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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
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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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Online Media:

Professional materials

Collection Creator:
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
This series contains correspondence, miscellaneous corporate materials, reports, photographs, menus, programs, tributes, books, journals, newsletters, newspaper clippings, patent materials and a scrapbook. Correspondence, miscellaneous corporate and non-corporate materials, reports, menus, programs, tributes, and legal documents are organized chronologically. Journals, newspaper clippings, newsletters and articles are arranged by title of publication. Photographs are grouped by subject and then chronologically. Patent materials are organized into two groups: patent applications filed and issued to Curtiss and those filed by and issued to the Wright brothers.
Arrangement:
This series is arranged into subseries:

1) Corporate Correspondence

2) Personal Correspondence

3) Miscellaneous Corporate Materials

4) Patent Materials

5) Reports

6) Photographs

7) Menus, Programs and Tributes

8) Books, Journals, Newsletters and Miscellaneous Materials

9) Newspaper Clippings and Articles
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Collection Citation:
Glenn H. Curtiss Collection, Acc. XXXX-0053, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Inst.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0053, Series 1
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The Ashville Citizen, Ashville, North Carolina

Collection Creator:
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1928-10-04
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Collection Citation:
Glenn H. Curtiss Collection, Acc. XXXX-0053, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Inst.
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The Boston Transcript, Boston, Massachusetts

Collection Creator:
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
undated
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Collection Citation:
Glenn H. Curtiss Collection, Acc. XXXX-0053, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Inst.
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The Buffalo Express, Buffalo, New York

Collection Creator:
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 19
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1910-02-03
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Glenn H. Curtiss Collection, Acc. XXXX-0053, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Inst.
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Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland

Collection Creator:
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 20
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Glenn H. Curtiss Collection, Acc. XXXX-0053, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Inst.
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The Courier, Waterloo, Iowa

Collection Creator:
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 21
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1914-03-06
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Glenn H. Curtiss Collection, Acc. XXXX-0053, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Inst.
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The Curtiss Wright-Er

Collection Creator:
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 22
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1943-05-26
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Glenn H. Curtiss Collection, Acc. XXXX-0053, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Inst.
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The Detroit Free Press, Detroit, Michigan

Collection Creator:
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 23
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1910-01 - 1910-02
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
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Collection Citation:
Glenn H. Curtiss Collection, Acc. XXXX-0053, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Inst.
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The Detroit Journal, Detroit, Michigan

Collection Creator:
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 24
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1910-01
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
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Collection Citation:
Glenn H. Curtiss Collection, Acc. XXXX-0053, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Inst.
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The Detroit News, Detroit, Michigan

Collection Creator:
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 25
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1910-01 - 1910-02
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
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Collection Citation:
Glenn H. Curtiss Collection, Acc. XXXX-0053, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Inst.
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Elmira Sunday Telegram, Elmira, New York

Collection Creator:
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 26
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1943-05-30
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Glenn H. Curtiss Collection, Acc. XXXX-0053, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Inst.
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The Hammondsport Herald, Hammondsport, New York

Collection Creator:
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 27
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1920-08-18
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Glenn H. Curtiss Collection, Acc. XXXX-0053, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Inst.
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The Havana Post, Havana, Cuba

Collection Creator:
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 28
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1931-02-05 - 1931-02-06
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Glenn H. Curtiss Collection, Acc. XXXX-0053, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Inst.
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The Miami Daily News, Miami, Florida

Collection Creator:
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 29
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1932-06-26
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Glenn H. Curtiss Collection, Acc. XXXX-0053, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Inst.
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0053-ref112

The Miami Herald, Miami, Florida

Collection Creator:
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 30
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1929-03-10
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Glenn H. Curtiss Collection, Acc. XXXX-0053, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Inst.
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0053-ref113

The New York Herald, New York, New York

Collection Creator:
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 31
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1909-10
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Glenn H. Curtiss Collection, Acc. XXXX-0053, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Inst.
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0053-ref114

The New York Times, New York, New York

Collection Creator:
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 32
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1910 - 1930
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Glenn H. Curtiss Collection, Acc. XXXX-0053, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Inst.
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0053-ref115

The New York Tribune, New York, New York

Collection Creator:
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 33
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1909-08-24
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Glenn H. Curtiss Collection, Acc. XXXX-0053, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Inst.
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Rochester Democrate, Newspaper Article, Lincoln Beachey Featured

Collection Creator:
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 34
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1909-08-24
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Glenn H. Curtiss Collection, Acc. XXXX-0053, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Inst.
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Glenn H. Curtiss Collection
Glenn H. Curtiss Collection / Series 1: Professional materials / 1.9: Newspaper clippings
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