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Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series V. Airlines - Miscellaneous

Accession 20100108.ZTV.V

Published Collections Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

Finding aid prepared by Emily Cottle, Laura Muskavitch, Robin Valencia, Nicole Watts, Kenton Jaehnig, Alison Kreitzer, Annalise Berdini, and Vicki Wasserman in 2013.,

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Cite items for this collection in the following format:
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series V. Airlines - Miscellaneous (Accession 20100108.ZTV.V), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series V. Airlines - Miscellaneous
Dates: 1919-2008, undated
Accession Number: 20100108.ZTV.V
Creator: Vinson, Z. Taylor
Extent: 4 linear feet
Language of Material: Materials in this series are mostly in English, but also include a few items in French, German, Chinese, and Russian.
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Published Collections Department
Abstract: This series contains miscellaneous materials relating to airlines in general, rather than to individual companies.
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Administrative Information


Provenance

Gift of the Z. Taylor Vinson Estate, 2010.

Processing Notes

The collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may apply.

The collection is housed in off-site storage. Please allow 24 hours notice to view the materials. Advance notice is not required for books and periodicals.

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Biographical Note

For over sixty years, Zachary Taylor Vinson (1933-2009) amassed a large and comprehensive collection of printed material documenting on the history transportation, particularly automobiles.

Born and raised in West Virginia, Vinson was a 1955 graduate of Princeton University. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany, then moved to New York City to work in advertising until he graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1961. Vinson practiced law with O’Melveney & Meyers in Los Angeles, California and the International Finance Corporation in Washington, D.C. until 1967 when he began working as a senior lawyer with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a position he held until his retirement in 2003. Vinson played a significant role in the drafting of federal safety regulations governing tires and those requiring high-mounted brake lights in the rear window of automobiles, which began with the 1986 model year.

At the age of four, Vinson was introduced to automobile literature when he was given a 1938 Ford trade catalog. Vinson began attending automobile shows to actively collect by the time he turned seven. He would ask that his parents drive him to Huntington’s “Automobile Row,” where Vinson would collect literature from the dealerships located there. By the age of fourteen, Vinson was writing to the British, French, Italian, and Czech embassies in Washington, D.C. to request the addresses of automakers in those countries from whom he could obtain literature.

As he grew older, Vinson collected trade literature from additional sources, including, but not limited to, automobile manufacturers, fellow collectors, memorabilia dealers, auto shows, and auctions. He eventually amassed so much material that he built an addition to his Virginia home to store it all, which he referred to as his “Autotorium.”

In addition to collecting, Vinson was an active member of automobile organizations. He was president of the Society of Automotive Historians from 1993 to 1995 and served as the editor of Automotive History Review from 1995 to 2009. Z. Taylor Vinson passed away at the age of 76 on October 25, 2009.

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Scope and Content

This series contains miscellaneous materials relating to airlines in general, rather than to individual companies.

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Arrangement

Arranged alphabeticallly by subject and thereunder, chronologically.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

Box
5-1 Aerial Transit Company, 2003 [Contains a New Scientist magazine article entitled "They All Laughed...," which is about the Aerial Transit Company, a British firm that unsuccessfully proposed transporting passengers and freight on steam powered airplanes in 1843, sixty years before the first successful manned powered flight.]
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5-1 Aerophilatelic Federation of the Americas, undated [Contains a membership application form for the Aerophilatelic Federation of the Americas.]
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5-1 Air Line Pilot, 1977 [Contains a reprint of the following two articles that appeared in the August 1977 issue of Air Line Pilot: "Big Red" and "The Spirit of Lindbergh."]
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5-1 Air Transport Association, undated [Contains a magazine advertisement for the Air Transport Association, a trade association of airlines operating in the United States.]
Box
5-OS1 Air Transportation Association, 1939-1946, undated [Contains magazine advertisements for the Air Transportation Association, a trade association of airlines operating in the United States.]
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5-1 Airline Data News, 1983 [Contains issues No. 7 and No. 11 of Airline Data News, an airline enthusiast magazine.]
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5-1 Airliners International, 1983 [Contains travel information, competition rules, a program, two menus, and a sticker regarding Airliners International's 1983 meeting in Washington D.C.]
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5-1 Airlines - Clippings, 1925-1994 [Contains miscellaneous magazine and newspaper articles regarding airlines.]
Box
5-OS1 Airlines - Clippings, 1929-2008, undated [Contains oversize magazine and newspaper articles relating regarding airlines.]
Box
5-F1 Airlines - Clippings, 1919, 1927, undated [Contains oversize magazine articles regarding airlines.]
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5-1 Airlines - Research Notes, 1998, 2001, undated [Contains typed research notes regarding the history of airline and ocean liner service across the Atlantic Ocean. Also includes a photocopy of an illustration regarding the mergers and acquisitions of airlines in the United States.]
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5-1 Airports - Clippings, 1998 [Contains the Preservation magazine article "Par Avion," which is about postcards of American airport terminals printed during the 1930s and 1940s.]
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5-OS1 Airports: Clipping, 1996 [Contains the New York Times newspaper article "When Builders Take Wing," which is about airport terminal architecture.]
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5-1 American Air Mail Society, 1983, undated [Contains a membership application form, a publications order form, and an auction list for an American Air Mail Society sale held on August 20, 1983.]
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5-1 Area 4 (Pacific), circa 1987 [Contains a photocopied list of commuter airline routes along the California coast.]
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5-OS1 Aviation Week & Space Technology, 1990 [Contains a calendar printed by this aviation magazine, which features art reproductions of airliners.]
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5-1 Basel-Mulhouse International Airport, 1983 [Contains a brochure for this international airport near Mulhouse, France and Basel, Switzerland.]
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5-OS1 Coca Cola, 1930-1931 [Contains Coca Cola magazine advertisements, which depict this soft drink being served on airline flights.]
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5-1 Conference of Local Airlines, 1950s [Contains a map of domestic air routes used by members of this American regional airline organization.]
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5-1 Davies, R.E.G. - Clippings, 1981-2006 [Contains clippings (originals and photocopies) of magazine and newsletter articles written by British airline historian R.E.G. Davies. Also includes a photocopy of the biographical article "Airline Historian" about Davies, which appeared in the May 2006 issue of Airways.]
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5-1 Davies, R.E.G.: Conference Papers, 1992-2000 [Contains photocopies of papers presented at aviation conferences by British airline historian R.E.G. Davies.]
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5-1 Dubai International Airport, 2004 [Contains a timetable for international flights in and out of this airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.]
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5-1 Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, undated [Contains a terminal parking directory for this international airport in Broward County, Florida.]
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5-1 Frankfurt am Main Airport, 1976 [Contains a map of this international airport in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.]
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5-1 LepAerial Bureau, 1923 [Contains an air travel information booklet published by this travel agency. The booklet contains timetables and fare tables for a number of European airlines.]
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5-OS1 L'Illustration - Clippings, 1930-1935 [Contains magazine articles about airlines from this French magazine.]
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5-1 Newark International Airport, 1999-2000 [Contains a press kit for this international airport in Newark, New Jersey. Distributed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the press kit contains an operational plan, newsletters, brochures, and lapel pins.]
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5-1 Passager Aérien, 2003 [Contains a 2003 issue of this airline passenger newsletter.]
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5-1 Shanghai Pudong International Airport, 2000s [Contains a service guide and a terminal map for this international airport in Shanghai, China.]
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5-1 Sheremetyo International Airport, undated [Contains a brochure for this international airport near Moscow, Russia.]
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5-1 Sinclair, 1936, undated [Contains two magazine advertisements for Sinclair aviation lubricants, which are depicted as being used by several airlines in the United States.]
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5-1 Sky Lines, 1933 [Contains a March 1933 issue of this air travel periodical. It includes timetables and fare schedules for a number of airlines.]
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5-1 Smithsonian Institution, 1990-1991 [Contains the Smithsonian Institution's calendar Vintage Air Travel, which features reproductions of air travel advertising posters.]
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5-1 Transportation Security Administration, 2003 [Contains a baggage inspection notice.]
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5-1 Tri-State Airport, 1989 [Contains a timetable for domestic flights in and out of this regional airport in Huntington, West Virginia.]
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5-1 U.S. Department of Transportation, 1985 [Contains the government document Fly-Rights: A Guide to Air Travel in the U.S.]
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5-1 Washington Airline Society - Correspondence, 1999 [Contains a typed letter regarding a proposal for this airline enthusiast organization's January 2000 meeting. The author of this letter proposed a discussion on how World War I advanced aviation.]
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5-1 Washington Airline Society - Serials, 2003 [Contains the July 2003 and September 2003 issues of this airline enthusiast organization's newsletter Eye on the Sky.]
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5-1 Washington Dulles International Airport, undated [Contains a guide for taxi service out of this international airport in Dulles, Virginia]
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5-1 Washington National Airport, 1987-1997 [Contains miscellaneous publications regarding this airport in Arlington County, Virginia, including a parking guide, a fiftieth anniversary commemorative publication, and two terminal guides.]
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5-OS1 Washington National Airport, 1997 [Contains a commemorative newspaper section from The Washington Post regarding the opening of the new terminal at Washington National Airport in Arlington County, Virginia.]