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Richard C. du Pont miscellany

Accession 2571

Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library

PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807

Finding aid prepared by Andrew D. Engel in 2013., September 9, 2013

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-09-10T10:09-0400

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Cite items for this collection in the following format:
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Richard C. du Pont miscellany (Accession 2571), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807


Descriptive Summary

Title: Richard C. du Pont miscellany
Dates: 1932-1997
Accession Number: 2571
Creator: du Pont, Richard C. (Richard Chichester), 1911-1943
Extent: 0.41 linear feet
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
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.

Administrative Information


Gift of Caroline Prickett and Lana Wright, May 2009. Transfered from Pictorial Collections, July 2013.

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions on access.


Biographical Note

Richard C. du Pont (1911-1943) was an early pioneer in flight, particularly glider planes. Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, du Pont founded All American Aviation, which later became US Airways, in 1939. Prior to his work with All American, du Pont created to Bowlus-du Pont Sailplane Company in San Fernando, California. With that company, du Pont won many record flights in his glider planes. As the company president at All American, du Pont worked on production of top of the line glider planes as well as an air mail pick up system. After the outbreak of World War II, the United States government asked du Pont to serve as an advisor to their glider program. He was killed in a 1943 glider accident in California.


Scope and Content

Richard C. du Pont miscellany contains items both related to du Pont’s career in aeronautics, but also his sailing vessel, Nahma. Included is the official log book of the boat, describing a voyage from Essington, Pennsylvania in February of 1932. Other items in the collection relate to du Pont’s career, which eventually cost the young pilot his life. Included are reports from the Franklin Institute on the Respess Airship and the Air Mail and Glider Pick-Up and Delivery System. A scrapbook, likely kept by du Pont’s widow, Allaire, further details his distinguished career in flight through newspaper clippings, official government reports, secrecy orders, and correspondence. Also included in the scrapbook are articles and clippings related to du Pont’s death in 1943 at March Field in Riverside County, California.



The collection is arranged chronologically.


Separated Material

Richard C. du Pont and Summit Aviation scrapbooks and photographs (Accession 2009.211), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


Access Points

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
Airplanes, Private.
Gliders (Aeronautics)

Series Descriptions and Inventory

1 Official log of the sailing yacht Nahma, 1932 February 22; typed
1 Handwritten log of the Nahma, 1932 February
1 Pages regarding trip to West Indies, 1932 February ; typed
1 Scrapbook of clippings, correspondence, and photos kept by Allaire du Pont, 1934-1995; 3 folders
1 Correspondence - Lewis to Richard C. du Pont, 1935 October 10
1 Reports on the Respess Air Ship, circa 1935
1 Journal/Notebook in preparation of a flight, 1943 July
1 Diary, 1943 July ; typed
1 Correspondence - Pat McCarron to Richard C. du Pont, 1943 August 7
1 Franklin Institute, Committee of Science and Arts - report on Air Mail Glider Pick-Up and Delivery System, 1944 February 9
1 American Legion Gold Star Citation, 1945 October 15
1 History of All American Aviation, All American Airways, and Summit Aviation (transcript for Allaire and Caroline du Pont), 1997