Moisant Family Scrapbooks, 1910-1912
NASM.XXXX-0535

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX-0535
Creators:
Moisant, Alfred, 1862-1929
Moisant, John, 1868-1910
Moisant, Matilde, 1887-1964
Dates:
1910-1912
Languages:
English
English
Physical Description:
5 cubic feet
(3 oversized boxes)
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives Division
This Moisant Family Scrapbooks consist of three oversized scrapbooks containing newspaper accounts of the Moisants' flying escapades, as well as press releases and writings. The articles also discuss the following aviators who were involved with the Moisants: Harriet Quimby, Roland Garros, Rene Barrier, Rene Simon, John J. Frisbie, Charles Hamilton, and S. S. Jerwan.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
This collection consists of three oversized scrapbooks containing newspaper accounts of the Moisants' flying escapades, as well as press releases and writings. The articles also discuss the following aviators who were involved with the Moisants: Harriet Quimby, Roland Gerros, Rene Barrier, Rene Simon, John J. Frisbie, Charles Hamilton, and S.S. Jerwan. Dates, condition of scrapbooks, and a brief description of content for each scrapbook are listed below.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
Three stand-alone scrapbooks; no arrangement.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
The Moisant Family -- John, Alfred and Matilde -- helped spark America's early interest in aviation. John Moisant (1868-1910) trained at the Bleriot School in France and made the first successful cross-country, passenger-carrying flight from Paris to London in 1910. That fall he competed in the Gordon-Bennett Trophy Races but was killed in December while flying an exhibition in New Orleans, LA. His brother Alfred was president of the Moisant Aviation School and of the Hempstead Plains Aviation Company, 1911. Alfred also organized the Moisant International Aviators, Inc., which embarked upon a series of flight exhibitions in the United States and Mexico, 1911-1912. The Moisants' sister, Matilde (1887-1964), joined the family's exhibition tour and was the second American woman to become a licensed pilot. Matilde established two altitude records before giving up exhibition flying in 1912.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Karen Whitehair, 1994.
Encoded by Rena Schergen, February 2012.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Whitehair
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Unknown

Using the Collection
Please handle the scrapbooks very carefully, as they are in poor condition due to general use.
Conditions Governing Access note
No restrictions on access
Conditions Governing Use note
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 note
Moisant Family Scrapbooks, Acc. XXXX-0535, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Archival Materials
The National Air and Space Museum (NASM), Archives Division also holds additional materials about the Moisant Family. Biographical information can be found in the biographical fiche collection at the NASM Archives/Garber Facility. In the NASM archives downtown facility, we recommend the Biographical Files which contain additional newspaper and journal articles, letters, memorabilia and photographs. For more information on John Moisant, please see the John B. Moisant Scrapbook Collection (Accession number XXXX-0536) on microfiche.

Related Archival Materials note
The National Air and Space Museum (NASM), Archives Division also holds additional materials about the Moisant Family. Biographical information can be found in the biographical fiche collection at the NASM Archives. In the NASM Archives downtown facility, we recommend the Biographical Files which contain additional newspaper and journal articles, letters, memorabilia, and photographs. For more information on John Moisant, please see the John B. Moisant Scrapbook Collection (Accession number XXXX-0536) on microfiche.
For photographic materials please see the NASM videodisc files. The images can be seen on NASM videodisc 2B and 7B. In some cases, there are original videodisc prints available in the NASM Archives facility downtown and copy negatives at the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Please consult a staff member for more details and about ordering procedures.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Barrier, Rene Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Frisbie, John J. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Garros, Roland Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hamilton, Charles K., -1913 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hempstead Plains Aviation Company. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jerwan, Shakir S., 1881-1942 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Moisant Aviation School. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Moisant International Aviators, Inc. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Moisant, Alfred, 1862-1929 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Moisant, John, 1868-1910 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Moisant, Matilde, 1887-1964 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Quimby, Harriet, 1875-1912 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Simon, Rene Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics--Exhibitions Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Airplane racing Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Flight training Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scrapbooks Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives Division
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Chantilly, VA, 20151
Phone: 703-572-4045
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