New Collection: McFarland Collection of Wright-Findley Correspondence

The McFarland Collection of Wright-Findley Correspondence (SC-323), which is entirely electronic, consists primarily of (scanned) correspondence between Katharine Wright Haskell and Earl N. Findley, as well as a typed copy of correspondence to Katharine from Lord Northcliffe. Also included are a few newspaper clippings, articles, and photographs. Topics of discussion between Katharine and Earl Findley include the possibility of Findley’s writing a book about the Wrights; the patent lawsuit with Glenn Curtiss; the Langley Aerodrome; visits to Dayton; and other (primarily aviation-related) topics of mutual interest and concern.

The original manuscript materials were given personally by Earl Findley to Marvin W. McFarland, chief of the science and technology division at the Library of Congress and editor of The Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright.  Though the original manuscripts were sold at auction in 2018, these digital scans were made by the owner Leigh McFarland prior to the auction. The digital scans were sent directly to Special Collections directly by mail on a flash drive.

For more information about this collection, please review the SC-323 McFarland Collection of Wright-Findley Correspondence finding aid.

A letter from Katharine Wright to Earl Findley, Apr 23, 1915 (from SC-323, page 55)
A letter from Katharine Wright to Earl Findley, Apr 23, 1915 (from SC-323, page 55)
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