Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.1991.0033
Creators:
Porter, Rufus, 1792-1884
Dates:
1826
1849
Languages:
English
This collection is in English.
Physical Description:
0.01 cubic feet
1 folder
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
This donation consists of the two booklets written by Rufus Porte on aerial navigation.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This donation consists of the following two booklets written by Rufus Porter: 1) 'Select Collection of Valuable and Curious Arts and Interesting Experiments which are well Explained, and Warranted genuine, and may be Performed Easily, Safely and At Little Expense,' Concord (New Hampshire), J.B. Moore Printers, 1826; and 2) Aerial navigation: The Practicability of Traveling Pleasantly and Safely from New York to California in Three Days, Fully Demonstrated: With a Full Description of a Perfect Aerial Locomotive, with Estimates of Capacity Speed and Cost of Construction,' New-York, Published by H. Smith, John Hall Printer, 222 Water Street, 1849.

Arrangement
Arrangement
This collection is arranged at the item level. One of the two items has been digitized.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Rufus Porter (1792-1889) was the inventor of an airship 'the Aerial Locomotive' in the early 19th century. The original design for the airship was produced in 1820. In 1850 Porter organized a stock company to obtain funds for experimental purposes that failed to receive sufficient funds. Porter also invented a revolver, a horse power wood sawing apparatus and other mechanical devices. He was publisher of 'The New York Mechanic' and one of the founders of 'Scientific American.'

Administration
Processing Information
Arranged, described, and encoded by Patti Williams, 2018.
Author
Patti Williams
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Robert B. Stephens, Gift, 1991, NASM.1991.0033

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
No restrictions on access
Conditions Governing Use
• Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Preferred Citation
Rufus Porter Collection, NASM.1991.0033, National Air and Space Musuem, Smithsonian Institution.

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Repository Contact
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