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Glenn H. Curtiss Collection

Creator:
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930  Search this
Names:
Aerial Experiment Association  Search this
Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company  Search this
Curtiss-Wright Corporation  Search this
Herring-Curtiss Co.  Search this
Bell, Alexander Graham, 1847-1922  Search this
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930  Search this
Herring, Augustus Moore, 1867-1926  Search this
Extent:
2.7 Cubic feet (6 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Financial records
Date:
1905-1931
bulk 1911-1930
Summary:
This collection consists of documents and memorabilia relating to Curtiss during the years of his active aviation pursuits. The bulk of the material relates to patent suits, including Wright v. Curtiss, Herring v. Curtiss, and Curtiss v. Janin.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of the personal papers of Glenn H. Curtiss. These papers relate to his career as an aviation pioneer and aircraft manufacturing business owner. This collection also includes a small amount of personal correspondence. Moreover, materials pertaining to patents filed by Curtiss and the Wright brothers, as well as legal documents and testimony, are found in this collection.
Arrangement:
Series 1: Professional materials

Subseries 1.1: Corporate correspondence

Subseries 1.2: Personal correspondence

Subseries 1.3: Miscellaneous corporate materials

Subseries 1.4: Patent materials

Subseries 1.5: Reports

Subseries 1.6: Photographs

Subseries 1.7: Menus, programs and tributes

Subseries 1.8: Books, journals, newsletters, and miscellaneous materials

Subseries 1.9: Newspaper clippings and articles

Series 2: Legal materials

Subseries 2.1: Curtiss versus Herring

Subseries 2.2: Curtiss versus Wright Brothers

Subseries 2.3: Lena P. Curtiss versus Herring
Biographical/Historical note:
Glenn Hammond Curtiss (1878-1930) is best known as an aviation pioneer and inventor and founder of the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Co. Initially a bicycle repairman and designer, by 1902 Curtiss had begun to manufacture motorcycles using a lightweight internal combustion engine of his own design and founded the Curtiss Manufacturing Co. By 1904 Curtiss' engine had been co-opted by Thomas Baldwin for his airship experiments. This activity led to a connection between Curtiss and Alexander Graham Bell and, in 1907, to the foundation of the Aerial Experiment Association. In 1909 Curtiss joined with Augustus M. Herring to form the Herring-Curtiss Co to manufacture powered vehicles, but Herring's unsubstantiated claims to priority over the Wright Brother's aeronautical patents led to the Wright and Curtiss patent suits which continued until the merger of Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor with Wright Aeronautical in 1929. Curtiss and Herring split after the Wright's filed suit and Herring sued Curtiss, claiming that Curtiss had failed to turn his air race winnings over to the company. Despite these, and other, suits, Curtiss continued to advance the cause and technology of aviation, founding the first public flying school (1910) and later a chain of schools across the US, inventing the aileron (1909), the dual-control trainer (1911) and the hydroaeroplane (1911). In 1920 Curtiss retired from active aviation pursuits. After Curtiss died, his wife continued the legal fight on her husband's behalf until a judge decided in Herring's favor (1931).
Provenance:
Glenn H. Curtiss, Jr., gift, 1963, XXXX-0053
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Permissions Requests
Topic:
Patent suits  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aircraft industry  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Financial records
Citation:
Glenn H. Curtiss Collection, Acc. XXXX-0053, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Inst.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0053
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Glenn H. Curtiss Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0053
Online Media:

Patent No. 1708458, Andrew V.D. Willgoos, Original Granted Improvement of Internal-Combustion Engine

Collection Creator:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation  Search this
Container:
Box 9, Folder 15
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
4/9/29
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records, Acc. XXXX-0067, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / Series 1: Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / 1.2: Patents
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0067-ref7550

Docket #2833, Fornaca #1,157,769, Internal Combustion Engine Search

Collection Creator:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation  Search this
Container:
Box 23, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
[1884-1916]
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records, Acc. XXXX-0067, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / Series 1: Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / 1.4: Patent Application/Dockets
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0067-ref7708

Docket #2833, Clement #742,970, Internal Combustion Engine Search

Collection Creator:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation  Search this
Container:
Box 23, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
[1885-1907]
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records, Acc. XXXX-0067, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / Series 1: Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / 1.4: Patent Application/Dockets
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0067-ref7709

Docket #2833, Delaunay - Belleville, Internal Combustion Engine Search

Collection Creator:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation  Search this
Container:
Box 23, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
[1896-1913]
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records, Acc. XXXX-0067, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / Series 1: Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / 1.4: Patent Application/Dockets
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0067-ref7710

Docket #2833, Johnston #1,287,037, Internal Combustion Engine Search

Collection Creator:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation  Search this
Container:
Box 23, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
[1897-1915]
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records, Acc. XXXX-0067, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / Series 1: Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / 1.4: Patent Application/Dockets
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0067-ref7711

Docket #2833, Birkigt #1,233,964, Internal Combustion Engine Search

Collection Creator:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation  Search this
Container:
Box 23, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
[1898-1918]
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records, Acc. XXXX-0067, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / Series 1: Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / 1.4: Patent Application/Dockets
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0067-ref7712

Docket #2833, Richard Varley & Archibald D. Scott, Internal Combustion Engine Search

Collection Creator:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation  Search this
Container:
Box 23, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
[Early 1900s]
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records, Acc. XXXX-0067, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / Series 1: Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / 1.4: Patent Application/Dockets
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0067-ref7713

Docket #2833, Christofferson #1,248,808, Internal Combustion Engine Search

Collection Creator:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation  Search this
Container:
Box 23, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
[1901-1917]
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records, Acc. XXXX-0067, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / Series 1: Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / 1.4: Patent Application/Dockets
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0067-ref7714

Docket #2833, Birkigt #1,175,687, Internal Combustion Engine Search

Collection Creator:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation  Search this
Container:
Box 23, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
[1902-1916]
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records, Acc. XXXX-0067, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / Series 1: Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / 1.4: Patent Application/Dockets
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0067-ref7715

Docket #2833, Winton Et Al #925,258, Internal Combustion Engine Search

Collection Creator:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation  Search this
Container:
Box 24, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
[1907-1909]
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records, Acc. XXXX-0067, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / Series 1: Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / 1.4: Patent Application/Dockets
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0067-ref7717

Docket #2833, Morse #1,000,188, Internal Combustion Engine Search

Collection Creator:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation  Search this
Container:
Box 24, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
[1908-1915]
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records, Acc. XXXX-0067, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / Series 1: Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / 1.4: Patent Application/Dockets
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0067-ref7718

Docket #2833, Honald #1,139,121, Diemer #1,056,512, Honold Et Al #1,014,824, Internal Combustion Engine Search

Collection Creator:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation  Search this
Container:
Box 24, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
[1912-1915]
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records, Acc. XXXX-0067, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / Series 1: Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / 1.4: Patent Application/Dockets
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0067-ref7719

Docket #2833, Frego #1,174,779, Internal Combustion Engine Search

Collection Creator:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation  Search this
Container:
Box 24, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
[1912-1916]
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records, Acc. XXXX-0067, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / Series 1: Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / 1.4: Patent Application/Dockets
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0067-ref7720

Docket #2833, Canton Et Al #1,154,971, Internal Combustion Engine Search [docket folder was empty]

Collection Creator:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation  Search this
Container:
Box 24, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
UNDATED
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records, Acc. XXXX-0067, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / Series 1: Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records / 1.4: Patent Application/Dockets
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0067-ref7724

Reports

Collection Creator:
Knabenshue, A. Roy (Augustus Roy), 1876-1960  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
A. Roy Knabenshue Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0136, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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A. Roy Knabenshue Collection
A. Roy Knabenshue Collection / Series 5: Subject files
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0136-ref159
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Patent No. 1349676, Charles B. Kirkham, Lubrication of internal combustion engines

Collection Creator:
Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
8/17/1920
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Archives - Patent Files, Acc. 1987-0029, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records - Patent Files
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records - Patent Files / Series 1: Patents / 1.1: United States Patents
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1987-0029-ref160

Patent No. 1404861, Charles B. Kirkham, Lubricating devices for internal combustion engines

Collection Creator:
Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1/31/1922
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Archives - Patent Files, Acc. 1987-0029, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records - Patent Files
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records - Patent Files / Series 1: Patents / 1.1: United States Patents
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1987-0029-ref213

Patent No. 1439798, Henry M. Crane, Compression relief devices for internal combustion engines

Collection Creator:
Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 34
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
12/26/1922
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Archives - Patent Files, Acc. 1987-0029, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records - Patent Files
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records - Patent Files / Series 1: Patents / 1.1: United States Patents
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1987-0029-ref235

Patent No. 1447788, Charles B. Kirkham, Lubricating devices for internal combustion engines

Collection Creator:
Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 37
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
3/6/1923
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Archives - Patent Files, Acc. 1987-0029, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records - Patent Files
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Records - Patent Files / Series 1: Patents / 1.1: United States Patents
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1987-0029-ref238

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