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Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series VIII. Airships

Accession 20100108.ZTV.VIII

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 VIII. Airships (Accession 20100108.ZTV.VIII), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series VIII. Airships
Dates: 1909-2008, undated
Accession Number: 20100108.ZTV.VIII
Creator: Vinson, Z. Taylor
Extent: 4 linear feet
Language of Material: Most of the materials are in English, but also include a few items in German.
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Published Collections Department
Abstract: This series documents dirigibles, blimps, and balloons.
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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 documents dirigibles, blimps, and balloons. Material formats found in this series include clippings, publications, miscellaneous printed materials, fabric samples and correspondence.

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Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder, chronologically.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

Box
8-1 Airship Industries, circa 1984-1990 [Contains two data sheets for Airship Industries' Skyship 500 and Skyship 600 blimps.]
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8-1 Airships: 2 nd Edition, circa 1929 [Contains the government document Airships (2 nd edition), which was published by the U.S. Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, New Jersey. It features the German dirigible Graf Zeppelin.]
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8-1 Akron, 1933 [Contains a magazine article from The Literary Digest regarding the crash of the U.S. Navy dirigible U.S.S. Akron off Bernegat Light, New Jersey on April 4, 1933.]
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8-1 Clippings, 1975-2003, undated [Contains a photocopy of journal article reprint, magazine articles, and newspaper articles regarding various types of airships, including dirigibles, blimps, and balloons.]
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8-OS1 Clippings, 2008 [Contains miscellaneous newspaper clippings regarding airships.]
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8-F1 Clipping, 1929 [Contains a newspaper clipping of an unidentified dirigible flying over Mount Vesuvius in Italy.]
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8-1 Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei, circa 1935-1975 [Contains timetables, a baggage tag, a playing card, and stationary for this German dirigible line.]
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8-1 Fu-Go Bomb Balloon, circa 1944-1945 [Contains a piece of gas envelope paper from a Japanese Fu-Go bomb balloon, which was launched at North America by the Japanese military during World War II.]
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8-OS1 Goodyear, 1945 [Contains magazine advertisements for airships proposed by Goodyear Aircraft.]
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8-OS1 Graf Zeppelin, 1928-1978, undated [Contains magazine clippings and newspaper clippings regarding the German dirigible Graf Zeppelin. Also includes a menu and a piece of gas envelope fabric from the Graf Zeppelin.]
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8-F1 Graf Zeppelin, 1929 [Contains newspaper clippings regarding the German dirigible Graf Zeppelin.]
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8-1 Guides to Travel by Airship, 1935, undated [Contains reprints of the following two guides to traveling by dirigible: a 1935 publication entitled Airship Voyage Made Easy by Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei (reprinted in 1976) and Airship Excursions by Zeppelin Airships of the German Airship Navigation Company by the Hamburg-American Line (reprinted in 1984).]
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8-1 Hindenburg, 1930-2007, undated [Contains the following materials regarding the German dirigible Hindenburg: a printout of Hindenburg facts from the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, a Hindenburg air mail envelope, a Martini & Rossi magazine advertisement featuring the Hindenburg, two magazine articles about the explosion of the Hindenburg, and an American Airlines-Hindenburg sticker.Also contains a folder scrapbook containing miscellaneous materials regarding the Hindenburg. The cover of the folder lists the following contents: "Newspaper photo of the Hindenburg, signed by Dr. Hugo Eckner; First Flight cover carried by Hindenburg, May 8-9, 1936, cover autographed by Hindenburg Commander Lehmann, May 1936; cover autographed by Hans Fiedler, machinist [sic] on board Hindenburg when it crashed and burned; Cover carried on last flight of Hindenburg, May 1937".]
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8-F1 Hindenberg, 1937 [Contains a May 7, 1937 edition of The New York Times newspaper with the headline "Hindenberg Burns in Lakehurst Crash; 19 Known Dead, 14 Missing, 64 Escape."]
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8-1 Lighter-Than-Air-Society, undated [Contains a business card from Eric Brothers, the editor of The Lighter-Than-Air Society's publication Buoyant Flight.]
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8-1 Los Angeles, circa 1923-1939 [Contains a piece of gas envelope fabric from the U.S. Navy dirigible USS Los Angeles.]
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8-1 Macon, 1933, undated [Contains magazine and newspaper clippings regarding the U.S. Navy dirigible USS Macon.]
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8-F1 Macon, 1933 [Contains newspaper clippings regarding the U.S. Navy dirigible USS Macon.]
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8-1 R-101, 1930 [Contains a magazine article from The Literary Digest regarding the crash of the British dirigible R-101 near Beauvais, France on October 5, 1930.]
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8-OS1 R-101, 1930 [Contains a magazine clipping of the British dirigible R-101.]
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8-1 Republique, 1909, 1974 [Contains a photocopy of a book chapter regarding the French Army dirigible Republique. Also includes accompanying correspondence to Z. Taylor Vinson regarding his reference inquiry with the National Air and Space Museum about the Republique.]
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8-1 Roma, 1994 [Contains an article from Virginia Cavalcade regarding the crash of the U.S. Army dirigible Roma, in Norfolk, Virginia on February 21, 1922.]
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8-1 Washington Airline Society, 1996 [Contains an outline of talk about airships, which was presented to the Washington Airline Society at the National Air and Space Museum on March 27, 1996.]