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A Legend Rare of Frigidaire
1926, 1 item

This collection consists of a single promotional pamphlet produced by Delco/Frigidaire in 1926. The pamphlet contains a story-poem to describe a fictional story of Aladdin and his “cold chest” [i.e. refrigerator]. This pamphlet provides insight into the creative nature of some of Delco/Frigidaire’s promotional material.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Local History

MS-481

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A Special Wish Foundation Records
1989-2011, 7.5 lin. ft.

A Special Wish Foundation, Inc. was the first wish-granting organization in the State of Ohio and the third such organization in the nation, when it was founded in 1982. This records collection largely contains the meeting minutes from 1989-2011, media coverage from approximately 2000-2009 and photographs from numerous wishes. The collection also contains audio-visual media including pictures, negatives, VHS, CDs, and DVDs.

Subject Area(s): Civic Organizations, Local History

SC-215

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Adams, Smith, Ward, Bancroft: Family Records
1943, 1 folder

A family bible, an undated letter, and other materials relating to families in Springfield, Ohio.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Local History

MS-303

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Advisory Committee for Aeronautics: Reports and Memoranda
1916-1938, 4.5 lin. ft.

The Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, founded in 1909, was the primary means for scholarly dissemination of British scientific research about aeronautical topics. The committee was primarily governmental in nature, although members and researchers were often drawn from academia. The collection consists of research reports and memoranda.

Subject Area(s): Aviation

SC-163

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Aero Club of America Book
1917, 1 folder

Book lists officers, governors, former officers, committees, and members of the Aero Club of America. Also includes the club's constitution, by-laws, rules, listings of award winners and various prizes offered for aviation achievement. Dated 1917.

Subject Area(s): Aviation

SC-189

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Aero Club of America Bulletin
1912, 1 folder

Aero Club of America bulletin containing articles by various authors and photographs pertaining to aviation history.

Subject Area(s): Aviation

MS-37

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Aeronautical Ephemera I Collection
1904-1978 (bulk 1909-1912), 0.5 lin. ft.

Broadsides, advertisements, programs, photographs, certificates, and other ephemera pertaining primarily to pre-World War I aeronautics.

Subject Area(s): Aviation

MS-179

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Aeronautical Products Corporation Records
1920-1946 (bulk 1929-1941), 1.5 lin. ft.

The Aeronautical Products Corporation was a short-lived company based in Los Angeles which manufactured beacon lights to guide aircraft. The main office holders of the corporation were Albert B. Scott, president and inventor of the beacon light, and two brothers, Thomas M. and Dushane Hyson. The collection correspondence, photographs, printed materials, advertisements, and clippings generated and received by the company and the principal individuals connected with it.

Subject Area(s): Aviation

MS-64

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Aeronautical Training Schools Records
1918-1919, 1 lin. ft.

Contains lesson booklets, examination papers, correspondence, broadsides, lectures, and blueprints from two early correspondence schools involved in teaching aviation: The National Aero Institute and the American School of Aviation.

Subject Area(s): Aviation

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Aeronautical Wire Service Photos and Papers
ca. 1948, 1 folder

Variety of black and white aviation photos and newspaper clippings, some concerning the return of the Wright Flyer to the Smithsonian from England's Science Museum.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Wright Brothers Collections, Photographic Collections, Local History

SC-199

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Aeronca Photo and Negative
1935, 1 folder

Negative and print copy of a high wing No. AT1145 Aeronca Plane, dated August 1935, Miami, Florida.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Photographic Collections

FSC-21

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Aerospace Medical Association Records
1929-1991, 31 lin. ft.

The collection currently consists of historical files, records, and annual meeting reports of the association. In general, the records consist of correspondence, old journal files, and scientific publications. The most important series is the record of annual meetings spanning 1929-1991.

Subject Area(s): Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Engineering

SC-159

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Aid Society of the First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs, The
1945-1951, 1 folder

Record book for the Aid Society of the First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs, including constitution and minutes, dated 1945-1951

Subject Area(s): Civic Organizations, Local History

MS-351

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Air Force Association, Wright Memorial Chapter, Records
1953-2014, 10.2 lin. ft.

This collection documents a civilian aerospace organization that promotes public understanding of aerospace power and national defense. The collection includes newspaper clippings, magazines, awards, correspondence, meeting minutes, national, state, and regional conference materials, community events, photographs, certificates, reports, financial records, and general Air Force information. Most items deal with events and overall activities of the Wright Memorial Chapter. Several items in the collection relate to the Air Force Association national organization and to the US Air Force’s relation to national and international events.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Civic Organizations, Local History

MS-157

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Air Force Museum Wright Bros. Collection
1922-1978, 1 lin. ft.

Consists of articles, letters, speeches, and clippings pertaining to the Wright Brothers collected by the Air Force Museum at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton. Subjects covered include removal of Wright buildings from Dayton, interviews and personal history of the Wrights, the Smithsonian-Langley controversy, obituaries, funerals, and miscellaneous aviation materials.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Wright Brothers Collections, Local History

MS-494

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Air Vice-Marshal Ron Dick Collection
1938-2008, 20 lin. ft.

The Air Vice-Marshal Ron Dick Collection follows the life and career of Air Vice-Marshal Ronald Dick. He served in the Royal British Air Force, which included two appointments to the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., first as Air Attaché and then as Defense Attaché. During and after his military career, he was a prolific writer and lecturer on the history of aviation and took any opportunity he could to fly. The materials in this collection include material concerning his military career, speeches, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and memorabilia.

Subject Area(s): Aviation

MS-402

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Aircraft Slide Collection
1970-1988, 1 lin. ft.

The Aircraft Slide Collection is an assortment of 35mm color slides of aircraft in numerous operational locations, as well as air museums, static displays, and air shows.

Subject Area(s): Aviation

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Airfield Slide Collection
1920s-1940s, 35 items

This collection contains 35 slides of various airfields, primarily ones local to the Dayton, Ohio, region. The dates range between 1920s-1940s.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Local History

SC-228

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Airplane and Aircraft Photographs
Undated, 1 folder

Collection of photographs of various airplanes and aircraft, most of which are identified by manufacturer and engine information.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Photographic Collections

MS-259

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Allaman, Richard, Papers
1919-1968, 6 lin. ft.

Allaman was active locally in the field of children's social services. He held several posts in the Ohio-Kentucky area including Superintendent of the Montgomery County Juvenile Court, Director of the Louisville Children's Home, and Superintendent of Shawn Acres, the Montgomery County Children's Home. His papers consist of correspondence, case notes, published and unpublished papers, programs, conference materials, photographs, reports, and awards.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Civic Organizations, Local History

MS-439

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Allen, Henry Tureman (Major General), Collection
1891-1985, .2 lin. ft.

Major General Henry T. Allen was an officer in the U.S. Army from 1882 to 1923. He fought in the Spanish-American War and World War I. His daughter married Lieutenant General Frank Maxwell Andrews (See MS-440). General Allen was famous for his 1885 exploration of 15,000 miles of Alaskan wilderness in the Copper, Tanana, and Koyukuk River valleys. The collection is small, consisting of photographs of him and his children, along with a 1985 reprint of his 1885 Alaskan expedition report, and a book about his life.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Family and Personal Papers, World War I

MS-581

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Alpha Delta Kappa Epsilon Scrapbooks
1957-2012, 3.5 lin. ft. & 1.2 GB

Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary fraternal organization for women educators, was founded in 1947. The Ohio Epsilon Chapter was established in Dayton, Ohio, in 1957.The Epsilon Chapter holds monthly meetings and participates in several events. Since their founding, they have regularly hosted guest speakers and attended state conventions. This collection consists of thirteen scrapbooks documenting meetings and events held by the Ohio Epsilon Chapter and include photographs, programs, newspaper clippings, member lists, and letters.

Subject Area(s): Civic Organizations, Women, Local History, Education and Local Schools

MS-391

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Altrusa Club of Dayton
1934-2012 (Bulk 1980-2004), 13.34 lin. ft.

This collection consists of minutes of the various business meetings that relate to the Dayton chapter of the Altrusa Club. Information on the organizational structure including bylaws for the national organization is also included. Yearbooks from the local chapter, scrapbooks and other memorabilia can found in this collection as well as newsletters from both the local and national organization.

Subject Area(s): Civic Organizations, Local History

MS-113

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Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1456 Records
1950-1979, 2.5 lin. ft.

Local 1456 represents the employees of the St. John's Transportation Company in Dayton, Ohio. Records include membership, Executive Board, and committee minutes, financial records, correspondence, negotiating records, and agreements.

Subject Area(s): Labor Unions, Local History

MS-482

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American Business Women’s Association Bur Oak Chapter Records
1969-2011, 5 lin. ft.

The American Business Women’s Association is a nationwide professional association for women. The Bur Oak chapter was established in Dayton, in 1981. The collection includes information about projects undertaken by the organization, items discussed during meetings, social events (fundraiser), legal and financial documents, scholarships offered, and initiatives taken to help women professionally and socially in the Dayton-area. This collection is a source of information on how the ABWA Bur Oak Chapter operates and highlights woman’s issues between 1969 and 2011. The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, negatives, financial and legal records, programs, meeting minutes, awards, and scrapbooks.

Subject Area(s): Civic Organizations, Local History

MS-268

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American Civil Liberties Union, Dayton Chapter Records
1953-1983, 2 lin. ft.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a non-partisan organization committed to defending and protecting the individual rights of U.S. citizens. The ACLU’s Dayton chapter emerged in the early 1950s and operated on a strictly volunteer basis throughout its existence. The collection includes administrative records such as meeting minutes, budget information, membership list, and articles of organization and bylaws. General and court specific correspondence are included and arranged in chronological order, along with numerous publications and periodicals. There are also several documents related to issues of interest to the ACLU.

Subject Area(s): Civic Organizations, Local History

MS-384

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American Guild of Organists, Dayton Chapter Records
1951-2008 (bulk 1980-2000), 2 lin. ft.

The collection documents the activities and administrative records of the Dayton Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The collection includes scrapbooks, member directories, programs, monthly newsletters, meeting minutes, and treasurers' reports.

Subject Area(s): Civic Organizations, Arts, Local History

SC-2

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American Legion Women's Auxiliary, Post 330, Records
1921-1924, 1 folder

Consists of the minute book of an Auglaize county women's veterans society.

Subject Area(s): Civic Organizations, Women, Local History

MS-96

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American Postal Workers Union, Local 252 Records
1904-1978, 3 lin. ft.

Records consist of minutes, financial records, administrative policy papers, membership lists, negotiations and agreements, grievance materials, newsletters, correspondence, and photographs. Local 252 is based in Dayton.

Subject Area(s): Labor Unions, Local History

MS-121

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American Red Cross, Dayton Area Chapter Records
1917-1988, 36 lin. ft., 6 volumes

Contains a variety of materials on the establishment and growth of the Red Cross in Dayton as well as the records of the Greene and Preble County Chapters prior to their merger with the Dayton Chapter in 1960. The collection includes Board of Directors and committee meeting minutes, annual reports, programs, extensive correspondence, financial records, audio materials, photographs, and newspaper clippings. See also MFM-24

Subject Area(s): Civic Organizations, Local History

MFM-24

American Red Cross, Dayton Area Chapter Records
1917-1980, 4 reels

Includes Board of Director's minutes, financial reports, annual reports, Annual Meeting programs, statistical reports, and clippings of the 1974 Xenia, Ohio, tornado. See also MS-121.

Subject Area(s): Civic Organizations

MS-279

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American Society of Aviation Artists Collection
1929-1996, 1.5 lin. ft.

The American Society of Aviation Artists collection consists of nearly 300 separate pieces of aviation art, including posters, paintings, drawings, photographs and aviation magazine covers.

Subject Area(s): Arts, Aviation

MS-440

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Andrews, Frank Maxwell (Lieutenant General), Collection
1874-2003 (bulk 1931-1947), 12 lin. ft.

Lieutenant General Frank Maxwell Andrews played a major role in building the U.S. Army Air Corps of the 1930s into the powerful U.S. Army Air Forces of World War II. At the time of his death in May 1943, he was the commander of all U.S. forces in the European Theater of Operations. The largest portion of the Andrews Collection consists of family correspondence sent between members of the Andrews family, including letters from General Andrews, his wife, Jeannette, and his parents, siblings, children, and relatives and friends. The collection also contains a variety of photographs of General Andrews and family members, along with newspaper clippings and memorabilia.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Family and Personal Papers, World War II

SC-158

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Andrews, James Alfred, Jr., Aviation Collection
1943-1944, 1 folder

Flight log for Ensign James Alfred Andrews, Jr., U.S. Navy reserve and photographs of Naval pilots.

Subject Area(s): Aviation

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Antioch College Musical Program
1854, 1 folder

Musical program for a concert held on November 30, 1854, at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Subject Area(s): Arts, Education and Local Schools, Local History

MS-427

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Antioch Writers' Workshop Records
1985-2010, 6.5 lin. ft.

Founded in 1986, the Antioch Writers’ Workshop is a nonprofit organization that encourages creative writing by offering classes and seminars. It has evolved over the years from a community of writers who mingled with faculty and students informally throughout the day into a fiscal agent of the Antioch College. The records include meeting minutes, correspondence, financial and membership records, photographs, posters, VHS, pamphlets, newsletters, and multimedia.

Subject Area(s): Arts, Civic Organizations, Local History

MS-405

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Apple, Vincent G., Papers
1892-1977, 19.13 lin. ft.

The Vincent G. Apple Papers includes the work and administrative records of Vincent G. Apple, a Dayton inventor. The collection contains numerous patents, patent applications, engineering drawings, journals, legal agreements and correspondence, business records and correspondence, and the Ford Trial records.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Family and Personal Papers, Inventors and Inventions, Local History

MS-459

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Area Progress Council Records
1961-2000, 3 lin. ft.

The Area Progress Council was formed in 1961 with the common concern for the progress of the Miami Valley. The Council was instrumental in the establishment of Wright State University and its medical school. This collection contains administrative materials, primarily meeting minutes, presentations, reports, and correspondence; and financial records, including budgets and annual financial summaries.

Subject Area(s): Civic Organizations, Local History

SC-164

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Ariel Dinner Club Photograph
1918, 1 folder

Panoramic copy of photo of 212 women outdoors with a small band in background. Located in OS31, file 11

Subject Area(s): Civic Organizations, Local History

MS-325

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Armstrong, Edwin James, Collection
1890-1924, 1 lin. ft.

The Edwin James Armstrong papers contain the personal and business papers of not only Edwin, but of his second wife Jessie Wheeler Armstrong, and her sister Mabel Wheeler. These papers have been organized into five series which include: 1) Ephemera, 2) Edwin James Armstrong papers, 3) Mabel Wheeler papers, 4) Jessie Wheeler Armstrong papers, and 5) Miscellaneous papers.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Local History

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Armstrong, William, Papers
1815-1847, 1 folder

Collection includes letters written to and from an Army officer, mostly to his family in Vevay, Indiana, which cover his experiences in the early 19th century frontier army as well as his duty in the Mexican War, where he was killed during the Battle of Molino del Ray.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

SC-294

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Army Air Corps Recruitment Books
1927-1943, 12 items

Collection consists of several booklets published by the government printing office as recruitment literature.

Subject Area(s): Aviation

SC-73

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Arnold, Henry H., Diary
1875-1903, 1 folder

Transcription of more than 400 pages of a diary belonging to Henry H. Arnold, a farmer in Montgomery County, Ohio.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Local History

MS-260

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Artbeat Collection
1986-1993, 2.25 lin. ft.

Artbeat was a bi-monthly, half-hour radio program about the visual arts in the Miami Valley. Produced and hosted by Dayton artist, Susan Zurcher, the highlight of the program featured an interview with an artist currently showing in the Miami Valley. The program aired on several local Public Radio stations. The collection consists of tapes and transcripts of the broadcasts.

Subject Area(s): Arts, Local History

MS-385

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Arthur, John J. and Kathryn Beard, Family Papers
1850-2005 (bulk 1940-1960, 1990), 3.2 lin. ft.

The Beard Arthur Family Papers consist of collections concerning particular relatives of the two families. The family papers provide information for anyone researching residents of Mad River, Ohio from the late 19th century through the 20th century. The Beard Arthur connection refers to the marriage of John J. Arthur to Kathryn Beard.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Local History

SC-125

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Atcherly, R. H. R., 1932 Cleveland Air Races Photographs
1932, 1 folder

Photographs and copy of article concerning the 1932 Cleveland Air races. See MS-378 for a complete copy of the program.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Photographic Collections

MS-501

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Aull, Marie Papers
1817-2010 (bulk 1920-2002), 22 lin. ft.

Marie Sturwold was born on January 8, 1897 in Cincinnati, OH. She started gardening as a child, but her passion for gardening fully took form when she married John Aull in 1922. They lived in a property north of Dayton that would one day become Aullwood Garden MetroPark and Aullwood Audubon Center. Marie is known for her work in gardening, education, and conservation, but this collection also contains her extensive travel record and personal hobbies. Material in this collection includes travel brochures, travel itineraries, travel journals, plant lists, garden analyses, historical documents, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, correspondence, photos, calendars, club material, and awards.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Civic Organizations, Arts, Family and Personal Papers, Local History

MS-267

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Austin, Charles M., Collection
1873-2003, .75 lin. ft.

The Charles M. Austin Collection documents the results of Mr. Austin’s extensive research on African-American history in the Miami Valley, and particularly in Dayton and Montgomery County, Ohio. His papers include recorded speeches, interviews and articles.

Subject Area(s): African-Americans, Local History

SC-216

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Austin, Charles M., Travelin' in th' Footsteps: The Dayton Youth Movement 1937-1938
2008, 1 folder

Booklet written by Charles M. Austin concerning the Dayton Youth Movement of the 1930s. See also, MS-267.

Subject Area(s): African-Americans, Local History

MS-115

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Authors Collection
1879-1976, .5 lin. ft.

A small collection of first edition and autographed publications. Includes poetry, short stories, essays, and sketches by such authors as Gertrude Stein, Joyce Carol Oates, and Barbara Wells.

Subject Area(s): Arts, Local History

MS-156

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Aviation Ephemera II Papers
1889-1980, 3 lin. ft.

An individual's collection of magazines, pamphlets, photographs, and clippings related to aviation.

Subject Area(s): Aviation

MS-205

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Aviation Ephemera III Papers
1909-1940, .5 lin. ft.

Consists of a miscellaneous collection of early aviation materials containing photographs, postcards, early airline schedules, aircraft identification pamphlets, a 1909 French aviation almanac, and a program from the 1910 Harvard-Boston Aero Meet.

Subject Area(s): Aviation

MS-226

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Aviation Ephemera IV
1908-1975, .5 lin. ft.

Consists of materials relating to aviation, mostly pamphlets and journal articles.

Subject Area(s): Aviation

MS-403

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Aviation Lithograph Collection
1908-1915

This collection contains a number of beautiful lithographs, mostly French in origin, dating from the early 20th century. All concern some aspect of aviation.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Arts, Wright Brothers Collections

SC-252

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Aviation Newspapers
1908-1926, 2 items

This collection contains two historical newspapers documenting accomplishments in aviation history: New York Times (May 14, 1908, "Wright Aeroplane Goes Three Miles"), and New York Herald Tribune (Apr. 30, 1926, "New Aircraft motor Succeeds").

Subject Area(s): Aviation

SC-192

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Aviation Photographs and Postcards
ca. 1930s, 1 folder

Contains miscellaneous aviation- and airplane-related photographs and postcards, many taken at various air shows, dating circa 1930s.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Photographic Collections

MS-519

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Aviation Trading Cards Collection
Circa 1925-1940, 1996, 0.5 lin. ft.

The collection consists of approximately 700 collectable trade cards and stamps issued by various industries, primarily the “cigarette cards” of tobacco manufacturers. The majority of the card or stamp series feature airplanes, but some series focus on famous aviators. Materials originate from the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Arts, Photographic Collections