Earhart and Will Rogers.

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. In addition, images of some material in the collection have been excluded from online display due to possible copyright restrictions.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged by type of material.
Biographical / Historical:
The Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT) was the first US airline associated with railroads (Pennsylvania and Santa Fe) in providing a rapid form of coast to coast transportation service. Daniel M. Sheaffer, as the chairman of the executive committee of TAT, was a pioneer in the development of commercial aviation for mail express and passengers. He assisted in the actual development of the TAT line and with the inauguration of the service.
Provenance:
Mrs. Daniel M. Sheaffer, Gift, unknown, NASM.XXXX.0267
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:
Railroad travel  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- Passenger traffic  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Air travel  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Air mail service  Search this
Genre/Form:
Advertisements
Tickets
Correspondence
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Business records
Maps
Brochures
Citation:
Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT), Inc. Collection [Sheaffer], NASM.XXXX.0267, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0267
See more items in:
Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT), Inc. Collection [Sheaffer]
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0267
Online Media:

Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT), Inc. Air-Rail Service Scrapbooks

Names:
Pennsylvania Railroad Company  Search this
Santa Fe Railroad  Search this
Transcontinental Air Transport  Search this
Claire, Ina  Search this
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937  Search this
Fairbanks, Douglas, Jr., 1909-2000  Search this
Lindbergh, Anne Morrow, 1906-2001  Search this
Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974  Search this
Pickford, Mary  Search this
Sheaffer, Daniel  Search this
Extent:
1.59 Cubic feet (3 flat boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Clippings
Scrapbooks
Date:
1929
Summary:
The Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT), Inc. Air-Rail Service Scrapbooks collection consists of three large, fabric covered scrapbooks. The set documents the pre- and post-inaugural activities of TAT for the period of time between June and November, 1929.
Scope and Contents:
This collection includes three scrapbooks. The news clippings in Volume I cover the period of July 6-10, 1929, when the first transcontinental air-rail service was inaugurated. Volume II, covering the period of June 11 through August 23, 1929, documents the pre- and post-inaugural activities surrounding the establishment of the TAT. Both volumes contain newsprint with images of high-profile travelers and stakeholders, such as Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Ina Claire, Douglas Fairbanks, and Mary Pickford. The third volume (untitled) covers the time between September 4 and November 1, 1929, when the news of the TAT Ford Tri-Motor "City of San Francisco" disappearing in the mountains of New Mexico captivated readers nationwide.
Arrangement:
This collection is in orginal order, with each scrapbook compiled in chronological order.
Biographical/Historical note:
The Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT) was the first U.S. airline associated with railroads (Pennsylvania and Santa Fe) to provide a rapid form of coast-to-coast transportation. Daniel M. Sheaffer, chairman of the executive committee of TAT, was a pioneer in the development of commercial aviation for passenger and express mail services. Both he and founder Clement Melville Keys were instrumental in the development of the TAT line and with the inauguration of the service.
Provenance:
Pennsylvania Railroad, Gift, unknown, XXXX-0081, 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  Search this
Railroad travel  Search this
Air travel  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- Passenger traffic  Search this
Ford Tri-Motor Family  Search this
Curtiss Condor Family  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Clippings
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT), Inc. Air-Rail Service Scrapbooks, Acc. XXXX.0081, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0081
See more items in:
Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT), Inc. Air-Rail Service Scrapbooks
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0081
Online Media:

Amelia Earhart Project Recordings

Creator:
Jourdan, David W.  Search this
Long, Elgen Marion, 1927-  Search this
Names:
Nauticos Corporation  Search this
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937  Search this
Noonan, Frederick  Search this
Extent:
5 Cubic feet (Four record center boxes.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1959-1998
Summary:
This donation consists of 156 separate interviews or sound sources collected by Elgen Long while he was researching and writing his book, Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved which promotes the theory that Amelia Earhart's aircraft came to rest at the bottom of the ocean near Howland Island.
This collection is in English.
Scope and Contents:
The donation consists of 156 separate interviews or sound sources, some comprising two or more tape sides. Most of them are interviews conducted by Long, including interviews with: crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Itasca; Naval and Coast Guard officials; mechanics and engineers involved in the maintenance of Earhart's aircraft; New Guinea and Australia residents and radio operators; friends, family and associates of Earhart and Noonan; and advocates of alternative disappearance theories. There are also radio interviews and a few movie soundtracks and miscellaneous items. The total running time of the collection is 13,209 minutes (220sca hours). This donation also includes a hard drive which holds 387 audio files in .mp3 or .mp4 format (each file is an interview with the possibility of multiple interviews per tape).
Arrangement:
Arrangement by donor.
Biographical / Historical:
Elgen Long collected oral recordings, both interviews and sound sources, while he was researching and writing his book, Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved which promotes the theory that Amelia Earhart's aircraft came to rest at the bottom of the ocean near Howland Island. These tapes were also used throughout Long's partnership with David W. Jourdan, founder of the deep-sea exploration company Nauticos, during their three attempts to locate Earhart's aircraft on the ocean floor (2002, 2006, and 2017).
Provenance:
David Jourdan, Gift, 2020, NASM.2020.0025
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
Underwater exploration  Search this
Flights around the world  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews -- 1950-2000
Sound recordings -- Audiotapes -- Audio cassettes -- Music
Citation:
Amelia Earhart Project Recordings, NASM.2020.0025, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2020.0025
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2020-0025

Amelia Earhart New Guinea Photographs

Creator:
Koch, A. A.  Search this
Names:
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937  Search this
Noonan, Frederick  Search this
Extent:
0.05 Cubic feet ((1 folder))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Place:
Lae (New Guinea)
Date:
bulk 1937
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of the following: four 7.5 by 5 inch black and white photographs of Amelia Eahart in Lae, New Guinea in July of 1937; Amelia Earhart on wing of Lockheed Electra, with indigenous people in foreground; Amelia Earhart on top of Lockheed Electra, smiling; group photo of Manager of Guinea Airways (an Australian operated service to New Guinea in the 1930s)unidentified woman, Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan; and a group photo including Earhart,Noonan, Mr. F.C. Jacobs of the New Guinea Gold Mining Co., and Mr. and Mrs Joubert, manager of Bulolo Gold Dredging (BGD). Photographs are stamped on back with "Copyright Photograph, A. A. Koch, Lae, New Guinea."
Biographical / Historical:
Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) in 1928 was the first woman to fly (as a passenger) across the Atlantic, and in 1932 the first woman (and second person, after Charles Lindbergh) to fly solo and nonstop across that ocean. She flew many record flights, published several books and accomplished much for women in aviation before attempting on June 1, 1937, an around-the-world flight from Miami, Florida, in a twin-engine Lockheed Electra. She and navigator Frederick J. Noonan were flying from Lae, New Guinea, to Howland Island when they disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937. An exhaustive sea and air search, ordered by President Franklin Roosevelt, was unsuccessful in locating Earhart and Noonan.
Provenance:
Margaret White, Gift, 2017
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
Lockheed Model 10-E Electra, Earhart Aircraft (NR16020)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Amelia Earhart New Guinea Photographs, Accession 2017-0021, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2017.0021
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2017-0021
Online Media:

Clifford W. Henderson Collection

Creator:
Henderson, Clifford W., 1895-1939  Search this
Names:
Arnold, Henry Harley, 1886-1950  Search this
Barnes, Florence Lowe "Pancho"  Search this
Doolittle, James Harold, 1896-1993  Search this
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937  Search this
Hawks, Frank  Search this
Nichols, Ruth.  Search this
Pickford, Mary  Search this
Thaden, Iris Louise McPhetridge  Search this
Turner, Roscoe, 1895-1970  Search this
Udet, Ernst, General  Search this
Extent:
0.47 Cubic feet ((3 boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Photograph albums
Newspaper clippings
Audiotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Programs
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of approximately 0.5 cubic feet of material relating to Clifford W. Henderson including photographs, event programs, published materials, news clippings, audio tape, and motion picture film. The photographs consist of black and white prints, mostly 8 x 10 inches in size, and a photo album of smaller black and white prints with a leather cover which measures approximately 9 x 7 inches. Besides Henderson, other notable people in the photographs include James R. Wedell; Benjamin Odell Howard; Roy Minor; Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold; Charles Edwin Thompson; Mary Pickford; Ernst Udet; Frank Hawks; Gordon Israel; H. W. "Spud" Manning; Florence Lowe "Pancho" Barnes; Ken Maynard; John McDonald Miller; Hoot Gibson; Amelia Mary Earhart; Steve J. Wittman; Lee Gelbach; James "Jimmy" Haizlip; Mary "Mae" Haizlip; Iris Louise McPhetridge Thaden; James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle; Roscoe Turner; Tito Falconi; and Ruth Rowland Nichols. Aircraft shown in the photographs include the Howard (Benjamin O.) DGA-4 "Mike"; Curtiss B-2 Condor; Vought O2U-1 Corsair; Northrop (Avion) Experimental No.1 (1929 Flying Wing); Keith Rider R-2 "Bumble Bee"; Israel (Gordon) "Redhead" Racer; Wedell-Williams Model 22 (NR 60Y) (Race #s: 22, 54); Keith Rider R-1 "San Francisco I"; Udet U 12 Flamingo; Pitcairn PCA-2 Autogiro; Brown (Alden) Racing (Special Monoplane Racer); Wittman (Steve) (#2) "Chief Oshkosh"; Wedell-Williams Model 44 II (NR 536V) (Race #: 92); Chester (Art) Jeep; Lockheed Model 5B Vega, Earhart Aircraft, NR7952; Wedell-Williams Model 44 (44 III) (NR 61Y) (Race #s: 2, 25, 57, 121); Brown (Lawrence) Miles-Atwood Special; Vultee V1; Stearman (1927) Model 6-A Cloudboy; Wedell-Williams Model 44 I (NR 278V) (Race #s: 44, 91); Northrop Gamma 2A "Sky Chief"; Lockheed Model 5 Vega Special (Nichols Aircraft); a Douglas Dolphin custom-built for the Vanderbilt family (A/C No. NC14208); Stearman (1927) Model 4-C Junior Speedmail; Curtiss F8C-5 (O2C-1) Helldiver; and a Caproni Ca.113. The audio tape consists of a 1/4 inch reel made in 1960 at an event celebrating the anniversary of the 1910 Dominguez Air Meet. There are 16 reels of 8mm film in the collection, all of which contain footage relating to World War II aviation. The collection also contains a reel of microfilm of an unidentified book on ballooning and early aviation, and a hard-backed promotional book for the Ford 4-AT Tri-Motor.
Biographical / Historical:
Clifford W. Henderson (1895-1984) was an aviation promoter and showman who managed the annual National Air Races from 1928 until 1939, bringing attention to the expanding field of sport aviation. Born in Iowa, Henderson graduated from the University of Southern California in 1917 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He served in the 35th Ambulance Unit, France, during World War I, before transferring to the 101st Aero Squadron where he learned to fly. After the war, Henderson returned to California and was chairman of ground arrangements for the departure and return of the Army's Around the World Flight in 1924 from Clover Field in Santa Monica. In 1928 he became Director of Aviation of Los Angeles and served as the first manager of the Los Angeles airport system. Also in 1928 Henderson became director of the National Air Races and was responsible for interesting industry leaders in competition trophies, including the Thompson, Bendix, and Grieve Trophies. He retired from managing the National Air Races in 1939. Henderson served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, rising to the rank of colonel. He played an instrumental role in planning the Burma Hump air route, and also served as military governor of Dakar in North Africa. After the war, Henderson was suffering from illness and injuries sustained in Africa, and so went to recuperate in California where he founded Palm Desert, California. He remained active in the Palm Desert community until his death in 1984.
Provenance:
Kim Dell, Gift, 2016
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:
Air pilots  Search this
Airplane racing  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Wedell-Williams Model 44 (44 III)  Search this
Vought O2U-1 Corsair  Search this
Lockheed Model 5 Vega  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Photograph albums
Newspaper clippings
Audiotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Programs
Citation:
Clifford W. Henderson Collection, Acc. 2017-0008, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2017.0008
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2017-0008

Fred Noonan Telegram and Photograph

Names:
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937  Search this
Noonan, Frederick  Search this
Extent:
0.05 Cubic feet (1 folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Telegrams
Photographs
Date:
1928-1970
Summary:
Fred Noonan (1893-1937) was a Merchant Marine officer and navigator who disappeared on July 2, 1937 with Amelia Earhart during their failed around-the-world flight attempt. This collection consists of a telegram, dated April 8, 1937, sent by Fred Noonan to a friend, Matt Neehan; a photograph of Noonan and his first wife, Josephine; and three news clippings dating from 1966-1970 regarding the disappearance of Amelia Earhart and Noonan.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of a telegram, dated April 8, 1937, sent by Fred Noonan to a friend, Matt Neehan. In it, Noonan thanks Neehan for a letter he sent and plans a visit after his around-the-world flight with Amelia Earhart. Someone (presumably Neehan) has written a note on the front that reads, "Fred Noonan, [Amelia] Earhart Pilot - They didn't make it. M." On the back are notes in pencil and a draft telegram which reads, "Don't give up STOP I know Fred STOP least experience of two years [unreadable] has taught me to believe he will surmount any [unreadable] - I'll bet on Fred. Matt." Also included in the collection is a small sepia toned photograph of Noonan and his first wife, Josephine, taken in 1928. Finally, the collection contains three news clippings dating from 1966-1970 regarding the disappearance of Earhart and Noonan.

Note: Two of the news clippings in this collection have been excluded from online display due to possible copyright restrictions.
Arrangement:
Collection is in chronological order.
Biographical / Historical:
Fred Noonan (1893-1937) was a Merchant Marine officer and navigator who disappeared on July 2, 1937 with Amelia Earhart during their failed around-the-world flight attempt. Noonan served with the Merchant Marine for more than twenty years, including service during World War I, before obtaining his pilot's license in 1930. Noonan then went to work for Pan American Airways (Pan Am) (USA) working first as a navigation instructor, then later as an airport manager and inspector. Noonan later flew as navigator on Pan Am Sikorsky S-42 Clipper flights in San Francisco, including endurance flights made by Edwin Charles "Ed" Musick. Noonan was subsequently tasked with mapping Pan Am's routes across the Pacific. Having met through mutual acquaintances, Amelia Earhart chose Noonan to serve as navigator on her attempted 1937 around-the-world flight in a twin-engine Lockheed Model 10-E Electra. She and Noonan were flying from Lae, New Guinea to Howland Island when they disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937. A exhaustive sea and air search, ordered by President Franklin Roosevelt, was unsuccessful in locating Earhart and Noonan.
Provenance:
Joan Wallace, Gift, 2015, NASM.2015.0034
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
Genre/Form:
Telegrams
Photographs
Citation:
Fred Noonan Telegram and Photograph, NASM.2015.0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2015.0034
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2015-0034
Online Media:

Pan American Airways (Pan Am) and Amelia Mary Earhart Photographs [Anderson]

Creator:
Anderson, Walton Alexander  Search this
Names:
Pan American World Airways, Inc.  Search this
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937  Search this
Noonan, Frederick  Search this
Extent:
0.05 Cubic feet (1 folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1930s
Summary:
This collection consists of eight black and white photographs taken in Hawaii in the late 1930s relating to Amelia Mary Earhart and Pan American Airways (Pan Am) aircraft.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of eight black and white photographs taken in Hawaii in the late 1930s. The photographs range in size from approximately 2.5 by 3.5 inches up to approximately 5 by 7 inches. Some may have been taken by Walton Alexander Anderson, others appear to be press or promotional photography. Four photographs relate to Amelia Mary Earhart's first unsuccessful round-the-world flight attempt in March 1937. Two photos show Earhart, Paul Mantz, and Fred Noonan wearing leis and speaking to the press. Two photographs show Earhart's Lockheed Model 10-E Electra (NR16020) undergoing repairs at Luke Field on Ford Island, Oahu, Hawaii. The collection also contains four photographs relating to Pan American Airways (Pan Am) aircraft in Hawaii, at least some of which were also possibly taken on Ford Island. Aircraft shown in these photographs include the Sikorsky S-42 Clipper (NR-823M), Martin (Glenn L.) Model 130 Philippine Clipper (NC-14715), and Martin (Glenn L.) Model 130 China Clipper (NC-14716).
Arrangement:
Collection is in original order.
Biographical / Historical:
Walton Alexander Anderson (1917-1993) served in the US Army Air Corps and was stationed in Hawaii in the late 1930s.
Provenance:
Mary Hunt, Gift, 2015, NASM.2015.0015
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:
Lockheed Model 10-E Electra  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Pan American Airways (Pan Am) and Amelia Mary Earhart Photographs [Anderson], NASM.2015.0015, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2015.0015
See more items in:
Pan American Airways (Pan Am) and Amelia Mary Earhart Photographs [Anderson]
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2015-0015
Online Media:

Amelia Earhart Prints [MacIntosh]

Names:
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937  Search this
Noonan, Frederick  Search this
Extent:
0.05 Cubic feet ((1 folder))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
bulk 1937
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of five copy prints (two prints of each) of Amelia Earhart on this fishing trip with the MacIntoshes. The images include Amelia Earhart, George Palmer Putnam, Fred Noonan, Lily MacIntosh and an unidentified woman. There is also a copy of a letter from George Palmer Putnam thanking Mr. MacIntosh for a letter.
Biographical / Historical:
The Sunday before Amelia Earhart began her second attempt at an around the world flight, she went pompano fishing with W. Bruce and Lily MacIntosh, a Miami, Florida, businessman and his wife that Fred Noonan had befriended.
Provenance:
Janet MacIntosh Carl, Gift, 2014
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
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Amelia Earhart Prints [MacIntosh], Accession 2014-0049, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2014.0049
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2014-0049

Amelia Earhart Letter to Joel Schaffer

Creator:
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937  Search this
Extent:
0.5 Cubic feet ((1 folder))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Date:
bulk 1929
Scope and Contents:
This item is a letter sent to Joel Schaffer in 1929 by Amelia Earhart. The cover letter is typed, but signed by Amelia Earhart. The packet includes a typed listing of books, compiled by New York University Professor Alexander Klemin for the Guggenheim Foundation, on the subject of aeronautics.
Biographical / Historical:
Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) in 1928 was the first woman to fly (as a passenger) across the Atlantic, and in 1932 the first woman (and second person, after Charles Lindbergh) to fly solo and nonstop across that ocean. She flew many record flights, published several books and accomplished much for women in aviation before attempting on June 1, 1937, an around-the-world flight from Miami, Florida in a twin-engine Lockheed Electra. She and navigator Frederick J. Noonan were flying from Lae, New Guinea to Howland Island when they disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937. A exhaustive sea and air search, ordered by President Franklin Roosevelt, was unsuccessful in locating Earhart and Noonan.
Provenance:
Teri Jensen-Brosh and Jean Roblyer, Gift, 2012
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
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Citation:
Amelia Earhart Letter to Joel Schaffer, Accession 2013-0010, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2013.0010
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2013-0010

Amelia Earhart Photographs [Hernick]

Creator:
Hernick, John  Search this
Names:
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937  Search this
Mantz, Paul  Search this
Extent:
0.05 Cubic feet ((1 folder))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Snapshots
Date:
bulk 1937
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of six 3 by 4.5 inch black and white snapshots of Amelia Earhart in March of 1937, in Honolulu, Hawaii, during her first attempt at the around-the-world flight. The snapshots include images of Earhart and Paul Mantz, as well as shots of her aircraft, the Lockheed Model 10-E Electra, NR16020. The photographs were taken by John Hernick.
Biographical / Historical:
Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) in 1928 was the first woman to fly (as a passenger) across the Atlantic, and in 1932 the first woman (and second person, after Charles Lindbergh) to fly solo and nonstop across that ocean. She flew many record flights, published several books and accomplished much for women in aviation before attempting, on June 1, 1937, an around-the-world flight from Miami, Florida in a twin-engine Lockheed Electra. She and navigator Frederick J. Noonan were flying from Lae, New Guinea to Howland Island when they disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937. An exhaustive sea and air search, ordered by President Franklin Roosevelt, was unsuccessful in locating Earhart and Noonan
Provenance:
John M. Hernick, Gift, 2012
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:
Lockheed Model 10-E Electra  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Flights around the world  Search this
Aeronautics -- Flights  Search this
Genre/Form:
Snapshots
Citation:
Amelia Earhart Photographs [Hernick], Accession 2012-0032, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2012.0032
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2012-0032

Amelia Earhart Around-the-World Flight Correspondence File [W.T. Miller]

Creator:
Miller, W. T.  Search this
Names:
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937  Search this
Noonan, Frederick  Search this
Extent:
0.05 Cubic feet ((1 folder))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Telegrams
Newspapers
Reports
Date:
bulk 1936 - 1940, 1970
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of a file of correspondence, telegrams, official Coast Guard dispatches from the USS Itasca, newspaper and reports relating to the planning of Amelia Earhart's 1937 flight and the naval search for her after her disappearance. The file contains correspondence signed by George Putnam and some of the correspondence relates to the radio frequencies that were to be used/were used by Earhart during her trip. This file evidently belonged to W. T. Miller, who was Airways Superintendent at the Bureau of Air Commerce, United States Department of Commerce. Miller was very involved in asserting sovereignty over Pacific Islands, such as Howland, during the late 1930s.
Biographical / Historical:
Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) in 1928 was the first woman to fly (as a passenger) across the Atlantic, and in 1932 the first woman (and second person, after Charles Lindbergh) to fly solo and nonstop across that ocean. She flew many record flights, published several books and accomplished much for women in aviation before attempting on June 1, 1937, an around-the-world flight from Miami, Florida in a twin-engine Lockheed Electra. She and navigator Frederick J. Noonan were flying from Lae, New Guinea to Howland Island when they disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937. A exhaustive sea and air search, ordered by President Franklin Roosevelt, was unsuccessful in locating Earhart and Noonan.
Provenance:
John Davison, Gift, 2010
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:
Women in aeronautics  Search this
Flights around the world  Search this
Endurance flights  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Telegrams
Newspapers
Reports
Citation:
Amelia Earhart Around-the-World Flight Correspondence File [W.T. Miller], Accession 2011-0006, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2011.0006
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2011-0006

Aviator Autograph Books (Mabel Perkins)

Creator:
Perkins, Mabel.  Search this
Names:
Arnold, Henry Harley, 1886-1950  Search this
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937  Search this
Elder, Ruth  Search this
Johnson, Amy  Search this
Nichols, Ruth.  Search this
Piccard, Jeanette.  Search this
Post, Wiley, 1898-1935.  Search this
Rickenbacker, Eddie, 1890-1973  Search this
Rogers, Will, 1879-1935  Search this
Wright, Orville, 1871-1948  Search this
Ya-Ching, Lee  Search this
Extent:
0.06 Cubic feet ((1 box))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Autograph albums
Date:
bulk 1920s-1940s
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of two 4 by 4 inch leather bound autograph books, and includes autographs from the following aviators: Lady Heath, Clarence Chamberlain, Roger Williams, Howard Hughes, Elinor Smith, Frank Hawks, George Haldeman, Edith Keating, Horace B. Wild, Marchesa Theodora Marconi, Noble Estey, Laura Ingalls, Casey Jones, W. N. Lancaster, Amelia Earhart, Orville Wright, Charles Holman, Will Rogers, Wiley Post, James Mollison, Amy [Johnson] Mollison, Jimmie Mattern, Charles Kingsford-Smith, Arthur Goebel, Ruth Elder, Clema Granger, Lincoln Ellsworth, Berndt Balchen, Clyde Pangborn, Roscoe Turner, Jimmy Doolittle, Benjamin Foulois, Hap Arnold, Dick Konter, Richard Byrd, Ryotaro Kumakawa, Frank Miller, K. McGinnis, Dick Merrill, Igor Sikorsky, Charles E. Rosendahl, Eddie Rickenbacker, Italo Balbo, P.F. M. Fellowes, Ernie Smith, C. C. Mosely, Ruth Nichols, Lee Ya-Ching, and Jeanette Piccard. News clippings and small photographs of the specific aviator are sometimes placed on the page adjoining the autograph. The books also include two event ribbons, one from the Minneapolis Airport Dedication, September 19, 1930, and one from the Aero Club of Minneapolis Field Day, June 12, 1921.
Biographical / Historical:
Mabel Vernet Perkins (circa 1880 - circa 1950) was born in California to William and Sarah Perkins. Shortly after Perkins' birth, her family moved to Minnesota where her father was a successful businessman. By 1920 Mabel Perkins was attending aviation events and become a member of the Aero Club of Minneapolis. During the 1920s through the early 1940s, Perkins collected aviator autographs, mostly from fairs and barnstorming events in the Midwest. She also collected autographs in Miami in 1933, at the New York Word's Fair in 1939, and in Los Angeles and Riverside, California
Provenance:
Grey Marie Dutton, Gift, 2009
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:
Air pilots  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Women air pilots  Search this
Autographs -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Genre/Form:
Autograph albums
Citation:
Aviator Autograph Books (Mabel Perkins), Accession 2010-0007, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2010.0007
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2010-0007

Curtiss-Wright Photography [Tucker]

Creator:
Tucker, Cecil  Search this
Names:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation  Search this
Corrigan, Douglas, 1907-  Search this
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937  Search this
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962  Search this
Thomas, Lowell  Search this
Extent:
0.25 Cubic feet ((5 folders))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
[ca. 1930s-1940s]
Summary:
This collection consists of 125 black and white photographs that Cecil Tucker collected during his tenure at the Curtiss-Wright Corporation. The photographs include the following Curtiss-Wright aircraft: the Curtiss-Wright Robin, including "Wrong-Way" Corrigan's aircraft; the Curtiss-Wright Kingbird, built for the Marine Corps; the Curtiss-Wright Condor, including images of the Condor T-32 built for the Byrd Antarctic Expedition, the two Condors modified for the Navy for use by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as the Condors sold to Eastern Airlines, Switzerland, and Argentina; and the Curtiss-Wright AT-9, CW-19R, and CW-22B. Famous individuals pictured include: Amelia Earhart, Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Lowell Thomas, the famous radio broadcaster. Also of interest are severala few images of aircraft with Latin and South American insignia.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of 125 black and white photographs that Tucker collected during his tenure at Curtiss-Wright. The photographs include the following Curtiss-Wright aircraft: the Curtiss-Wright Robin, including "Wrong-Way" Corrigan's aircraft; the Curtiss-Wright Kingbird, built for the Marine Corps; the Curtiss-Wright Condor, including images of the Condor T-32 built for the Byrd Antarctic Expedition, the two Condors modified for the Navy for use by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as the Condors sold to Eastern Airlines, Switzerland, and Argentina; and the Curtiss-Wright AT-9, CW-19R, and CW-22B. Famous individuals pictured include: Amelia Earhart, Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Lowell Thomas, the famous radio broadcaster. Also of interest are a few images of aircraft with Latin and South American insignia. 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:
The Curtiss-Wright Photography [Tucker] Collection is arranged by subject.
Biographical / Historical:
Cecil Tucker worked for Curtiss-Wright Corporation, Lambert Field, St. Louis, Missouri,from 1928 until 1945. Tucker started as a wire man and worked his way up to the Assistant Superintendent of Factory Administration for the St. Louis plant.
Provenance:
Paul B. Tucker, gift, 2000, 2000-0033
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:
Curtiss Robin Family  Search this
Curtiss Kingbird Family (Model 55)  Search this
Curtiss Condor Family  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Aircraft industry  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Curtiss-Wright Photography [Tucker], Acc. NASM.2000.0033, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2000.0033
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Curtiss-Wright Photography [Tucker]
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2000-0033
Online Media:

Louise Thaden Photograph Collection

Creator:
Thaden, Louise (McPhetridge), 1905-1979  Search this
Names:
Barnes, Florence Lowe "Pancho"  Search this
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937  Search this
Elder, Ruth  Search this
Noyes, Blanche Wilcox.  Search this
Extent:
0.1 Cubic feet ((2 folders))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Video recordings
Date:
bulk 1928-1973
Scope and Contents:
EThis collection consists of 48 copy photographs with copy negatives, mostly from the 1930s, of Thaden. Subjects included in the prints are as follows: her fellow woman pilots, including Amelia Earhart, Blanche Noyes, Ruth Elder, and Florence Barnes; her Beech C17R Staggerwing, Beech Travel Air, and a Porterfield Model 35 aircraft; and a few photographs of her family. The collection also includes a citation and a copy of the portrait painted for Thaden's investiture into the International Aerospace Hall of Fame at the San Diego Aerospace Museum, as well as a video tape of her induction.
Biographical / Historical:
Louise McPhetridge Thaden (1905-1979) distinguished herself as a pilot who set a number of speed and endurance records in the early years of aviation. In December 1928 she set a new altitude record of 20,260 feet. Three months later she set a new US women's endurance record, remaining aloft in a Travel Air 3000 for 22 hours, 3 minutes. In the 1929 National Women's Air Derby she flew a Travel Air B-4000 to a first-place victory, then set a refueling duration record (with Frances Marsalis) at 196 hours, a light plane speed record (100 km), and a new east-west speed record. In 1936 she became the first woman to win the Bendix Trophy, flying a Wright-powered Beech C17R Staggerwing. Thaden was a founder and charter member of the Ninety-Nines (VP, 1931-33), and later was closely associated with the Civil Air Patrol and Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Service (DACOWITS; member, 1959-61).
Provenance:
Patricia Thaden Webb, Gift, 1989
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
Women in aeronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Video recordings
Citation:
Louise Thaden Photograph Collection, Accession 1989-0132, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1989.0132
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1989-0132

Winfield B. "Bert" Kinner Collection

Creator:
Kinner, Winfield B. "Bert,", 1882-1957  Search this
Names:
American Aircraft Co.  Search this
Kinner Airplane and Motor Co.  Search this
Security (Security National) Aircraft Corp  Search this
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937  Search this
Kinner, Winfield B. "Bert,", 1882-1957  Search this
Extent:
1.09 Cubic feet (1 records center box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Photographs
Publications
Date:
1919-1993
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of the following: copy negatives, newspaper and magazine clippings, brochures, correspondence, invitations, photographs, an oral history cassette tape of Cora Kinner's remembrances, Kinner corporation documents; and letters to the Kinners from Amelia Earhart.
Biographical / Historical:
Winfield B. 'Bert' Kinner (1882-1957) enlisted in the Air Corps during World War I, but the war ended before he was trained to fly. So in 1919, Kinner moved to Los Angeles, CA, where he rented a barn, built his first airplane and taught himself to fly. Until his retirement in 1941, Kinner remained active in the aviation business. Kinner organized the following aircraft and engine companies: Kinner Airplane & Motor Corp; Security Aircraft Corp; American Aircraft Corp; and Security National Aircraft Corp. Aircraft produced by these corporations included: Kinner K-1 'Airster' -- which was the first aircraft Amelia Earhart purchased; Kinner B-2 'Sportwing'; and the Kinner B-1 and Kinner K 'Sportsters.' Kinner is perhaps most famous for producing the popular 'Kinner K5' engine and for designing the first folding wing aircraft -- the Security Airster S1-A and S1-B.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Donna Hunter Kinner, gift, 1994, 1995-0004, 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:
Airplanes -- Motors  Search this
Kinner K-1  Search this
Kinner Sportwing B-2  Search this
Kinner Sportster B-1  Search this
Kinner Sportster K-100  Search this
Kinner K-5 Engine  Search this
Security National Airster S-1-A  Search this
Security National Airster S-1-B  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Photographs
Publications
Identifier:
NASM.1995.0004
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1995-0004

Amelia Earhart Microfilm Collection

Creator:
Morrissey, Muriel Earhart  Search this
Names:
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937  Search this
Earhart, Amy (Otis)  Search this
Merrill, Kenneth Griggs  Search this
Morrissey, Muriel Earhart  Search this
Williams, Clarence Strong  Search this
Extent:
12 Microfilm reels ((12 microfilm boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilm reels
Correspondence
Manuscripts
Photographs
Date:
1884-1987
bulk 1916-1942
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of twelve reels of microfilm from the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlessinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe College. The reels consist of the papers of Amelia Earhart and related collections. The film includes two large collections: the papers of Amelia Earhart, which were saved by her sister, Muriel (Earhart) Morrissey, and the papers of their mother, Amy (Otis) Earhart. Also on the film are three small manuscript collections and three small photograph collections. The papers of Clarence Strong Williams, AE's navigator, an additional folder of Amy (Otis) Earhart letters, and one folder of papers of Kenneth Griggs Merrill, a friend of AE, complete the manuscript portion of the film. The majority of photographs of AE are in her own papers; additional photographs donated by others are filed and described separately. They have been filmed following the manuscript collections. Complete inventories for every collection are filmed at the beginning of reel 1, and each inventory is filmed with its collection.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Radcliffe College, gift, 1990, 1991-0013, 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  Search this
Women in aeronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Manuscripts
Photographs
Identifier:
NASM.1991.0013
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1991-0013

"Amelia Earhart: A Biography" [Rich] Collection

Creator:
Rich, Doris L.  Search this
Names:
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937  Search this
Rich, Doris L.  Search this
Extent:
3.27 Cubic feet ((3 records center boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Publications
Photographs
Correspondence
Date:
[ca. 1980s]
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of material researched and organized by Doris Rich in preparation for her book, and is divided into the following five series. The first series consists of information about individuals associated with Earhart and the second series consists of material, organized by year, containing information on general national events and trends of each year, and how Earhart reacted to those events. The third series consists of a day/year diary compiled by Rich to show the whereabouts of Earhart, while the fourth series consists of correspondence between Rich and her contacts for the book. The last series consists of subject files on the following: photographs, libraries, theories on disappearance, planes, search, radio and war; and a bibliography on note cards of interviews/sources, books and magazines that Rich found helpful.
Biographical / Historical:
Doris L. Rich's book Amelia Earhart: A Biography was published by the Smithsonian Press in 1989. Rich downplays Earhart's disappearance, and instead focuses on Earhart's many contributions to the aviation field and her championing of women's rights.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Doris L. Rich, Gift, 1990, 1991-0003, 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  Search this
Women in aeronautics  Search this
Women air pilots  Search this
Air pilots -- United States -- Biography  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Publications
Photographs
Correspondence
Identifier:
NASM.1991.0003
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1991-0003

CAA/FAA Aircraft Registration Files Celebrity Aircraft

Creator:
Civil Aeronautics Administration  Search this
Federal Aviation Administration  Search this
Names:
Civil Aeronautics Administration  Search this
Federal Aviation Administration  Search this
Ryan NYP "Spirit of St. Louis"  Search this
Corrigan, Douglas, 1907-  Search this
Doolittle, James Harold, 1896-1993  Search this
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937  Search this
Goebel, Arthur C. "Art"  Search this
Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974  Search this
Merrill, Dick, 1897-  Search this
Mock, Jerrie.  Search this
Ocklander, E. A.  Search this
Post, Wiley, 1898-1935.  Search this
Turner, Roscoe, 1895-1970  Search this
Extent:
0.9 Cubic feet ((2 legal document boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Application forms
Correspondence
Date:
1926-1970
bulk [ca. 1920s-1930s]
Scope and Contents:
These are the original Aeronautics Branch, Department of Commerce (later Civil Aeronautics Administration and Federal Aviation Agency) aircraft registration files on sixteen (16) historically significant aircraft or pilots. Aircraft include the following: first aircraft registration issued; Curtiss Robin J NX9243 (Douglas Corrigan); Lockheed 10-E NR-16020 (Amelia Earhart); Travel Air Monoplane NX-869 (Woollaroc of Art Goebel); Hughes Flying Boat (HK-1) NX37602; Ryan NYP NX-211 (Charles Lindbergh); Lockheed 10-E NR-16059 (Dick Merrill); Cessna 180 N1538C (Jerry Mock); Lockheed Vega 5-C NR-105W (Wiley Post); Standard J-1 #249 (E. A. Ocklander); Laird LTR-14 NX263Y (Roscoe Turner); Wedell Williams 109 NR-61Y (Roscoe Turner). These files contain registration and license applications, modification documents, and correspondence relating to the aircraft. There are also pilot files on the following: James Doolittle, Douglas Corrigan and Charles Lindbergh.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Aeronautics Department, Transfer, 1990, 1990-0043, 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:
Curtiss Robin J-1 (Model 50H)  Search this
Lockheed Model 10-E Electra  Search this
Travel Air 5000  Search this
Hughes H-4 (HK-1) Hercules  Search this
Cessna 180 Skywagon  Search this
Lockheed Model 5C Vega  Search this
Standard J-1  Search this
Laird ("Matty") LTR-14 Pesco Special  Search this
Wedell-Williams Model 44 (44 III)  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes -- Registration and transfer  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Genre/Form:
Application forms
Correspondence
Identifier:
NASM.1990.0043
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1990-0043

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