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J. Gordon Vaeth Collection

Creator:
Vaeth, J. Gordon (Joseph Gordon), 1921-2012  Search this
Names:
LZ 120 Bodensee (Airship)  Search this
LZ 129 Hindenburg (Airship)  Search this
Project Helios  Search this
Project Skyhook  Search this
United States. Navy -- Aviation  Search this
United States. Navy. Naval Airship Program  Search this
United States. Office of Naval Research  Search this
ZR-1 Shenandoah (Airship)  Search this
ZR-3 Los Angeles (Airship)  Search this
ZRS-4 Akron (Airship)  Search this
ZRS-5 Macon (Airship)  Search this
Vaeth, J. Gordon (Joseph Gordon), 1921-2012  Search this
Extent:
1.97 Cubic feet (4 legal document boxes and 1 oversize folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Publications
Clippings
Reports
Date:
1908-1992
Summary:
This collection, compiled by J. Gorden Vaeth, consists of documents, reports, news clippings, scrapbooks, publications, and photographs relating to rigid and non-rigid airships worldwide.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of documents, reports, news clippings, scrapbooks, publications, and photographs relating to rigid and non-rigid airships worldwide, including the USS Shenandoah; USS Akron; USS Macon; USS Los Angeles; Schütte-Lanz; R-23; TC-14: and the Zeppelins Hindenburg and Bodensee. It was compiled by J. Gordon Vaeth for personal and research reasons.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged by type of material. Most publications are housed individually in folders.
Biographical / Historical:
J. Gordon Vaeth (1921-2012) was an accomplished author and historian on the subject of airships. He was known as the 'leader of the airship underground' during his earlier days with the Naval Airship Program at the start of World War II. During his active duty in the U. S. Navy (1942-1946), he was assigned to Commander Airship Patrol Group One, later Commander Fleet, Airships, Atlantic, then to Naval Air Station Lakehurst. He entered civilian life in 1947, continuing to work with programs relating to airships, including at the Office of Naval Research, the Helios Project, and on Skyhook. Vaeth held many positions for the federal government and was the director of systems engineering for the National Environmental Satellite Service at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at the time of his retirement. Vaeth was a frequent lecturer, including appearances in television documentaries, as well as the author of numerous professional articles and books.
General:
Additional materials: Mr. Vaeth also donated a number of books and volumes of "The Airship Quarterly" which are housed in National Air and Space Museum Branch Library.
Provenance:
J. Gordon Vaeth, Gift, 1993, NASM.1994.0011
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
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
United States Navy TC-14 (Airship)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Publications
Clippings
Reports
Citation:
J. Gordon Vaeth Collection, NASM.1994.0011, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1994.0011
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J. Gordon Vaeth Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1994-0011

Thomas E. Steptoe Scrapbook Collection

Creator:
Steptoe, Thomas E.  Search this
Names:
Christmas, William Whitney (Aircraft manufacturer)  Search this
Early Birds of Aviation (Organization).  Search this
LZ 129 Hindenburg (Airship)  Search this
Sloane Aircraft Co, Inc.  Search this
Sloane Flying School  Search this
Bryant, Alys McKey  Search this
Firth, Agnes  Search this
Pegoud, Adolph  Search this
Reid, Percival  Search this
Steptoe, Thomas E.  Search this
Williams, Al  Search this
Extent:
0.23 Cubic feet ((1 slim legal document box))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Correspondence
Clippings
Photographs
Date:
1911-1958
Scope and Contents:
Included in this collection are numerous photographs of early Sloane, Deperdussen and Bleriot type aircraft. Newspaper clippings, photos and letters pertaining to the establishment of airmail service are an integral part of the collection. Photos of pioneer aviators such as Adolph Pegoud, Alys McKey Bryant, Percival Reid, Agnes Firth, and others are contained herein. Of interest are photos of the airship Hindenberg (purported to have been taken on her final voyage), a letter from Al Williams concerning the return of the Wright Flyer from London, and letters from the Christmas Aircraft Company.
Biographical / Historical:
Thomas E. Steptoe, an early proponent of Airmail service, learned to fly at the Sloane Flying School, circa 1910. A paper on aviation in the postal service, which he wrote in 1916, urged adoption of Air Mail Service. Mr. Steptoe was granted his 'Expert Pilot' certificate by the Aero Club of America 26 April 1920. He was also a member of The Early Birds.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Thomas E. Steptoe, gift, unknown, XXXX-0229, 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 -- 1903-1916  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Air mail service  Search this
Sloane Aircraft Family  Search this
Bleriot Aircraft Family  Search this
Deperdussin Aircraft Family  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Correspondence
Clippings
Photographs
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0229
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0229

Hindenburg Memorabilia Collection [von Meister]

Creator:
von Meister, F.W. "Willy,", 1903-1978  Search this
Names:
LZ 129 Hindenburg (Airship)  Search this
Zeppelin-Reederei Co.  Search this
von Meister, F.W. "Willy,", 1903-1978  Search this
Extent:
0.05 Cubic feet (6 folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Photographs
Publications
Printed ephemera
Christmas cards
Date:
1925-1969
bulk 1934-1937
Summary:
This collection consists of material relating to Friedrich Wilhelm. "Willy" von Meister and his activities with the airship industries of Germany and the United States.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of material relating to F. W. "Willy" von Meister and his activities with the airship industries of Germany and the United States. The collection includes Christmas cards, including one with a written note to von Meister from Thomas G. W. "Tex" Settle, USN, 1937; seventeen black and white photo prints and postcards of the Hindenburg and Hugo Eckener, the head of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin; five Hindenburg envelopes; eighteen Hindenburg baggage labels; a printed passenger list for the first crossing of the Hindenburg from Lakehurst, New Jersey to Frankfurt; newspaper and magazine articles on airships; a Maybach Motor Company brochure written by von Meister; and several letters. Also included are fifteen black and white photographs and two sets of postcards of the Dornier DO-X flying boat, and Dornier DO-X baggage labels.
Arrangement:
This collection has been arranged by general subject and content.
Biographical / Historical:
Friedrich Wilhelm "Willy" von Meister (1903-1978) was the representative of the Zeppelin organization's activities in the United States: Luftschiffbau Zeppelin, Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei GmbH, American Zeppelin Transport, Inc., and Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH, from 1928 until 1938. After the crash of the Hindenburg in 1937, he assisted Dr. Hugo Eckener, head of the Zeppelin organization, in his attempts to obtain helium from the United States for the company's airships.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Gerda Carmichael, Gift, 1995, NASM.1996.0002
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
Airships  Search this
Dornier Do X  Search this
Zeppelin LZ 129 Hindenburg  Search this
Zeppelin LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Photographs
Publications
Printed ephemera
Christmas cards
Citation:
Hindenburg Memorabilia Collection [von Meister], Acc. 1996.0002, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1996.0002
See more items in:
Hindenburg Memorabilia Collection [von Meister]
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1996-0002
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