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James Means Collection

Topic:
Aeronautical Annuals (annual)
Creator:
Means, James, 1853-1920  Search this
Names:
Aerial Experiment Association  Search this
Aero Club of America  Search this
Aero Club of Washington  Search this
Aeronautic Society of New York  Search this
United States. Army. Signal Corps  Search this
Chanute, Octave, 1832-1910  Search this
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930  Search this
Jones, Ernest La Rue, 1883-1955  Search this
Langley, S. P. (Samuel Pierpont), 1834-1906  Search this
Lilienthal, Otto  Search this
Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924  Search this
Maxim, Hiram S., 1840-1916  Search this
Means, James, 1853-1920  Search this
Zahm, Albert Francis, 1862-  Search this
Extent:
1.8 Cubic feet ((4 legal document boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Publications
Photographs
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Date:
1892-1913
bulk 1895-1897
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of correspondence and scrapbooks. The correspondence is arranged into 15 sub-series: Aerial Experiment Association, Aero Club of America, Aero Club of Washington, Aeronautic Society of New York, Aeronautical Annuals, Octave Chanute and his daughters, Glenn Curtiss, House Resolution #7653, Ernest Jones, Otto Lilienthal, Henry Cabot Lodge, Hiram Maxim, Technical Matters, U.S. Signal Corps, and Albert Zahm. Of the three scrapbooks, one is a photograph album containing early glider photos and travel postcards. The second contains photos and news clippings regarding aviation in the 1890's, especially the work of Langley and Maxim with kites, balloons, and aerial bicycles. Clippings are in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Dutch. The third scrapbook is labeled 'James Means 1892' and consists of photos, letters, manuscripts, clippings in English and German, copies of legislation, and book excerpts.

Note: The digital images shown for this collection were repurposed from scans made by an outside contractor for a commercial product which did not reproduce all materials found in this collection; some items have not been scanned.
Biographical / Historical:
James Means (1855-1920) was an American industrialist who sacrificed his business to devote himself to the promotion of aviation. Determined to disseminate information on flying, he collected and edited the most significant works of Otto Lilienthal, Octave Chanute, Samuel Langley and others, producing the 'Aeronautical Annuals' which appeared in 3 volumes in 1895, 1896 and 1897. Dr. Means studied bird-flight, kites and gliders, and designed model gliders in the early 1890s. He was awarded patents for his aircraft smoke signal device (1909), his aircraft launcher (1909), and his simplified control column for airplanes (1909-1911).
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
James H. Means, gift, unknown, XXXX-0394, unknown
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, Military  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Aeronautics -- pre-1903  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Airships  Search this
Balloons  Search this
Kites  Search this
Gliding and soaring  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Publications
Photographs
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0394
See more items in:
James Means Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0394
Online Media:

Papers

Author:
Wright, Orville 1871-1948 http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/relators/aut http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n79077414 http://viaf.org/viaf/24611728/ http://dbpedia.org/resource/Wright_brothers  Search this
Donor:
Dibner, Bern http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/relators/fmo http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/relators/dnr DSI http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n80015691 http://viaf.org/viaf/29661946  Search this
Burndy Library http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/relators/fmo http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/relators/dnr DSI http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n83827146 http://viaf.org/viaf/149783636  Search this
Author:
Zahm, Albert Francis 1862- http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n86835303 http://viaf.org/viaf/63045301/ http://dbpedia.org/resource/Albert_Francis_Zahm  Search this
Burndy Library Manuscripts Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
2 items
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Manuscripts (documents).)
Sources
Date:
1913
1913-1930
Topic:
Science--History  Search this
Technology--History  Search this
History  Search this
Science  Search this
Technology  Search this
Call number:
MSS 001587 A
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_180728

Aeronautical papers. Part 1-5

Title:
Some papers on aerodynamics
Author:
Zahm, Albert Francis 1862-  Search this
United States National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics  Search this
Former owner:
Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences (U.S.) Aeronautical Archives DSI  Search this
Physical description:
5 v., leaves of plates (some folded) : ill. ; 24-40 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1885
1885-1942
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Aerodynamics  Search this
Call number:
TL507 .Z263 1885
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_549596

The first man-carrying aeroplane capable of sustained free flight: Langley's success as a pioneer in aviation / by A. F. Zahm

Author:
Zahm, Albert Francis 1862-  Search this
Physical description:
1 v
Type:
Books
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_552395

Early powerplane fathers Henson, Goupil, Ader / by A. F. Zahm

Author:
Zahm, Albert Francis 1862-  Search this
Physical description:
1 v
Type:
Books
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_552398

Some theorems in the mechanics of high speed balloons : paper read before the International Aeronautic Congress of 1900 / by Albert Francis Zahm

Author:
Zahm, Albert Francis 1862-  Search this
Physical description:
1 v
Type:
Books
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_552845

Report on European aeronautical laboratories / by A. F. Zahm

Author:
Zahm, Albert Francis 1862-  Search this
Physical description:
1 v
Type:
Books
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_552876

The resistance of the air : determined at speeds below one thousand feet a second with description of two new methods of measuring projectile velocities inside and outside the gun / by Albert Francis Zahm

Author:
Zahm, Albert Francis 1862-  Search this
Physical description:
1 v
Type:
Books
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_554190

Atmospheric friction with special reference to aeronautics / by A.F. Zahm

Author:
Zahm, Albert Francis 1862-  Search this
Physical description:
1 v
Type:
Books
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_554194

Report on European aeronautical laboratories (with eleven plates) / by A.F. Zahm

Title:
European aeronautical laboratories
Author:
Zahm, Albert Francis 1862-  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Hodgkins fund  Search this
Physical description:
[2], 23 p., 11 p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Europe
Date:
1914
Topic:
Aeronautics--Research  Search this
Call number:
TL526 .Z18 1914
TL526.E85 Z34 1914
TL526.Z18 1914
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_331215

Some theorems in the mechanics of high speed balloons : paper read before the International Aeronautic Congress of 1900 / by Albert Francis Zahm ..

Author:
Zahm, Albert Francis 1862-  Search this
International Aeronautic Congress  Search this
Physical description:
17, [1] p. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1900
November 1900
Topic:
Balloons--Design and construction  Search this
Call number:
TL622 .Z19 1900
TL622.Z19 1900
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_244097

Report of the Division of Aeronautics

Title:
Division of Aeronautics report 1931-
Author:
Library of Congress Division of Aeronautics  Search this
Zahm, Albert Francis 1862-  Search this
Physical description:
v. ; 23 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1931
19uu
1932-
Call number:
Z733.L735 A25
Z733.L735A25
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_155707

Origin and progress of the Division of Aeronautics

Author:
Library of Congress Division of Aeronautics  Search this
Zahm, Albert Francis 1862-  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. ; 23 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1930
1931
Call number:
Z733.L735 A25
Z733.L735A25
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_155711

Early powerplane fathers: Henson, Goupil, Ader, by A.F. Zahm, PH. D

Author:
Zahm, Albert Francis 1862-  Search this
Subject:
Henson, William S (William Samuel) 1805?-1888  Search this
Goupil, Alexandre 1843-1909  Search this
Ader, Clément 1841-1925  Search this
Whitehead, Gustave 1874-1927  Search this
Physical description:
[42] p. illus. (incl. ports.) plates, diagrs. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1944
Topic:
Airplanes  Search this
Call number:
TL670.5 .Z3X
TL670.5.Z3X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_161353

Aërial navigation; a popular treatise on the growth of air craft and on aëronautical meterology, by Ablert Francis Zaham

Author:
Zahm, Albert Francis 1862-  Search this
Physical description:
xvi p., 2 l., 3-496 p. 1 l., illus., XXXII pl. 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1911
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Meteorology  Search this
Call number:
TL545 .Z3X
TL545.Z3X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_87621

Aërial navigation; a popular treatise on the growth of air craft and on aëronautical meteorology, by Albert Francis Zahm..

Author:
Zahm, Albert Francis 1862-  Search this
Physical description:
xvi p., 2 l., 3-496 p. 1 l., illus., XXXII pl. 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1911
Topic:
Aeronautics--History  Search this
Meteorology in aeronautics  Search this
Call number:
TL545 .Z3X
TL545.Z3X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_87622

Aeronautical papers, 1885-1945

Author:
Zahm, Albert Francis 1862-  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. (xi, 1001 p.) illus., ports. 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1950
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Call number:
TL507 .Z26X
TL507.Z26X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_91790

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