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Aeronautics

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 37 Collections and/or Records:

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association photographs

 Collection
Identifier: 1993-222
Overview: Formed in 1939 to protect the interests of general aviation pilots and private aircraft owners, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) grew to be the world's largest civil aviation organization during the twentieth century. The photograph collection largely comprises images of private planes, helicopters, and parts from various manufacturers who supplied the images for use in AOPA publications. AOPA activities, military aircraft, and experimental aircraft are also represented.
Dates: 1903-1999

All American Engineering Company photographs

 Collection
Identifier: 1968-006
Abstract: All American Engineering Company was an aeronautical engineering and research firm which was incorporated on October 31, 1952. The company was originally a division of All American Aviation, Inc. This small collection of photographs depicts air pick-up testing, airplanes, equipment, and personnel.
Dates: 1943-1961

All American Engineering Company photographs and audiovisual materials

 Collection
Identifier: 1976-410
Abstract: All American Engineering Company was an aeronautical engineering and research firm which was incorporated on October 31, 1952. The company was originally a division of All American Aviation, Inc. This collection consists primarily of films. There is a small amount of photographs which corresponds directly to the film material. The collection is organized into two series: Films and Photographs, both series are arranged alphabetically. Dating from 1937 to 1984, the Films series documents the company’s innovations in the aviation industry, including pickup and recovery systems, catapults and arresting gear. The photographs document different design projects and tests; most of this research was related to the aviation industry. There are photographs of the facilities at the DuPont Airport on Centre Road near Greenville, Delaware, and the Georgetown, Delaware, test plant. Richard du Pont and other personnel appear in some of the images.
Dates: 1938-1984; Majority of material found within 1951-1976

All American Engineering Company records

 Collection
Identifier: 1541
Abstract: The engineering and research unit of All American Aviation, once the principal feeder airline for the mid-Atlantic region, became the All American Engineering Company in 1953. Their records document the early evolution of All American Aviation, the development of its system of air pick-up service, and its use in postal and military applications.
Dates: 1937-1975

Atlantic Aviation Corporation photographs

 Collection
Identifier: 1999-223
Abstract: Atlantic Aviation was begun by Henry Belin du Pont (1898-1970) in 1927 to provide services for business aviation. In 1948 it moved from the Du Pont Airport to the new New Castle County Airport south of Wilmington, Delaware. Soon it expanded to other airports around the country. The collection includes portraits and views of Atlantic Aviation facilities at various airports. There are also a few photographs of airplanes, including the Spirit of St. Louis.
Dates: 1927-circa 1990

Aviation equipment, 1933-1971

 Series
Identifier: 1995-220-II.
Scope and Contents: The Aviation equipment series consists of direction finders, transmitters, receivers, antennas, control panels, ground controls, radio compasses, commercial airline equipment and aircraft, helmets, radio sets, and other aviation related parts and equipment. These images date from 1933 to 1971. Related materials can also be found in the Government projects series.
Dates: 1933-1971

Boeing Company, Vertol Division records

 Collection
Identifier: 1375
Overview: In its various iterations, the Boeing Vertol Company has been a major developer and builder of helicopters. These records reflect development, manufacture, testing, improvement, and sale of helicopters, especially for military use in Vietman. This includes information relating to reports on factories visited, military needs of the United States and foreign countries, sales, conferences, and meetings with military personnel, government agencies, and representatives of foreign countries.
Dates: 1943-1967

Bowlus-Du Pont Sailplane Company drawing

 Collection
Identifier: 1986-249
Abstract: Bowlus-Du Pont Sailplane, Inc. was a short-lived company which combined the financing of record holding glider pilot, Richard du Pont (1911-1943), and the engineering skills of Hawley Bowlus. This reproduction drawing (there are two copies) includes elevations and cross sections of an Albatross II.
Dates: circa 1935

Colonel J. Victor Dallin films

 Collection
Identifier: 2018-226
Abstract: Colonel J. (John) Victor Dallin (1897-1991) was an aviator and photographer who founded the Dallin Aerial Surveys Company in 1924. This small collection of films were shot by Dallin. There are five films, three are home movies, one is the reception for Charles Lindbergh in Philadelphia, and the fifth film contents is unidentified at this time.
Dates: 1927, 1940s

Conoco files on IMAX films "To Fly" and "Flyers" Files

 Collection
Identifier: 2527
Abstract: The records consists of contract and production documents for two celebrated IMAX films sponsored by Conoco, Inc., and made for the National Air and Space Museum, with an accompanying juvenile storybook.
Dates: 1974-1996; Majority of material found within 1978-1985

Curtiss and Wright airplane competition photographs

 Collection
Identifier: 1992-247
Abstract: For what appears a brief moment in early aviation history, the Wright Brothers competed their airplanes in public demonstrations. The Curtiss Exhibition Co.'s Glenn Curtiss piloted one of his biplanes, and Walter Brookins piloted a Wright biplane. Three photos show the Curtiss biplane on the beach before take-off with a Boardwalk crowd nearby. Two others show the Curtiss and Wright airplanes separately in flight.
Dates: 1910

Cyril C. Thompson papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2554
Abstract: Cyril C. Thompson (1892-1976) had a long career in the accounting, management and public relations sides of the aviation industry, joining near the beginning of commercial aviation in 1928 and retiring just as the era of commercial jets began. Thompson was as an executive of United Air Lines for eighteen years, and later an airport planner, consultant, and prolific author and speaker. The papers of Cyril C. Thompson consist of a selection of items that he retained as mementos of the different stages of his career, plus materials and drafts for an unpublished biography of Idaho Senator William E. Borah and a never-completed personal history of United Air Lines on which he was working at the time of his death.
Dates: 1921-1976; Majority of material found within 1928-1955

Daniel Rochford papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2114
Abstract: Daniel Rochford (1900-1989) spent the bulk of his career as a publicist in the Employee Relations Department of the Standard Oil Company. Before joining Standard Oil in 1944, he worked a series of jobs trying to utilize his skills in publicity and public relations throughout the 1930s and early 1940s. Rochford's papers are a mix of business and personal items, assembled over the course of his varied career.
Dates: 1925-1983

Eastern Air Lines postcard

 Collection
Identifier: 1996-234
Abstract: Eastern Air Lines operated from 1927 to 1991 and was one of the Big Four airlines (others included United, Delta, and American) that for almost fifty years dominated commercial airline travel in the United States. This item is a postcard with the illustration of Eastern's Modern DC-4 Silverliner airplane.
Dates: 1948

Elmer Ambrose Sperry papers

 Collection
Identifier: 1893
Abstract: Elmer Sperry (1860-1930) was one of America’s electric pioneers. He founded the Sperry Gyroscope Company in order to develop, manufacture, and market marine gyrostabilizing devices. The papers document Sperry's research and development work and entrepreneurial activities.
Dates: 1876-1931

Elmer Sperry photographs

 Collection
Identifier: 1985-257
Abstract: Elmer A. Sperry (1860-1930) was an electrical engineer who established the Electric Light, Motor, and Car Brake Company in 1883 and then founded the Sperry Electric Mining Machine Company in 1886. After selling his patents to General Electric, he went to work for the company as a consultant. This collection includes original materials, as well as copy work from other sources and images which show Sperry's inventions; there is some ephemera, family photos, employees, and views of the Sperry Company's Brooklyn drafting rooms.
Dates: 1847-1945

George J. Frebert Collection on Delaware Aviation

 Collection
Identifier: 2288
Abstract: George J. Frebert (1929-2002) was a pilot and aviation enthusiast. He authored the book Delaware Aviation History. The collection contains both materials used in the preparation of Delaware Aviation History and other items that Frebert collected dealing with Delaware aviation, aviators and airports. Much of the material was copied from historical repositories, but Frebert also collected original materals and photos from other early aviators.
Dates: 1896-2001; bulk 1927-1957

George J. Frebert photograph collection on Delaware aviation

 Collection
Identifier: 2011-297
Abstract: George J. Frebert (1929-2002) was a pilot and aviation enthusiast who served in the Air Force during the Korean War, operated the Dover Litho Printing Company in Dover, DE, published "Delaware Aviation History," and restored vintage airplanes as a hobby. This collection contains both materials used in the preparation of "Delaware Aviation History" and other items that Frebert collected dealing with Delaware aviation, aviators and airports.
Dates: 1918-1999

J. Roger Bentley collection of Capital Airlines photographs

 Collection
Identifier: 2018-237
Abstract: Capital Airlines was a commercial airline for the eastern, southern, southeastern, and midwestern United States from 1936 to 1961. It was the fifth largest airline in the United States. The airline was the first to offer service from the west to Washington D.C., coach class service, in-flight television, and jet-powered commercial aircraft. This collection includes materials related to Capital Airlines predecessor company, Clifford Ball Airlines, and materials created under its former name, Pennsylvania Central Airlines. There is also materials related to the Capital Airline Association. The collection documents the history of the airlines, its aircraft and employees.
Dates: 1925-2002

Lammot du Pont collection of aeronautical photographs

 Collection
Identifier: 1975-360
Abstract: Lammot du Pont, Jr. (1909-1964) was Assistant Vice President of the Wilmington Trust Company. He began his employment there in 1931, previously he was employed at the Fokker Aircraft Corporation. Lammot, Jr., assembled a large collection of books, manuscripts, prints, drawings and photographs. This collection documents the history of aviation and primarily consists of images of aircraft which date from 1915 through 1950. A majority of the images are various views of aircraft only and are devoid of people, though there are a number of images that include pilots. There are prints and lithographs of early aircraft and balloons (dirigibles) which date as early as the 1780s. The collection has been arranged into five series by format.
Dates: 1780s; 1915-1950

Richard C. du Pont and Summit Aviation scrapbooks and photographs

 Collection
Identifier: 2009-211
Abstract: Richard C. du Pont (1911-1943) was an aviator and businessman. In 1938, he purchaseds stock of an inactive company called All American Aviation, Inc. and became PresidentThis collection encompasses the time of Richard C. du Pont's marriage to his death, with a particular focus on his work with gliders. The establishment and growth of Summit Aviation, his son's private air transportation company, is heavily documented from the early 1960s onward. The majority of the collection consists of newspaper clippings and photographs.
Dates: 1930-2002

Richard C. du Pont miscellany

 Collection
Identifier: 2571
Abstract: This collection includes materials related to Richard C. du Pont (1911-1943), pioneer in early aircraft and gliders and includes news clippings, official governmental documents related to his work as well as the logbook of his yacht, Nahma.
Dates: 1932-1997

Sperry Gyroscope Co. historical card file

 Collection
Identifier: 2366
Abstract: The Sperry Gyroscope Company was originally organized by electrical inventor Elmer Ambrose Sperry (1860-1930) for the purpose of manufacturing and marketing his ship gyrostabilizer, gyrocompass, and high-intensity searchlight. Their card file documents over sixty years of the company's history.
Dates: 1945-1961

Sperry Gyroscope Company Division photographs and films

 Collection
Identifier: 1986-273
Abstract: The Sperry Gyroscope Company researched, developed, and manufactured navigation equipment; three of the premiere products were the marine gyrostabilizer, the gyrocompass, and the high-intensity searchlight. The company was founded by Elmer A. Sperry (1860-1930) in 1910. Sperry Gyroscope Company photographs and films consists primarily of images of products and inventions developed between 1912 and 1965, a bulk of materials date from 1940 through 1960. The collection has been organized into five series: Personnel; Plants, Sperry School, and Museum; Products; Public Information Department; and Visitors, exhibits, models, and patents.
Dates: 1915-1962; Majority of material found within 1940-1960

Sperry Gyroscope Company Division records

 Collection
Identifier: 1915
Abstract: The Sperry Gyroscope Company was originally organized by electrical inventor Elmer Ambrose Sperry for the purpose of manufacturing and marketing his ship gyrostabilizer, gyrocompass, and high-intensity searchlight. The records describe the development and marketing of the marine and airplane stabilizer, the high-intensity searchlight, fire control systems, the gyrocompass, airplane automatic pilot, bombsights, and the aerial torpedo. They trace the evolving relationship between Sperry and the military and the impact of World Wars I and II.
Dates: 1910-1970

TWA passenger timetable

 Collection
Identifier: 1993-283
Abstract: Trans World Airlines (TWA) was a major American airline from 1925 until 2001. It was created by the 1930 merger of Transcontinental Air Transport and Western Air Express. TWA was plagued through its history by financial deals that were not in the best interest of the company. These deals led to heavy debt and its eventual acquisition by American Airlines after its third bankruptcy filing. This airline timetable includes photographs illustrating the airline's sleeper service on cross country flights.
Dates: circa 1937

United States Air Mail Service photographs

 Collection
Identifier: 1982-328
Abstract: The collection consists of photographs taken during the first years of the United States Post Office Department air mail service. Many of these photographs are portraits of individual air mail service pilots. The first use of air mail in the United States occurred in September, 1911, while the first air mail route from Washington to New York via Philadelphia started in 1918. A transcontinental route was established by 1920. In 1925 the government transitioned out of the air mail business with the passage of the Kelly Air Mail Act, which called for commericial airlines to bid on air mail routes established by the Post Office.
Dates: 1911-1929

Walter G. Bain papers, 1958-1982

 Series
Identifier: 2464-76-I.
Scope and Content: The Walter G. Bain papers contain correspondence with various organizations including Republic Aviation Corporation, the United States Air Force, General Motors Company, Midwestern Instrument, and Hergenerather Associates. Along with RCA internal correspondence, the papers also include a scrapbook, newspaper clippings, and membership information related to a variety of organizations.
Dates: 1958-1982

Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series IV. Airline companies

 Collection
Identifier: 20100108-ZTV-IV
Abstract: This series consists primarily of promotional materials and documents provided to airline passengers by individual airlines.
Dates: 1904-2010; undated

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

 Collection
Identifier: 20100108-ZTV-V
Abstract: This series contains miscellaneous materials relating to airlines in general, rather than to individual companies.
Dates: 1919-2008; undated

Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series VI. Airplane makes

 Collection
Identifier: 20100108-ZTV-VI
Abstract: This series consists of clippings, general publications, government documents, media information, newspapers, reprints, research notes, serials, speeches, and trade catalogs.
Dates: 1911-2009; undated

Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series VII. Airplanes - Miscellaneous

 Collection
Identifier: 20100108-ZTV-VII
Abstract: This series contains materials relating to airplanes in general, rather than to individual airplane manufacturers.
Dates: 1908-2009; undated

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

 Collection
Identifier: 20100108-ZTV-VIII
Abstract: This series documents dirigibles, blimps, and balloons.
Dates: 1909-2008; undated

Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series XVII. Pictorial - Aviation

 Collection
Identifier: 20100108-ZTV-XVII
Abstract: This series consists primarily of images of airplane makes and poster reproductions.
Dates: 1936-2007

Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series XX. Pictorial - Albums

 Collection
Identifier: 20100108.ZTV.XX
Abstract: This series consists of photograph albums Z. Taylor Vinson both assembled and collected or received as gifts.
Dates: 1889-2007

Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series XXI. Pictorial - Stamps

 Collection
Identifier: 20100108-ZTV-XXI
Abstract: This series consists of loose stamps, stamped envelopes, news prints, booklets, and tear sheets.
Dates: 1901-2008; undated

Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation lithographs

 Collection
Identifier: 2010-203
Overview: For over sixty years, Zachary Taylor Vinson (1933-2009) amassed a large and comprehensive collection of printed material documenting on the history of transportation, particularly automobiles. This small collection of French lithographs depicts early aeronautical and motor vehicle subjects. All but one were designed by either Ernest Montaut (1879-1909) or his wife, Marguerite Montaut (1883-1936). The final print is by poster artist Georges Hamel (1900-1972).
Dates: circa 1906-1913; undated